Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hooker


When most people hear the word hooker they think of some lady standing on a street corner selling her body for sex. In the world of professional wrestling, the world of my characters in my Ring Dreams series, that word takes on a completely different and respected meaning.

The man in the photo above is Lou Thesz, perhaps one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. If you want to understand more about the inner workings of the history of professional wrestling his book Hooker is a must read. Most people consider Mr. Thesz the last legitimate hooker to ever set foot inside the squared circle.

In wrestling terminology a hooker is a wrestler who is an expert in the art of submission holds. The world comes from the carnival days when wrestlers would travel from town to town taking on all comers in legit fights.  A hooker was someone who could take down their opponent with a match or often career ending hold from any situation inside the ring. In Mr. Thesz' book he says that hooking is pretty much a lost art. There aren't many legit hookers that are still living to pass along their knowledge of submission holds.

In the fictional world of my Ring Dreams series, two of the characters you will meet in Desire were old school hookers. William Fletcher, the grandfather of Courtney Dalton, and Paul Bryson, the grandfather of Dylan and Bryson Dalton. 

Bryson Dalton was trained by his grandfather from a very early age. He also spent time training in a Japanese Dojo where he learned to work the stiffer style Japanese matches. Like his grandfather and William Fletcher, Bryson was an accomplished amateur wrestler and NCAA College champion. That, along with his martial arts training, would make him a legit bad ass and most definitely what is considered in today's terminology a shooter.

A shooter is someone who can handle themselves in a legit fight. 

If not for Bryson's age, he's in his mid thirties now, he would be a serious contender in MMA or Ultimate Fighting. He's also had a number of concussions, a shattered ankle, and faces another serious injury in Headlocks & Hexes. 

Bryson's ex-wife Courtney could also be considered a shooter in that she's a black belt and well versed in Muay Thai. She put in some time training in Japan before giving up wrestling to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Before valeting for her husband she also wrestled until the promotion had a hard time finding any women willing to get in the ring with her. I don't think there is a woman alive who could handle Courtney in a legit fight. Actually she could probably hold her own in the ring with most men.

I think old school wrestling fans will especially enjoy Desire. It's set in the Carolina's in the mid-70's and is the story of how Billy met and fell in love with his future wife Lizzie Bryson. That's right she's Paul Bryson's only daughter and he's not at all happy about his baby girl dating one of the boys. 

So there you have two new words to add to your wrestling vocabulary and a little insight into a few of my characters.

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