Release Schedule (25 March)
Release Schedule / March 25, 2020

31 March: Under the Black Hat: My Life in the Wwe and Beyond by Jim Ross 14 April: The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant by Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade 19 May: WWE Kicking Down Doors: Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! 29 June: S is for Suplex by Ryan L Schrodt and Nicholas Camia 13 July: Philosophy Smackdown by Douglas Edwards 1 September: Too Sweet: Inside the Indie Wrestling Revolution by Keith Elliot Greenberg 29 September: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment New Edition 29 September: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues 13 October: We Promised You a Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History by Bill Hanstock 15 November: Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism (Enactments) edited by Sharon Mazer, Heather Levi, Eero Laine and Nell Haynes 8 December: WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker

Release Schedule (19 March)
Release Schedule / March 19, 2020

Two new entries this week including a children’s book, S is for Suplex by Ryan L Schrodt and Nicholas Camia: Explore the world of wrestling through the alphabet. Wrestle your way through letters A-Z, where you will meet Announcers, Babyfaces, Champions, Jump to high heights and root for the Underdogs. We also have WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker: Everyone knows The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E ) are six-time Tag Team Champions – including the longest reign in WWE history – but now, for the first time, discover the true origins of this unforgettable trio. IT’S THE NEW DAY GRAPHIC NOVEL, YES IT IS! WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E debuted as a team called The New Day…and changed the WWE Universe forever! Everyone knows The New Day are six-time Tag Team Champions – including the longest reign in WWE history – but now, for the first time, discover the true origins of this unforgettable trio. Follow young Kofi, Xavier, and Big E as they learn about the world of wrestling, take on opponents big and small, and battle their egos – and those around…

Recent Release Roundup
News / March 16, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Beckett Wrestling Price Guide 2020 by Beckett Media The newest title on the Beckett Price Guide book calendar, this first edition of the Beckett Wrestling Price Guide contains pricing for trading cards and action figures/Funko POP! Figures and will include a bonus UFC/MMA section. The wrestling collectibles field has been underserved in recent years. With the release of this new book, that’s about to change. The Headlock of Destiny: An Epic Fantasy / Pro Wrestling Mash-up (Titan Wars) by Samuel Gately Some say titans are descended from giants. Others say they are risen from men. But there’s never any debate about where to find them. They will be in the center of a roaring crowd, beating the hell out of each other. From contenders like the Savage and Scott Flawless to pretenders like Richard the Living Portrait and Troll-Blooded Thom, a titan’s lot in life is the same: To wrestle for dominion and glory in the squared circle. Van, a quiet titan from the brewery town of Headwaters, wants no part in this. He’d prefer to be left alone with a beer. But…

Release Schedule (11 March)
Release Schedule , Uncategorized / March 11, 2020

Two new entries this week. First is an anthology, Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism (Enactments) edited by Sharon Mazer, Heather Levi, Eero Laine and Nell Haynes. No official blurb yet but the original call for submissions sought” a wider range of perspectives and voices to weigh in on the question of how professional wrestling might be implicated in the current resurgence of populist politics, whether Trump-inflected, right wing and reactionary, or indeed leftist and socialist.” We also have Too Sweet: Inside the Indie Wrestling Revolution by Keith Elliot Greenberg: The first and only in-depth look at the indie wrestling revolution In 2017, after being told that no independent wrestling group could draw a crowd of more than 10,000, a group of wrestlers took up the challenge. For several years, these gladiators had been performing in front of rabid crowds and understood the hunger for wrestling that was different from the TV-slick product. In September 2018, they had the numbers to prove it: 11,263 fans filled the Sears Centre Arena for the All In pay-per-view event, ushering in a new era. A year later, WWE had its first major head-to-head competitor in nearly two decades when All Elite Wrestling debuted on TNT. Acclaimed…

Release Schedule (4 March)
Release Schedule / March 4, 2020

(Dates are US releases and may vary elsewhere.) 17 March: WWE Beyond Extreme by Dean Miller 31 March: Under the Black Hat: My Life in the Wwe and Beyond by Jim Ross 28 April: The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant by Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade 19 May: WWE Kicking Down Doors: Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! 7 July: Philosophy Smackdown by Douglas Edwards 29 September: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment New Edition 29 September: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues 13 October: We Promised You a Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History by Bill Hanstock

Straight From The Hart by Bruce Hart
Review / March 3, 2020

This is very much a book of two halves with a big decline midway through. The first half covers both the Stampede promotion and Hart’s own career and is a definite thumbs up. While Hart is almost always portraying himself in a positive light, there’s some good insights into the establishment and operations of the territory and the unusual world of dealing with pro wrestlers and their egos. It all goes off a cliff when the book gets to the end of the territory in 1989 with a couple of obvious problems that set the scene for the second half. First, Hart covers the July 4th crash that ended Jason the Terrible’s career and notes that on the morning before setting out, somebody referred to the July 4th curse because of incidents on the date with three crashes involving Adrian Adonis, Brutus Beefcake and Joey Marella. That must have been quite the eerie moment considering the latter two wouldn’t happen until 1990 and 1994 respectively. Then in the space of just three pages we go from: “The [Dynamite vs Davey Boy] feud became a hot ticket in Stampede Wrestling, drawing huge gates all over the territory. Suddenly things appeared to…