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Book Review: We Promised You a Great Main Event

If it hasn’t become abundantly clear by now, I’m a big pro wrestling fan. As with all wrestling fans, I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Revisiting and celebrating the wrestlers, matches, and memories of my youth — through streaming services, DVDs, magazines, and books — is a complete joy. Most recently I read We Promised You a Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History by Bill Hanstock.

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Book Review: Women Love Wrestling

Women’s wrestling is more popular than ever. The renaissance of women’s wrestling started in TNA Wrestling — now known as IMPACT Wrestling — at Bound For Glory in 2007 when Gail Kim became the first Knockouts Champion. Prior to this event taking place, female competitors were seen as less than, not equal to, their male counterparts. They were celebrated only for their looks, not their ability. It was a sad state of affairs that was rectified, at least in TNA, in 2007. Today, women’s wrestling is hot in every promotion on the planet, including IMPACT Wrestling, WWE, and AEW. For fans that can’t get enough of the women’s revolution in wrestling, you’ll want to read Women Love Wrestling.

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Audible Review: One Fearful Yellow Eye

One Fearful Yellow Eye, which is a strange title for a book, is about extortion. To be more specific, it’s about extorting $600,000 from a dying man. The victim of this extortion is the husband of Travis McGee’s ex-girlfriend. Set in Chicago, this mystery is a nice change of pace for the series.

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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 7

This Saturday, on Halloween, Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead from the Hellraiser series, is taking part in Shudderfest. If you need your fix of the world’s favorite cenobite right now, listen to Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 7.

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WCW: The Ultimate Guide

Back in 2000, DK, the same company that brings us incredible WWE books, published WCW: The Ultimate Guide. This slim hardback book was a precursor to the WWE Encyclopedia. It compiles wrestler biographies, information about moves, events, TV shows, PPVs, and more. It’s an interesting look at a company that, just one year later, would be bought out by Vince McMahon’s WWE. Below is a video review, where I show you every single page in this out-of-print book. Enjoy!

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Audible Review: The King of New Orleans

The Junkyard Dog (JYD) is one of those wrestlers from the 1980s who I’m familiar with because he was part of the Rock ‘N’ Wrestling era, but not to a great degree. I was excited to check out The King of New Orleans, an Audible Original, for a couple reasons. First, I attended WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans — my first and only WrestleMania, so far — and it was a blast. And, second, because, in these racially charged times, now seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn about one of the most successful modern-day black wrestlers.

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Book Review: Wrestling With Joeylicious

Wrestling With Joeylicious is a novel written by Drummer/Actor/Writer/Producer Joey Cassata and Christopher Lynn. I’m a huge wrestling fan and when I saw this book promoted on my Facebook timeline I thought to myself, “Who is this Joeylicious guy?” I assumed he was some independent wrestler I never heard of. I figured if he had written a book about his career, he must be somewhat well known. Then I saw that my buddies Matt and Cameron were about to interview him for Completely Damaged. So, I decided to give this book a go. And I even had the opportunity to interview Joey Cassata too. Stay tuned for my interview with Joey. Until then, let’s dive into his book: Wrestling With Joeylicious.

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WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment: New Edition

The WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment is the ultimate reference guide to all things WWE. Released on September 29, the brand-new edition features more than 250 new or updated profiles, with nearly 2,000 full-color images.

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The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker

The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker was released in 2013, and it examines the careers of deceased professional wrestlers. Not exactly the most uplifting premise, yet the author tackles different eras, promotions, and grapplers with aplomb. Almost all of the big-name wrestlers who are no longer with us are featured in this book, including Chris Benoit, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, and more.

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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4

October 1 is a little more than a week away and you might be in need of some horror entertainment to get you in the mood for Halloween. What do I recommend? Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 4, of course. It’s the fourth entry in the audiobook series dedicated to celebrating classic horror literature, read by one of horror cinema’s most iconic stars: Doug Bradley — best known for portraying the role of Pinhead in the fabled Hellraiser franchise.

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