Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman by Gary Michael Cappetta

By Gary Michael Cappetta

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2000
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Asking key questions reminiscent of What do you do when you are in Germany and you have got Mick Foley's lately torn-off ear on your possession? and How do you cease a struggle among Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious?, this memoir files two decades of the author's adventure as an announcer for the WWF, autonomous professional wrestling venues, and the WCW.

Exploring the lives of the wrestlers and the facility struggles in their employers, the booklet at the same time presents a truly own standpoint on seasoned wrestling and a extra worldwide view of the harmful video games that professional wrestlers and their company employers play to procure wealth, status, and tool.

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During my first years on television, I made the mistake of asking why I didn’t have to belong to the union. I innocently thought everyone on television did. The comeback was creative. I was told that a wrestling event came under a special aftra provision allowing a sporting event (which pro wrestling is not) that is broadcast live (which we weren’t) to be exempt from union supervision. While I knew better, I kept my mouth shut and pretended to accept this ludicrous explanation. Those who worked for the McMahons sensed that anyone who challenged the system would quickly be replaced.

Anyway, I accepted such periodic pranks as my rite of passage into the wrestling fraternity. I was receiving an elementary education in Wrestling Subculture 101 and I didn’t have a clue. Every month when I asked Monsoon for the dates of my future bookings, he cautiously wrapped his oversized date ledger around his head, partly because he suffered from poor vision, and partly to keep the information it contained hidden from me. The large black book listed the dates, towns and matches for each night through the following month.

When he wrestled, he was uncontrollable. In the ’70s he never spoke English — he only bellowed and howled. George’s eyes darted from side to side as he erratically charged his opponent, the referee and the fans. After the Animal won the match, he comforted himself by shredding the corner turnbuckles with his teeth and proceeded to chew the foam padding. He appeared on the scene in June and disappeared in September because, oddly enough, he was a schoolteacher in the Detroit area. I wasn’t aware of this at the time.

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