Drawing Heat the Hard Way

By (author): Larry Matysik

Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double-crosses, captivating even when repugnant… professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works.

Wrestlers have their own private language, and in the unique world of wrestling “drawing heat” is a very good thing: the successful generation of crowd reaction and fan excitement. The Hard Way? That’s both exactly what it sounds like and something no one in the industry plans for: a legitimate and unintentional wound suffered because something’s gone awry. In Drawing Heat the Hard Way, Matysik explains what it takes to win the hearts and minds of wrestling fans, and how, at times, mistakes, controversy and unexpected turns of events have damaged the reputation or forever changed the business he loves.

If anyone understands wrestling, the problem-child offspring of whatever “real” sport is, it’s Matysik. Drawing Heat the Hard Way takes on the way wrestling is booked or planned; analyzes the roles of wrestlers and announcers, and explores steroids as an industry and fan issue. It also considers wrestling’s power-brokers, from those who influence the business by reporting on it, like Dave Meltzer, to those who make the final decisions on what gets broadcast every week, like the omnipresent Vince McMahon, and even to those who influence the sport with their pocketbooks — the fans themselves.

At times humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, always insightful, Drawing Heat the Hard Way is ultimately an objective take on what it means to be a wrestling fan, from someone who knows the business inside and out.

AUTHOR

Larry Matysik

With a lifetime of experience in the wrestling business, Larry Matysik bridges old school and new better than almost anyone. Who’d make a better judge of the greats than a man who learned from Muchnick, worked with McMahon, and promoted the St. Louis territory on his own. Matysik lives in Belleville, Illinois, and is the author of Brody and Drawing Heat the Hard Way.

Reviews

“Matysik also provides an interesting perspective on WWE kingpin Vince McMahon. Matysik worked for McMahon from the start of WWE’s national expansion in 1984 through 1993, and has closely followed his modus operandi running the world’s biggest wrestling company. Matysik astutely explains that McMahon’s dominance of the industry allows him to regularly change the face of pro wrestling into his own ever-evolving vision of ‘sports entertainment.’” — Scripps Howard News


“Larry Matysik wonderfully sums up how wrestling should work and how it really does . . . This is a man who knows his stuff and it shows in his writing. Overall, it’s an excellent addition to any wrestling fan’s library, making you think about the business in fair terms and offering great insight in an intelligent package.” — 411Mania.com


“Larry Matysik may not be on your short list of professional wrestling greats, but he should be… If you have a keen interest in the nature of professional wrestling; and a desire to learn about the real details, nuances and practices that make the artform work; this is the best book written on the subject.” — Figure Four Online/WrestlingObserver.com


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Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double-crosses, captivating even when repugnant… professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works.

Wrestlers have their own private language, and in the unique world of wrestling “drawing heat” is a very good thing: the successful generation of crowd reaction and fan excitement. The Hard Way? That’s both exactly what it sounds like and something no one in the industry plans for: a legitimate and unintentional wound suffered because something’s gone awry. In Drawing Heat the Hard Way, Matysik explains what it takes to win the hearts and minds of wrestling fans, and how, at times, mistakes, controversy and unexpected turns of events have damaged the reputation or forever changed the business he loves.

If anyone understands wrestling, the problem-child offspring of whatever “real” sport is, it’s Matysik. Drawing Heat the Hard Way takes on the way wrestling is booked or planned; analyzes the roles of wrestlers and announcers, and explores steroids as an industry and fan issue. It also considers wrestling’s power-brokers, from those who influence the business by reporting on it, like Dave Meltzer, to those who make the final decisions on what gets broadcast every week, like the omnipresent Vince McMahon, and even to those who influence the sport with their pocketbooks — the fans themselves.

At times humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, always insightful, Drawing Heat the Hard Way is ultimately an objective take on what it means to be a wrestling fan, from someone who knows the business inside and out.

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Details

Dimensions:

288 Pages
9.75in * 6.75in * 0.6in
1.21lb

Published:

September 01, 2009

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

ECW Press

ISBN:

9781550228991

Book Subjects:

SPORTS & RECREATION / Wrestling

Featured In:

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Language:

eng

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