Mat Memories

Mat Memories

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A man with three different names ties together the stars of professional wrestling, country music, and the New York Mets.


John Arezzi was a lifelong Mets fan who dreamed of a job in baseball. In 1981, he took a job with the Mets Class A team in North Carolina. But Arezzi had another love: professional wrestling. He ran a fan club for the villainous ?Classy? Freddie Blassie as a teenager, then progressed to wrestling photographer, and finally even stepped into the ring himself as John Anthony. Eventually he escaped to pursue a new life in altogether different world: country music. After adopting a new name, John Alexander, his many accomplishments include discovering both Patty Loveless and (decades later) Kelsea Ballerini. But wrestling is tough to shake ?


In the 1990s, Arezzi hosted the pioneering radio talk show Pro Wrestling Spotlight. He also ran the first major conventions, assembling a wrestling who?s who to meet with fans. He promoted shows, both at home and abroad, and was a key figure behind importing lucha libre into America.


Mat Memories is Arezzi?s chance to hold the mic, and he holds nothing back ? he names names and tells the untold behind-the-scenes stories: from the ring, the stage, and the diamond.

Book details

Contributors
Mick Foley (Introduction author), John Gibbons (Introduction author), Suzanne Alexander (Introduction author)
Publication date
April 06, 2021
Publisher
ISBN
9781773056937
Paper ISBN
9781770415645
File size
19 MB