The Grapple Manual by Kendo Nagasaki
Uncategorized / June 26, 2019

This is a real Tokimitsu Ishizawa of a book. It’s a small, 80 page affair with capsule profiles, the distinguishing feature being that among the usual Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, there’s also a collection of British performers such as Mick McManus, Catweazle and Adrian Street. The profiles aren’t badly written, but won’t contain any new detail to readers of this blog. While most of the information such as dates appears accurate, there are some curious timline issues such as the suggestion that in 2005 Ric Flair was regularly working six shows a week and doing 60-minute draws. The book also has a few two-page spreads covering wrestling moves such as the piledriver, clothesline and Big Daddy splash. It’s tough to recommend this as anyone with enough interest to buy it for themselves would likely gain little insight from reading it. It comes across very much as a book aimed at non-wrestling fans trying to find a Christmas or birthday present for relatives they vaguely remember are fans of wrestling. Buy on Amazon

Recent Release Roundup
News / June 26, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. KB’s History of In Your House by Thomas Hall In the 1990s, the WWF was in a war with WCW to rule the professional wrestling world. WCW began increasing the number of pay per views they produced and the WWF was forced to follow suit. However, they decided to create shorter and lower cost pay per views, giving their fans a break for a change. This book goes through each of the 28 installments of In Your House, breaking down each show match by match and segment by segment, looking at the trends and evolution of both the series and the promotion itself throughout mid 1995 to mid 1999. With detailed analysis of each match and show, it’s as complete a look at the In Your House series as you’ll ever find. Prince’s Poetry Powerslam: A Collection of Eclectic Poems and Stories by an Independent Pro-Wrestler Pro-Wrestling and Poetry? What a Tag Team!Choke holds! Hooked Boots! Waffle Houses! Towns all over the Northeast! What would a 10-year veteran of independent professional wrestling have to say? Find out, and find out why it rhymes. Prince…

Release Schedule (26 June)
Release Schedule / June 26, 2019

One new title this week, Under the Black Hat: My Life in the Wwe and Beyond by Jim Ross: From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colorful memoir about the inner workings of the WWE and the personal crises he weathered at the height of his career.   15 July: Cody Heart of the Mountain (The Elite Team) by Cody Runnels & Sam Weisz 16 July: 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Bryan Alvarez 1 August: Thumbelina, Wrestling Champ: A Graphic Novel (Far Out Fairy Tales) by Alberto Rayo & Alex Lopez 6 August: Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories by Jim Cornette & Brandon Easton 6 August: The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Storytellers (From the Terrible Turk to Twitter) by Greg Oliver & Steven Johnson 6 August:  There’s No Such Thing As a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype by Thaddeus Bullard (Titus O’Neill) & Paul Guzzo 3 September: Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story by Rocky Johnson & Scott Teal 3 September: WWE 35 Years of Wrestlemania by Brian Shields & Dean Miller 10 September: Life Is Short and So Am…