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Release Schedule (22 February)

No new entries this week, but there’s now a cover image for Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade:


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

28 February: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

14 March: Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Womens Wrestling by Pat Laprade & Dan Murphy

21 March: Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel by Pete Gas

21 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

1 April: Best Seat in the House: A Backstage Pass to My Journey As Wwe Announcer by Justin Roberts

4 April: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by AJ Mendez Brooks

11 April: NXT: The Future Is Now by Jon Robinson (official WWE release)

9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK

25 July: Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte by Ric Flair & Charlotte

8 August: Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports by Ronald Snyder

29 August: No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho

5 September: Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade

3 October: Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross

3 October: WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK

17 October: Saint Mick by Mick Foley

31 October: The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It (It’s Twerked for Us!) by The New Day

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Release Schedule (16 February)

Two new entries this week. WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK is an official publication aimed at children. There’s also now a September release date for Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade:

The true story of one of pro wrestling’s most charismatic, feared, and beloved icons

 

Who was Maurice the man, and who was Mad Dog the character? Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend, and a pop culture icon ― but he was also a son, husband, and father. Mad Dog explores Vachon’s career and personal struggles with painstaking, detailed historical research and through both Maurice’s own recollections and those of the people who knew him best.
As a young man, Maurice could have chosen a dark, criminal path, but then wrestling and family changed him. Chronicling his slow but steady rise to prominence across America and internationally in some of pro wrestling’s most important territories, this in-depth biography shows how Vachon’s life came to be defined by the words of Mark Twain: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Fiercely proud, motivated, and supremely talented, Vachon’s story is also the amazing tale of how a lifelong make believe heel became a real life hero outside of the ring.

 

With a foreword by his brother, Paul Vachon, and an afterword by his widow, Kathie Vachon.

I also now have a blurb for Saint Mick by Mick Foley and let’s say my initial suggestion it could be a crime novel was somewhat off the mark…

Sailing into the Holiday season with the earnestness of George Bailey discovering how wonderful life can be, the dog-eared determination of Ralphie on his Red Ryder quest, and with the speed and precision of a Buddy Elf snowball barrage, Saint Mick from New York Times #1 bestselling author Mick Foley is a Yuletide tale like no other: part jolly memoir, part whimsical ode to a lifetime love affair with Christmas, part solemn tribute to the power of finding the best part of oneself in the unlikeliest of places.

After a lifetime of putting his body on the line to entertain his dozens (and dozens!) of fans, the Hardcore Legend is paying the price – both physically and emotionally.. Unable to resist the roar of the crowd, Mick returned to the ring too often, risking too much, losing belief in the characters that had defined him, and losing sight of his dreams. When the final bell on Mick’s career finally tolled – not with glory inside the ring, but with solemn words in a neurologist’s office, the future is far from merry and bright. Until hope and redemption come to him in the form of a beloved figure from his past.

Given the chance to become Santa Claus – not dress up, not pretend, but become – Mick Foley rediscovers the joy of performing, finds a character he can believe in, and even finds a way to put his body on the line in commitment to his new craft, enduring an excruciating six hour bleaching so that the beard on his chin can be as white as the snow.

Mick charts a course from the heartwarming to the surreal, detailing the drastic measures he takes to keep the magic age of belief alive for his younger children, as well as taking us inside the secret world of the Santa subculture – where “real-bearded Santas” and “traditional” or “mystical” Santas are quite often at odds as to who makes the better red suit ambassadors. Along the way, Mick worries that he will be excommunicated from the Santa world for everything from his colorful WWE background, to his Santa character being run over by a motor vehicle on Christmas Eve on WWE television, to his intentional breaking of “The Santa Claus Oath” by promising toys to families in need, to his participation in a controversial Santa Claus documentary.

With the help of an unlikely elf – 8 time Grammy award winner Norah Jones – Mick learns valuable lessons about the real power and responsibility of the red suit, and that success as Santa comes not by appearing in front of millions on TV, but by touching hearts and creating “Santa moments” for the young and the young at heart – one memory at a time.


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

17 February: Hardway by Hector Acosta

28 February: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

14 March: Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Womens Wrestling by Pat Laprade & Dan Murphy

21 March: Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel by Pete Gas

21 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

1 April: Best Seat in the House: A Backstage Pass to My Journey As Wwe Announcer by Justin Roberts

4 April: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by AJ Mendez Brooks

11 April: NXT: The Future Is Now by Jon Robinson (official WWE release)

9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK

25 July: Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte by Ric Flair & Charlotte

8 August: Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports by Ronald Snyder

29 August: No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho

5 September: Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade

3 October: Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross

3 October: WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK

17 October: Saint Mick by Mick Foley

31 October: The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It (It’s Twerked for Us!) by The New Day

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Recent Release Roundup

Here are a few released in recent weeks that didn’t get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Note that I’ve decided not to include wrestling-related titles that are primarily erotica, of which you will find plenty in the self-published field.


Clash of Champions: The Story of Sting (revised edition): Now with a review of WWE’s COC show! by Ted Blanchard

A review of every WCW Clash of the Champions event, now including the WWE Clash of Champions ppv and more photos.


Lumps, Bumps & Body Slams by Michael Markus

“Stomping Jack, in the grip of Mitch and Dave, managed to turn around to face me. “Get out of here, Chris!” I ignored him as usual. With my best imitation of the Stomping Jack Banshee Yell, I jumped off the top rope onto Mitch’s back. Join Christopher Agnew Preston, in his determined-not to say-desperate attempt to find his place in the world. Can he do it by helping his eccentric activist mother and wrestling father fight the corrupt mayor and his goons? This is the 30th anniversary of the publication of this Canadian Scholastic classic, updated and revised by the author.


Kicking Out At Two by Dropkick Depression

Dropkick Depression presents Kicking Out At Two, stories by eight professional wrestlers at different points in their active careers and how they’ve not only come face to face with the dark world of depression and suicide, but their triumph and continued fight against it. These stories have never been told before, are completely unedited and uncensored, and hope to bring a new awareness to depression and also hopes to show that no one, no matter the circumstance, is alone. We are all in this together.


Fritz Von Erich: Master Of The Iron Claw by Ron G Mullinax (Reprint of 2005 title)

Fritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw is the true story about the life and times of Jack Adkisson-pro wrestling legend Fritz Von Erich-and the famous Von Erich wrestling dynasty. “Not since the Kennedys of Massachusetts has an American family publicly suffered personal tragedy after personal tragedy like the Von Erichs of Denton County, Texas.” While the Kennedy family became famous worldwide for their political accomplishments and the tragedies of their sons, the Von Erich family became famous worldwide for their athletic accomplishments and the tragedies in their family. Read how Fritz Von Erich and his five sons impacted the wrestling world with their family’s show World Class Championship Wrestling, which at one time was syndicated in 66 U.S. television markets, Japan, Argentina, and the Middle East. The story, as told to Ron Mullinax by Jack Adkisson himself, follows his wrestling career and family tragedies beginning in the 1950s and continuing until his death in 1997.

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Release Schedule (8 February)

Two new entries this week. First Hardway by Hector Acosta:

Fifteen-year old Spencer loves professional wrestling. It’s the reason why he, along with his older brother Billy, started their very own wrestling promotion in their Dallas apartment complex. The fact it puts Spencer closer to Tori, Billy’s girlfriend and the only girl either boy knows who can take a chair shot to the head, doesn’t hurt.

It isn’t long before RBWL—The Royal Brooks Wrestling League—have a rival in Woodland Terrace, a nearby apartment complex with their own wrestling promotion run by Eddie Tornado, an unhinged teenager with a connection to Tori and an urge to see Spencer and Billy fail.

When Spencer breaks into Eddie’s home and steals a gym bag he believes holds Woodland Terrace’s championship belt, the feud between teenagers and promotions escalates.

Second, a new book from Mick Foley titled Saint Mick. No blurb yet, but the publishers Polis Books specialise in fiction, with an emphasis on crime novels.


 

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

17 February: Hardway by Hector Acosta

28 February: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

14 March: Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Womens Wrestling by Pat Laprade & Dan Murphy

21 March: Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel by Pete Gas

21 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

1 April: Best Seat in the House: A Backstage Pass to My Journey As Wwe Announcer by Justin Roberts

4 April: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by AJ Mendez Brooks

11 April: NXT: The Future Is Now by Jon Robinson (official WWE release)

9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK

25 July: Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte by Ric Flair & Charlotte

8 August: Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports by Ronald Snyder

29 August: No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho

3 October: Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross

17 October: Saint Mick by Mick Foley

31 October: The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It (It’s Twerked for Us!) by The New Day

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Accepted by Pat Patterson

This may not be the book you were expecting, but is still well worth your time.

Ghostwritten by Bertrand Hebert (who co-authored the excellent Montreal history Mad Dogs, Midgets & Screwjobs), the book’s focus is very much on Patterson’s life as a gay man and a love story of he and his late partner Louie. It’s fascinating to read not only of the obstacles the pair faced (Patterson notes the parallel of the secrecy of his sexuality and the secrecy of maintaining kayfabe in the territorial wrestling days) but also the many occasions on which it simply wasn’t a big deal to other in the business. The story also gives a better understanding into the personal significance for Patterson of “coming out” in the final episode of WWE Legends House, something many would naturally have dismissed as far from a revelation.

The book doesn’t short-change the reader on wrestling content, both as a performer and on the creative side, but it’s very much about the big picture and working relationships such as with Vince McMahon rather than specific details of particular incidents. It’s by no means the booking encyclopedia that some might have hoped for, and Patterson admits he remains uncomfortable about revealing some behind-the-scenes aspects of wrestling, but there are a handful of points where he provides more useful insight into the business in a single sentence than some manage in an entire volume. While it’s by no means a “dishing the dirt” affair, Patterson is open about the times he disagreed with Vince or was unhappy with an aspect of his career.

All in all, as long as you are able to put aside expectations of what the book might have been for the most hardcore of wrestling enthusiasts, it’s a worthy combination of wrestling autobiography and personal journey.

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Release Schedule (1 February)

One new entry this week, Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross:

There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that’s just not JR.

Known as the voice of the WWE, Slobberknocker is the story of Jim Ross’s life―probably the most notable person connected to the sport who has never wrestled. He opens up about his life growing up on a farm in Oklahoma and his discovering of wrestling to somehow getting a foot in the door to the business that started a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business―from putting up the ring to calling matches, to finding talent, to booking programs, to handling payroll. With all those responsibilities, he’s also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock to name a few. Readers will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn’t just a wrestling story. It’s a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams. As someone who has suffered multiple bouts of Bell’s Palsy, Ross has never given up on a dream that is still going strong.

Currently the host of the podcast The Ross Report, any fan of wrestling―from the territory days to today―will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story―and you don’t want to miss it!

We also now have a front cover for The WWE Book of Top 10s:


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

7 February 2017: Superstars of Wwe (Pro Sports Superstars) by Todd Kortemeier 

28 February: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

14 March: Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Womens Wrestling by Pat Laprade & Dan Murphy

21 March: Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel by Pete Gas

21 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection

1 April: Best Seat in the House: A Backstage Pass to My Journey As Wwe Announcer by Justin Roberts

4 April: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by AJ Mendez Brooks

11 April: NXT: The Future Is Now by Jon Robinson (official WWE release)

9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK

25 July: Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte by Ric Flair & Charlotte

8 August: Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports by Ronald Snyder

29 August: No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho

3 October: Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross

31 October: The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It (It’s Twerked for Us!) by The New Day

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