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Japan: The Rikidozan Years   Japan: The Rikidozan Years
by Haruo Yamaguchi, with Koji Miyamoto & Scott Teal


Wrestling historian Haruo Yamaguchi, along with Koji Miyamoto & Scott Teal, pull together the details surrounding wrestling’s origins in Japan.  Professional wrestling had been a staple in most American cities from the early 1900s, but it didn't take hold as a regular sport in Japan until 1954 when a former sumo wrestler named Rikidozan brought well-known American wrestlers to the Land of the Rising Sun.

If you’re a fan of Japanese pro wrestling, this book is a unique and invaluable resource — a comprehensive account of the origins of the sport in Japan and every known match between Sept. 30, 1951, and Rikidozan’s death in Dec. 1963.  In addition to the 978 shows covered, we present details surrounding the matches, the talent, and the promotion, and the matches are brought to life with more than 300 rare photos from the collection of co-author Koji Miyamoto.

This is the most complete analysis of the pioneer days of pro wrestling in Japan.  Readers will discover how the sport has evolved and learn about milestone moments that brought it to prominence.

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The Mighty Milo
 
  The Mighty Milo
by Phillips Rogers

Here’s the story of Milo as told by Fred Anspach with the best literary flourishes a youth with a limited education can think of.  Fred gets across, with Ring Lardner-like raciness of speech, the fantastic, humorous and human side of the grunt-and- groan industry.  It’s all here — the weekly club engagements in Baltimore, the “rassle royals” in mud or molasses, and finally, the TV wrestling shows that today are so popular with the ladies. Here too are lady wrestlers, and a strip-tease actress who catches Milo’s eye, and Betty Jane Blane who objects to Fred Anspach’s wrestling but, like a woman, changes her mind.

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They Call Me Booker
 
  They Call Me Booker
by Jeff Bowdren

In the year 1990 in an alternate universe, Ted Turner hired an unknown and unproven booker to book World Championship Wrestling and save the company from what seemed to be impending disaster.  Join author and wrestling history buff Jeff Bowdren as he rewrites and tweaks the storylines and matches he created when he penned a regular column — "Bowdren the Booker" — in the pages of the "Wrestling Observer Newsletter" in 1990 and 1991.  "WHAT IF?"  That's what we ask and resolve in "They Call Me Booker."

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The Annotated Fall Guys
 
  The Annotated Fall Guys
by Marcus Griffin, annotated by Steve Yohe & Scott Teal

In this annotated version of the most famous book on pro wrestling written in the 1930s, Yohe & Teal challenge Griffin’s statements about events and correct errors that have been repeated through the years in other books and writings.  They also add additional detail to the stories and the lives of the book's personalities.  It all makes absorbing reading and a lively tale for those people afflicted with the disease which Griffin terms "wrestler-itis."

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Pain Torture Agony
 
  Pain Torture Agony
by Ron Hutchison, with Scott Teal

This book is a compelling, inside-look at the tough world of pro-wrestling, but told in an informative and often humorous manner.  Fasten your seatbelt as Ron Hutchison, trainer of some of World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest superstars, takes you on an exciting four-decade journey into the wild, no-holds-barred, wacky & amazing world of professional wrestling.

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When It Was Real
 
  When It Was Real
by Nikita Breznikov, with Scott Teal

If you want to take a trip back to your childhood, your younger, less-stressful days, then journey with us back into the magical world of professional wrestling during the years 1970 to 1979 … a time "when it was real" … a time before Hulkamania took the world by storm.  Author Nikita Breznikov tells the story from two perspectives — that of a starry-eyed fan, and as the manager and tag team partner of the legendary Nikolai Volkoff.  Nikita details the matches and feuds that took place during the ‘70s and gives his insightful, often-hilarious perspective of the events that took place.

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Great Wrestling Venues: Alabama 1931-1935
 
  The Great Wrestling Venues: Alabama 1931-1935
by Jason Presley

Decades before the Fullers and Southeastern Championship Wrestling ... before the Fields brothers and Gulf Coast Wrestling, before Nick Gulas & Roy Welch, and a lifetime before the likes of WrestleBirmingham & New South, the modern age of professional wrestling took hold in 1930s Alabama. While most of the United States was in the throes of the Great Depression, the wrestling business was experiencing the biggest expansion in its history as shows were being promoted in both small towns and big cities for crowds eager to put the hardship of the daily grind behind them.  Travel down Alabama highways and enjoy the memories of more than 2,000 wrestling shows, 4,000 matches, and more than 550 illustrations and images — program covers, newspaper headlines and articles, advertisements, and memorabilia.

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Autobiographies and History
Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional WrestlingMORE INFO "Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls" From McMahon to McMahonMORE INFO Assassin: The Man Behind the MaskMORE INFO Is That Wrestling Fake? The Bear FactsMORE INFO Bruiser BrodyMORE INFO Wrestling with the TruthMORE INFO
The Solie ChroniclesMORE INFO Wrestling in the Canadian WestMORE INFO Long Days and Short PaysMORE INFO Drawing HeatMORE INFO ATLAS: Too Much, Too SoonMORE INFO The Last LaughMORE INFO
HOOKERMORE INFO The Last OutlawMORE INFO NIKITAMORE INFO The StrapMORE INFO BRISCOMORE INFO The Mighty MiloMORE INFO
I Ain't No Pig FarmerMORE INFO The Hard WayMORE INFO Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1MORE INFO Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?MORE INFO It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!MORE INFO Wrestling in the GardenMORE INFO
BRUISERMORE INFO The Mat, the Mob & MusicMORE INFO Breaking KayfabeMORE INFO Battleground ValhallaMORE INFO Southeastern Championship WrestlingMORE INFO The Greatest Wrestling<br>in the History of NashvilleMORE INFO
Wrestling Archive Project, v2MORE INFO Championship Wrestling from FloridaMORE INFO Fall GuysMORE INFO Classic Arena Programs: SLAM-O-GRAM, v1MORE INFO Classic Arena Programs: SLAM-O-GRAM, v2MORE INFO Alabama: 1931-1935MORE INFO
When It Was RealMORE INFO Pain Torture AgonyMORE INFO They Call Me BookerMORE INFO Japan, The Rikidozan Years: 1951-1963MORE INFO Florida Mat Wars 1977MORE INFO  

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  We are offering a 50 percent discount on three of our book titles with the purchase of two books at regular price.

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Tennessee Wrestling Legends Reunion souvenirs

The "Tennessee Wrestling Legends Reunion" is a private annual event held in Gallatin, Tennessee,
for the wrestlers who worked for Nick Gulas prior to 1980.

Each year, several kinds of memorabilia are created and given to the attendees.

Now, for the first time, some of the memorabilia is being offer to the public.

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Video is taken from several sources, including VHS & DVD.  Now available in a quality format at affordable prices.

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Crowbar Press on Kindle
 
Crowbar Press on Kindle!
  
Crowbar Press has many of their books on Kindle!

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Posters from the Golden Age of Wrestling
 
Replica posters
  
 
  "Classic Wrestling Poster Replicas" is a series of all-new posters created and produced by Scott Teal through Crowbar Press. Each poster features a classic wrestling card from the past. We have re-created posters from the golden age as closely as possible to the originals. For territories which had no posters, or for which we had no examples, we created them as we imagine they would have looked. We also created posters based on the style of the newspaper ads of the time.

These posters are NOT lithographs or mass-produced on cheap paper. Each poster is actually a high-quality, glossy PHOTOGRAPH which comes in three sizes — 8x10, 12x16, and 16x20 inches.

These beautiful posters are sure to become collector's items and more cards will be released in the near future. Our hope is they will help preserve the legacy of professional wrestling's legends and increase interest in the history of professional wrestling.

— HAVE YOUR NAME PRINTED ON ANY OF THE POSTERS! —

We can add YOUR NAME in the place of ANY wrestler on the poster for an extra $3. This offer is available for 16x20 posters only.

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling

#1

American
Wrestling Association

American Wrestling Association

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#2

Georgia
Championship Wrestling

Georgia Championship Wrestling

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#3

Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling:
The Tag-Team Era

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: The Tag-Team Era

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#4

The Golden Age of Wrestling


The Golden Age of Wrestling

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#5

World
Championship Wrestling
Volume 1

World Championship Wrestling, v1

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#6

World
Championship Wrestling
Volume 2

World Championship Wrestling, v2

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#7

World
Championship Wrestling
Volume 3

World Championship Wrestling, v3

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#8

The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 1

The Lovely

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#9

The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 2

The Lovely But Lethal Ladies of Professional Wrestling, v2

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#11

Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling:
The Singles Era

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling

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#13

Championship Wrestling
from Florida

World Championship Wrestling, v2

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Posters

From Parts Unknown
Poster #1

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #2

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #3

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #4

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #5

From Parts Unknown Poster #5

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Title Histories The Superstars
Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #1

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NWA world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #2

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Missouri heavyweight title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #3

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The Superstars

Buddy Rogers

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Shooting with the Legends

#1
Don Fargo

Don Fargo DVD

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#2
The Great Mephisto

The Great Mephisto DVD

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#3
Ole Anderson, volume 1

Ole Anderson DVD

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#4
Ole Anderson, volume 2

Ole Anderson DVD

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#5
Bob Roop, volume 1

Bob Roop DVD

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#6
Bob Roop, volume 2

Bob Roop DVD

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#7
Bobby Simmons

Bobby Simmons DVD

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#8
Mac McMurray

Mac McMurray DVD

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#9
Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall DVD

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#10
Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith DVD

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#11
Duke Myers, volume 1

Duke Myers, volume 1 DVD

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#12
Duke Myers, volume 2

Duke Myers, volume 2 DVD

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#13
Archie Gouldie

Archie Gouldie DVD

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