Death of the Territories by Tim Hornbaker

Death of the Territories

For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally-based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the landscape with the utmost freedom. Doze...

Details Death of the Territories

TitleDeath of the Territories
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherECW Press
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Nonfiction, Culture, Pop Culture

Reviews Death of the Territories

  • Dan Schwent
    The National Wrestling Alliance, a group of allied wrestling promoters and their territories had been around for decades. With the advent of cable TV, could the territory system survive? Not if one enterprising promoter from the Northeast has his way...Yeah, the teaser is misleading since we all know Vince won the war. Anyway, I enjoyed National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Professional Wrestling and decided...
  • Brandon
    Tim Hornbaker tells the story of the collapse of the pro wrestling territorial system within the United States.I long believed that Vince McMahon was mainly successful in establishing a nation-wide wrestling promotion because he was a visionary; that he was the first of the American wrestling promoters to give it a go when it came to territorial expansion. Many before him had tested the territorial limits by attempting to expand into nearby state...
  • Nathan
    Beginning with the explanation of how wrestling established imposed territories (mostly in the US but truly across the world), Hornbaker recounts how, in both incremental spurts and monumental leaps, wrestling formed itself into the state in which we view it today. Yeah, this could also just be summarized as "the rise of Vince McMahon Jr", as that's what it truly amounts to, but the nitty-gritty, Machiavellian tactics to the shifts in loyalty, th...
  • Edwin Howard
    DEATH OF THE TERRITORIES, by Tim Hornbaker, recounts the professional wrestling world starting with its geographically organized existence from the 1950's to the late 1970's as an alliance where each region knew how to work with and coexist amongst the group as a whole to the total upheaval of the wrestling community. A revolution started by Vince McMahon Jr and the WWF and ended in the late 1980's with a new dynamic; McMahon on top, and everyone...
  • Lucas Brandl
    This book was thoroughly researched and covers possibly the most important story in pro wrestling's history. The author finds great quotes from 1980s newspapers with promoters around the country upset about Vince McMahon Jr- how he's "disrespecting the sport" with his entertainment oriented product or disrespecting the order of things by moving in on other promoter's territories. The reality of the 1980s was that cable television had changed the ...
  • Andrea
    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book MobileDeath of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever by Tim Hornbaker focuses on the rise of Vince McMahon's vision of a nationwide wrestling program. However, rather than exploring Vince's process, this one really focuses on the regional wrestling model and where it all fell apart. For those who aren't aware (ad admittedly I didn't know a lot of this info...
  • Kyle
    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. A comprehensive exploration of the territorial system of wrestling past and how that system met its ultimate demise. Though being central to the demise, this is not a biography of Vince McMahon, but rather is a biography of the collective territories. This is an informative and vital read for wrestling fans new and old. Wrestling fans of a certain age across the countr...
  • Ed Logiudice
    If you liked wrestling in the 80s, then this book is for you. Well-researched and well written.
  • Kyle Robertson
    This book focuses on the early days of wrestling and its scrupulous promoters, as well as the formation of different territories that those promoters controlled. This is a comprehensive history of alliances and associations, regional territories, promoters, bookers, and wrestling talent as the focus of the sport shifted from regionalism to syndication and global expansion. As a young kid in northeast Texas in the 80s, I lived just over two hours ...