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Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever

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For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally-based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by ECW Press
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Dan Schwent
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
The National Wrestling Alliance, a group of allied wrestling promoters and their territories had been around for decades. With the advent of cable TV, could the territory system survive? Not if one enterprising promoter from the Northeast has his way...

Yeah, the teaser is misleading since we all know Vince won the war. Anyway, I enjoyed National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Professional Wrestling and decided to pick this up. I was not disappointed.

Death of
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Brandon
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tim Hornbaker tells the story of the collapse of the pro wrestling territorial system within the United States.

I long believed that Vince McMahon was mainly successful in establishing a nation-wide wrestling promotion because he was a visionary; that he was the first of the American wrestling promoters to give it a go when it came to territorial expansion. Many before him had tested the territorial limits by attempting to expand into nearby states, but never with the gusto that McMahon possessed
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Nathan
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beginning with the explanation of how wrestling established imposed territories (mostly in the US but truly across the world), Hornbaker recounts how, in both incremental spurts and monumental leaps, wrestling formed itself into the state in which we view it today.

Yeah, this could also just be summarized as "the rise of Vince McMahon Jr", as that's what it truly amounts to, but the nitty-gritty, Machiavellian tactics to the shifts in loyalty, the creative elements leading to innovative changes,
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Michael Rickard
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Brian Manville
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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In the beginning, wrestling captivated America. Farm boys were familiar with it, having done it themselves as tests of strength and finesse. Over time, it became entertainment - a part of the carnival where hookers grappled with unsuspecting marks who attempted to impress their friends by trying to defeat the wrestler. Over time, it became an event in various venues. Unfortunately, fans soon tired of the multi-hour matches that featured more grunting than action. Hence, the birth of the fixed ma ...more
Edwin Howard
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
DEATH OF THE TERRITORIES, by Tim Hornbaker, recounts the professional wrestling world starting with its geographically organized existence from the 1950's to the late 1970's as an alliance where each region knew how to work with and coexist amongst the group as a whole to the total upheaval of the wrestling community. A revolution started by Vince McMahon Jr and the WWF and ended in the late 1980's with a new dynamic; McMahon on top, and everyone else retired, gone, and/or wiped out. Any remaini ...more
Lucas Brandl
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This book was thoroughly researched and covers possibly the most important story in pro wrestling's history. The author finds great quotes from 1980s newspapers with promoters around the country upset about Vince McMahon Jr- how he's "disrespecting the sport" with his entertainment oriented product or disrespecting the order of things by moving in on other promoter's territories.

The reality of the 1980s was that cable television had changed the equation, and territorial wrestling was never goin
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Andrea
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever by Tim Hornbaker focuses on the rise of Vince McMahon's vision of a nationwide wrestling program. However, rather than exploring Vince's process, this one really focuses on the regional wrestling model and where it all fell apart. For those who aren't aware (ad admittedly I didn't know a lot of this information prior to reading the book), pro wrestling
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Kyle
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

A comprehensive exploration of the territorial system of wrestling past and how that system met its ultimate demise. Though being central to the demise, this is not a biography of Vince McMahon, but rather is a biography of the collective territories. This is an informative and vital read for wrestling fans new and old. Wrestling fans of a certain age across the country will relive fond memories, big personalities, an
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Ed Logiudice
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you liked wrestling in the 80s, then this book is for you. Well-researched and well written.
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This book focuses on the early days of wrestling and its scrupulous promoters, as well as the formation of different territories that those promoters controlled. This is a comprehensive history of alliances and associations, regional territories, promoters, bookers, and wrestling talent as the focus of the sport shifted from regionalism to syndication and global expansion.

As a young kid in northeast Texas in the 80s, I lived just over two hours from Dallas, TX, Little Rock, AR, and Shreveport,
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