Too Sweet: Inside The Indie Wrestling Revolution
Review / September 18, 2020

Like a stereotypical indy match, this has its impressive moments but occasionally loses focus while cramming too much in. The challenge of writing such a book is that it “independent wrestling” is a topic with almost unlimited scope. In turn that means having to find the right blend of a straight chronological history and a more themed approach with a focused story. For these reasons the first third or so of the book often feels a little scattergun, skipping from topic to topic and relaying a string of information about each but without really telling a story or making a clear point. In particular, several sections will have multiple short quotes from different wrestlers and personalities that don’t really add up to an overall insight. This changes once the book returns to a clear focus point of the first All In show and concentrates on how various developments from the PWG “workrate” era to the rebirth of the UK scene to the way New Japan used international stars to increase its worldwide appeal combined to create the circumstances that led to a 10,000+ seat arena selling out in minutes. As you’d expect from an author with Greenberg’s experience, it’s clearly…

Release Schedule (16 September)
Release Schedule / September 16, 2020

Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 29 September: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment New Edition (The print version of this book is now showing as unavailable and the blurb refers to it as an e-guide.) 5 October: A Man of All Talents: The Extraordinary Life of Douglas ‘Duggy’ Clark by Steven Bell 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 17 November: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues 26 January 2021: Bump by Matt Wallace 16 February: Ragtag Team (Slamdown Town Book 2) by Maxwell Nicoll & Matthew Smith 2 March: A Diva Was a Female Version of a Wrestler: An Abbreviated Herstory of World Wrestling Entertainment by Scarlett Harris 13 April: Training Day (El Toro and Friends) by Raul the Third 13 April: Tag Team (El Toro and Friends) 8 June: WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker

Release Schedule (9 September)
Release Schedule / September 9, 2020

Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 29 September: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment New Edition (The print version of this book is now showing as unavailable and the blurb refers to it as an e-guide.) 5 October: A Man of All Talents: The Extraordinary Life of Douglas ‘Duggy’ Clark by Steven Bell 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 17 November: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues 26 January 2021: Bump by Matt Wallace 16 February: Ragtag Team (Slamdown Town Book 2) by Maxwell Nicoll & Matthew Smith 2 March: A Diva Was a Female Version of a Wrestler: An Abbreviated Herstory of World Wrestling Entertainment by Scarlett Harris 13 April: Training Day (El Toro and Friends) by Raul the Third 13 April: Tag Team (El Toro and Friends) 8 June: WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker

Release Schedule (2 September)
Release Schedule / September 2, 2020

Fans of Big E, Xavier and Kofi will need to fight off the negative vibes as WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker has been delayed until next June. Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 29 September: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment New Edition (The print version of this book is now showing as unavailable and the blurb refers to it as an e-guide.) 5 October: A Man of All Talents: The Extraordinary Life of Douglas ‘Duggy’ Clark by Steven Bell 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 17 November: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues 26 January 2021: Bump by Matt Wallace 16 February: Ragtag Team (Slamdown Town Book 2) by Maxwell Nicoll & Matthew Smith 2 March: A Diva Was a Female Version of a Wrestler: An Abbreviated Herstory of World Wrestling Entertainment by Scarlett Harris 13 April: Training Day (El Toro and Friends) by Raul the Third 13 April: Tag Team (El…