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The autobiography of Buggsy/Bugsy McGraw, one of the most wild and unorthodox performers of professional wrestling's territorial era.
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Buggsy McGraw and co-author Ian Douglass partner with Darkstream Press and WOHW Publishing to bring you the 320-page autobiography about the life and career of one of professional wrestling’s most colorful stars from the territory era!

“Brute Power: The Buggsy McGraw Story” tells the story about a little Indiana boy with a speech impediment who turned himself into one of the strongest men on the planet, before transitioning into a worldwide wrestling star. This book covers Buggsy’s journey around the world to territories both big and small, along with his shocking decision to walk away from the ring while still in his prime in favor of a career as a registered nurse.

IN THIS MUST-READ STORY FOR THE WRESTLING FAN, YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT:

– Why he now spells his name with two “G’s” instead of one
  – Growing up in the shadow of Dick The Bruiser’s WWA territory in Indianapolis
  – Breaking in as “The Big O” in the Sheik’s Detroit territory
  – Wrestling the infamous Sam Sheppard – the inspiration for “The Fugitive”
  – Working in the long forgotten wrestling territories of Omaha and The Maritimes
  – Upping his game with Ray Stevens and San Francisco’s stacked wrestling roster
  – Revitalizing professional wrestling in Australia
  – Competing in the final World Big League tournament before the JWA’s collapse
  – Becoming Canada’s most infamous and recognizable wrestling villain as “The Brute”
  – Main-eventing in Madison Square Garden against Bruno Sammartino
  – Helping Paul Orndorff elevate his skills in Mid South
  – Competing with Dusty Rhodes for the title of most beloved babyface in Florida
  – Helping Jack Brisco during his final days of life
  …And a ton of stories from the road and the locker room

Buggsy McGraw provides you all of the stories and details about working with Bruno Sammartino, Lou Albano, Andre The Giant, Giant Baba, Jerry Lawler, Antonio Inoki, Bobo Brazil, Randy Savage, Jumbo Tsuruta, The Von Erich’s, Dory Funk Jr., Ray Stevens, Pat Patterson, Peter Maivia, Rocky Johnson, The Sheik, Abdullah the Butcher, Manny Fernandez, Stan Hansen, Dick the Bruiser, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Jack Brisco, Lonnie Mayne, Nikolai Volkoff, Bill Irwin, Jimmy Valiant, Vince Russo, Bruiser Brody and more!

This book also contains a foreword by Rocky Johnson - WWE Hall of Fame member and father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - with an afterword by "Killer Bees" member B. Brian Blair, the president of the Cauliflower Alley Club!

You will not want to miss it!

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    In addition to receiving two autographed copies of Brute Power, your name will be listed on the "Thank You" page of the book to commemorate your role in helping this book get published!

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    Brute Power: The Total Immersion Package

    Along with an autographed copy of Brute Power, you'll also receive EXACT copies of ALL THREE of Buggsy McGraw's personal career scrapbooks, all compressed into one 210-page hardcover book. Limited to only 75 copies, this book will be personally autographed by Buggsy McGraw, along with individual numbering to identify which of the 75 books was reserved for you, and YOUR NAME printed on the thank you page of the book!

    This scrapbook is Buggsy's ultimate personal career treasure trove, and it features more than 500 photos, programs, posters, paintings, drawings, letters and newspaper articles which have never seen the light of day! You'll be able to follow along with every step of Buggsy's career as you read Brute Power!

    This very rare scrapbook includes candid photos from all of Buggsy's career stops during the first 15 years of his career, including his rarely mentioned tours of Detroit, Vancouver, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Brunswick and several other wrestling territories!

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    Dinner With Buggsy McGraw!

    If you can make your way down to Florida, Buggsy will take you out to dinner, personally autograph his autobiography and his career scrapbook right in front of you, and answer all the questions you wish to ask him about his wrestling career!

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