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

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

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 For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally-based promotion op...

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Title:Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever
Author:Tim Hornbaker
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:280 pages pages

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

  • Dan Schwent
    Aug 18, 2018
    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 misleadin...
  • Thomas Greaves
    Oct 07, 2018
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  • Oliver Bateman
    Nov 28, 2018
    An excellent part two to Hornbaker's earlier book on the rise and fall of the NWA, focusing on the period during which the WWE expanded across the country. What Hornbaker does extremely well is illustrating all the "moments of maybe" during which other companies could've possibly fille...
  • Brandon
    Aug 05, 2018
    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 America...
  • Aaron
    Oct 16, 2018
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  • A Reader's Heaven
    Sep 16, 2018
    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.) For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally-based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatl...
  • John
    Sep 27, 2018
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  • Writemoves
    Oct 24, 2018
    I have been a pro wrestling fan for almost 60 years. I remember Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, The Kangaroos, Bobo Brazil and many other Old-time wrestlers. I remember watching Florida Championship Wrestling with Gordon Solie in black and white when I was in college. I have been fasci...
  • Edwin Howard
    Sep 21, 2018
    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 uph...
  • Kyle
    Aug 29, 2018
    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 rath...
  • Jay Dougherty
    Nov 27, 2018
    Best book on the subject. Excellent. Essential for any old school wrestling fan. ...
  • Joe Crawford
    Oct 05, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • Brian Manville
    Oct 08, 2018
    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...
  • Travis Bowden
    Jan 04, 2019
    Learned very little new facts. Well-researched but at times his lack of understanding of various territories shines through: Case in point, Tim mentions Jerry Jarrett lost Jerry Lawler as a talent to the WWF when Jarrett by that time was working closely with Vince and strongly suggeste...
  • Andrea
    Sep 27, 2018
    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile 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 ...
  • Lance Lumley
    Sep 26, 2018
    This is a great book covering the 1980s wrestling era, and how Vince McMahon Jr's WWF took over the regional territories , taking the stars and bringing them back with bigger house shows and television production. The book covers how McMahon did it, along with how the other promoters c...
  • Ed Logiudice
    Sep 20, 2018
    If you liked wrestling in the 80s, then this book is for you. Well-researched and well written. ...
  • Art the Turtle of Amazing Girth
    Dec 19, 2018
    Another fascinating view of the behind scenes of the product we've grown to know. Vinnie Mac was ruthless, but boy did it work, even if it was at the expense of everyone around him. ...
  • Carl
    Oct 04, 2018
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  • Mike Carpenter
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • David Barker
    Oct 19, 2018
    Mr. Hornbaker has done it again. In his third book diving into pro wrestling history, Mr. Hornbaker has crafted a narrative that is both compelling and informative. Death of the Territories is incredibly well researched and carries with it the weight of legitimacy that many wrestling b...
  • Brian Olinger
    Dec 27, 2018
    Fantastic book! Having just read Mr. Hornbaker?s two previous wrestling titles (the early history of the National Wrestling Alliance and the early history of the World Wide Wrestling Federation/WWE), this was my favorite. The book is his best to date from a readability and narrative....
  • Nathan
    Aug 24, 2018
    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...
  • Matthew J
    Dec 04, 2018
    Great book about the demise of the territory system. ...
  • Lucas Brandl
    Sep 27, 2018
    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 ori...
  • Michael Rickard
    Sep 29, 2018
    im Hornbaker?s Death of the Territories proves that wrestling history can be informative and entertaining, while still following traditional methods for documenting the story you?re telling (in layman?s terms, you can write a book backed by facts rather than just talking out of y...
  • Ryan Krueger
    Feb 12, 2019
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  • Rob Rains
    Nov 04, 2018
    This is a well researched historical perspective into the rapid decline of professional wrestling?s stories territory system in the late-1980s. While commonly attributed to Vince McMahon?s ruthless nationwide expansion of his WWF, Hornbaker convincingly argues that this conclusion ...
  • Todd Colinger
    Mar 06, 2019
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  • Csm2018
    Oct 20, 2018
    No new information revealed, read like a longform Wikipedia entry. Exceptionally disappointing effort. ...