Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling

Physical Chess My Life in Catch As Catch Can Wrestling In this fascinating autobiography Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post WWII England amid a family of champion fighters his worldwide travels as a wrestler his time as a pro wrestling TV s

  • Title: Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling
  • Author: Billy Robinson Jake Shannon
  • ISBN: 9781770410626
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this fascinating autobiography, Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post WWII England amid a family of champion fighters, his worldwide travels as a wrestler, his time as a pro wrestling TV star, and his career as a coach to some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts For the first time, Billy Robinson sets the record straight on who won the infamous streeIn this fascinating autobiography, Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post WWII England amid a family of champion fighters, his worldwide travels as a wrestler, his time as a pro wrestling TV star, and his career as a coach to some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts For the first time, Billy Robinson sets the record straight on who won the infamous street fight between him and the grandfather of superstar Dwayne The Rock Johnson how his family was pivotal in introducing God of Wrestling Karl Gotch to Billy Riley s gym and the sport of catch as catch can wrestling the accomplishments of some of the greatest competitive grapplers the world has ever seen and that you ve likely never heard of before This memoir fills a crucial gap in the history of catch as catch can wrestling and shares the intriguing details of Billy s life, in his own inimitable voice.

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    1. I was lucky enough to train with Billy Robinson not so long ago and I have never been so impressed with a coach. From the second you meet him this polite and humble man makes it clear that he has dedicated his life to wrestling and has probably accumulated more knowledge on the subject than anyone else alive. This book is his story in his own words.It isn't the easiest of reads, but that being said it was hard to put down. Billy has lead a fascinating life and has done some amazing things, and t [...]

    2. Billy Robinson was a fantastic addition to the AWA when he showed up in the late 60s. He had moves that none of the contemporary wrestlers displayed and it was clear that he had a level of mastery far beyond that of the showmen who bellowed and brawled through their matches. It was fascinating to read his account of his life and times. Robinson's book provides some insight into his training and career, but it is far too brief. One feels like a cup of ice has been removed from the tip of the iceb [...]

    3. I originally entered to win this book because my husband is a die-hard wrestling fan, but found it to be an interesting read myself. The writer has a way of telling the story so you can see it happening in front of you. It was interesting because it went back to the basics, and when wrestling was unscripted. You learned a lot about the man and wrestling as a whole. It was interesting to read, as someone who did not know a lot prior. I would recommend the book to anyone who has any interest in wr [...]

    4. This was a pleasant surprise as I knew before hand, that it was a book about catch wrestling and the people he met more than it was a book about Billy Robinson and his career. It was a great introduction to the world of catch wrestling. I would have love a little bit more about Robinson himself and the territories he worked like Montreal, but one can hope for another book about this man. Wrestling historian and people who wants to make a living in this business should read this.

    5. Nice shoot autobiography, more focused on the lots of recollections about catch-as-catch-can or " shoot" wrestling rather than the late great Robinson's career or life. Moreover, he shares some interesting opinions on MMA more than pro wrestling itself, bringing some legitness to his lost art as fighting sport. Quite acceptable.

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