Review of Pro Wrestling HOF: Heroes & Icons book
by Alan Wojcik
From the gentlemen who brought you three previous books involving the Heels, Tag Teams and Canadians, comes Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes and Icons written by the collaboration of Greg Oliver, Steven Johnson & Mike Mooneyham with an introduction by WWE Hall of Famer manager JJ Dillon. The introduction of the 560 page book gives the reason of it being Heroes and Icons as opposed to just the wrestling term “Babyface” which I do not mind one bit. The book is broken down into several sections:
Top Twenty, The Next Five, Pre-World War II, African-Americans, Post-War Territorial Era, Ethnic Heroes, Hometown Heroes, Cowboys & Indians, National Era and lastly Anti-Heroes.
I will not give away the order of the top twenty chapter but I will lost them out: Hulk Hogan, Lou Thesz, Jim Londos, Steve Austin, Bobo Brazil, Bruno Sammartino, Danny Hodge, Dusty Rhodes, Verne Gagne, Ricky Steamboat, Andre the Giant, Antonino Rocca, Jack Brisco, Eduardo Carpentier, Bret Heart, Billy Watson, Wahoo McDaniel, Bob Ellis, Dory Funk Jr. and Steve Casey. I will say I do not understand how Junkyard Dog who is in the Next Five chapter is not in the Top Twenty as he was SUPER over in the Mid-South territory and the WWF.
The idea of not focusing on just the major WWF/AWA/NWA/Crockett names is an interesting choice as you get the names even someone like me who has grown up with wrestling would not ever know, since I didn’t live where that guy homesteaded. I am sure you are asking why 560 pages?? I have no explanation but they do spend more than one page on even the stars in the Hometown Heroes section.
If you have a wrestling fan who you need a stocking stuffer this holiday season, add this to the shopping bag. Especially if they have any of the previous three publications this group has written. Thanks to ECW Press (www.ecwpress.com) for allowing the chance to read this great work.
Alan Wojcik has been covering wrestling since 2001 and currently be heard on Kayfabe Wrestling Radio Tuesday nights 9pm on www.wildtalkradio.com