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Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read

There are countless Pro Wrestling courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadAn anthology of true stories, these insider tales will show the lengths that wrestlers went to uphold kayfabe–the old carny term for keeping secret the illusions of a rigged game, fight, or situation–as well as the noteworthy cultural, racial, and economic effects these events and characters have had on society. This is the graphic novel that old-school wrestling fans have been waiting for: a no-holds-barred representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn’t talk about for years!Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories presents three chapters of tales, personally curated by Jim…
Author(s): Jim Cornette, Brandon Easton , et al.

2. Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever (2018)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadFor decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the landscape with the utmost freedom. Dozens of territories flourished between the 1950s and late ’70s. But by the early 1980s, the growth of cable television had put new outside pressures on…
Author(s): Tim Hornbaker

3. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Storytellers (From the Terrible Turk to Twitter) (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadYou can’t escape pro wrestling today, even if you want to. Its stars are ubiquitous in movies, TV shows, product endorsements, swag, and social media to the point that they are as much celebrities as they are athletes. Pro wrestling has morphed from the fringes of acceptability to a global $1 billion industry that plays an everyday role in 21st-century pop culture. In this latest addition to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series, Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson explain how the sport’s unique take on storytelling has fueled its remarkable expansion. Hundreds of interviews and original accounts…
Author(s): Greg Oliver, Steven Johnson

4. Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers (2017)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadLegends of Pro Wrestling offers the first comprehensive look at the entire world of wrestling. With detailed biographies and never-before-seen statistics of some of the greatest athletes in the sport, you will be able to read about hundreds of wrestlers, dating back to the mid-1800s. As the first of its kind, this centralized reference book offers wrestling enthusiasts a range of information at their fingertips and stands alone as the ultimate wrestling resource.This book offers readers a link between what happened a century ago to what is currently happening today. An older fan of Bruno Sammartino or “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers…
Author(s): Tim Hornbaker

5. Final Bell (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadMike Mooneyham began covering pro wrestling in the mid-1960s for a number of national wrestling publications. He was a writer, editor and columnist with the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2016 but continuing to write his popular Sunday wrestling column, which he started in 1989, making it the longest-running pro wrestling column in the country. In 2002, he co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, “Sex, Lies and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment.” Mooneyham…
Author(s): Mike Mooneyham, Les Thatcher, Jim Ross

6. Kayfabe: Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear from a Pro Wrestling Production Company Owner (2017)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read“Sean’s story, beginning as a renegade, outlaw company and evolving to redefining the shoot video genre, is extremely fascinating. Who knew that the man asking the questions was as fascinating as his subject matter?” -Justin Barrasso, Sports Illustrated”Kayfabe brings to life a world that once had its own version of ‘omerta’ in a fascinating, well written book that will intrigue long time fans, new fans, and just those who are hoping to take a peek behind the curtain of this unlikely cultural phenomenon.” -Eric Bischoff, WCW President”I worked in a business full of…
Author(s): Sean Oliver

7. Bruno Sammartino: The Autobiography of Wrestling’s Living Legend – Black & White Edition (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadBRUNO! BRUNO! BRUNO!The iconic chant that resonated everywhere Bruno appeared, whether he was the Champion at the time or not. It was a combined 11 years, during two title reigns, that Bruno Sammartino was the World Wide Wrestling Federation Champion: 1963-1971 and 1973-1977 (4,040 days). He headlined New York’s famous Madison Square Garden 211 times, including 187 sell-outs, a record that still endures to this day, and will most likely never be broken. In his final headline appearance at Madison Square Garden, he got to address another sold-out crowd as he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.Born in 1935, in a small Italian…
Author(s): Mr Bruno Sammartino, Mr Sal Anthony Corrente , et al.

8. Brute Power: The Autobiography of Buggsy McGraw (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadOliver Bateman of ‘The Ringer’ describes Brute Power as “A no-holds-barred autobiography of one of the towering titans of the territorial age. Brute Power takes readers behind the curtain. McGraw pulled his punches in the ring, but doesn’t in this excellent book. He’ll tell you who he liked, who he hated, and about the time he hunted for kangaroos with midget wrestlers.” Don Davies of ‘SLAM! Wrestling’ reviewed Brute Power and said “Brute Power does a great job of following Davis’ career from a young inexperienced wrestler to a main eventer at Madison Square Garden in…
Author(s): Buggsy McGraw, Ian Douglass , et al.

9. WRESTLING: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK: A Wrestling Coloring Book For Adults (2018)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read*An awesome collection of wrestling coloring patterns*Perfect for relaxation and stress relief*2 copies of each image, for two chances to color!*Rad original designs, from Scribble Press…
Author(s): Skyler Rankin

10. Lion’s Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadJapan has long been the most respected territory in the field of professional wrestling, and the most appreciated by hardcore fans worldwide. New Japan Pro Wrestling is the country’s most recognisable brand. It attracts scores of fans to annual Tokyo Dome shows, has made household names of its most prominent talent, and is increasingly in demand by a rabid international audience. Yet NJPW’s 40+ year history has been a rocky one. The company has endured strong competition, scandals and riots, and for a time it seemed like poor decision making would sink what…
Author(s): Chris Charlton

11. The Mid-Atlantic Championship (2019)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadIn 1970, Jim Crockett Promotions introduced the Eastern Heavyweight title to pro wrestling fans in the Carolinas and Virginia. Four years later they changed the name of the title to the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship.Within these pages you will find a complete history of that title, including a detailed account of every title change from the establishment of the championship until it was retired. Plus great photos of the legendary champions, some never published before.The Mid-Atlantic area in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the top wrestling territories in the United States. Learn about the storied tradition of its championship…
Author(s): Dick Bourne

12. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes and Icons (2012)

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadAt its core, professional wrestling has always been about the forces of evil trying to undermine everything good ― and a red-hot heel needs a valiant hero to battle against, someone fans can root for, identify with, and look up to. Wrestling heroes like Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, and André the Giant are celebrated worldwide. But in Heroes & Icons, Oliver and Johnson dig deeper to include more than just the household names, telling the stories of forgotten heroes and regional stars, like Tiger Jeet Singh, who has an elementary school named after him, and…
Author(s): Steven Johnson , Greg Oliver , et al.

Best Pro Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some pro wrestling books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Pig Wrestling The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem... and Create the Change You Need

Author(s): Pete Lindsay , Dr Mark Bawden
Publisher: Vermilion, Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2344582

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Author(s): Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, Claire Warden
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2236740

Backlund : from all-American boy to professional wrestling's world champion

Author(s): Backlund, Bob; Miller, Robert Harrax; Piper, Roddy
Publisher: Sports Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2078337

The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling

Author(s): David Shoemaker
Publisher: Gotham, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1040914

Wrestling with Destiny: The promise of psychoanalysis

Author(s): Lucy Holmes
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1683298

Swimming with Piranhas: Surviving the Politics of Professional Wrestling

Author(s): Howard Brody, James E Cornette
Publisher: Ecw Press, Year: 2009, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 394049

Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death

Author(s): Irvin Muchnick
Publisher: ECW Press, Year: 2009, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1047868

Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling

Author(s): Larry Zbyszko
Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 413564

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels

Author(s): Greg Oliver, Steven Johnson
Publisher: Ecw Press, Year: 2007, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 266874

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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