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Release Schedule (20 December)

One new-ish entry this week, WWE 35 Years of Wrestlemania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller:

This new edition of the fan-favorite, best-selling title 30 Years of WrestleMania (pub. 2014) brings the story of the biggest event in the WWE calendar right up to date with 32 pages of brand new content.

Ever since the first-ever WrestleMania in March 1985, this annual, week-long, sold-out event has attracted hundreds of thousands of sports entertainment fans from all over the world. WrestleMania is where every WWE Superstar wants to make his or her name. WWE Champions such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Sable, and Lita have all found WrestleMania the perfect showcase for their incredible talents.

35 Years of WrestleMania allows sports entertainment fans to relive, or discover, all the most exciting matches, celebrity appearances, and controversies in this premier event’s storied history. The key historic matches of every Wrestlemaniaare explored in depth. Spectacular full-color photographs from WWE’s own archive–many never seen before–superbly capture WrestleMania’s unrivaled glamour, and many of the most action-packed, unforgettable moments, both in the ring and behind the scenes. Get ready for the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment!

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

25 December: WWE Vol. 4: Women’s Evolution by Dennis Hopeless

15 January 2019: Positively Unstoppable: The Art of Owning It by Diamond Dallas Page

27 January: Gene Kiniski: Canadian Wrestling Legend by Steven Verrier

5 March: WWE Greatest Rivalries

5 March: Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson

19 March: WWE: The Official Cookbook by Allison Robicelli

19 March: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 3

29 March: Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture) by CarrieLynn Reinhard and Christopher John Olson (Editors)

7 May: WWE SmackDown 20 Years and Counting by DK

7 May: Self Help: Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow by Al Snow and Ross Owen Williams

7 May: An Encyclopedia of Women’s Wrestling: 100 Profiles of the Strongest in the Sport by LaToya Ferguson

16 July: 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Bryan Alvarez

6 August: Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories by Jim Cornette, Brandon Easton & Denis Medri

3 September: WWE 35 Years of Wrestlemania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller

1 December: #wwe: Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age (Year’s Work) by Dru Jeffries

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Recent Release Roundup

Here are a few titles 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.


Asheville Wrestling 1930 – 1973 by Jason Freeman

Asheville Wrestling results and clippings. 1930 through 1973


The Greatest Matches and Rivalries of the WrestleMania Era by Chad Matthews

What are the greatest matches and rivalries of the WrestleMania Era? It has never sat particularly well with long-time pro wrestling columnist and podcaster, “The Doc” Chad Matthews, the blanket statement that pro wrestling greatness is completely up to each individual, period, end of sentence. In fact, he strongly disagrees, having long posited that professional wrestling is reasonably objectifiable, like modern college football rankings in the Playoff Era. In America’s gridiron pastime, the college game relies on a select few, organized into a committee, to choose the best four teams worthy of competing for the championship each season. Though the decisions are also considered subjective, the Playoff committee rankings are reasonably objective too. It is not as if Alabama is picked because their crimson jerseys are pretty or USC is chosen because the President of the United States has an affinity for Los Angeles. There are basic criterion used to evaluate the resumes of each viable candidate. Breaking down wrestling’s greatest is no different. Utilizing something he calls “objective subjectivism” – a euphemism that acknowledges pro wrestling as obviously somewhat subjective but petitions for acknowledgment of pro wrestling also being inescapably capable of objectification (like Hollywood and College Football) – Matthews has mined the annals of WWE and NWA/WCW lore to discover the specific traits that define the greatest matches and rivalries and, having pinpointed these elements, has found a logical way to separate the truly great from the very good, to compare the totality of stories like Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority or Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon to overall rivalries like Triple H vs. The Rock or Edge vs. Undertaker to iconic matches like Steamboat vs. Savage or Angle vs. Michaels in order to construct the ultimate historical countdown.


George South Record Book: Highway Run into the Midnight Sun by Jason Freeman & George South

The George South Record Book: Highway Run in Midnight Sun is a year by year break down of every match. Pro Wrestling legend George South has wrestled over 6,000 matches in his career. Starting in 1982 and he will be in a ring somewhere weekend. George has held every job in the wrestling business. Wrestler, ring crew, referee, promoter, popcorn salesman, trainer and more.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success

If you’re looking to be inspired by someone who has truly made the most of life’s opportunities, then read this remarkable story of one of today’s most well-known celebrities. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is best known as a former professional wrestler that later came to dominate Hollywood with a series of blockbuster movies. His powerful on-screen presence and strong physique give the impression that he effortlessly reached global success, yet Dwayne faced a series of challenges and setbacks as he rose to the top. From being homeless as a child and later having little more than $7 in his pocket to facing the reality that his dream career in football was over, Dwayne’s life hasn’t always been a linear track of successes. However, rather than let this bring him down, he never gave up and pushed himself to be the best he could in everything he applied himself to. If you want to discover what’s the story behind Dwayne’s extraordinary success, this book takes you on a journey from his childhood to how he became one of Hollywood’s most well-known action figures. Strip away the glitz and the glamor and you find a remarkable story of persistence, commitment, and deeply ingrained work ethics that kept Dwayne moving forward to where he is today. If you want proof that success is rarely served on a silver platter and the majority of successful people have to sweat blood and tears to reach their goals, then Dwayne’s life story will give you exactly that. In this book of ‘Dwayne Johnson: The Life, Lessons & Rules of Success’, you will find:

  • The story of Dwayne’s childhood and how it shaped the strong core values he lives by today.

  • Why his football dreams came to an end and how he became one of WWE’s greatest wrestlers.

  • How he moved into Hollywood and became a successful A-list actor – even without any acting background, experience, or qualifications.

  • The main lessons he learned throughout his life.

  • Dwayne’s 10 rules of success and how you can apply them too.

(Note that this book is 59 pages.)


Unscripted: Fake Wrestling is Real by Anthony Campana

Professional wrestling resonates with millions of people around the world but is also greatly misunderstood by many others. Pro-wrestling has a strong parallel with the worlds of sports and entertainment. However, for every similarity drawn to an avenue of sports or entertainment, there is a key difference between the two. The biggest wrestling company, the WWE, is filled with complex and topical ideas that have highs and lows. From the contentious subjects of steroids, racism, sexism, death, and crime to the revolutionary ideas, unforgettable moments, and long-lasting pop-culture icons; this book not only takes you on the professional wrestling roller-coaster but also sharpens one’s mind in sports entertainment relationships.


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