The Squared Circle, Life, Death and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker, A.K.A. “The Masked Man”; 2013, $27.00; 390 pages; Gotham Books, New York, NY; 978-1-592-40767-5; 796.812s 55916s; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/21/14-4/24/14
The author set out to write a book about sports entertainment figures (pro wrestlers) who had died and it morphed into a history of pro wrestling. He writes about pro wrestling in a manner that I haven’t read before, he insists that most fans understand that the outcome is predetermined, but enjoy the show. I have told people for years that it is like watching Saturday morning cartoons crossed with a soap opera and I enjoyed the athleticism of the actors. The author does chapters on many wrestlers who have passed away, one who is Brian Adams AKA Crush whom I had met once. The author details many of the important moments that have changed professional wrestling and the personalities that have shaped it. This is one of the most balanced and insightful looks at the industry I have read.
Did I like it? Yes, as a fan of sports entertainment I really enjoyed this look at the history and the biographies of some wrestlers.
What is with the title of the review? Back in 1987 or ’88 we lived in an apartment in Fairview, Oregon on the 3rd floor. Directly beneath us lived Curtis, his wife and their baby. Curtis was a professional wrestler, of the little person type, and I would once in awhile go to matches with him. One day I went down to their apartment for something, when I knocked Brian Adams, AKA Crush of Demolition answered the door. If I remember correctly Curtis’ wife was Brians’ sister.