Here are a few books released in recent weeks that didn’t get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule.
Rowdy Roddy Piper by Marlow Jermaine Martin
Born Roderick George Toombs, he made his wrestling debut in Canada at the age of 15, where he made his way to the ring playing bagpipes, and, as a result, was given the nickname “Roddy Piper.” The moniker stuck, and when coupled with his background as an amateur boxer, he quickly developed a reputation as a man not to be messed with – a trait that made him a natural heel. During the 1970s, he’d work as a villain in several territories, including the AWA and NWA, had memorable feuds with the likes of Chavo Guerrero Sr. and Ric Flair and had a tremendous impact on a wrestling fan named Rick Rubin, who’d later credit Piper’s smack-talking bad guy character as a major influence on the Beastie Boys.
(While this was printed before Piper’s death and thus isn’t a cash-in, proceed with extreme caution as it’s listed as being only 28 pages.)
Professional Wrestling (Classic Reprint) by Ed W Smith
Excerpt from Professional Wrestling
Coming right down to the facts, there is one farmer boy in this country, now grown into a man – and what a man! – who maybe was the hero of some of these tales. If he wasn’t he would have been simply an ideal hero for a yarn of that character. He is champion catch-as-catch-can wrestler of the world now, and his name is Frank Albert Gotch, a farmer lad from Humboldt, Ia., perhaps the greatest athlete America has yet produced, certainly the greatest wrestler.
Though a champion and something of a man of the world now, he is still a farmer at heart, for all of his great fortune – and he has accumulated much through thrifty habits contracted down on that old Iowa farm – is invested in lands in the corn State which he calls home.
Back in 1900, when wrestling was not nearly as popular in the Middle West as it is at the present time, and when wrestlers were looked upon with a great deal of suspicion by the average man, the wrestler being qualified along with the crafty second-story man and porch climber, Martin (“Farmer”) Burns, then one of the best heavyweights in the country, began to circulate stories about a wonderful young fellow he had “discovered” out in Iowa and for whom he predicted the most brilliant future. His name was Gotch, and he said he intended to make a champion of the world out of him if it took him the rest of his life.
It didn’t take Burns that long, because on the night of April 3, 1908, Burns saw his ambition realized. That night, or rather at an early hour the following morning, Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt, the “Russian Lion,” after two hours of a peculiar struggle, and carried off the title from that famous exhibition athlete.
A little over one year later a new Gotch, fully 100 per cent, better than he was when he defeated Hackenschmidt, successfully defended his title against Yussiff Mahmout, the latest “Terrible Turk” to come to this country.
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Tojo Smith has a serious problem. He is the number one heel for a small wrestling promotion in Texas. He is also an earthbound demon and his mission is to inspire hatred in people. This is his service to the greater evil. But suddenly, the wrestling fans start to cheer for Tojo. He goes from the most hated villain of his promotion to the most cheered antihero. And no matter how loathsome his actions in the ring become, his popularity soars. When Hell notices this imbalance, Tojo is given an ultimatum: get the hate flowing again or be sent down into the fiery pits! Turning Face is a brand new tale from critically-acclaimed author, Terry M. West.
Wrestling and The New World Order by Michael Hur
The hidden world of professional wrestling. Many fans often wonder about the lives of the superstars of professional wrestling. Many fans even wonder why so many deaths occurred with their favorite wrestlers. This book explores the mysteries and scandals of the professional wrestling going all the way back to the 19th century carnivals to the current mainstream wrestling you see today.