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Release Schedule (25 February)

Titles in bold are new additions. Titles in italics have changed release date in the past week.

4 March: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide by Brady Games

10 March: Booker T: My Rise To Wrestling Royalty by Booker T Huffman

17 March: Capitol Revolution: The Rise of the McMahon Wrestling Empire by Tim Hornbaker (Despite the date, this book is listed on Amazon as already available to order for immediate delivery.)

31 March: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

19 May: WWE: The Attitude Era by Jon Robinson

24 June Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle by Bryan Solomon

28 July: Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan

4 August: The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund

4 August: The Great and Mighty Nikko by Xavier Garza

25 August: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

8 September: WWE Greatest Wrestlers

15 September: Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever: The Legend of a WWE Hero

13 October:Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken: From Photo Shoots and Sensational Stories to the WWE Network, Bill Apter’s Incredible Pro Wrestling Journey

13 October: Iron Sheik: Listen Jabroni! by Khosrow “The Iron Sheik” Vaziri and Keith Elliot Greenberg

(30 December 2020/Currently unavailable to pre-order):  The Rock by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Joe Layden 

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Release Schedule (18 February)

Two new additions this week, while the Booker T book has slipped back at the last minute. There’s a WWE book that looks to be aimed mainly at kids:

WWE Superstars like you’ve never seen them before! The Ultimate Superstar Guide is an illustrated collection of all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. Experience iconic Hall of Famers, promising young stars, and everything in between. Including over 200 never-before-seen illustrations with facts, stats, and more!

There’s also an Iron Sheik autobiography on the way:

In the pantheon of legendary WWE antagonists, perhaps none were as reviled as the Iron Sheik. Loathed for his anti-American diatribes, the former AAU champion and bodyguard for the Shah of Iran braved riots, death threats, and legal threats during his tumultuous career. Now, the man whose diatribes have gained him a newfound mainstream notoriety finally delivers his life story. The Sheik shoots straight on the events that shaped his life on both sides of the curtain, with the type of brutal honesty that will leave anyone “humble.” Get the former WWE champion’s take on all the controversy. Learn about the crippling personal demons and unspeakable family tragedy he has endured. Hear him reflect on the notorious and amusing rants he’s directed at Hulk Hogan, the late Randy Savage, and several others.
With interviews and insights from other WWE personalities, readers are taken on a journey from the Iron Sheik’s teen years as a competitor for his native Iran to his time as an assistant coach for the United States Olympic team to the era when the Iranian hostage crisis transformed him into arguably the most vilified figure in sports entertainment to his current status as a YouTube and Twitter sensation. This book is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended—but those who want an irreverent uncensored edge to their reading material will love this long-awaited memoir.


Titles in bold are new additions. Titles in italics have changed release date in the past week.

4 March: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide by Brady Games

10 March: Booker T: My Rise To Wrestling Royalty by Booker T Huffman

17 March: Capitol Revolution: The Rise of the McMahon Wrestling Empire by Tim Hornbaker

31 March: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

19 May: WWE: The Attitude Era by Jon Robinson

24 June Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle by Bryan Solomon

28 July: Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan

4 August: The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund

4 August: The Great and Mighty Nikko by Xavier Garza

25 August: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

8 September: WWE Greatest Wrestlers

15 September: Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever: The Legend of a WWE Hero

13 October:Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken: From Photo Shoots and Sensational Stories to the WWE Network, Bill Apter’s Incredible Pro Wrestling Journey

13 October: Iron Sheik: Listen Jabroni! by Khosrow “The Iron Sheik” Vaziri and Keith Elliot Greenberg

(30 December 2020/Currently unavailable to pre-order):  The Rock by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Joe Layden 

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Recent Release Roundup

Here are a few books released in recent weeks that didn’t get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule.


 

Bruiser Brody by Emerson Murray & Scott Teal

This is a Kindle re-release of a 2007 limited edition print title:

Today, more than 18 years after his death, professional wrestling fans still talk about Bruiser Brody with reverence and awe in their voice. Hardcore fans consider him to be the greatest brawler in the history of the sport. 

Frank “Bruiser Brody” Goodish was known as a brawler, a wild-man, and an outlaw. His style and character have been copied by countless other wrestlers. Mick Foley (Cactus Jack/Mankind), whose name is synonymous with the hardcore style of wrestling, claims to have studied Brody’s Japan tapes for hours while training to be a pro wrestler, and patterned his ring style after him. However, like the old saying, “Often imitated, never duplicated,” that applies to Bruiser Brody. There will never be another one like him. 

Brody was a great athlete and an exciting performer, but he was also one of the most unpredictable men ever to step into the ring. As an independent (some call him an outlaw), he marched to his own drummer, and refused to bow to either of the two powerful American promotions—the World Wide Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance. On any given night, he might or might not do what the promoters asked of him. As a result, promoters hated him, but they also loved him, because when he was billed on a card, the fans turned out in droves to see him wrestle. 

Brody feuded with the top names in the sport—Ric Flair, Dory Funk, Terry Funk, the Von Erich family, Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, and Dick the Bruiser. His most remembered feud, however, was against Abdullah the Butcher. When those two met in the ring, fans could count on the blood flowing like tap water. 

In 1988, Brody was murdered in a dressing room in Puerto Rico—by one of his fellow wrestlers! 

This book is the story of Bruiser Brody, told in the words of those who knew him best—childhood friends, family members, fellow wrestlers, photographers, and newspaper reporters. No punches are pulled and the rulebook has been thrown out. This is THE definitive … Bruiser Brody 

— SPECIAL FEATURES — 
• FOREWORD written by Brody’s friend and tag team partner, STAN HANSEN 
• Frank Goodish and Stan Hansen’s first publicity photo 
• The most in-depth information on the night of Brody’s death ever published! 
• A transcript of the coroner’s report 

Interviews with 92 people who knew Brody the best, including — 
Abdullah the Butcher, Bad News Allen, Bill Watts, Bob Geigel, Bobby Jaggers, Bruno Sammartino, Carlos Colon, Dick the Bruiser, Dory Funk Jr., Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Ivan Putski, Jim Duggan, Jimmy Snuka, JJ Dillon, Kevin Sullivan, Kevin von Erich, Killer Karl Kox, Killer Tim Brooks, Lou Thesz, Nick Bockwinkel, Ole Anderson, Ox Baker, Playboy Gary Hart, Red Bastien, Road Warriors Animal and Hawk, Scandor Akbar, Sir Oliver Humperdink, Stan Hansen, Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, Terry Funk, and Tony Atlas. 

Plus interviews with family and childhood friends, sports teammates, wrestling announcers, referee, journalists, photographers, historians, and authors.

 


Wrestling Record Book: Detroit 1964-1980 by Mark James

A look back at the amazing Detroit wrestling promotion. The Big Time Wrestling territory was owned by the Sheik from 1964 until it closed for good in 1980. This book documents the cards and results from one of professional wrestling’s great promotions.

 


Gopherland Grappling – The Early Years of Minnesota Pro Wrestling by James C Melby

Gopherland Grappling – The Early Years, is a historical look back at pro wrestling in the state of Minnesota, Authored by well known historian James C. Melby, the book covers the sport from 1933 to 1964, with a perspective of the promoters, matches, and participants in the wrestling game of that time period. Not only does Mr. Melby lend his well-researched documentation, but there are several hundred photos throughout the book, many rarely or Never before seen. This revised edition includes five additional chapters not included in the original edition.

 


Macho Man Randy Savage by Marlow Martin

Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring names Macho Man” Randy Savage, who died of a heart attack in 2011 at the age of 58. WWE legend and Icon.

(44 pages, so proceed with caution)

 


Violence is Golden by Adrian Street

They all said I was too small to wrestle in America, Land of Giants and my childhood Heroes. The Titles I won and Battles against America’s elite all over the States proved them all wrong – AGAIN! Enjoy my Battles with Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Valiant, Wahoo McDaniel, Kamala ‘The Ugandan Giant’, Paul Jones, Terry Taylor, Mil Mascaras, El Canek, ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams, Dory Dixon, ‘Superstar’ Bill Dundee, Gran Hamada, ‘Brick-house’ Brown, ‘Hangman’ Bobby Jaggers, Black-Jack Mulligan, Barry Windham, The Fabulous Moolah, ‘Cowboy’ Bobby Duncum, ‘Cowboy’ Scott Casey, Sean Michaels, Brad Armstrong, Terry Allen, Kevin Sullivan, Buzz Sawyer, Paul Jones, and more.

 


Bell To Bell: 1986: Televised Results from Wrestling’s Flagship Shows (Volume 2) by Dave Turner

In Volume 2 of the Bell To Bell series we explore the matches that brought to life the Wrestling Boom of the 80’s. Bell To Bell: 1986 Televised Results from Wrestling’s Flagship Shows provides the results from the main TV shows aired by the top two wrestling organizations in 1986 as they approach ultimate national expansion.

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WWE Book Early Release/Scottish History Book Fundraiser

Thanks to reader Kevin Desrosiers for letting us know the WWE history book Capitol Revolution: The Rise of the McMahon Wrestling Empire, while still listed on Amazon as coming out on March 17 as (per an e-mail to pre-order customers) been brought forward to February 9. Meanwhile Amazon is listing the Kindle version as coming out on March 1.

Meanwhile author David Bateman is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of a book on the history of Scottish wrestling. Pledge options include pre-orders for e-book, paperback and hardback copies of the book, with an estimated August release.

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Release Schedule (4 February)

New addition this week is a WWE publication titled “WWE Greatest Wrestlers.” No firm details beyond the blurb, though it has the appearance of something aimed at casual fans or children.

WWE maintains a fanatical fan base. WWE Greatest Wrestlers provides an illustrated history on one of the world’s most watched sporting events. No other sport has such colorful characters and memorable matches. This book chronicles the greatest stars, the greatest rivalries and the greatest matches. Also included is an inside look behind the scenes. Interviews and profiles on the greatest wrestlers from past and present. This is a must have collection for every fan.


10 February: Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar by Shawn Michaels

17 February: Booker T: My Rise To Wrestling Royalty

4 March: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide by Brady Games

17 March: Capitol Revolution: The Rise of the McMahon Wrestling Empire by Tim Hornbaker

29 March: The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund

19 May: WWE: The Attitude Era by Jon Robinson

24 June Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle by Bryan Solomon

28 July: Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan

4 August: The Great and Mighty Nikko by Xavier Garza

25 August: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

8 September: WWE Greatest Wrestlers

15 September: Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever: The Legend of a WWE Hero

13 October:Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken: From Photo Shoots and Sensational Stories to the WWE Network, Bill Apter’s Incredible Pro Wrestling Journey

(30 December 2020/Currently unavailable to pre-order):  The Rock by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Joe Layden 

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