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ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-841-0
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Every fan of professional wrestling remembers the moment that captured their heart forever and hooked them for life. Whether it was Ric Flair regaining the NWA Championship from Harley Race at Starrcade, the Freebirds turning heel on Kerry Von Erich, Mick Foley flying off the cage at King of the Ring , Samoa Joe's epic trilogy with CM Punk in Ring of Honor, or the premiere of WCW's Nitro: these are the matches and moments that thrilled, terrified, or outraged overwhelming you with real emotion.

Mike Rickard's Wrestling's Greatest Moments brings you all the most memorable and controversial moments from modern wrestling history. It's an insightful and essential compendium of thirty years' worth of groundbreaking matches, angles and interviews. From Hulkamania to the Montreal "screwjob," from the NWA to the nWo, you'll rediscover what really occurred in arenas and on the air worldwide, and learn all the backstage and behind-the-scenes secrets that made these highlight-reel moments possible from the men and women who were there.

Whether you watched Stone Cold Steve Austin point a gun at WWE honcho Vince McMahon's head, or stood outside the building as D-Generation X "invaded" WCW; whether you look back with nostalgia to "The King" slapping Andy Kaufman silly on Letterman or believe wrestling was better when Bruno sold out Shea; whether you were one of the Philadelphia "bingo hall" faithful who made ECW "extreme" or a casual observer of the Monday Night Wars; whether you're reliving these moments or discovering them for the first time, Wrestling's Greatest Moments will enthrall you with the exploits and extravagance, the tragedies and triumphs of the sport of kings.

About the Author:  Mike Rickard has been writing about the sport of kings since 2005.  His work has been seen on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's website, Pro Wrestling Torch, Gumgod, World Wrestling Insanity, and Canadian Bulldog's World.
There's a reason the Big Four pay-per-views (PPV) have been around since the 1980's; each one brings something special to the table. The Royal Rumble keeps the excitement of the battle royal with its winner-take-all stakes but moderates the excess of the traditional battle royal. Through the years, it's made for some great moments and some career-defining ones as well. Last year  year  we took a look at the evolution of the Rumble, this time we'll see more of what makes the Rumble so royal.

        This Sunday, thirty Superstars will compete for the chance to headline WrestleMania. The beauty of the Rumble is that it can make stars out of wrestlers, even if they don't win the event itself. The Rumble is a great way for wrestlers to get over by how long they last in the ring and/or how many people they eliminate. Whether it's new stars competing or veterans returning after an absence, the Rumble can elevate you.

The Eliminators:
No, we're not talking about the ECW tag team made up of Perry Saturn and John Kronus, but the Superstars who steamrolled over their opponents during The Royal Rumble. The WWE has used the Rumble to get wrestlers over by the sheer number of opponents they've eliminated from the match. In 2014, Roman Reigns broke Kane's 13-year record of 11 eliminations by kicking 12 Superstars out of the ring. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's ten eliminations in 1997 makes him one of three Superstars to have more than ten eliminations in one match. 

        The Marathon Man: Surviving the Rumble is an accomplishment in itself. With anywhere from 20-40 Superstars in the ring (the Rumble typically has 30 entrants but it's varied over the years, beginning with 20 in 1988 and going to 40 in 2011), it's a battle just to stay in, let alone win the event. Through the years, several Superstars have distinguished themselves by staying in, some even more so by winning the match in the process. Rey Mysterio still holds the endurance record, thanks to his 2006 appearance where he lasted 1:02:12 (That's one hour, two minutes, and twelve seconds for those of you used to common core math) and won the Rumble. Chris Benoit held the record for eleven years until Mysterio broke it, enduring the match for 1:01:31 and winning it. Bob Backlund's physical conditioning was on display in 1993 when he lasted 1:01:10. Triple H proved to be a sixty-minute man in 2006 when he lasted 1:00:16 before being thrown out. Ric Flair's 1992 win (The WWF Championship was on the line then) saw him last 1:00:02.

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