A couple of author and blurb updates this week. Creating the Mania: An Inside Look at How Wrestlemania Comes to Life is a WWE publication by Jon Robinson, author of My Favorite Match and The WWE Attitude Era:
Creating the Mania takes fans backstage with an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes stories of WrestleMania 34. Follow the yearlong life cycle of WWE’s biggest event, from how the storylines were developed to how the host city was selected, from the logistics and planning behind hosting over seventy thousand members of the WWE Universe to the rivalries and matches playing out inside the ring, in a book that chronicles the events leading up to the “Showcase of the Immortals.” This journey includes exclusive interviews with top Superstars, including Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens, The Miz, and “Phenomenal” AJ Styles, breaking down their year leading up to ’Mania and the highs and lows that go along with being a WWE Superstar ― pushing their hardest, all with the same goal in mind … to main-event WrestleMania.
Meanwhile Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War That Changed Pro Wrestling is by Tim Hornbaker, author of Capitol Revolution and National Wrestling Alliance:
For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally-based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the landscape with the utmost freedom.
Dozens of territories flourished between the 1950s and late ’70s. But by the early 1980s, the growth of cable television had put new outside pressures on promoters. An enterprising third-generation entrepreneur who believed cable was his opportunity to take his promotion national soon capitalized on the situation.
A host of novel ideas and the will to take chances gave Vincent Kennedy McMahon an incredible advantage. McMahon waged war on the territories and raided the NWA and AWA of their top talent. By creating WrestleMania, jumping into the pay-per-view field, and expanding across North America, McMahon changed professional wrestling forever.
Providing never-before-revealed information, Death of the Territories is a must-read for fans yearning to understand how McMahon outlasted his rivals and established the industry’s first national promotion. At the same time, it offers a comprehensive look at the promoters who opposed McMahon, focusing on their noteworthy power plays and embarrassing mistakes.
Titles in bold are new additions. Titles in italics have changed release date in the past week.
29 March: Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences (Routledge Research in Sports History) by Benjamin Litherland
3 April: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 1 by Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown et al
15 May: WWE Raw: The First 25 Years by Dean Miller and Jake Black
22 May: Golosseum 1 by Yasushi Baba
12 June: Russell Wrestles The Relatives by Cindy Chambers Johnson and Daniel Duncan
7 August: Creating the Mania: An Inside Look at How Wrestlemania Comes to Life by Jon Robinson
7 August: King of Strong Style: 1980-2014 by Shinsuke Nakamura (Author), Jocelyne Allen (Translator)
18 September: Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War That Changed Pro Wrestling by Tim Hornbaker
30 September: Pro-Wrestling: A Comprehensive Reference Guide by Lew Freedman
2 October: WWE: The World of the Rock by Steven Pantaleo
9 October: The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport by Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno
23 October: WWE: The Official Cookbook by Allison Robicelli
30 October: WWE: Then, Now, Forever Vol. 2 by Dennis Hopeless
18 December: WWE Vol. 4: Women’s Evolution by Dennis Hopeless