Here are a few released in recent weeks that didn’t get advance listings and thus weren’t in the 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.
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 a hard-on 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. Before long, Spencer will find the world of professional wrestling can be more real and dangerous than anything seen on television.
Louisville’s Greatest Show: The Story of the Allen Athletic Club by John Cosper
For 22 years, the Allen Athletic Club’s weekly wrestling show at the Columbia Gym was the place to be on Tuesday night. Promoters Heywood Allen and his successors Francis and Betty McDonogh overcame the Great Depression, the 1937 flood, a World War, and a “crooked” athletic commissioner to bring the best of the golden age of wrestling to Louisville. Now for the first time, author John Cosper (Bluegrass Brawlers) presents the full story of “That Gang of Allen’s,” the wrestlers, referees, announcers, and others who made Tuesday Louisville’s favorite night of the week. This is the story of the true golden age of wrestling, when men and women wore their Sunday best to see hometown heroes like Blacksmith Pedigo, Kid Scotty Williams, Stu Gibson, Mel Meiners, Sgt. Buck Moore, and “The Black Panther” Jim Mitchell mix it up with Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George, the French Angel, Buddy Rogers, Freddie Blassie, Johnny Valentine, Mildred Burke, Mae Young, Bobo Brazil, and Ginger the Wrestling Bear. From mud matches to masked men; from Wild Bill Cantrell to Wild Bill Longson; from live TV to live alligators, the Allen Athletic Club was Louisville’s Greatest Show.
Supermarket Slam Issue #2 by Alberto Costantini
After working 15 years in a supermarket, a lot of tension rises. When that happens, you build a wrestling ring on the sales floor, and take your frustration out on problem customers. Follow Alberto and his friends, through the daily struggles of working in retail.
It’s Real When It Hurts: Part I – The Pain and Passion of Being A Professional Wrestling Fan by Joshua Laurent
It’s Real When It Hurts: Part I – The Pain and Passion of Being A Professional Wrestling Fan examines the idea that wrestling fans and those that work within the industry themselves not only crave reality within the sports-entertainment hybrid, but find the genre at its most compelling when “real life” overshadows anything WWE scriptwriters can invent. Perhaps more interestingly, these active participants – both inside and outside of the ring – crave an emotional negative trigger since it is the most genuine. It’s Real When It Hurts: Part I – The Pain and Passion of Being A Professional Wrestling Fan features original interviews with some of the greats of professional wrestling including: Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Dan Severn, Magnum TA, Pro Wrestling Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Stu Saks, International Female Wrestling Superstar LuFisto, Wrestling Historian Sheldon Goldberg and more.
“Teeny”: Professional Wrestling’s Grand Dame by Brennon Martin
Rule #1: Be on time. Rule #2: No foul language. Rule #3: Stay away from the “arena rats.” Rule #4: Never break kayfabe. Virtually every big name in wrestling in the second half of the 20th Century crossed paths with “Ms. Christine,” as she was known to most. If they followed her rules, Christine “Teeny” Jarrett probably taught them a thing or two about staying out of trouble and saving money for a rainy day. If they got out of line, they likely faced The Grip. Over the course of her 50-year career in wrestling, Teeny worked her way from selling tickets in the back of a Nashville, Tennessee shoe store to running a network of towns for Nick Gulas and Roy Welch to owning one of the most successful territories in the business with her son Jerry Jarrett – until they lost it all to “that so-and-so” Vince McMahon! Teeny was my grandmother. This is her story.