Recent Release Roundup

January 13, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule.

Owen Hart: King of Pranks: The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories

After his passing in May 1999 at the age of 34, the world discovered a couple of things about Owen Hart that hitherto had only been fully appreciated by his friends, family and colleagues:One – Owen was one of the most highly-respected and beloved people in the wrestling industry.Two – Owen was perhaps the greatest prankster in the history of the business.Through exhaustive research, this book chronicles more than 100 pranks, jokes and ribs Owen perpetrated on his co-workers, friends, family and even his boss as told by witnesses, co-conspirators and of course, the victims.Also included in this book is a truncated biography of Owen’s life in and out of the ring, as well as innumerable fun facts and ridiculous side stories from the wacky world of professional wrestling.All hail The King of Pranks and long live The King!

Nikolai by John Crowther

NIKOLAI is the authorized comic biography of Croatian wrestling legend, Nikolai Volkoff, 2005 WWE Hall of Famer, former WWF Tag Team Champion, and former partner of the Iron Sheik! Along with Bruno Sammartino, Nikolai was the first professional wrestler to sell out Madison Square Garden. Written by wrestling historian John Crowther (Antarctic Press’ Rochelle), this story of Nikolai’s life is based on in-depth interviews and intimate conversations between the writer and the wrestler.

Texas Elite Wrestling Trivia Book by Patrick L Wallace

Texas Elite Wrestling was a wrestling organization that was founded by me, Patrick L. Wallace, with assistance from Charles Vaughn (Jason Skyy) and Josh Vaughn (Maxx Lavaro). The inaugural event, Dawning of a New Year, took place on January 25, 2004 and ten years at the Wallace Arena, we dedicated ourselves to the organization running almost 150 events. TEW would have a few more events held at the Annual Gladewater Gusher Days festival two years after the initial closing. But as the saying goes, “Everything that is good has to come to an end.”

Women Love Wrestling: An anthology on women & wrestling by Jason Norris

99.9% of professional wrestling books are written by men about male performers in a male-dominated business. This book aims to help correct the balance, giving a voice to women and fans of women’s wrestling, showing women in the ring are just as captivating to watch and that female fans are just as passionate.Women Love Wrestling is a collection of writing from women and about women in wrestling, written by fans, wrestlers, podcasters, promoters, journalists, culture critics and academics.Women Love Wrestling is a mix of wrestling history, personal stories and studies of professional wrestling. We focus on women’s wrestling of course, but include stories from the wider world, including lost Victorian legends and reflections on how wrestling can be compared to the masterpieces of Shakespeare.Learn about how to watch joshi, how women train to wrestle, how promoting all-women shows requires a different approach, how wrestling fandom creates gender-bending art and cosplay, the history of GLOW, AJW, Shimmer and EVE, issues with diversity and the slow progress being made with gender equality, among many other topics this diverse team of contributors cover.The profits from this book are donated to women’s charities around the world.Book contributions from Allyssa Capri, Ami Moregore, Carole Strudwick, Chloe Warner-Harris, Dann Reed, Emily Reed, Gemma Coombs, Giselle Francisco, Hallie Grossman, Harley Johnson, Heather Bandenburg, Ilana Gordon, Liam Warr, Jacqui Pratt, Joseph Telegen, Kiana Parvizi, Kristen Ashly, Manasi Nene, Nell Haynes, Reginia Walker, Samuel Preston, Sarah Elizabeth Cox, Sarah Parkin, Sarah The Rebel, Scarlett Harris, Shannon Vanderstreaten, Sonal Lad, Sonya Ballantyne, Spenser Santos and Valerie Quartz

What the World Was Watching: World Championship Wrestling in 1995 (The Pre-Nitro Era) by Logan Scisco

In 1995, WCW Executive Vice President Eric Bischoff thought of ways to grow the promotion. Former WWF star Hulk Hogan arrived in the summer of 1994 and quickly won the world title. It gave WCW some much needed publicity and increased pay-per-view buys but these gains were offset by budgetary woes. To remedy the problem, Bischoff would go into cost-cutting mode, releasing veteran talent, eliminating house shows, and increasing the number of pay-per-view offerings before pitching the idea of a Monday night wrestling program to Ted Turner. This book offers a historical glance at WCW in 1995 prior to the debut of Monday Nitro, reviewing its television program, chronicling angles, compiling win/loss data for superstars, charting major feuds and angles, ranking matches, and providing a timeline for major WCW events from January to September 1995.

Wrestling With My Mind by Roy Bevis and Neil Cameron

This hard hitting book is a true rags to riches story. Going from a rundown council estate in Norwich to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Roy Bevis’ life is a definitive underdog story about how never giving up and fighting through can allow dreams to become reality. In a three decade long career he has fought in wrestling rings across the world and also battled through the UK prison system, but his biggest fight was to overcome depression and his mental health that was the result from suffering horrific abuse as a child. Over the years his history has been re-written so many times by others and so now it’s time to set the record straight. This is the real story of his life, of who he is and how he came to be. How he overcame by fighting against the system, fighting against himself and his past, and ultimately came through the other side. This is a story of hope and inspiration for anyone battling with their mental health. This is a book that will explain why depression is not a weakness.


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