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Friday, June 24, 2005
Pro Wrestling--- We've got tons of WWE book-related news today, including the first word on WWE's book about ECW.

-There is a book called "The Rise and Fall of ECW" that is listed as being published by WWE and due for release on May 1, 2006. The author is listed as Thom Loverro, who has a lot of biographical sports books to his credit, but none related to pro wrestling that I'm aware of. This book is undoubtedly being written in an attempt to capitalize on the success of WWE's "Rise and Fall of ECW" DVD set, which is the best-selling WWE DVD of all time.

-William Regal's autobiography, which is called "Walking a Golden Mile" and is already out in the UK, still doesn't have a listed release date for the US. Regal did say in the UK promotion of the book that it would be released in the US at some point, but there doesn't appear to be any timetable set right now.

-Eddie Guerrero's autobiography is called "Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story" and has a release date of September 20, 2005. The co-author is Michael Krugman, who previously co-wrote Lita's autobiography. The excellent documentary about Eddie Guerrero that is also called "Cheating Death, Stealing Life" is already out on DVD.

-Shawn Michaels' autobiography is called "Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story" and has a release date of November 15, 2005. The co-author is Aaron Feigenbaum, who previously co-wrote a pro wrestling trivia book. It will be extremely interesting to see how honest Michaels is willing to be about his past drug addictions and other sensitive issues.

-A book about Superstar Billy Graham is listed with the title "WWE Legends- Superstar Billy Graham: Tangled Ropes" and has a release date of January 3, 2006. The author of this book is listed as Keith Eliot Greenburg, who has written or co-written many books for WWE in the past, including the autobiographies of Ric Flair and Freddie Blassie. This book is listed as a paperback, whereas all the others are listed as hardcover books. Also, the branding of "WWE Legends" in the title would seem to imply that there will be more books in the future about various "WWE Legends," which would fit with WWE's expressed desire to release new merchandise for retired wrestlers.

-Though it's not published by WWE, one other interesting book is Vince Russo's autobiography, which is called "Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification" and has a release date of September 28, 2005. The sole author listed for the book is Vince Russo, and the "About the Author" section hilariously includes the following line: "After stepping out from behind the scenes, he became an on-air personality and WCW heavyweight champion." What it should say is, "Russo was the head writer who booked himself to become the WCW heavyweight champion, which was among the biggest disgraces the pro wrestling industry had seen since Russo booked actor David Arquette to win the WCW title."

-On the ECW DVD front, WWE is breaking records with "ECW: One Night Stand," which will be released in DVD form this coming Tuesday, June 28. That's just 16 days after the event took place on June 12 in New York City. There was lots of behind-the-scenes footage being shot during the event itself so that the DVD could have some special features, in addition to the event itself, which was one of the most amazing pro wrestling events you'll ever see.

-Meanwhile, the "Hardcore Homecoming" ECW reunion show that was put on by Shane Douglas on June 10 in Philadelphia is due out in DVD form on September 6.

-On the Pro Wrestling Torch DVD front, Ultimate Insiders Volume 1 on DVD (with Vince Russo and Ed Ferrera shoot interviews conducted by Wade Keller) is listed as having a mainstream, nationwide retail DVD release that is scheduled for September 6 of this year. The MSRP of the item is listed at $14.95, which is slightly less than the $19.95 price that has been charged on the Torch web site up to this point.

-There is not yet a mainstream, nationwide retail DVD release date for Ultimate Insiders Volume 2 on DVD, which will feature shoot interviews with Matt & Jeff Hardy conducted by Wade Keller and which is scheduled to be made available for purchase on the Torch web site sometime in the next month or so.