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A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise Of Wrestling Diva by Tammy “Sunny” Sytch

sunnyYou know what. It could have been worse.

If you’ve watched any of Sytch’s “shoot” interviews, it appears there’s little new here, but it’s an easy read if not always the most entertaining. There’s a good amount about her time in the wrestling business and her experiences learning about working the crowd.

The two big problems are that it’s hard to tell how true the content is (if nothing else, it very much comes across as somebody taking little or no personal responsibility for their life events) and a lot of incidents you might expect to see here are unmentioned. A seemingly trivial but perhaps telling example is the book gleefully celebrating a time Sable found excrement in her bag but saying nothing about an oft-cited incident in which Sunny herself was the victim of an even more unpleasant variation on this ‘rib’.

While the sleaze, booze and jail section of the book doesn’t overshadow the wrestling as it might have done, it’s still a depressing few chapters that are neither pleasurable nor informative for the reader. As for the ending, it’s unusual to say the least to have the happy conclusion of an autobiography being the shooting of an adult movie.

It’s sorely lacking an editor and factchecker, and it’s certainly impossible to recommend as a must-have, but if and when used copies start appearing it may be worth a quick read, if only for the sheer bizarrity of Sytch’s Montreal Screwjob conspiracy theory.

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Main Event by Roberta Morgan

maineventPublished in 1979, this used to be one of the regular results when, in a pre-Internet age, you’d sheepishly ask bookshop owners to search their catalogues for “wrestling.” That’s no longer the case and thus this is no longer a must-read.

It’s a fairly standard format with brief sections on promoters, match types and wrestling histories, but the bulk of the book being profiles of wrestlers of the day. It’s clear the author set out to try to put the profiles together in a similar way to “legitimate” sports coverage and has included detailed quotes from most of those covered.

The drawback is that either Morgan has made the quotes up in the style of certain wrestling publications of the era, or that the wrestlers she interviewed remain entirely in character. Either way, there’s little insight for modern readers.

Perhaps the most amusing part of the book is discussing the formation of the NWA, with Morgan (or at least the promoters she spoke to) arguing that the territorial system was needed because promoters running in other promoter’s territories was “a form of unfair competition with other promoters who were then not able to get wrestlers in their own areas.” Oddly on the very next page, we learn that the AWA breakaway was good for everyone involved because it created “a more vigorous and competitive atmosphere  in which promoters are all intent on bringing the best possible bouts to the fans.”

It’s not a bad title for the hardcore collector, with plenty of good quality posed and action shots, but there’s little here in the way of entertainment or information.

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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.

As previously noted, we’re not listing the range of books with the author Marlow Martin as, despite costing $15 and upwards in paperback, they appear to simply consist of the relevant Wikipedia entries.


Billy Riley – The Man,the legacy by Mark De Courcy & Stephen Greenfield

Billy Riley, born at the end of the 19th century in Lancashire, would grow up to become one of the most famous Lancashire Catch as Catch Can wrestlers in the world. His gym, known as the ‘Snakepit’ throughout the world, but locally as ‘Rileys gym’ produced British, European and World champions.Students such as Karl Gotch,Billy Robinson and Roy Wood had achievements and influence in the spheres of Professional Wrestling,MMA and Freestyle Wrestling. Billy Riley’s legacy continues today with the rebirth of the art of Lancashire Catch as Catch Can wrestling. This book tells the story of the man, his gym and his legacy in the form of the many wrestlers he taught. The book also charts the revival of the Lancashire art in its home, Wigan.
The Kindle version means that the results section has been omitted for ease of reading

(Pro Wrestling Books reader Kevin Desrosiers reports: “Can’t recommend it. Half the book is a couple hundred pages of results. Everything else is at time poorly written in my opinion. Some people may enjoy it if they are really into catch wrestling, but it was not my cup of tea.”)

 

The Raw Files: 2015 by James Dixon et al

The team at www.historyofwrestling.co.uk are back with the latest in their series documenting every episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, year by year. We cover every angle, segment and match in detail, and offer plenty of thoughts and facts along the way.

The book is written and presented in the usual HOW style, with various awards, match lists and a host of star ratings for fans to debate at will.

FEATURING: Brock Lesnar versus a car, the return of the Dudley Boyz, Xavier Woods and his Trolling Trombone, #divasrevolution, Sting, The John Cena US Open Challenge, Stephanie McMahon emasculating the entire roster, the Shield reunion, Mother Nature defeats RAW, Kevin Owens mauls John Cena, Roman wins the big one, and much more!

As usual, every single segment is covered in detail, with witty comment and analysis throughout. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed, and once again the tome clocks in at a monster 185,000 words! It is our biggest Raw book ever! A must have have all wrestling fans.


The Complete Wwe Guide Volume Six (Volume 6) by James Dixon et al

An invaluable resource for any wrestling fan of the era. The sixth in the series from www.historyofwrestling.co.uk this is the complete guide to every Wwe Dvd release from May 2002 to December 2004, with full in-depth reviews and analysis of every disc (and extras), awards, match ratings, and much, much more. Read all about the start of the Ruthless Aggression Era, with debuts of future main event mainstays John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista all taking place in the time period covered. Learn about the Brand Extension, The Death of Al Wilson, Katie Vick, Evolution, the return of the Wwe Hall of Fame, Raw’s tenth anniversary spectacular, the rise of Brock Lesnar, and so much more. As usual the book is a monster, with over 300,000 words crammed in covering every pay per view, Dvd release and special.


A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva by Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch

World famous wrestling diva Tammy Lynn “Sunny” Sytch has written a tell-all autobiography that follows her into the ring and on the road, through her romantic relationships, domestic abuse, her battle with cancer, incarceration, getting sober and the release of her adult film with Vivid Entertainment.

It’s not yet clear if this will be getting a print release. I’ve read the free sample (up to her Smoky Mountain debut) and it has been surprisingly entertaining so far, though whether that’s the same for the section on her later post-wrestling career remains to be seen.

 

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Release Schedule (3 February)

No new books this week, but we do now have a cover for the Pat Patterson book:

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There’s also a collection of new paperbacks listed which are biographies by Marlow J Martin. We won’t be adding these to the schedule and advise against buying them as they simply consist of the relevant Wikipedia entries.


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

15 March: Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena by Steve Pantaleo

5 April: The Official WWE Rule Book: Every Rule (And How to Break Them)

10 May: Maximilian and the Lucha Libre Club: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures) by Xavier Garza

24 May: WWE: 100 Greatest Matches

1 June: Thud in Trouble (Wrestling Trolls) by Jim Eldridge

12 July: Champion of the World by Chad Dundas

24 July: Performance and Pro Wrestling by Broderick Chow & Laine Eero

1 August: The Final Showdown (Wrestling Trolls) by Jim Eldridge

9 August: Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE by Pat Patterson

18 October: Rudas: Niño and Las Hermanitas! by Yuyi Morales

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