Under The Black Hat

Under The Black Hat is the second volume of a two-book series detailing the life and career of Hall of Fame pro wrestling broadcaster, Jim Ross. I’ve yet to read Jim Ross’ first book, Slobberknocker.  No real reason other than the fact that I haven’t yet gotten around to it.  While I do plan to…

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of Andre The Giant

The Eighth Wonder of the World is the story of the life and career of Andre Roussimoff, better known as Andre The Giant. Authors Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert were not kidding when they labeled this book “a definitive and exhaustive biography”.  Through interviews with members of Andre’s family, promoters, Andre’s peers as well as…

Creating The Mania

Author Jon Robinson takes a look at the tremendous amount of planning it takes to bring together WWE’s annual flagship show, WrestleMania. Honestly, with Creating The Mania, I was expecting a WWE produced fluff-piece.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with both the honesty from those involved as well as the impressive detail on display from…

The Death of the Territories

Tim Hornbaker tells the story of the collapse of the pro wrestling territorial system within the United States. I long believed that Vince McMahon was mainly successful in establishing a nation-wide wrestling promotion because he was a visionary; that he was the first of the American wrestling promoters to give it a go when it…