ARCHIVE 11/22/06: Bert Randolph Sugar’s Foreword — ‘A Sock on the Jaw’

Published May 10th, 2009, Uncategorized

Bert Randolph Sugar’s Foreword — “A Sock on the Jaw”

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal – Irvin Muchnick’s forthcoming book about pro wrestling behind the scenes – “is a sock on the jaw,” says the Foreword by ESPN personality and boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar.

WRESTLING BABYLON will be published in March 2007 by ECW Press (

“This is an industry with as much to say about our collective consciousness as ballet, opera, and athletics combined – and with WRESTLING BABYLON it has met its match,” Sugar writes. “A few hundred years from now some archeologist is going to dig up a copy, alongside a box of men’s neckties, and wonder which aspect of our culture was stranger.”

The Foreword concludes: “In a world of timid, formulaic scrivenings on sports and entertainment and sports entertainment, WRESTLING BABYLON is a sock on the jaw.”

Bert Sugar’s full text can be viewed at