We’ve already covered the finest autobiographies based on the best wrestlers on the planet. Now that you’ve hopefully read up on a good number of those books, we want to introduce you all to a general offering of great wrestling books. These hardcover presentations on one of the more entertaining forms of entertainment take a deep look into its past, present and future. For those of you who still need a refresher on wrestling or you’re looking to bring up any fans up to speed, these top 10 wrestling books are the ones you need to buy.
10. My Favorite Match: WWE Superstars Tell the Stories of Their Most Memorable Matches
Several wrestlers who have competed in the WWE have competed in the some of the finest matches ever seen. Over the years, a slew of legends and current Superstars have made their claim to being the greatest by putting on phenomenal performances. This book details what went into and what took place during the best matches of such wrestling luminaries such as Triple H, Randy Orton Goldust and many more. Read about the matches you loved and how the men within those matches felt about their performances.
9. Ten Pounds of Gold (2nd Edition): A Close Look at the NWA World Championship Belt
The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) used to be the wrestling powerhouse of the glory days of old school wrestling. Legends such as Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Harley Race and several others have held the NWA World Championship and wrestled all over the world with it around their waist. This wonderful book gives old school wrestling fans an inside look at some awesome photos of the wrestling championship that defined the 1970s and 1980s. This refined edition provides even more content for fans of the 1st book.
8. The WWE Championship: A Look Back at the Rich History of the WWE Championship
There’s a pretty solid book based on the long history of the WWE Championship, too. This novel gives fans an easy-to-follow timeline that delves into the past title reigns of WWE’s greatest. For fans who want to read about the controversial title victories, main event marquee matches that involved the championship and champions that held the title the longest, this book is a must buy. Fans will get to read up on the WWE Championship’s history up until 2011. We’re hoping a 2nd edition that continues up to the present title’s history is in the works.
7. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
This biographical take on the massive, lovable behemoth that is Andre the Giant is a pretty cool graphic novel too. Andre Roussimoff is a worldwide, cultural icon who spent years as one of the most recognizable wrestlers of all time. Andre’s historic run in professional wrestling and across other forms of media all come together in a cool little package that appeals well to comic book fans. For non-wrestling fans who want to know more about that cool tall dude with the afro they see on shirts everywhere,this book is for you all.
6. Holy Ground: 50 Years of WWE at Madison Square Garden (The History of Professional Wrestling)
Madison Square Garden is pretty much hallowed ground for the WWE. New York’s most famous arena has played host to some of the most memorable WWE events of all time. “The World’s Most Famous Arena” has featured greats such as Bruno Sammartino, George “The Animal” Steele, “Superstar” Billy Graham, ECW luminary Tommy Dreamer and many more. This novel features rare photographs and the many elements that went into the many cards that lit up the crowd at MSG. For those of you why sat in during a WWE event at MSG, this book will take you back to such a golden age of wrestling.
5. The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic — Revised and Expanded
World Championship Wrestling (WCW) is no longer around. Isn’t that one of the most depressing sentences a wrestling fan is constantly reminded of? What makes this fact even sadder is the fact that such a awesome wrestling fed that was filled with talented athletes died such a horrible death. A bunch of idiotic and downright puzzling decisions went into making WCW a viable company. The 10th anniversary edition of this hilarious book offers up even more backstage stories on everything that managed to tear down a once respectable company.
4. WWE Encyclopedia Updated & Expanded
This is the ultimate collector’s item for all wrestling fans out there. If you find yourself with nothing to haul along with you during an autograph signing, then this book will finally give you the item you need to bring. This updated version of the 1st release adds several more past WWE wrestlers who are still on the roster or no longer there. You can practically bring this book to any wrestling event there is and find someone to sign their profile for you. This book is also great for reading material, thanks to its breakdown of PPV events, WWE’s other business ventures and many TV shows.
3. 30 Years of WrestleMania
WrestleMania has been dubbed “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All” for a reason – it’s the most premier annual wrestling of all time. The best matches and moments have played a huge part in lending ‘Mania its nigh untouchable credentials. Checking out this book will make you understand the magnitude of how important this event is and how much of a gamble the 1st WrestleMania was. Every installment of WWE’s biggest show up until 30 gets covered in great detail here with plenty of pics, match descriptions and so much more.
2. WWE 50
WWE 50 does an awesome job of covering the extensive history behind the wrestling juggernaut that is World Wrestling Entertainment. A litany of important events, such as the WWWF’s split from the National Wrestling Alliance, the national expansion of the company and the innovative superstars that took WWE into the golden ages. Reading this book will most certainly develop your knowledge of everything that went into the development of the biggest wrestling company in the world today.
1. The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling
Mr. David Shoemaker has crafted a book that wrestling fans and curious fans of the sport will truly appreciate. Shoemaker is known for writing the Deadspin column “Dead Wrestler of the Week,” which gives him the credibility needed to cover the history and more depressing events that went into the development of pro wrestling. The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling gives a great history lesson on the impact wrestling had on TV and popular culture, while also providing the backstories on some of wrestling’s more unappreciated wrestlers.