The 50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time: The Definitive Shoot Paperback – Feb 1 2013
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About the Author
With a lifetime of experience in the wrestling business, Larry Matysik bridges old school and new better than almost anyone. Who’d make a better judge of the greats than a man who learned from Muchnick, worked with McMahon, and promoted the St. Louis territory on his own. Matysik lives in Belleville, Illinois, and is the author of Brody and Drawing Heat the Hard Way.
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Agree or disagree with the final list of 50, Larry's book will stimulate discussions for years to come. Larry was able to remove his own personal feelings about the wrestlers, and look at their body of work in the ring and contribution to the sport, to justify (at least in his opinion...as all lists like this would be) why the 50 wrestlers on the list are "the greatest of the greatest".
This book is insightful and well thought out. There is no attempt on Larry's part to present "his" opinions as gospel to the reader, but rather showing the pros and cons as to why a wrestler is #26 or #8 on the list. There have been hundreds of wrestling books published over the last decade, but Larry's book is in the top five of them all.
If you are an old fan of the kayfabe era, or a newcomer to the entertainment era, Larry's book is an education on how it all unfolded. You won't be able to put it down, and you'll refer to it again and again. That is the difinition of a GREAT BOOK!
People around the world love list. You name it, top movies, top songs, top baseball players, the list goes on and on. Wrestling is no different. With over a hundred years entertaining fans with a thousands of variety of stars to choose from the chore of naming the 50 greatest is no doubt a huge undertaking.
Today's fans love the WWE, and rightfully so, their PPV'S, action figures and apparel are top sellers around the world. So when they published their version of the 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All-time in fans were treated to a fun book filled with 50 very entertaining superstars.
But were they the 50 Greatest of all time?
In Matysik's prior books Brody, Wrestling at the Chase and Drawing the Heat the Hard way it was as if Matysik was reading the books to you himself. That is how easy this book flows as well.
At the end of the book you may disagree with who were included and where, who made the list and who didn't. Yet, if you are ever in need of a great read on a winter day, a conversation piece with a fellow wrestling fan or some research on pro wrestling, you will more than get your hard earn dollars' worth in Larry Matysik's 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All-time.
What a great book! Fascinating and fun to read. While I might argue with some of the rankings, my squabbles are few. My only real disagreement is with the inclusion of Randy Orton at #50. I wonder if there might have been a little bit of hometown cooking influencing his inclusion. Give me Mick Foley or even Sting over Orton, but that's half the fun of the book - critiquing his list against yours.
For wrestling fans young and old, this is highly recommended. Keep the books coming, Mr. Matysik!