Best-selling author Mike Mooneyham is back with a collection of his previous columns that remember some of pro-wrestling’s finest movers and shakers. From their rise to fame to the end of their days, Final Bell: Legends of the Mat Remembered pays tribute to fallen wrestlers such as Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper and the Fabulous Moolah. The book also includes quotes from the industry’s favorite wrestling professionals like JJ Dillon, Jerry Brisco and Jim Cornette. Showcasing two forewords by industry pros Les Thatcher and Jim Ross, this book is a must-have for all dedicated wrestling fans!
Mike Mooneyham began covering pro-wrestling in the mid-1960s for a number of national wrestling publications. He was a writer, editor and columnist with The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC, for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2016 but continuing to write his popular Sunday wrestling column, which he started in 1989, making it the longest-running pro wrestling column in the country. In 2002, he co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Sex, Lies and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. Mooneyham is a member of several halls of fame, including the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo, Iowa; the South Carolina Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame; the Lowcountry Wrestling Hall of Fame; and the Mid-Atlantic Legends Hall of Heroes. He received the James C. Melby Award, the industry’s top writing award, in 2009.
“Being a pro wrestling reporter is not an easy job. Wrestlers tend to look at the press as enemies, as someone who calls us out. Mike Mooneyham has been able to cross that line and gain the trust of the wrestlers more so than any before or after. If Mike writes it…it must be true.”-Jerry Brisco
“Mike Mooneyham has been a journalist his entire adult life, but he’s been a fan of pro wrestling even longer, and that passion and knowledge shines through as he tolls a final bell for some of wrestling’s greatest names with insightful looks at their stories from inside and outside the ring. Mike’s research and dedication gives these stars of yesteryear eternal life.”-Jim Cornette
“It is wonderful that you have so much knowledge of our rich history and help to keep the memories alive. Thank you for your support, your friendship and your fine work over the years on behalf of professional wrestling. The ghosts in Township Auditorium will always smile upon us.”-JJ Dillon