Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman by Gary Michael Cappetta

By Gary Michael Cappetta

Publish yr note: First released in 2000

Asking key questions equivalent to What do you do while you're in Germany and you have got Mick Foley's lately torn-off ear on your possession? and How do you cease a struggle among Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious?, this memoir records two decades of the author's event as an announcer for the WWF, self sufficient professional wrestling venues, and the WCW.

Exploring the lives of the wrestlers and the ability struggles in their employers, the ebook concurrently presents a truly own point of view on seasoned wrestling and a extra international view of the damaging video games that professional wrestlers and their company employers play to obtain wealth, popularity, and gear.

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Too startled to stop, I slid across to the opposite side of the ring. Too proud to lose my composure, I stoically forged ahead with my announcements. When the fans saw that I refused to miss a beat of the rousing introduction, they burst into uncontrollable laughter. As taunting catcalls echoed from the far reaches of the hall, I stumbled out of the ring in a daze without knowing what had hit me. The laughter of the crowd outlasted the dreaded special event. The night had concluded on an upbeat note due to a frustrated fan from Philadelphia.

From monster to management . . only in America! Monsoon came to the pros from college. BODYSLAMS! 11 Bodyslams_final_Webcom 12/22/05 11:15 AM Page 12 CHAPTER 2 The Bunkhouse Stampede What gives an act its great entertainment value is its spontaneity. It’s the way an actor seizes on something that happens unexpectedly and turns it into a laugh. The public loves that. William Morris, founder of the William Morris Talent Agency After the Labor Day show, I thanked my mentors and headed back to the real world.

Impatient with my guarded answers, he finally revealed that he was Shane McMahon, that he had come to the show with his father and that he was asking so many questions because he was interested in learrning more about the business. ” Talk about a chip off the old block! In 1976, I was paid sixty-five dollars for one night of television announcing. Sixty-five dollars for three one-hour programs. Nothing extra. Travel expenses, food and costumes (which for me were makeshift tuxedoes) were all considered ordinary expenses for which I was responsible.

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