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Review: Pain And Passion - The History Of Stampede Wrestling
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
I'm shocked at how much I loved Pain And Passion - The History Of Stampede Wrestling by Heath McCoy. I grew up attending monthly WWF events at the Boston Garden, and watching that on TV along with the NWA, AWA and World Class. We didn't get a heck of a lot of Stampede Wrestling in the greater Boston area. ECW Press was kind enough to send me copies of this and the new Bruiser Brody book. . .being a big Brody fan when I was a kid, I tore through that one (a review of that coming soon) quickly. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this one, and boy, was I in for a surprise!
For the last week or so, I stayed up far too late reading the stories of Stampede Wrestling and the famed Hart family. . .I didn't want to put it down. Author Heath McCoy did a tremendous job doing his homework and speaking with the movers and shakers that were a part of a Canadian treasure. In recent years, I've read books penned by the Dynamite Kid, Martha Hart and Dianna Hart, but none of them were as in-depth as Pain And Passion. Reading this makes me want to take some time and read the aforementioned three again.
Where WWE basically owns professional wrestling at this point, so many of the territories history are dead and buried. If it wasn't for an independent book company like ECW Press, these are stories that might never be heard of by the general public. WWE may have purchased the Stampede Wrestling video library, but how in-depth will they ever get with it??
This book is 320 pages you won't want to put down. From the early life of Stu and Helen Hart, the formation of their successful and crazy wrestling promotion and family, along with the trials, tribulations and, yes, deaths in the later years, I have to say this is among the better wrestling books I've ever read. If you're a fan of the Harts, old school wrestling or just enjoy inside, behind the scenes stories, you will not regret spending your hard earned money on this one.
Soon, I'll have a review of ECW Press' Bruiser Brody book along with Chris Jericho's autobiography, as a few copies arrived at my door today. . .