Recent Release Roundup

July 29, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Thanks to Alex Sarti for spotting a couple of these titles.

Strong Style by Scott Norton & Adam Randis

Strong Style is the autobiography of Scott “Flash” Norton, world arm-wrestling champion and professional wrestler whose career spanned the AWA, WCW, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. His career took him to ice roads in northern Canada, Pay Per View, small rural towns in Japan, the Tokyo Dome, and North Korea. This autobiography provides an honest look back at the many successes in Norton’s career as well as the hardships and personal growth he experienced.
Readers will spend a significant period of time with Norton during his career as one of the few Western wrestlers to become the heavyweight champion of a major Japanese promotion and his relationships with the wrestlers and fans on both sides of the Pacific.
This book is filled with personal stories, anecdotes, and wrestling “ribs” that will amuse and enlighten wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike.

Unladylike: A Grrrl’s Guide to Wrestling by Heather Von Bandenburg

Forget what you think you know about wrestling. In the world of Heather Honeybadger, aka Rana Venenosa, there are no steroids, no tans, no million-dollar contracts – there is only lycra, a sweaty underground club and an unbreakable resilience. From the day that Heather steps into the ring of the punk wrestling school Lucha Britannia, she finds herself transformed into a person she never knew she could be. How do you become a wrestler when you hate sports so much you can’t do a press-up? What makes feminists and wrestlers both mortal enemies and unlikely best friends? For the first time, an independent female wrestler talks in depth about how she went from a sad, lost riot grrrl to an empowered, persevering fighter who has performed across the world. Unladylike is a feminist romp like no other – hard-hitting, life-affirming and funny, just like the women who find themselves in the ring.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship by Dick Bourne

In 1970, Jim Crockett Promotions introduced the Eastern Heavyweight title to pro wrestling fans in the Carolinas and Virginia. Four years later they changed the name of the title to the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship.

Within these pages you will find a complete history of that title, including a detailed account of every title change from the establishment of the championship until it was retired. Plus great photos of the legendary champions, some never published before.

The Mid-Atlantic area in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the top wrestling territories in the United States. Learn about the storied tradition of its championship and the legendary wrestlers who held it.Details on over 60 title changes across 16 years: the angles, the controversy, the complete story. Over 50 photo photographs and dozens of newspaper ads and posters.

Included is a breakdown of all four championship belts that represented the title, broken down into the five distinct periods the belts were worn, as well as the belt-makers that crafted them and what made them special.

Featuring the legendary champions: Danny Miller, Jerry Brisco, Rip Hawk, Ole Anderson, Johnny Valentine, Wahoo McDaniel, Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, Ken Patera, Tony Atlas, Jim Brunzell, Ray Stevens, Ricky Steamboat, Ivan Koloff, The Iron Sheik, Roddy Piper, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk, Jr., Paul Jones, Dick Slater, Ron Bass, Sam Houston, Ronnie Garvin, and many others!

The Original Black Panther: The Life & Legacy of Jim Mitchell by John Cosper

Before there was Bobo Brazil, before there was television, there was the original Black Panther! Jim Mitchell wasn’t the first African American to make a living in the sport of professional wrestling, but the Louisville, Kentucky native was the first to become an international superstar. Trained by the great welterweight champion Jack Reynolds, Mitchell broke out in the business in the early 1930s, becoming a main event superstar in the Indianapolis territory by the age of 23. Jim Mitchell became a top draw in every territory he worked, from his adopted home base of Northwest Ohio to the Boston area to the Pacific Northwest to sunny Southern California as well as sojourns to Europe, Canada, and Australia. He feuded with some of the biggest heels of his era including Danny McShain, Wild Red Berry, and Martino Angelo. His most storied rivalry was with none other than Gorgeous George, a feud that culminated in a riot in the hot summer of 1949 at the Olympic Auditorium. He was a trailblazing African American athlete whose exploits were overshadowed by the advent of television and the rise of a new generation of stars, not the least of which was Bobo Brazil. Wrestling historian John Cosper takes you back to the golden age of professional wrestling and uncovers the lost story of a true pioneer. The Original Black Panther is filled with stories of Mitchell’s exploits taken not only from the newspapers of the day, but from a treasure trove of documents found in Jim Mitchell’s home years after his death. More than 100 images of programs, posters, ledger books, personal letters, and photographs from Mitchell’s own archive bring the story of this amazing man to life. With a foreword written by WWE Hall of Fame Mark Henry, Jim Mitchell’s biography is a must read for every professional wrestling fan. It’s the long lost story of the man who broke ground for future generations and fought the prejudices of his day by becoming a champion in and out of the ring. “Wrestling historian John Cosper has done it again. His newest book, The Original Black Panther: The Life and Legacy of Jim Mitchell is a fascinating journey into the history of one of wrestling’s forgotten superstars. This book is compelling, informative, and leave you wanting more. Major kudos to Mr. Cosper. Another great job!” – Tim Hornbaker, author of “Death of the Territories”


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