Since 2009, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has created the ultimate guide for professional wrestling, sorry Sports Entertainment fans to have in their homes. The WWE ENCYCLOPEDIA has now reached its fourth edition in 2020 which was released in September.
This year's edition clocks in at 416 pages (the original is 363 pages) and goes from the 24/7 championship to Zeus (the No Holds Barred character played by Tom "Tiny" Lister.) In between are the legends of your grandparent's generation like Lou Thesz, Mae Young and Eddie Graham, to your parents' generation of Bruno Sammartino, Harley Race, Wahoo McDaniel and Jack Brisco and mine which featured Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and others. Today's generation of superstars are also here like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch.
I am not going to spoil who is here and who is not, but I am surprised how many former stars who now work for All Elite Wrestling are here like Jon "Dean Ambrose" Moxley, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi AKA Eden Stiles. This is a beautiful layout of a publication with glossy photos and for the major stars like Undertaker multiple pages are needed to tell their story. The total profiles is over 1,100 with 250 brand new or updated listings.
Tons of credit goes to the authors Kevin Sullivan, Keith Elliot Greenberg, Jake Black, Dean Miller and Steve Pantaleo for what must have been an exhaustive process. This book is on sale now in retail stores in person and online. Thanks to Kristen Fisher of DK publishing for allowing me to review this book. For more wrestling coverage check out www.Twitter.com/MyNameIsWojcik and www.Facebook.com/KayfabeWrestlingRadio