Bluegrass Brawlers: The Story of Professional Wrestling in Louisville
As the Attitude Era drew to a close in the early 2000s, the WWE already had an eye to the future. The stars who would succeed the Rock, Stone Cold, and the Undertaker were already well on their way to the big time, and Louisville, Kentucky had a front row seat to the future.
They were all here: Cena, Orton, Batista, Lesnar. They were all on display every Wednesday night for free at Ohio Valley Wrestling. As incredible as that was, it was just another chapter in a 130 year story of a city that became the proving ground for the superstars of the future.
“Bluegrass Brawlers: The Story of Professional Wrestling in Louisville” takes you back to the very beginning when William Muldoon, America’s first professional athlete, who brought his wrestling skills to town in the 1880s. You’ll read the story of Ed “Strangler” Lewis, one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, who adopted the name that made him famous wrestling in Louisville.
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