Swimming with Piranhas: Surviving the Politics of Professional Wrestling

Swimming with Piranhas: Surviving the Politics of Professional Wrestling


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In this memoir, the former president of the National Wrestling Alliance, Howard Brody gives a first hand account of how he’s been able to survive the world of pro wrestling politics, despite getting a few bloody noses along the way. Brody delves into the historical aspects of his time at the NWA, describing encounters – both good and bad – with some of professional wrestling’s most powerful and creative minds including Vince and Linda McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, Tod Gordon, Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, the Funks, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Cornette, Hulk Hogan, and more. Brody describes how he got hooked on the business, how he raised money to shoot a ladies wrestling TV pilot, and how he finally ended up in the NWA, serving as its president from 1996 to 2001, and the controversy surrounding how and why he left. Delving into the inner workings of booking and promoting shows, from dealing with talent to building managers, radio and television stations, Brody explains the differences and similarities between small, medium and large promotions, and talks about the nature of negotiating and selling wrestling to television networks and sponsors. Swimming With Piranhas covers aspects of the pro wrestling business that have yet to be captured on paper. This book reveals the true war stories as Brody takes the reader into the boardrooms and back offices of the most exciting business in the world: professional wrestling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550228670
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Howard Brody is a wrestling promoter and was president of the National Wrestling Alliance from 1996 to 2001. He is the coauthor of "Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream." He lives in Las Vegas. James E. Cornette is a legendary wrestling manager.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Foreword XI

Introduction XIII

1 Where Have You Wrestled? 1

2 Political Science 101 12

3 There's No Substitute For Experience 30

4 Changing Times 62

5 Eureka! 79

6 WOW! No, WWOW! 100

7 Flight Of The Bumblebee 126

8 Running On Empty 148

9 Riding The Roller Coaster 167

10 1994 196

11 The Good, The Bad And The Downright Scary 222

12 Journey Of A Ring Warrior 246

13 King Of The Carnies 278

14 Hail To The Chief 301

15 Life After The NWA 372

16 Against All Odds 399

17 Final Thoughts 409

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Fascinating new memoir."  —Scripps News

"One of the best wrestling books out there . . . the most real book about wrestling outside of WWE/TNA, most notably the underbelly of the business, that I've seen."  —Wrestling Observer

"Brody had success and failure and came away with an amazing story to tell."  —PWInsider.com

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