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As the title signifies, Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 is the story of professional wrestling during the 20-year period that Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine resided on newsagents’ shelves. For those unaware of the magazine, the first issue of Power Slam went on sale in July 1994. The final issue hit the shops in July 2014. Pro Wrestling Through ThAs the title signifies, Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 is the story of professional wrestling during the 20-year period that Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine resided on newsagents’ shelves. For those unaware of the magazine, the first issue of Power Slam went on sale in July 1994. The final issue hit the shops in July 2014. Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 provides in-depth critique of the key events in the WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA and other companies during that period, including Vince McMahon’s steroid trial, Hulk Hogan’s move to WCW, the influence of Atsushi Onita’s FMW on Western wrestling, the grown-up approach to wrestling spearheaded by ECW, the reinvention and awe-inspiring rise of WCW, the Montreal double-cross and its far-reaching ramifications, and the WWF’s long-awaited transition from family-friendly entertainment provider to contemporary boundary-breaker, fronted by the ultra-charismatic Steve Austin and The Rock. Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 delves into the Monday night war: the dizzying heights both the WWF and WCW ascended as they pushed each other to the limit of their bank accounts and imaginations, followed by the demoralising depths to which WCW sank, before it was purchased by the WWF’s parent company at a rock-bottom price in 2001. It wasn’t a case of “Where did it all go wrong for WCW?” It all went wrong. The book recounts ECW’s attempts to go national in the States, and the financial problems it encountered which also resulted in its closure and purchase by the WWF’s parent company in 2001. It examines the launch of NWA: TNA, and its journey to national television and beyond. Ring Of Honor’s impact on the business. Brock Lesnar’s split from WWE in 2004 and return in 2012 on his own terms, along with his wrestling-related adventures in the interim. The John Cena era in WWE. The Benoit tragedy. The fall and rise of New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 2000s. The rise and fall of Pro Wrestling NOAH. NXT. The launch of the WWE Network. The growth of PROGRESS, ICW, PCW, RPW and other companies in the U.K. — and so much more. All these companies, happenings, people and ventures are chronicled in the book, without fear or favour. In addition, Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 contains a history of Power Slam magazine and its predecessor Superstars Of Wrestling, which ran from January 1992-June 1994. The story of the magazine reads like a pro wrestling match-up, in some respects. Seemingly down for the three count at the end of 1996, Power Slam made a miraculous comeback in the second half of 1997, and continued publishing for the next 17 years....

Title : Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014
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ISBN : 26226791
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Number of Pages : 676 Pages
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Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 Reviews

  • Lex
    2018-12-25 19:55

    In terms of wrestling books, it doesn't get much better than Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years; an authoritative history of the business spanning 20 years, written in the crisp, unbiased prose that Martin made famous in Power Slam magazine. I can't recommend it enough. The book covers in detail the most defining moments in wrestling history, and also sheds light on smaller stories you may not have heard. As a Brit, it was refreshing to read a wrestling book written from a UK perspective with asides about UK tours, attendance figures, etc, as well as the UK wrestling scene. At 699 pages (on my Nook), you get a lot for your money. My only criticism would be that the years 1994-2004 get a lot more attention that the following ten years, and the 2010s especially don't get much coverage. Overall though, this is a great read that I would recommend to any wrestling fan.

  • MacDara Conroy
    2019-01-04 21:07

    Power Slam is truly missed - I never skipped an issue from number 14 till the end last summer - and this compendium of editor/writer Findlay Martin's insights on what was happening in wrestling's major (and almost major) leagues over the last two decades brings back all those fond memories of poring over my monthly mag. I'm not sure if it's appealing to anyone unfamiliar with Power Slam, as Martin also delves a fair amount into the nuts and bolts of production of the mag, but for me it's like Christmas come early.

  • Joseph Morris
    2019-01-08 02:57

    Brilliant.The best wrestling magazine produced. Such a shame it's no longer on the shelves. An great read, and sorely missed

  • Jon 9
    2019-01-14 19:11

    It is difficult to explain why I love this book so much in a way that others have not already elaborated on far better than I could ever achieve. What I can do is relate with fondness about the extended period of time I spend reading this excellent magazine (from 2010, where there was an excellent in-depth article about The Miz's rise to main-event stardom that from that point had me hooked) and how greatly sad I was when the magazine announced it's final issue in the summer of 2014.Since then, I have frequented the website that Mr Martin has kept running and have waited with eagerness for the announced book that I am reviewing now. And I can safely say that this book did not disappoint. To compare to the equally excellent "Death of WCW" by Wrestlecrap, this is a book that promises big things and delivers, especially with the big talking points. Much like "Death of WCW", "Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years" massively succeeds in covering the major talking points related to its topic of Pro Wrestling, providing excellent insights about WWE's trials related to steroids and pharmaceuticals, the Attitude era, WCW's dramatic fall from grace, the Chris Benoit incident, the WWE's reliance on John Cena, and of course the Part Timer Era in the WWE.I also loved the parts covering the Indies scene, in particular comments about ROH and NJPW, which have greatly added to the list of matches that I can put of list of "Absolutely Needing To Watch For How Awesome They Are". The insights about British wrestling piqued my interest as well.Naturally however, at its genesis, this is of course a story about Power Slam itself, a magazine loved dearly. Reading about it's origins, how it was essentially saved by the Attitude Era, and of course the story of how it ended is the absolute highlight of the book, and it only increases how grateful I am to Mr Martin that for years on end he and his team contributed to delivering such a great product for us their readers.There is further stuff I would have liked to see in the book, but in light of announcements of further books to come in the Power Slam series, I am more than delighted with what I got.Absolutely top class stuff.

  • Darren K Aitken
    2018-12-20 02:58

    Powerslam was a British wrestling institution, one that is sorely missed. I have found author, Findlay Martin's insight greatly shaped my view of professional wrestling as I grew up. The chance to peer behind the curtain was too tempting to pass up. "Pro Wrestling Through the Powerslam Years" is a well written and insightful tome. A reference I would happily recommend to people new to this cartoon world wishing to deepen their understanding.My only criticism, too much material is covered. I would have liked a deeper discussion (though I realise this would have pushed the page count towards ludicrous levels) as I was familiar with many of the events tackled. It is no surprise that the two events that command the greatest page count (McMahon's Steroid trial & the Benoit tragedy) are the most engaging.Overall, a great read for newcomers & nostalgia lovers alike, and a true gem for lovers of the eponymous mag upon which this book draws its name. Well done, Mr. Martin. Well done.

  • Jason Tolland
    2018-12-28 23:57

    If you're looking for a "wrestling through the years" book, come no further - you've found your book. The detail here is second-to-none. You can learn so much - both about wrestling and his magazine - by reading this book. Martin holds nothing back in criticisms about his own magazine and the wrestling industry, while also showing a love for both. Power Slam magazine was a magazine I always looked forward to when I was kid. Whenever I went to town with my grandparents I found a way to convince them that I needed this months magazine - and with little internet access, I certainly did: It was my way of seeing all the wrestling photos, results and reviews from all over the globe. I big thank you to Martin, not just for all the years (two decades) he put into the magazine, but the time he put into writing this book.

  • Joe Rowan
    2019-01-15 18:55

    I was an avid reader of Power Slam for the last three or so years of its life, sadly the only time I was aware of its existence. I was always a big fan of Fin Martin's clear, dryly humorous prose and his excellent analysis and critique of wrestling, which clearly came from a place of deep love for the product. I credit the magazine with helping kickstart my interest in pro wrestling, and it deepened my understanding of it immeasurably. Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years is no disappointment in this regard, and is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to know more about an often exciting, often frustrating period in wrestling history, or who just wants to enjoy Fin's measured take on it.

  • Andrew wood
    2018-12-22 20:51

    A wrestling fans dream This book is fantastic it covers almost every major wrestling scene around the world (mexico excluded) in superb detail. It offers an unbiased and independent review of the major recent events of pro wrestling. I highly recommend this book to any wrestling fan looking to further their knowledge and understanding of wrestling and its major incidents.

  • Kevin Collett
    2019-01-12 21:01

    I enjoyed this book and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed Power Slam magazine.

  • Charles Patterson
    2018-12-19 02:59

    I've been following pro wrestling since the the 1980s and was a regular buyer of Martin's Superstars of Wrestling magazine. This book is a fantastic trip down memory lane. Martin is refreshingly honest in his opinion of matches, angles, gimmicks and wrestlers.