The essence of the Samurai Soul is forever preserved in steel, creating havoc for kings and gods.
Bluegrass Brawlers: The Story of Professional Wrestling in Louisville
by John Cosper
It is my life long goal to own every wrestling book ever written and while I accept this won’t actually ever happen, it is a goal I continue to work on.
Historically I tend to be disappointed in the history books and find the autobiographies to be much more enjoyable, especially at this point where rarely do the history books actually tell me anything I don’t already know and, in fact, often get things wrong (this one only had one example of that).
All that being said… I enjoyed this book. It was well written and not dry like many of them are and because it focused on such a specific subject there were many stories I was not familiar with (also many that I was familiar with).
The book covered pretty much everything from the late 1800’s through Drake Younger getting signed to WWE last year and all points in between.
For recent fans of wrestling there are stories of Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, and a virtual who’s who of top stars that passed through Louisville.
Would be nice if other cities or territories could also get his treatment, a well written look at this history. In my library I have one on Australia, a couple on Canada, two on England, but not much on America (besides multiple on specific companies, especially ECW). I would love histories on Northern California, Southern California, Florida, Philadelphia….really anything as long as it was well written.
Here is hoping that author John Cosper follows this up with another one.
Rise Against’s ”I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” music video.
The world has been at peace for 8% of Recorded History.