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Release Schedule (29 June)

A new entry, WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

Relive the most exciting, electrifying, awe-inspiring moments from the history of WrestleMania with WWE WrestleMania: The Poster Collection.

Capture the excitement of WrestleMania with this collection of posters featuring some of the most incredible moments in the history of the Showcase of the Immortals. See over 30 years of legendary WWE Superstars in the greatest match-ups of all time. These 40 full-color posters are easy to remove and perfect for displaying.


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

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

31 August: Lucha (Spanish Edition) by Paola Gonzalez

4 October: Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story

4 October: As yet untitled Stephanie McMahon autobiography

18 October: Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas! by Yuyi Morales

24 October: WWE Encyclopedia Of Sports Entertainment, 3rd Edition by Steve Pantaleo 

17 January 2017: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

7 February: Superstars of Wwe (Pro Sports Superstars) by Todd Kortemeier 

7 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

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Release Schedule (22 June)

The Stephanie McMahon autobiography now has a release date (4 October) though not yet a title.

An entertaining, empowering and revealing memoir packed with never-before-told stories from Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince McMahon, wife of Paul “Triple H” Levesque, and the Chief Brand Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), one of the most powerful brands in entertainment today.

In the ring as one half of the powerful “Authority,” Stephanie McMahon’s on-screen life is full of drama, villains, heroes, romance and scandal. However, Stephanie’s on-screen life pales in comparison to the real story of the family behind the global entertainment powerhouse WWE.

This revealing memoir exposes her life growing up behind the scenes in WWE as the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. It also uncovers the secrets of her tumultuous romance with her husband Triple H, the frightening FBI investigation that threatened her family, and the reasons Stephanie rose above the rest to become the company’s global brand ambassador.

Stephanie shares never-before-told stories of what it was like growing up in the shadow of the ring, and of the many WWE Legends who helped her grow into the woman she is today.

Now as WWE Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie is uniquely placed to shed light on the business behind the multi–billion-dollar entertainment company. Stephanie shares inspiring stories of her journey to the top, her successes and failures in the business world, and valuable advice for any woman working in a male-dominated industry. She is honest and candid about balancing her family life, including a marriage to WWE Superstar Triple H and their three daughters, with her intense, 365-day a year job as well as her on-screen bad-guy persona.

Stephanie McMahon’s memoir is like Lean In, with a “billion dollar slap”!


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

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

31 August: Lucha (Spanish Edition) by Paola Gonzalez

4 October: Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story

18 October: Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas! by Yuyi Morales

25 October: WWE Encyclopedia Of Sports Entertainment, 3rd Edition by Steve Pantaleo 

4 October: As yet untitled Stephanie McMahon autobiography

17 January 2017: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

7 February: Superstars of Wwe (Pro Sports Superstars) by Todd Kortemeier 

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Recent Release Roundup

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


Bell to Bell: 1989: Televised Results from Wrestling’s Flagship Shows (Volume 5) by Dave Turner

Volume 5 in the Bell to Bell Series! Wrestling’s Televised Flagship Show results from 1989!


DAMN! WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK TOO? ( How to play THE GAME ) by Jason ‘JTG’ Paul

After the first cult classic “DAMN! WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK? ,fans demanded a sequel. After tons of fan mail, Tweets ,and outstanding reviews from wrestling fans around the globe , JTG brings the HEAT once again. In this epic sequel JTG not only brings you more career threatening tales from his career he also explains how to play “THE GAME”. What is “THE GAME”? THE GAME is an unspoken set of power moves that are executed Backstage. When a superstar politics and deliberately makes very strategic strides in order to advance in his or her career outside the wrestling ring, that’s called Playing THE GAME. Want to know how some of your favorite superstars make it to the top of the wrestling food chain? Find out in JTG’s much anticipated sequel on how Superstars play “THE GAME”

 

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Chavo Guerrero By Fabian Nicieza, Eddie Nunez & Fabiano Neves

warriors-creedThe niche of people crying out for a Chavo Guerrero comic book is presumably quite small, but this should certainly satisfy their needs.

The first in a planned series, referred to in publicity as Warriors Creed, this is very much a taster with little storyline development. All we really discover in the 24 page debut instalment is that Guerrero retires through injury but is pursued by mysterious powers seeking to capture a particular ability he has.

One unusual element is that in the storyline pro wrestling is a worked entertainment event, meaning that this and future instalments will not be drawing drama from Guerrero’s attempts to win matches.

Artwise, I’m no expert, but there’s a distinct theme of large blocks of single colours, giving an effect similar to A Scanner Darkly (but without the photorealism.) It’s also very much comic book/graphic novel style in that this Chavo appears as if he most certainly would not pass a wellness test.

It’s a curious choice of subject as Chavo doesn’t have the masked persona traditionally associated with Mexican wrestling superheroes and his current Lucha Underground character is an unlikely hero.

While there’s nothing wrong with this as such, there’s also too little to tell whether the story will overcome these potential handicaps and develop into something compelling as (or if) the series progresses.

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Through The Shattered Glass by Jeanie Clarke

clarkeGiving another angle on some familiar events, this autobiography manages to deal with issues of personal crisis and faith without being overly preachy.

Clarke is perhaps best known to wrestling viewers for her love-quadrangle storyline in Dallas with Chris Adams, Steve Austin and Toni Adams, and her brief run as Lady Blossom in WCW. While the wrestling parts of the book are substantial enough to satisfy most readers, including plenty of insight into Chris’s creativity and mind for the business, it’s also very much a tale of real life behind the scenes, including Clarke being married to Steve Austin until 1999.

Ghostwritten by Bradley Craig, the book does a particularly good job of simultaneously covering Austin’s early career woes and his rise to superstardom while telling the story of he and Jeanie’s personal life. It’s a powerful reminder that even the most iconic wrestlers are real people, often with a less glamorous reality than the persona. Clarke captures the frustration of being alone running a home and the awkwardness that comes when a wrestler returns from the road and wants only to recharge their batteries rather than go out and about with their partner.

While the book is hardly a character reference for Austin (and certainly makes an interesting companion to his own autobiography), neither is it a hatchet job: the fairest description would be “warts and all”. It’s very much Clarke’s own story, for better and worse.

Much of the latter sections of the book — and indeed its inspiration — deal with her battles with drugs, including a powerful explanation of how her time on the road was still enough to drive her to self-medication even without the usual wrestler pressures of pain management and physical enhancement. She details the slow process of recovery and the role that religion played in her life (including inspiring a certain catchphrase) without shoving it down the reader’s throat.

While this isn’t necessarily a must-read for those interested solely in wrestling content, for those who are also intrigued by life stories and the effects of stardom, it’s well worth your time.

(Thanks to the author and publishers for supplying a review copy.)

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Release Schedule (8 June)

One change this week: Superstars of Wwe (Pro Sports Superstars) by Todd Kortemeier has been put back to 2017 but now has a brief description:

Presents some of the WWEs greatest wrestlers and their achievements, including John Cena, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins. Includes fast fact page, further resources, glossary, index.


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

21 June: Ali vs. Inoki: The Forgotten Fight That Inspired Mixed Martial Arts and Launched Sports Entertainment by Josh Gross

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

31 August: Lucha (Spanish Edition) by Paola Gonzalez

4 October: Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story

18 October: Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas! by Yuyi Morales

24 October: WWE Encyclopedia Of Sports Entertainment, 3rd Edition by Steve Pantaleo 

17 January 2017: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

7 February: Superstars of Wwe (Pro Sports Superstars) by Todd Kortemeier 

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