Recent Release Roundup
News / April 9, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. To Be The Man: Evil Ain’t Good: Chapter 4 by Jared Davis & Josh Taylor It’s true that nothing makes wrestling great quite like a loud and rowdy crowd, but most nights out at the matches don’t end with a mob of pissed-off hellions jumpin’ the guardrail! Unfortunately for Hazard and Grimes, the Devil’s fanged flunkies are on their tails again, and tonight, they’re lookin’ for a rematch! Can “The Gargoyle” and his skunk-drunk nemesis, “Fabulous” Frank, overcome their boiling hatred for one another AND the heels’ infernal Numbers Game? Or will the Devil’s minions get their hellborn hands on championship gold and take the coveted SCW title belt up North to the soulless Bruce McMaverick? The Boys better be ready for a Rumble in Valdosta, ’cause Eeeeeeeevil is runnin’ wild in Georgia tonight! The Business of Kayfabe: Turning Wrestlers’ Secrets Into a Million Dollars by Sean Oliver Is that thing you love to do in your spare time worth a million bucks? The personalities in pro wrestling have always been some of the most unique and entertaining in the world. For over…

Everybody Down Here Hates Me by Pat Barrett
Review / April 9, 2019

This book is a real two-for-one deal: a great story, and a fun game as a bonus. The great story comes from Barrett having a true globetrotter career: as well as several US territories including the WWWF, he worked in the UK, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He covers his various exploits in the ring along with plenty of colour about experiencing different locales. The book doesn’t outright talk about wrestling being worked, but there’s enough detail for those who read between the lines that you shouldn’t find your intelligence insulted. The fun game comes from the fact that while Barrett uses many real names, he also changes the names of people at the centre of controversies. It’s a curious approach to defamation laws, but it’s entertaining to try to decipher who he is talking about — though not always that challenging. For example: “Flamboyant” promoter Tim Bernard = Jim Barnett Nashville promoter Gulus the Greek = Nick Gulas Masked man Gregory Nielson = Gordon Nelson Blind wrestler Morris Shapiro = Mighty Atlas Jake West = Jay York The Indian = Wahoo MacDaniel Ron Peters = Ken Patera Prankster Joey Hart = Johnny Valentine Andrew Lane =…