Here are a few books released in recent weeks that didn’t get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule.
Front Row Section D by John Hitchcock
You’ll love this action-packed, lavishly illustrated look back at the Golden Age of Professional Wrestling—the greatest stars of the mighty Mid-Atlantic, the WCW and WWE. John Hitchcock shares his vivid memories attending live matches and television broadcasts from Greensboro during the 1960s on through the 1990s. You’ll read about wrestlers on their way up and on the way down: Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Johnny Valentine, Wahoo McDaniel, Rip Hawk, Terry Funk, Ernie Ladd, Johnny Weaver, the Four Horsemen, Klondike Bill, even the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling!
70 Years at Ringside: A History of Wrestling in New Zealand by Dave Cameron
New Zealand’s premier wrestling historian Dave Cameron presents the first part of his brief history of professional wrestling in New Zealand. In this personal memoir Dave tells of his 70 years as a fan and historian of the sport that is most dear to his heart. He tells of his meetings and correspondence with the legends of the mat world including George Hackenschmidt, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Paul Boesch, Chief Little Wolf, Ken Kenneth, Bill Kuusisto, Jack Claybourne and, of course, New Zealand’s own Lofty Blomfield. This volume covers the sport’s first four decades of the 20th Century and contains many rare photographs.
Death Match: A Spar Battersea Wrestling Thriller (Volume 1) by Jason Ridler
A friend’s death at a pro wrestling show sends gutter journalist and punk rock hasbeen Spar Battersea back to the underground of the city to find the killer. Along the way he rams into a washed up grappler deadlier than a snake bite, a dominatrix who dresses like June Cleaver, and the freak of nature who may be the killer, the mime known as Johnny Silent. To get to the truth, Spar will have to contend with each and then survive his very own . . . Death Match!
El Luchador by Ponk Vonsydow
Little Mexican boy Dante Pena dreams of growing up to be big and strong enough to serve as a famous champion El Luchador. His hero is the Luchador, El Toro. Dante ends up meeting the man who was the original El Toro and learns the old Luchador runs a wrestling school. Dante goes to Mexico City to attend this school at age twelve where he spends the eight years learning the ropes literally. After entering the league Dante must pay his dues for some five years working as a heel, but Dante Pena has aspirations and talents well beyond playing the part of a heel the rest of his career. Follow his story as he becomes a world champion wrestler of El Luchador.
Holy Ground: 50 Years of WWE at Madison Square Garden (The History of Professional Wrestling) by Graham Cawthon
For the first time ever, the entire history of the WWE at Madison Square Garden is compiled into one single publication! Including some of the top names in the industry as they speak about their experiences at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” including “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino, “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer, “The Mountie” Jacques Rougeau, Matt Striker, George “The Animal” Steele, Bill Apter, “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, Kevin Kelly, “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, Dr. Tom Prichard, PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson, “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, Drew McIntyre, J.J. Dillon, and many more! Since 2002, The HistoryofWWE.com has served as the premiere online resource for the in- and out-of-the-ring histories of multiple wrestling companies. Now, for the first time in print, you have access to the thousands of dates, cities and ring results that comprise pro wrestling’s past. You can now find the hidden gems, the main events that drew thousands and the ones that only drew flies.
Eat Sleep Wrestle by John Cosper
Their signs hang in the windows of convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants. They work out of high school gyms, warehouses, and roller rinks. They are professional wrestlers, and they want you to experience live wrestling this weekend. The old territories are long gone, replaced by the monolithic WWE, but indie wrestling continues to thrill fans who know that nothing can replace the live experience. This is the story of the men and women who make up today’s independent wrestling scene. They are top prospects like Jamin Olivencia and Adam Cole; deadly beauties like Crazy Mary Dobson and LuFisto; entrepreneurs like Colt Cabana; and battle-hardened veterans like Mad Man Pondo. Eat Sleep Wrestle takes you on the road and inside the ring for a peek into the lives of today’s dreamers and tomorrow’s superstars. From their humble beginnings, to life on the road, to their moments at the top, these stories will inspire you in the pursuit your own dreams and make you look twice the next time you see a flier in the window for some rasslin’.