Wrestling Title Histories and Wrestling Real Names & Aliases by Royal Duncan & Gary Will

May 2, 2019

These are two examples of how printed reference works have been superceded by the Internet, but without the research that went into them, said online reference sources would be far poorer.

The Wrestling Title Histories book covers more than 2,000 different wrestling titles, with as complete records as possible until the end of the 20th century. Much of the information gathered by Will and Duncan here served as the basis of sites such as wrestling-titles.com and in turn listings on sites such as Wikipedia. Indeed, it’s worth noting that Wrestling-titles.com’s owner Hisa wrote:

I started my “Puroresu Dojo” which included the title history section. The book became the main source for the section, thanks to the permission from Gary himself to use the contents, and the section grew so big that I started another website: Wrestling-Titles.com. Regardless, this book had a lot more championship lineages that this website ever will.

Real Names and Aliases is simply a list of around 3,000 wrestlers with their real name, date of birth, debut date and all ring names they have used in various promotions, plus details of any wrestling relatives.

While the names book is now only really useful for more obscure wrestlers, I still refer to the title histories book when dealing with historical periods and where I know specifically which title or promotion I am looking for.

Both books are long since out of print. I can’t really recommend paying over the odds for the names book, but the title history book is worth tracking down if you are a completist collector and spot it at an affordable price, and it’s something any historian would ideally have to hand. Ultimately, however, I list them here mainly to recognise the incredible work put into creating them, and the legacy they’ve left even in today’s era of instant communication and updates.

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One Comment

  • AW September 17, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    This is certainly one I’d love to have. As you said, the internet rendered most reference books obsolete, and I’m sure that over the past 20 years a lot of title changes that weren’t known of then have come to light since, but it sure would look good on the shelf next to my giant boxing reference books which I still actually have a lot of use for despite some being over 30 years old.
    Not to mention, I enjoy just laying on the bed or couch reading rather than sitting at the computer desk and I’ve never been able to get into kindle books or e-readers. I like having the books in my hands.
    I’ve been looking for this one for a while, but haven’t found it a reasonable price. If I do, it’s getting snatched up.

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