First off I'll give a quick disclaimer, I don't care for professional wrestling at all. I watched it in the late 80's early 90's but since then it hasn't held any interest for me. I got a copy of this book based on a review I saw on it on MMATorch.
This book gives a great look at the history of wrestling back in the days when some contests were real and there were a lot of promoters running their own smaller shows. Starting with the first big name pro wrestlers in the late 1800's the book takes a trip all the way through the days of Brock Lesnar having to leave the UFC due to his illness.
I found the stories of the old school wrestlers pretty incredible. While the winners and losers were mostly chosen through internal promotion politics there was always a chance your opponent wouldn't be happy to take a fall and would actually fight back for real. The days were men were fighting many times a day in carnivals, taking all challengers with survivors earning a cash prize.
All of those stories were interesting, but the book really drew me in with the stories of the pro wrestling in Japan. That was where I started to see more names that I recognized due to being an MMA fan. There is a lot of great info on a lot of the names that currently are spoken of on a regular basis. Sakuraba was especially cool to learn about for me.
If you currently follow MMA, were ever a fan of pro wrestling, or appreciate the stories of the men who pioneered popularity of some of the combat sports this is a great book for you. It will really bring into focus the fact that, while the outcomes are predetermined, there is nothing fake about the athleticism of the men who dedicate their lives to entertainment wrestling.
Check out this book on Amazon.