National Wrestling Alliance by Tim Hornbaker
Review / August 21, 2019

This is a great historical study that was sorely in need of an editor. Covering the history of the Alliance — and by default the US wrestling business as a whole — from its origins in the 1940s  through to the 1970s, with some brief coverage of later events, what really stands out here is the detail. Hornbaker has clearly worked tirelessly to track down documentary evidence rather than rely on the opinions and memories of those involved. Key to the book is the consent decree, a 1956 agreement between the NWA and the Department of Justice that was designed to settle allegations that the group acted as an unlawful cartel. The files relating to this agreement were made partially public following legal action by Jim Wilson for the book Chokehold, but Hornbaker was able to get access to thousands more pages through freedom of information laws. This allows him to cover the activities of the various promotion in extensive detail. The downside is that the sheer level of detail is overwhelming and leads to a dry narrative at times. It appears Hornbaker has fallen into the trap (with which I can personally sympathise) of being reluctant to leave out any of…

Release Schedule (21 August)
Release Schedule / August 21, 2019

One new entry this week, WWE Kicking Down Doors: Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game!. Although it’s from DK, which has published several authorised WWE titles such as Raw and Smackdown histories, this is listed as: NOT LICENSOR APPROVED The top female Superstars in WWE’s history, plus their most exciting moments and matches! It’s likely the “Not Licensor Approved” may refer to the current cover art rather than the book itself. 1 September: Thumbelina, Wrestling Champ: A Graphic Novel (Far Out Fairy Tales) by Alberto Rayo & Alex Lopez 3 September: Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story by Rocky Johnson & Scott Teal (Check out my review.) 3 September: WWE 35 Years of Wrestlemania by Brian Shields & Dean Miller 10 September: Life Is Short and So Am I: My Life In and Out of the Wrestling Ring by Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl! (Check out my review.) 3 October: Job Man: My Life in Professional Wrestling by Chris Multerer & Larry Widen 15 October: For Your Consideration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson by Tres Dean 15 October: Wrestling Action Figures of the Early 1990s by Kevin Williams 5 November: WWE: Then Now Forever Vol. 4 by Dennis Hopeless and…