I bought this recently and it is the sort of book i love to read. It's author, Larry Matysik has worked for some of the biggest and best wrestling promoters, such as Vince McMahon and Sam Muchnick, along with promoting the St Louis territory himself.
He has also worked with some of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and Muchnik saw up close all the best from Lou Thesz to Ric Flair, so Matysik obviously has had the connections and experience to form more than a respectable opinion.
I like how Matysik has really put his heart and soul into this book and debated with himself, going over his order of greatness time and time again, before finally coming up with a top 50.
No doubt not everyone is going to agree with the order, but i think he has blended a nice mix of the old and new.
All the greatest are here; Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Andre the Giant, Bruiser Brody, Steve Austin, Killer Kowalski, Hulk Hogan, Lou Thesz, Bret Hart, Frank Gotch, Randy Savage, Kurt Angle, Buddy Rogers, The Undertaker, Dick the Bruiser, etc, etc, etc.
Nice to see underrated guys (in some quarters) like Ted DiBiase and Stan Hansen make the cut too.
In the first few chapters he explains how and why he came to rank the best of the best in the order that he did, and also why some just failed to make it into the elite 50.
The book is really easy to read and is also a great piece of reference material, with each wrestler receiving a write up/profile between five and nine pages long, depending on how high their ranking.
It is 464 pages long, brand new (released in February 2013) and is available on amazon:
I imagine plenty of fans on here already know about this book, but for those who don't, i highly recommend it.
My Rating: 10/10