Subtitle: The Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is devoted to the concept of  a “wrestler’s wrestler” – wrestlers that other wrestlers recognize for their skill and attitude, as well as for making their opponents’ performance look great in the ring. The authors interviewed over 40 wrestlers and others associated with the business and used their input to come with a list of about 60 wrestlers who met their criteria.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have met 13 of the wrestlers profiled through my involvement with both Harley Race and the Cauliflower Alley Club. My favorite story from the book involved one of those thirteen, Sputnik Monroe. I knew that Monroe was a star down south about 60 years ago. What I didn’t know was that he was also recognized as a civil rights icon in Memphis. The profile of each wrestler covers basic biographical data, career highlights, and comments from their contemporaries.

I gave The Wrestler’s Wrestlers five stars on Goodreads. In my opinion it’s a little more skewed toward the last 10-20 years than it should be, and it made me sad to read that so many of the stars from when I first started watching nearly 50 years ago have died, but I still loved this book from beginning to end.