CROWN JEWEL

CROWN JEWEL
The NWA World Championship 1959-1973
Softcover, black & white, 168 pages

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     “Another masterpiece. Crown Jewel captures the essence, tradition and glory of the famous NWA World Heavyweight championship belt. If you enjoy history, regardless if you are a wrestling fan, this is the book for you.”
     - Tim Hornbaker, Author of “National Wrestling Alliance” and “Capitol Revolution”

     “It is amazing to me how Dick Bourne can bring to life the wonderful history and amazing stories of our sport. Crown Jewel is just one example and should be counted among his best works to date.”
     - Gerald Brisco, Former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion

“This volume, like Bourne’s previous editions, is a must for longtime NWA fans and those who appreciate the history of the business.”

     -Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier

"If you have even a passing interest in the creation, design and history of physical title belts, there is not a person alive who has better research skills and more passion about this aspect of pro wrestling than Bourne."
     - Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

"This book is packed with tons of history, great photos, and nostalgia from one of the most exciting eras of pro wrestling. Nobody presents books that look and read as good as these do."
     - Andrew Calvert, MapleLeafWrestling.com

"This book is so good, I did not want it to end. The history that you cover is outstanding. The photos that you present are among the best I have ever seen."
     - Carroll Hall, All Star Championship Wrestling Blog


ABOUT THE BOOK 
In 1957, the National Wrestling Alliance found itself in an unusual situation. Dick Hutton, the man who had just beat Lou Thesz for the World Heavyweight Championship, was suddenly a champion without a belt. It took the NWA two years to have a new belt made, but in late 1959, Sam Muchnick finally presented a beautiful new title belt -- the crown belt - - to then champion Pat O’Connor.
 
This is the story of the events that led up to that long period without a championship trophy, and the developments during that time that resulted in a new NWA belt.
 
For the first time ever, the belt itself gets a close look, including its origins, its construction, as well as the story of the promoter and the craftsman that put it all together.
 
And of course the main event is the detailed title history of the championship during the golden era of the crown belt, and a look at the six champions who wore and defended it. 
 
They're all here: from Pat O'Connor, Buddy Rogers, and Lou Thesz, to Gene Kiniski, Dory Funk, Jr., and Harley Race. Plus the story of champion Dick Hutton, who held the NWA title but had no belt at all to represent it. 



 
Featuring dozens of photographs, some never published before, as well as over fifty pages of exhibits and memorabilia including program covers, newspaper accounts, and rare documents from the NWA archives.

It’s the crown jewel of wrestling belts as you’ve never seen it before.

Read this wonderful review:
by Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier
 

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