Saturday, November 14, 2020

Rickard Reviews Crown Jewel for Wrestling Memories and Merchandise Website

by Mike Rickard
Book Review for Wrestling Merchandise and Memories Website

Wrestling historian Dick Bourne has done it again with his new book Crown Jewel: The NWA World Championship 1959-1973, a 170-page book which carefully details the events leading to the creation of the belt as well as the men who defended it before dropping it to the next champion. It also includes an amazing collection of photos of the champions, press clippings covering title changes, and other fascinating pieces of history that make it irresistible for wrestling fans, historians, and belt collectors.

The National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship was once the most-recognized title in the world of professional wrestling. For decades the NWA World Heavyweight Championship exemplified the prestige that wrestling promoters sought to impress upon fans whenever and wherever it was defended. Anyone familiar with the history of wrestling knows the giants that held the belt.....

--> Read Mike Rickard's entire review on the Wrestling Merchandise and Memories website.

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Full Disclosure: Mike Rickard is a regular contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway; we feature his long running fantasy wrestling tournament Crockett Cup '85 (most recent matches here.) Mike has written book reviews (and other pieces) for Canadian Bulldog's World: Merchandise and Memories website for years, and has always been very supportive of my book projects and our work here on the Gateway in general. He is the author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", as well as the autobiographical "Laughing All the Way to the Bank (Robbery): How An Attorney Survived Prison" and the novel "Flunky: Pawns and  Kings." His website is located at