Pro Wrestling Books

Wrestling with words

Pro Wrestling Books - Wrestling with words

Books By John Lister

I currently have four books available to buy in print and eBook versions on Amazon. As well as the Amazon.com and .co.uk links here, you’ll find them on most regional Amazon sites.


Have A Good Week… Till Next Week

For six years, the stars of Britain’s ITV wrestling told their stories to Fighting Spirit Magazine’s John Lister. Now these in-depth biographies of more than 50 grapplers come together in the ultimate history of the ‘World of Sport’ era. From Adrian Street to William Regal, from Tiny Tom Thumb to Giant Haystacks, these are the true stories of amazing lives in and out of the ring.


Purodyssey: A Tokyo Wrestling Diary

Twenty years after his first voyages to watch wrestling abroad, writer John Lister finally made it to Tokyo. Purodyssey shares the experience of seeing 14 shows from 11 promotions in just eight days, visiting venues from the Tokyo Dome to a converted pharmacy. It also details encountering Japanese culture in person for the first time. The book also includes a comprehensive yet concise guide to the practicalities of visiting Tokyo for wrestling, including ticket buying, transport and key Japanese phrases


Turning the Tables: The Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling

ECW was the upstart promotion which revolutionised the wrestling industry. Turning The Tables is the first published history of the company which grew from a run-down bingo hall to become a national pay-per-view competitor… then crashed in a sea of debt. John Lister (author of Slamthology) gives an independent, objective and informative account that reveals hidden secrets and shatters common myths. From a little-known truth about ECW’s most famous feud to a blow-by-blow account of what really happened in Revere, this book will give you the true story behind America’s most controversial wrestling group.


Slamthology: Collected Wrestling Writings 1991-2004

John Lister is one of Britain’s most respected wrestling journalists. Mixing travelogue, humour, fiction, history and opinion, this collection brings together the best of his work from his first fourteen years’ writing. The first section of this book features three epic accounts of voyages to see wrestling in the United States, from the ECW Arena to the Dallas Sportatorium by way of WWF pay-per-views and Memphis television. The second section comprises more than 40 articles, some previously unpublished, including histories of British and American wrestling, the statistics behind WCW’s collapse, and a disgraceful allegation about Tommy Rich.