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Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Februar 2004


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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Broadway Books; Auflage: Reprint (24. Februar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400051436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400051434
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,4 x 20,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 10.213 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Shaun Assael, a senior writer for ESPN: The Magazine, is the author of Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour.

Mike Mooneyham, an editor with the Charleston Post and Courier, pens the longest-running wrestling column in the country.


From the Hardcover edition.

Leseprobe. Abdruck erfolgt mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Rechteinhaber. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

Introduction

Kansas City: May 23, 1999

As Owen Hart arrived at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, he felt queasy about what his paycheck required of him. Most of the wrestlers, or the Boys, employed by the World Wrestling Federation were willing to do anything that Vince McMahon, its dimple-chinned owner, asked of them. But Owen had recently begged off of performing a seduction scene with a former Miss Texas named Debra Marshall. The WWF had just come through the May sweeps having notched the four highest-rated shows in all of cable television. And Hart knew that the children in his son's private school in Calgary-like those in schools across America-watched its show on Monday nights. He didn't want to confuse his son, who was just seven, or his three-year-old daughter, by flirting with another woman before 6 million viewers.

Unfortunately, his request for an alternative yielded something that was only slightly more appealing. McMahon had ordered him to resurrect the Blue Blazer, a silly superhero that Owen had used when he was starting out in the mid-eighties, when the business was still about cartoon costumes and simple morality plays. It required him to wear a full-face mask with dollops of silver and red, a blue leotard with a red spider on it, and a feathered shoulder cape, all of which he found extremely embarrassing. But he assumed that was the point. McMahon wanted to use him to needle all the moralists and handwringers who were accusing the WWF of peddling pornography and violence to kids. The more self-consciously pious the Blazer looked and acted, the better he served that purpose.

Because this was one of twelve pay-per-views that the WWF staged a year in addition to its regular cable TV shows, McMahon also wanted a little something extra from the Blazer tonight. Owen and his wife, Martha, had discussed it before he left for Kansas City, while they were walking through the five-thousand-square-foot home they were building in Calgary's pristine and woodsy Elbow Valley. Owen liked to quip that he was probably the cheapest man in wrestling, though he rarely joked when he sidled up to the younger Boys and implored them to be smart with their money, to save it for when their star eventually faded. He could have done without all those nights sleeping in cheap motels, eating bad buffet food. But at least he knew where it had gone-into this lakefront spread. Too many wrestlers his age had woken up with no clue. (And no house.)

As he looked at his wife, however, he could see she was worried about what the job required this week. Vince's writers wanted the Blazer to descend on a steel cable from the arena's rafters, looking clumsy and comical on the way down. Martha was concerned because her husband was afraid of heights; the whole thing just seemed absurdly risky to her. But Owen said that he'd made one stink already this month. He wasn't going to land deeper in Vince's doghouse by making another one so soon.

If there was any consolation, it was that the evening would end with him winning the Intercontinental belt, a mid-card honor that assured he'd be kept in the limelight. The writers had arranged that he'd get it from Charles Wright, a popular three-hundred-pound ex-Vegas bouncer whose character, a pimp called the Godfather, was escorted to the ring by faux hookers in a ho train. Once he made it into the ring he'd be fine, Owen told his wife.

But as the thirty-four-year-old walked past the guard station at the Kemper Arena, he had to admit he still felt uneasy. After making his way backstage, he grabbed a bite to eat at the preshow buffet and decided to use his spare time to climb up to the catwalk and look over the rigging. It featured a harness with a release mechanism similar to the kind used on a parachute; once he'd gotten all the way down, all he had to do was pull a lever and it would release him. It sounded simple, but neither three successful trial runs nor the backstage food had completely settled his stomach by show time.

The pay-per-view was called Over the Edge, and in order to boost the number of buys that night, McMahon used a tried-and-true gimmick: On Sunday nights, the USA network broadcast another of his cable shows, which was called Heat. On the one airing tonight, he created a cliff-hanger ending that viewers had to pay to see resolved. He'd personally climbed into the ring to face a brawler with a tattooed forehead and in the process supposedly had his ankle shattered. As the show ended at 8 P.M., viewers saw the fifty-three-year-old writhing in pain, offering the lure of three more hours of similar action for just $29.95.

For the two hundred and fifty thousand viewers who bought Over the Edge, the next image they saw was of a hooded devil worshiper with white eyes, bathed in pink smoke and intoning, "Tonight, darkness will seize the land and destroy all you hold dear." This was the Undertaker, promising that later in the evening he would meet the company's biggest star, Steve Austin, and "devour your soul."

Owen was already on the catwalk by the time that part of the show went to air. Wearing coveralls to mask his costume, he'd made his way unnoticed through the crowd, reaching a ladder that took him to a juncture where three stagehands were waiting to help him get ready for the stunt. Before he'd arrived, he'd taped a video clip of his own, declaring, "The Blue Blazer is back because the WWF needs the Blue Blazer." Now, as he watched it flicker on two huge video screens in the arena, he breathed evenly and thought about how he was going to make the twenty thousand fans watching it laugh after he'd dropped down and released the harness.

Ringside announcer Jim Ross was watching Hart's pretaped segment on his monitor when Owen started his descent, as was his partner, the acerbic colorman, Jerry Lawler. It was Lawler who first heard the words "Look out!" and glanced up to see Hart hurtling eighty feet down the rigging. Fans who saw the same thing thought they were seeing a mannequin falling headfirst off one of the padded buckles that connects the ring ropes, flipping over and collapsing in a heap in the corner of the ring.

Lawler elbowed Ross and mouthed the frightened words "He fell," then leaped from his seat and raced to the ring. When he found Hart lying on his back with his left arm extended in the air, Lawler's first reaction was relief: He thought the wrestler was signaling that he was still alive. But then the announcer looked more closely.

Hart's eyes were open, but they were lifeless. A gash had been torn in his arm, but there was little blood, a sign that his heart had stopped beating. As Hart's body changed in color from purple to blue to gray, Lawler cradled the dying wrestler's head in his arms, waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

A backstage producer feverishly screamed for someone to call the ambulance-the one that had been used in the night's earlier stunt with McMahon-to get it to turn around and head back to the arena. A child in the front row, assuming it was all part of the act, gleefully pointed at Hart's body, waving the Styrofoam middle finger he'd bought earlier. In the broadcast truck, the show's director screamed to cut back to the continuation of Hart's taped interview. And in that instant, the Blue Blazer reappeared before tens of thousands of television viewers, mugging for the camera and proclaiming that "the Godfather is everything that is wrong with the WWF. But the Blue Blazer will triumph over the evildoers."

Lawler got a sick feeling as he heard the chant "Owen, Owen" from fans who assumed the men in the EMT uniforms rushing into the ring were actors. "It doesn't look good at all," he said as he returned to the announcing table. As if the point needed embellishing, a fan behind him pointed to the...

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13 von 14 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Harald Hofer am 27. September 2002
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Mit SEX, LIES AND HEADLOCKS bekommt der geneigte Wrestlingfan und der, der es noch werden möchte, ein Buch der Extraklasse vorgelegt.
Alle Momente, die die WWF(E) bis jetzt prägten, bzw. seinem Inhaber Vince McMahon, werden ausführlich dargestellt und exakt behandelt.
Vom Beginn der Liga, dem explosivem Aufstieg, vom Glanz und Glamour aber auch von den diversen kleineren und großen Skandalen: alles steckt in diesem Buch. Man bekommt einen derart genauen Einblick in das Wrestlingbusiness, dass man aus dem Staunen nicht mehr herauskommt.
Nun versteht man auch, warum bis Mitte der 90iger alles so geheimgehalten wurde und das Business nur Insidern genauer bekannt war!
Das absolut tolle an dem Buch ist aber, dass auch die "Konkurrenz" der WWF(E) genauer unter die Lupe genommen wird. Details sollen nicht verraten werden, ich habe das Buch an einem Wochenende ausgelesen. Es hat mich derart gefesselt.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 11. Februar 2005
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This is a tremendous book providing a relentless insight into the dubious soap-opera world of wrestling entertainment.
We get to know how wrestling became a million-dollar industry, starting as being as popular as baseball in some cities during the 1940s, growing bigger by the merging territories, and having its promoters waging wars for broadcast and filling arenas.
We learn how the man who now controls the entire wrestling world, Vince McMahon, is constantly pushing the envelope with new ideas for making the WWF a flourishing business since he first set foot in his father's company. We get to know how drugs affected the athletes' and his own life in the late 1980s and how the WWF and MTV's rock world profited from each other.
We gain a perfect insight into the "Monday night wars" between Vince's WWF and billionaire Ted Turner's WCW - similar worlds where some wrestlers became residents and commuters.
This book reveals more than the average fan ought to know - things that took place behind the scenes and in the private lives of our beloved athletes, but I don't find it disturbing; whether you love wrestling entertainment or consider it fake rubbish - the stories rather intensify its fascination and tell us how much of a work wrestling really is - in order to keep it the most breathtaking sports entertainment of all times.
This book can definitely shatter some illusions, but if you're already a fan and insider and love to learn more about the "boys behind the curtain" than in their promotional publications and how Vince Mc Mahon and his WWE have risen to worldwide stardom, don't be afraid to pin it 1, 2, 3!
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Jan "einer von vielen Jans" am 13. Februar 2008
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Das Buch an sich ist sehr gut geschrieben.Es hat mich wirklich bis zum Ende gefesselt.
Jetzt kommt das große ABER:
Als Leser wird einem nur dargeboten wie schlecht die WWF (heute WWE) und McMahon sind. Die WCW und deren Mitarbeiter werden im Gegensatz dazu deutlich besser dargestellt.
Ob wirklich alles so gewesen ist wie es in diesem Buch steht wage ich zu bezweifeln. Ich denke die Wahrheit über den Montreal Screwjob, sowie später das Ende der WCW, liegt irgendwo zwischen dem was WWEler erzählen und dem was in diesem Buch steht und von Ex-WCWlern erzählt wird.
Aber wie gesagt jeder hat seine eigene Meinung und spannend zu lesen für Wrestlingfans ist es allemal.
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Von B. Preuschoff am 1. August 2013
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....aber sicher nicht für das komplette Bild.

Die Fans lesen ja meist zunächst mal die Biographien der einzelnen Stars. Hier einmal mehr der Verweis auf das Buch von Bret Hart, das sehr umfangreich ist.

Das ist auch notwendig, um vieles hier einordnen zu können; es wird der Geschäftshintergrund der WCW/WWF/WWE gezeigt und die kaufmännischen Entwicklungen, die ja dem Fan in aller Regel verborgen bleiben, aber einen guten Hintergrund zu verschiedenen Ereignissen geben. Insbesondere die Rolle der Kabel- und Netzwerk-Entwicklungen wird hier einmal sehr klar.

Schwierig meines Erachtens:
- Vieles bleibt doch sehr auf Yellow-Press-Niveau, wird sehr reißerisch formuliert und oberflächlich gehandhabt. Bei manchen Informationen fragt an sich, ob die auf sauberem Weg zu beschaffen waren bzw. vieles bleiben doch Vermutungen.
- In der Tat ist der Blick sehr einseitig auf die dunklen Machenschaften der McMahons gerichtet, die zwar schon sehr kurios sind, aber sicher nicht bedeutet, daß die anderen alle eine reine Weste haben.
- Das Englisch ist teilweise sehr sportlich und bedarf deutlicher Erfahrung mit Native Speakern. Die Biographien von Shawn Michaels und Bret Hart sind ja sehr einfach gehalten und leicht zu lesen; dies ist hier nicht der Fall.

FAZIT:
Eine gute Ergänzung - aber mit Barrieren.
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27 von 28 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Was this really researched well? 26. November 2003
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The major concern I have is whether or not some rarely known facts were thoroughly researched. My concern comes from the fact that there were many inaccuracies in the book that I knew for a fact were wrong. For instance, the Rick Steamboat-Randy Savage WMIII match that Assael claims went nearly an hour, was actually a fifteen minute affair. Assael also writes that Lex Luger slammed Yokozuna on "July 4, 1995" just prior to his shocking appearance on Nitro. Problem was, the bodyslam actually took place July 4, 1993 - big difference. If he can't get this stuff right - which is can be found very easily in any old PWI Almanac - how can we trust him to know what was going on in meetings with Vince McMahon and Ted Turner held behind closed doors?
27 von 29 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Interesting yet sad look into the world of pro wrestling 22. Juli 2002
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I found the book "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks" to be interesting, though some of the stories to be quite depressing. It is just amazing some of the stuff that goes behind the scenes in the wrestling business. For one, I was shocked what Vader said after learning of the death of Brian Pillman.
The timeline of the book goes from the start of the NWA in 1948 to when the McMahon's moved their WWF company from USA over to Viacom.
I'd recommend the book for all wrestling fans thought acknowleging that it is not perfect. There are some inaccuracies with dates and other information. The authors flip back and forth between topics. This can lead to some incohesivenss and rather pointless info that may be just included for pure shock factor.
At the end of the book their is a final chapter that is very rushed. It includes the XFL, demise of ECW, and the sale of WCW to Vince McMahon. I felt that the sale should have had alot more detail since it was one of the biggest news stories in wrestling history. It would have been nice if the authors would have gone into more detail covering it.
The book was a bit short (258 Pages, not the 288 Amazon.com lists) and can be read at a fast pace. The language in the book is not the greatest. I can understand when the authors quote someone but I was suprised to see some of the words they used themselves. It did not bother me but it might not be a great choice to read for someone who is of a younger age.
Would have been nice to see the book a bit longer and covering more topics but this is probably the best book on wrestling that has been released lately. Despite the cons, It was still very enjoyable.
12 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Facts wrong. 25. Februar 2004
Von Jason L. Pemberton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is well written, but not a lot of research was done. It's written like fiction. Andre the Giant did not retire in 1987, as this book states. He won the world title in 88, and the tag titles in 1990.
Sloppy facts and enough made up info and verbiage make this book a no go.
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The squared circle is exposed....... 20. April 2003
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Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is perhaps one of the most revealing narratives ever composed on the subject of professional wrestling. The authors have laid bare much material about the business that was once considered inside information and not for public consumption.
In effect, the reader is treated to a fascinating back-stage look into how Sports Entertainment emerged from humble beginnings into a corporate and television empire.
Centering around the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) dynasty is Vince McMahon, the company owner, with him being an essential focal point in the book. Virtually no stone is left unturned in the revelations of how be bought the company from his father and used, sometimes ruthlessly, whatever business tactics he needed to buy out his competition and solidify his domination in the wrestling market.
Not without its myriad problems during its rise to greatness, the WWF would absorb many situations that pushed it close to failure on several occasions. Among some incidents would be rampant steroid use by wrestlers and revealing sex scandals in the 1980s. Rebounding from this and moving into the 1990s, Vince McMahon would eventually go head to head with media mogul Ted Turner regarding their many ugly battles to ruin each other and gain domination in the cable television market.
Shifting into the late 1990s and approaching the new millennium, the WWF would finally begin its eventual rise to the top through perseverance and shrewd business dealings that have made it the sole professional wrestling powerhouse they are today.
Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is a very well written and researched book and is probably the closest look you will ever get to truly knowing and understanding the WWF's history and its secrets. For all fans of Sports Entertainment, this book is a real treat and comes highly recommended.
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Title is misleading 29. Juli 2003
Von Joe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is billed as, "The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation", but this book is REALLY about the hisotry of the television development of the WWF, WCW, and NWA. The book is primarliy about how wrestling gained exposure through cable television and how the WWF and WCW eventually became giants through television and how WCW "overtook" the WWF in the ratings, and then going back to second fiddle to their eventual demise.
It's fairly easy reading. I finished this in two days.
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