By Howard T Brody, James E Cornette
Exposing wrestling’s internal workings and back-office deal making, this memoir is a hard-hitting firsthand examine the game from Howard Brody, certainly one of its such a lot debatable promoters. starting with how he grew to become concerned with expert wrestling and produced his first tv software, it then makes a speciality of his time as president of the nationwide Wrestling Alliance and divulges the reality in the back of the rumors surrounding his departure from the association. Brody’s relationships with lots of wrestling’s strongest and inventive figures—Vince and Linda McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, Tod Gordon, Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, the Funks, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Cornette, and Hulk Hogan—are mentioned intimately, revealing many little-known information about the behind-the-scenes negotiations concerned about reserving and selling indicates. From facing construction and ability managers to operating with radio and tv stations, Brody explains the nuances of reserving promotions, discusses the character of negotiating and promoting wrestling to tv networks and sponsors, and reveals interesting information about many features of operating within the wrestling business.
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Although Dave wasn’t the first to produce a newsletter that broke kayfabe — that honor goes to “Uncle” Burt Ray who published Mat Mania in the ’70s and for whom Meltzer wrote — but you can say Dave was the first to unmask the business on a national stage. By writing about what went on behind the scenes, exposing not just the bad things but the good things too, and bringing that information to the general population — when in 1990 he wrote for the short-lived sports newspaper the National Sports Daily (and its editorin-chief, Frank Deford, a prominent sports journalist) — he really opened the door for countless wrestling books, including this one.
I was proud of that article because it wasn’t the same type of hyperbole that everybody else seemed to be writing. About a week later, after not hearing anything from the magazine, I placed a call to George. SWIMMING WITH PIRANHAS I was all pumped up for the conversation because I knew he would just love the piece I had sent him. Instead I got a swift kick to the nether regions. George Napolitano, one of the most respected guys in the business and arguably the best wrestling photographer to ever focus a lens, told me my story didn’t cut it.
The idea never came to fruition, and it would be 13 years before my name would once again grace the pages of a wwf magazine. What to do? I couldn’t write for the wwf, I was still on the outs with George and the Pro Wrestling Illustrated family of magazines wouldn’t publish me. Where does a fan who desperately wants to be in the wrestling business turn? The answer hit me like a ton of bricks: radio! Back in college I had created and hosted a 60-minute pretaped science fiction, fantasy and horror show called Night Chronicles.