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WWE Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment Hardcover – Mar 16 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Brady Originated ed edition (March 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075664190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756641900
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.7 x 31 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is filled with good quality photographs and decent layouts and does contain a very large amount of information about many past and present stars of the WWE, even many who may have already been forgotten by the regular WWE/WWF fan. Most of the content, however, is heavily 'edited' by the WWE, and presents a shallow and incomplete picture of stars featured: it is difficult to get 'into' their gimmicks and their stories. It usually goes something like: So-and-so debuted in this year, did this, did that, then was never seen again. But overall, it is a decent 'picture encyclopedia' to have as a collectible for any diehard WWE fan, just don't expect in-depth, behind the scene, insider information on any of the stars.
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Very colorful live pictures. All wrestlers names in alphabeticaly order so easy to locate favourite. Not as violent as I thought it would be. It is very detailed and tasteful for those avid fans. Seems to have included wrestlers from way back. Very informative.
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It tells everything you would like to know about superstars of today
and in the past and lots of other stuff.It's the bible of sports entertainment
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b96b594) out of 5 stars A must own for wrestling fans March 21 2009
By Christopher Jones - Published on
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Often times while I'm watching an old wrestling match (or browsing some wrestling website) I end up looking an old wrestler up on Wikipedia in hopes of finding out more about him (or her). The WWE is, apparently, hoping to capitalize with marks like me with the WWE Encyclopedia. As the name implies, this book is an encyclopedia to all things (well most things) that have occurred in the vast history of the WWE - wrestlers, TV shows, PPV's, title histories, etc.

The book is written in kayfabe (pretends that wrestling and the personalities are "real"), so you are not going to get any inside information as far as behind the scene stuff goes. To me, that's perfect - but be forewarned though if you are looking for serious information on the people who played these characters you are going to be disappointed. For example, the encyclopedia has a separate entry for Kane and Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS with no mention one person played both roles (Glenn Jacobs). This is because in the WWE canon they are two separate people (one a crazy guy who is the Undertaker's brother and the other was an evil dentist - classic stuff) that just happened to played by the same person. Hence, the two different entries. I could see how this will be annoying for some people though who might want to know what the "real names" of these wrestlers are or some information about their real life pasts.

Really the only drawbacks (besides the potential problem for some that the book is written in total kayfabe) are the omissions or errors. I haven't searched every single page to find these issues (a few other reviews discuss them), but they appear to be very small in number when one stops to consider the thousands of different wrestling gimmicks that have shown up over the years. I certainly wouldn't let it stop me from purchasing the book because TL Hopper isn't profiled (there are always going to be errors in this sort of undertaking).

Overall, a great purchase for wrestling fans of all ages who want to either learn or fondly remember the fun and goofy past of the WWE.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb43f84) out of 5 stars Chock Full of Interesting Info and Fun Trivia April 3 2009
By David Girod - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The "WWE Encyclopedia" is a fantastic reference for wrestling fans. There is so much info packed into this book you will spend hours upon hours reading through the various items presented. You get a thorough history of each and every title in WWE's history, from the Heavyweight Titles, down to the Intercontinental Title and Tag Team Titles to things like the Hardcore Title and European Champ titles as well. You also get the history of WCW and ECW titles too.

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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bd1b648) out of 5 stars The COMPLETE History Of The WWF/WWE March 14 2009
By P. Bernier - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being a true WWF/WWE fan for many years this WWE Encyclopedia was a no-brainer for me. After looking through this LARGE book I have to say the WWE really went all out for this book. They left NOTHING out of this book, yes even Chris Benoit is included in this book along with ALL the titles he obtained before he died. I honestly could not find any wrestlers who were excluded from this book, from the top stars to mid-card stars and they even included the jobbers! There is no doubt in my mind, this is an absolute MUST for any WWF/WWE fan!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb432d0) out of 5 stars Hubby Loved his Christmas present June 14 2011
By chrissychris - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My hubby is a WWF fanatic! he loved this book and goes through it frequently showing me different wrestlers or checking the history of some that he may have forgotten.. One of the best gifts I could of gotten him for Christmas!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c40e240) out of 5 stars Best Wrestling book ever but... March 14 2009
By Eric Neveu - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best thing released by the WWE EVER !!!!!!
This is the best book around, so more infos !
Over 1000 superstars with photos and bios !!!!
even guys like : Battle Kat, Phantasio, Big Steel Man, Al Perez ...
all are listed !!!
All tv Shows/PPV
All differents stipulation for matches
All the belts (timeline)

even 2 pictures of Missy's Manor !!!!
2 pictures of the MYSTERY MAN (Furface) fighting Rick Martel
The Bio of Chris Benoit is included !!!

The best book around

unfortunately some wrestlers are missing but it's a really short lists:
from memory :

Sean Ohaire
Mordecai (Kevin Thorn is in but not this gimmick)
Rico (mentionned but no pic or bio)
Nathan Jones
Ernest Miller
Velvet Mcintyre
Max Mini
tenessee Lee
Matt Morgan
ultimo dragon
Rodney Mack
Tiger Ali Singh (is showed in a pic, mentionned at 2 times, but no bio)
Daniel Puder
Spike Huber
Chris Walker