- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Publishamerica Inc (Sept. 30 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413770118
- ISBN-13: 978-1413770117
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,066,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wrestling's Underbelly: From Bingo Halls to Shopping Malls Paperback – Sep 30 2005
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About the Author
James "Jimmy Van" VanderLinden is a pro wrestling writer and promoter from Toronto, Canada. From putting up the ring, to ring announcing, to performing, to broadcasting, to booking, VanderLinden has been involved in all aspects of the independent wrestling business. He is also owner and operator of JimmyVan.com, a popular wrestling news and information website established in 1997.
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I found the book to be a quick and easy read, it was enjoyable to a certain extent.
The thing that bugged me is that the author tended to lay blame on regular occasions on others. Some of the blame appears to be warranted while other parts of it could/should have been prevented if the author himself had been more proactive and actually followed up on what other people had been doing.
A case in point is where a wrestling event had been organised and on the day of the event, the author arrives to find that his co-promoter had booked a venue that was totally inappropriate. Now I can understand the frustrations of the author but these sort of matters need to be looked at by you, don't rely on others to do the correct thing unless you know that they are capable and have proven themselves to be competent.
All in all, an ok read.
If you are a wrestling fan and especially an independent wrestling fan then this is DEFINETLY a book for you.
Don't deny yourself a great wrestling read !!!!