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Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal: The Burning Pants of Popular Culture by Stuart Millard

While this isn’t a wrestling book as such (hence the fact I’ve not reviewed it), this title’s publication in print for the first time is worthy of note.

It’s a collection of pieces by Stuart Millard looking at stories from a range of subcultures involving people with an unconventional attitude to truth and reality. From the wrestling side that includes an extremely detailed look at the Brian Pillman ‘Loose Cannon’ character and his exploitation of the dual reality of the business behind the scenes. There’s also a lengthy compilation of some of the more outlandish claims made by Hulk Hogan over the year: I would say an exhaustive compilation, but that would be tempting fate.

The rest of the book covers subjects that may interest wrestling devotees simply because of the way they relate to myths and hype. There’s the amazing tale of alleged telekineticist James Hydrick who was infamously exposed on live television before winding up in jail. (This section of the book was the catalyst for Hydrick later speaking to Millard in his first interview in 30 years.)

There’s also a look at several supposed paranormal TV shows, the urban legend that is Bill Murray turning up unannounced at parties, and the story of a boogeyman named Purple Aki that turns out to be far truer than you might believe.

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Release Schedule (29 March)

No new entries though we do have a cover image now for Saint Mick by Mick Foley:


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

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

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

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

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

9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK

21 June: Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest: A History, 1883 to the Present by Stephen Verrier

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 (15 March)

Double disappointment this week with the Pat Laprade/Dan Murphy book on womens wrestling put back till 11 April and the history of Pacific Northwest wrestling now having no fixed release date.


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

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

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

Currently unavailable: Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest: A History, 1883 to the Present by Stephen Verrier

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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 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.

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Release Schedule (8 March)

One new entry this week, Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest: A History, 1883 to the Present by Stephen Verrier

Introduced in the Pacific Northwest in 1883, professional wrestling’s long and storied history in the region has contributed significantly to its culture. This entertaining account of the wrestling industry in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia provides a comprehensive account of more than 130 years of events in the ring and behind the scenes. The author draws connections between developments in wrestling and the changing identity of the Pacific Northwest.


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

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

24 June: Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest: A History, 1883 to the Present by Stephen Verrier

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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