WWE Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition

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Overview

With more than one thousand superstars on four hundred packed pages, and covering all eras from the sixties to today's superstars, the WWE Encyclopedia is the ultimate definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Now updated and expanded, this dynamic companion to the WWE covers it all — from the WWE's thrilling showcase events and Pay-Per-Views, to the Survivor Series and the grand spectacle of WrestleMania. With more than sixteen million people tuning in to WWE ...

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Overview

With more than one thousand superstars on four hundred packed pages, and covering all eras from the sixties to today's superstars, the WWE Encyclopedia is the ultimate definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Now updated and expanded, this dynamic companion to the WWE covers it all — from the WWE's thrilling showcase events and Pay-Per-Views, to the Survivor Series and the grand spectacle of WrestleMania. With more than sixteen million people tuning in to WWE programming every week, this guide will be a welcomed addition to the homes of WWE fanatics everywhere.

All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 WWE, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[A] welcome addition to any wrestling fan's coffee table or library collection. This book…remains an invaluable source for any WWE fan looking to become more well-versed on the company's storied history." – Post and Courier

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756691592
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 52,403
  • Product dimensions: 10.13 (w) x 12.13 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Sullivan began his sports-entertainment career in 1998 as a content editor for WWE.com. Over the following 10 years, he traveled the country with World Wrestling Entertainment, building lifelong relationships with the Superstars and employees of WWE. Most recently, Sullivan held the position of Director of Content Development for WWE.com where he oversaw the day-to-day content operations of the company's web site. In addition to his responsibilities with WWE.com, Sullivan also wrote for WWE Magazine.

Brian Shields began his career an in intern for Acclaim Entertainment, working on marketing campaigns for the" Legends of Wrestling," “WWF Warzone," and “WWF Attitude videogames." He has since collaborated with WWE on the launch of the “WWE Legends" program. Shields is the author of Main Event: WWE In The Raging 80's and currently serves as marketing director for GAME ON, Inc. developing a WWE line of licensed video game accessories.

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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with the Author Kevin Sullivan:

Q: How is the second edition different from the first WWE Encyclopedia?

Sullivan: I like to think that the second edition is much like the first Encyclopedia, but with the volume turned way up. Amazingly, we took a book that was already a New York Times best seller and made it even better. So fans of the first book will undoubtedly appreciate what was done here.

Items to look forward to in the second edition include:

  • Completely re-written and updated entries for the likes of John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, The Miz, CM Punk and many other of today's Superstars
  • Hundreds of new entries for Superstars who debuted since the first Encyclopedia, including AJ, Brodus Clay, Nexus, Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd and Alberto Del Rio
  • The addition of more historic names from the past, such as Butcher Vachon, Chris Kanyon, Bill Watts, Joe McHugh and Ox Baker
  • The less-than-famous names are also included, including Donnybrook Theatre, the Flying Nuns, Muffy Mower, Kizarny and even Who
  • Up-to-date pay-per-view and title histories
  • In all there are nearly 400 new or updated entries

Q: What is your favorite part of the book?

Sullivan: For me, the best part is hearing that the WWE Superstars carry around the first Encyclopedia backstage. They treat it much like a high school yearbook, asking all the other Superstars to sign by their entry. There's no better feeling to know that the people you are writing about truly appreciate your work. I suspect the second edition will be much of the same. Since the first book came out, I've worked closely with many WWE Superstars and nearly every one of them has asked me when the second edition is coming out. Even the Superstars look at the books as collector's items. It's flattering.

Q: Talk about the writing process?

Sullivan: It was a lot harder than it had to be, simply because I would sit down to do research and before I knew it, hours had passed and I hadn't written a single word. I would always find myself just going back and watching hours of old tapes and DVDs, even if I didn't necessarily have to. In the end, I'm a fan at heart, so it was easy for me to get sucked in and lose myself for hours.

Overall, I like to think that the endless hours of watching and re-watching WWE helped the end product, meaning I was able to bring myself back in time and insert myself, so to speak, into the time period of the Hulk Hogans, Mr. Perfects or Andre the Giants. It's easy for anybody to look up the results of a match on the Internet. But without watching the full events, you can lose the importance of many past moments. For example, on paper, Pedro Morales' 1971 WWE Championship victory over Ivan Koloff can easily look like your run-of-the-mill title change (if there is such a thing). In reality, though, Morales' win gave New York's large Puerto Rican population a reason to cheer. At the time, many of the area's immigrants were living in poverty. But Morales gave those fans a chance to forget their worries and root for their hero. You can't get that type of information from reading results on the Internet. You need to really go back and re-watch the events and talk to the people who were there at the time. That's the type of in-depth information you get with the new WWE Encyclopedia.

Q: What makes you qualified to write this?

Sullivan: I spent 10 years working with WWE at their headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Over the course of that decade, I was responsible for the day-to-day content operations of WWE.com. I also wrote for the WWE, Raw and SmackDown Magazines (back when there were separate magazines) and briefly served as managing editor of Raw Magazine.

During my tenure, I was lucky enough to travel much of the country with WWE, developing strong bonds with both the office workers, as well as the Superstars. It's these relationships that I often drew upon while I was working on the new WWE Encyclopedia. Plus, I was in the arena for many of the historic moments that are described in the book, which helps brings the reader closer to the events, in my opinion.

After leaving WWE in 2008, I continued to work closely with the company as an author. To date, I've penned nine WWE books, including The WWE Championship: A Look Back at the Rich History of the WWE Championship.

Q: Where can fans learn more about the upcoming WWE Encyclopedia?

Sullivan: I know my opinion may be biased, but again, I'm a fan first; and I can truly say that this is the definitive guide to WWE. Basically, if it happened in WWE, it's in the book. Prior to my days with WWE, I longed such a product. Now, it's available.

As for where people can learn more, I encourage fans to follow me on Twitter (@SullivanBooks). With each book release, I always unveil little nuggets of what people can expect when they spend their hard-earned money on something I have worked on. The last thing I want is for somebody to get something they weren't expected. So to keep everybody informed, I'll give away a line or two that I may have written or send out photos of my research notebooks. Or sometimes I'll just tell them where I am in the writing process, which Superstar I'm researching, my favorite things about that Superstar, tidbits of what they can expect to see about that Superstar in the book …

Over the years, I've had a lot of fun with my readers on Twitter. We've created our own little wrestling community that I'm very proud of. I can't tell you how many times a follower has tweeted me a photo of their kids holding my books, or we've debated Raw and SmackDown, or talked about wrestling history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    I like wwe And this book... I bet you will love it INLESS you HA

    I like wwe And this book... I bet you will love it INLESS you HATE WWE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    this book is really nice it shows pics and anything u can imagin

    this book is really nice it shows pics and anything u can imagine!!!!!

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Fantastic encyclopedia for any wwe fan, reader, historian, or mixture of the three.

    Great book, I love everything about it. My only negative on it is not on the book itself but on the handling when it was shipped. My copy had some bent edges on the hardbook's sleeve. In regards to the book, an amazing collectible for any wwe fan that includes interesting facts and phenomenal photos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Great for wrestling fans.

    My 10 year old grandson was very happy with this surprise gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    recommend

    Gave it to 18 yr. old grandson for Christmas....He loves it!

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