- Reading level: 10+ years
- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Brady Originated edition (16 March 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075664190X
- ISBN-13: 978-0756641900
- Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.7 x 31 cm
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WWE Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment Hardcover – 16 Mar 2009
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Did you find the gritty neorealism of "The Wrestler," well, depressing? Fear not: The "WWE Encyclopedia," which enters the hardcover miscellaneous list at No. 10 this week, brings back 50 years of World Wrestling Entertainment in all its cartoony, acid-washed glory. --The New York Times, March 26th 2009
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You get the history of every Pay Per View the WWE has presented over the years, as well as look at ALL of WWE's TV programming through the years. Of coures the real reason to purchase the Encyclopedia is the indepth SuperStar Profiles. Of couse you get the profiles of guys like "Hulk Hogan", "Stone Cold Steve Austin" and "The Rock", but you also get profiles on everyone from "Doink the Clown" to "The Brooklyn Brawler" and "Haku". No one is left out of this reference, even "Chris Benoit" gets a profile, which surprised me as he's been purged from most other WWE projects. It was nice to see profiles on the older wrestlers as well, guys like Bruno Sammartino, and Black Jack Mulligan get a nice profile, and credit for helping shape wrestling during the early years.
The book is laid out in alphabetical order, so if you want to take a quick glance at say the "Backlash" pay per view history, it's easy to locate. One thing to note, which is a little odd, that the wrestlers are alphabetized by their first names, which means if you are looking for Bobby Heenan for example you would turn to the "B" section, not "H". Another nice addition, is that the various tag teams have both a team entry as well as an individual entry in this reference. So if you were a fan of US Express say, they will have a profile on the team itself, but you will also have individual profiles for both Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo.
The photographs of some of my favorite childhood superstars really brought back some great memories as well. It's obvious WWE spent a TON of time and money on this book, and I can honestly say it's one of the best WWE produced products in a long time. If you were a fan of WWF's Hulkamania era, or the Attitude era there is plenty of interesting info in here for you. Even if you aren't a fan of the current product being put on tv today, you will still enjoy this book. Highly recommended for both casual and hardcore fans.