Historical Dictionary of Wrestling
Scarecrow Press, 6 mar 2014 - 444
Wrestling as a legitimate contest is one of the oldest, if not the oldest form of sport. There are cave drawings depicting memorable matches in France, which are over 15,000 years old. Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs depict wrestling bouts where wrestlers are using most of the holds known to the modern-day sport. Wrestling was also a big part of ancient Greek literature and legend and historical records of sport indicate that wrestling under various sets of rules was contested at the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Today’s modern wrestling is a form of "sports entertainment" in which highly skilled athletes enact wrestling matches in such a way so that their opponents do not get hurt and the matches' endings are scripted (although the audience is not aware of the script).
This Historical Dictionary of Wrestling covers the history of Wrestling through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on important amateur and professional wrestling, wrestling personalities, announcers, managers and promoters from all eras, and wrestling organizations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the sport of Wrestling.
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Appendix A Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees
Appendix B Nicknames and Ring Names
Appendix C Professional Wrestlers Who Used Their Real Names
Appendix D Early Professional Wrestling Heavyweight Champions
Appendix E Wrestlemania Events
Appendix F Royal Rumble Events
Appendix G Professional Wrestling Promotional Groups
Appendix H Fédération Internationale de Luttes Associees FILA Hall of Fame Inductees
APPENDIX I Olympic Wrestling Champions GrecoRoman Style
Appendix J National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Champions
Appendix K Dan Hodge Trophy Winners
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