Below is a selective list of Golden Age
professional wrestling history sites.
If you would like to recommend others please
Getting Started in Pro Wrestling History::
Every serious student or enthusiast of professional wrestling history should do two
things: join the Cauliflower Alley Club and purchase the back issues (starting with
the most recent) of Scott Teal's publication Whatever Happened To...?. Add all you
can to your collection while they last.
Scott Teal specializes in interviews with former wrestling stars and does an
outstanding job of preserving the oral history of a bygone era of show business,
giving the reader an intimate sense of what it was like to be a part of professional
wrestling entertainment during The Golden Age.
For insight into the deceptive elements of the pro wrestling business, we
recommend choosing the newsletters that offer the most interviews of former
Golden Age wrestlers, referees, and promoters.
An excellent monthly historical newsletter is Evan Ginzburg's Wrestling Then and
Now, which, in addition to its historical content, covers today's news and supports
the independent promotions.
Karl Stern discontinued his outstanding Dragon King Wrestling Newsletter but has
recently begun a new one, Karl Stern's Retro Wrestling Magazine, published online
exclusively for subscibers to Bryan Alvarez' Figure Four Weekly. You can get the
first issue as a free sample here.
Another good newsletter is Mike Rodgers' Ring Around the Northwest. For a
subscription, contact Mike at RATNW, 2470 SE Lewellyn, Troutdale, OR 97060.
Our favorite pro wrestling blog is penned by Richard Berger, a freelance writer and
editor with an extensive background in professional wrestling. He has a strong
interest in what he calls "the art of misdirection for entertainment purposes." You
will enjoy his Perspectives on Wrestling.
California Wrestling, Promoter Roy Shire:
Viktor Berry's An Illustrated History of Pro Wrestling in Northern California is a must
for anyone interested in Roy Shire's immensely successful NWA promotion of the
1960's and 70's. Vik Berry, like Scott Teal, is an amateur magician. From the
perspective of the magician, both offer some little known and fascinating insights
into the deceptive elements of the wrestling show.
Pro Wrestling Nostalgia:
There are a few very good wrestling nostalgia sites, including Scott Teal's
1wrestlinglegends.com, Gary Will's Wrestling History (Gary is another magician of
the pro wrestling world) and The Way It Was by Al (Percival) Friend "The Epitome of
For the history of pro wrestling in Canada, start with Andrew Calvert's Maple Leaf
Wrestling and Gary Will's Canadian Pro Wrestling Page of Fame.
See also Greg Oliver's online Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame and read his excellent
book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians, as well as his other books,
co-authored with Steve Johnson, in The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series.
For pro wrestling history videos, including shoot interviews, The House of Deception
recommends Mark Nulty's Wrestling Classics.com.
See our Midget Wrestlers page for the web's largest photo gallery of the Little
Wrestling Stars of the Golden Age.
Cauliflower Alley Club:
Click here to see our Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Photos. Please email any
corrections or additions for the captions. The club's website is here.
Our Wrestler Artists page features works by Lord Carlton, George Gordienko, Ted
Lewin, Steve Strong, Jim Bertz, and Vittorio Argentina Apollo. Please let us know if
you would like your artwork--or that of an athlete you admire--shown here at The
House of Deception.
On the British Wrestlers page there are eighty-three photos, all from our collection,
of wrestlers who worked in Leeds, England, during the 1950's and 1960's and
another with over a hundred more pictures from our London wrestling collection.
There you will also find a link to John Lister's superb article, The History of British
Wrestling accompanied by photos from our archive, and a Kendo Nagasaki page with
unique photos of this enigmatic master of deception.
Here are more outstanding British Wrestling History sites:
At Wrestling Heritage and Ringsport Revival you will find brief biographies of most of
the British wrestling legends pictured here at the House of Deception, plus many
more. Wrestling Heritage is a biographical gold mine.
For British wrestling results, go to British Wrestling Archive where you will also find
many images of playbills and handbills, especially on the Big Daddy Tribute page.
Care and Preservation of Posters and other Old Paper:
To learn to properly care for your library and collection see The Library of Congress,
Collections Care and Preserving Works on Paper.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, hosted by
Stanford University, is a professional organization for conservators. Their Caring for
Your Treasures pages provide useful brochures, in PDF format, on conserving books,
photos and other paper documents.
Oldimprints.com (formerly Nineteenth Century Imprints) has a good primer on
identifying and authenticating the various types of prints as well as a useful reading
list on printmaking.
Because the focus of The House of Deception is Golden Age history, we usually limit
our link recommendations to similar historical sites. If you want a broader, more
eclectic list of sites, try ProWrestlingHistory.com.
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**********************Note to Aspiring Pro Wrestlers**********************
The House of Deception focuses on the history of deception, including pro wrestling.
If your goal is to get into the wrestling business--as wrestler, referee, announcer or
manager--do this: get in shape and learn to wrestle (especially if you are still in
school). Later, you may be able to find a reputable pro wrestling school in your area.
Contact as many knowledgeable people as possible. But above all, do this: listen,
don't talk! Don't be a know-it-all. We have watched the very best trainers--including
Les Thatcher, Harley Race, Walter Kowalski, Scott Casey, Bruce Hart and Leon
White--work with young aspiring pro wrestlers. When you have an opportunity to
learn from experienced professionals like these, be respectful and listen intently!
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