Recent Release Roundup
News / November 27, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. The Last Chapter by Butts Giraud Butts Giraud has been living “stories” for years through his many escapades involving family, friends, professional athletes and business partners. He has written this book to share his stories with you. The stories are drawn from his travels starting in 1964 at a small British Columbia First Nations village called Klemtu to the high school football fields of Southern California, then back to Canada for his first CFL Professional football training camp with the BC Lions. After College graduation, Butts lands pro football contracts with both the BC Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Next he shifts to an 11 year Professional Wrestling career which takes him around the world. He has dinner with the infamous Saddam Hussein and appears on Gary Moore’s “To Tell the Truth” show in New York. From atop World Championship high diving platforms to the corporate business board rooms of the USA and Canada, Butts has seen it all. The stories’ trail leads to his present love of music and performing live. As his long-time friend and former CFL teammate, Winnipeg Blue Bomber…

Release Schedule (26 November)
Release Schedule / November 26, 2020

Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 6 January 2021: Ringman by Dave Dwinell 7 January: WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker 26 January: 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 8 April: Mat Memories: My Wild Life in Pro Wrestling, Country Music and with the Mets by John Arezzi and Greg Oliver 13 April: Training Day (El Toro and Friends) by Raul the Third 13 April: Tag Team (El Toro and Friends) 27 April: The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers: The Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling by Dan Murphy and Brian Young 1 June: Eat Like a Luchador: The Official Cookbook by Monica Ochoa

Ali vs. Inoki: The Forgotten Fight That Inspired Mixed Martial Arts and Launched Sports Entertainment by Josh Gross
Review / November 20, 2020

This book makes the best of a concept with arguably limited potential, which is pretty much the opposite of what happened in the match it covers. It’s automatically an impressive feat to get a full book out of a match where famously almost nothing happened. Even with a literal blow-by-blow account (Gross bravely becoming sure the only person in history to watch the match multiple times), the core of the book is inherently limited in drama. Unfortunately the lack of cooperation from the key players involved means the book doesn’t reveal too much about the match, in particular the process by which a potential worked finish was set aside, a legitimate contest decided on (or reached by default) and the rules negotiated. Even with the book’s explanations, it still reads somewhat unclear exactly what each man could and couldn’t do and whether it’s fair to criticise Inoki for not taking down and submitting Ali, or whether the rules meant this really wasn’t a boxer vs grappler affair at all. Within these limitations, Gross does an excellent job of putting the match into context. Without ever losing the thread that keeps everything on topic, he covers everything from the development of…

Release Schedule (18 November)
Release Schedule / November 18, 2020

One new entry this week, Ringman by Dave Dwinell: For thirty-two years Dave Dwinell led a unique double life, mild mannered accountant by day, and professional wrestling referee evenings and weekends. The book “Ringman” transports the reader back in time to the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s when the sport was far from the polished product you witness on tv today. Dave provides fans with a front row seat not only in the major arenas like Madison Square Garden, but also the small, smoke-filled venues, where the beer sales far outweighed the ticket sales. During his tenure in the ring the author worked matches for the WWF, NWA, NEW and numerous smaller independent promotions, with over 350 named wrestlers and 45 champions. At the end of his career he was inducted into two pro wrestling halls of fame. “Ringman” is a book that will be appreciated by wrestling fans of all ages and generations, especially those readers interested in learning more about the history of the sport in what has been billed as its Golden age. Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 6 January 2021: Ringman by Dave Dwinell 7 January: WWE: The New Day:…

Buddy Rogers Bio Coming Soon
News / November 16, 2020

Crowbar Press is soon to publish Master Of The Ring, a biography of Buddy Rogers by Tim Hornbaker. (We’ve previously reviewed his books National Wrestling Alliance, Capitol Revolution and Death of the Territories.) It will initially be available in print direct from Crowbar Press with a Kindle version scheduled for December.

Release Schedule (11 November)
Release Schedule / November 11, 2020

Dates are for US release and may vary in other countries. 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 7 January 2021: WWE: The New Day: Power of Positivity by Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker 26 January: 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 8 April: Mat Memories: My Wild Life in Pro Wrestling, Country Music and with the Mets by John Arezzi and Greg Oliver 13 April: Training Day (El Toro and Friends) by Raul the Third 13 April: Tag Team (El Toro and Friends) 27 April: The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers: The Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling by Dan Murphy and Brian Young 1 June: Eat Like a Luchador: The Official Cookbook by Monica Ochoa

Unofficial Rock Biography On The Way
News / November 3, 2020

James Romero, whose book on Owen Hart I previously reviewed, will soon be publishing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The People’s Champion – From WWE to Hollywood c. Here’s the blurb: FINALLY… from the author of the highly regarded Owen Hart: King of Pranks comes the wrestling biography every WWE fan and the millions… and millions of Rock fanatics around the world have been waiting for! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The People’s Champion – From WWE to Hollywood charts the personal life and wrestling career of ten-time WWF/WWE/WCW Champion and movie megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in-depth for the very first time. Along with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vince McMahon and the concept of “Attitude”, the emergence of The Rock was instrumental in turning the languishing World Wrestling Federation, on the brink of downsizing, into a billion dollar entity within two years. With The Rock at the forefront, the WWF routinely broke viewership, box office and ticket sales records. In 2000, The Rock became the most well-known mainstream professional wrestler in the world and in 2001 Dwayne entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest paid debuting lead actor for his star-making turn in The Scorpion King. After several years…