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Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Professional Wrestling books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport (2018)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadAs a pop culture phenomenon, professional wrestling–with its heroic babyfaces and villainous heels performing suplexes and powerbombs in pursuit of championship gold–has conquered audiences in the United States and around the world. Now, writer/podcaster Aubrey Sitterson and illustrator Chris Moreno form a graphic novel tag team to present wrestling’s complete illustrated history. Featuring legendary wrestlers like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, and The Rock, and modern-day favorites like John Cena, Kenny Omega, and Sasha Banks, the book covers wrestling’s progress from the carnival days of the Gold Dust…
Author(s): Aubrey Sitterson, Chris Moreno

2. National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling (2007)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read?In the 1950s, in Las Vegas, a businessmen’s conglomerate dominating a $25 million-a-year sports industry hid their illegal practices from the U.S. Department of Justice until they were caught. The sport that privileged cold hard cash over honest competition was professional wrestling, and the conspirators were members of the famed National Wrestling Alliance. National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling examines the NWA promoters’ overwhelming success, and the relationships to influential…
Author(s): Tim Hornbaker

3. The 50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time: The Definitive Shoot (2013)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadA no-holds-barred, definitive look at the greatest pro wrestlers ever Who were the best pro wrestlers of all time? What makes these 50 remarkable performers so special, and what were their contributions to the massively popular spectacle of wrestling? The 50 Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time has the answers. Bestselling author Larry Matysik shoots from the hip about who qualifies as the very best in history. The complexity of choosing and ranking the 50 finest from a strong group of talented candidates also reveals a secondary tale about the evolution of pro wrestling and how this…
Author(s): Larry Matysik

4. Identity in Professional Wrestling: Essays on Nationality, Race and Gender (2018)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadPart sport, part performance art, professional wrestling’s appeal crosses national, racial and gender boundaries–in large part by playing to national, racial and gender stereotypes that resonate with audiences. Scholars who study competitive sports tend to dismiss wrestling, with its scripted outcomes, as "fake," yet fail to recognize a key similarity: both present athletic displays for maximized profit through live events, television viewership and merchandise sales. This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a…
Author(s): Aaron D. Horton, Aaron D Horton

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

Best Professional 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…
Author(s): Greg Oliver, Steven Johnson

6. “Teeny”: Professional Wrestling’s Grand Dame (2017)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadRule #1: Be on time.Rule #2: No foul language.Rule #3: Stay away from the “arena rats.”Rule #4: NEVER break kayfabe.Virtually every big name in wrestling in the second half of the 20th Century crossed paths with “Ms. Christine,” as she was known to most. If they followed her rules, Christine “Teeny” Jarrett probably taught them a thing or two about staying out of trouble and saving money for a rainy day. If they got out of line, they likely faced The Grip.Over the course of her 50-year career in wrestling, Teeny worked her way from selling tickets in the back of a Nashville, Tennessee shoe store to running a network of towns for…
Author(s): Brennon Martin

7. The History Of Professional Wrestling Vol. 2: WWF 1990-1999 (Volume 2) (2013)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadSince 2002, The History of WWE.com has served as the premiere online resource for the in- and out-of-the-ring histories of multiple wrestling companies. Now, for the first time in print, you have access to the thousands of dates, cities and ring results that comprise pro wrestling’s past. You can now find the hidden gems, the main events that drew thousands and the ones that only drew flies. This second volume in “The History of Professional Wrestling” series contains EVERY known result from the World Wrestling Federation from 1990 to 1999. It’s “The Ultimate Challenge” to the height of the Attitude Era and…
Author(s): Graham Cawthon, Grant Sawyer

8. Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling (2012)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should ReadShooters recounts the stories of athletes like Brock Lesnar and Gene LeBell, men who have lived their lives on the border between “works” and “shoots,” between the routines of the professional wrestling circuit and the legitimate confrontations that made their reputations. From catch wrestling masters Strangler Lewis and Billy Robinson to pro-wrestling icons like Frank Gotch and Lou Thesz, from Olympic heroes Danny Hodge and Kurt Angle to the Japanese wrestler who trained the famous Gracie family and gave birth to the global phenomenon of MMA, Shooters takes you from the…
Author(s): Jonathan Snowden

9. I’m Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling (2019)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read‘Clever, funny, authoritative and illuminating’ – Times Literary Supplement ‘Filled with passion, humour, and a little bit of welcome weirdness. A must-read for every die-hard wrestling fan’ – Mick Foley For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. ‘We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.’ – Jim Smallman, 2016…
Author(s): Jim Smallman

10. The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling (2014)

Best Professional Wrestling Books Everyone Should Read The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week” (which boasts more than 1 million page views)—a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to—and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up worshipping a sport often derided…
Author(s): David Shoemaker

Best Professional 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 professional 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.

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

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

Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling

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

Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America

Author(s): Scott M. Beekman
Publisher: , Year: 2006, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 532904

Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle

Author(s): Sharon Mazer
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 1998, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1386651

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. 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? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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