Suddenly it’s over, and in the center of the ring, one man is victorious. The referee raises his hand, and from somewhere (you’re not quite sure where because you’re still cheering), the shining symbol of this momentous win appears. With the crowd still roaring, the winner stands alone in the ring and raises the championship belt high over his head. The lights shine off the WWE Championship title belt, and in that instant, the winner’s life will be changed forever.
For over half a century, Superstars have battled to win the WWE Championship. While the name may have changed, the prestige attached to the championship has exploded. That is due in no small part to the immortals of wrestling who have held this coveted title—Bruno Sammartino taking the title from the first holder, Buddy Rogers...the totally unexpected win of “Superstar” Billy Graham...Hulk Hogan’s win over the Iron Sheik, who had refused a payoff to injure Hogan...Andre the Giant’s surrender of the title to Ted DiBiase...the newcomer win of the Undertaker...the commanding wrestling abilities of Bret Hart...Shawn Michaels’s win in Montreal...the stunning victories of Stone Cold Steve Austin...the triumph of the People’s Champion, The Rock...Triple H playing the game...the never-surrender attitude of John Cena.
This is the chronicle of how the title that is now known as the WWE Championship became sports-entertainment’s most coveted prize.
Summary taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 320 Pages (Hardcover Edition)
Source: Personal copy
Publication Date: November 23rd 2010
This was an interesting review to write. Wrestling books are known as being either very good or on the other hand infamously bad. One of the best examples of a poorly written wrestling related book would be Hollywood Hulk Hogan by Hulk Hogan,and Michael Jan Friedman . Complete dribble it was I say! However, on the opposite end of the spectrum there are some very well recieved such as Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart and Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley.
While this book isn't nearly as bad as Hulk Hogan's afore mentioned book was it was also not on par with the other books mentioned in the preceeding paragraph it is still a decent read. I think that it's a great book for any wrestling fan to add to their library, especially if the fan is interested in the history of the WWE Championship.
When I finished reading this book I really realized how rich the history of the WWE title reallyis. The title itself has been around for over 50 years whis is amazing. Greats such as Bob Backlund, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan (despite the horrible autobiography), Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, John Cena and of course Bret Hart have all held the title at one point or another.
The book really does a good job of educating the reader about the different title holders, the tile changes and the story behind it all. Since this is a WWE produced book and they have a tendendacy to rewrite their own history it was nice to see that the book was actually pretty accurate.
The only real problems I had with this book was that I wish it had been a little longer and that it had gone into more detail about the title holders, the title change and the story behind that. But other than that it's a solid book that most wrestling fans should enjoy.
P.S. I'd like to thank Kimberly for letting me a guest reviewer on her blog, I had fun.
-Mr. Turning The Pages
★ ★ ★1/2