Book of the Week 4/7/14


One day removed from WWE’s annual WrestleMania event, I thought it would be appropriate to profile R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez’s updated version of their best seller The Death of WCW. You can read my September 16, 2013 Book of the Week profile on the original book at this link.

The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic — Revised and Expanded (ECW Press, Tenth Anniversary Edition, 2014) is scheduled for release October 14, 2014, complete with revisions and updated information not included in the first edition.

Book Blurb (courtesy of Amazon):

In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. It seemed the company could do no wrong.

But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company — having lost a whopping 95% of its audience — was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest.

What went wrong? This expanded and updated version of the bestselling Death of WCW takes readers through a detailed dissection of WCW’s downfall, including even more commentary from the men who were there and serves as an object lesson — and dire warning — as WWE and TNA hurtle toward the 15th anniversary of WCW’s demise.

The book is available for pre-order in paperback on