This book is interesting to read once because it is the only book yet to exclusively document the 2001-2003 WWE era, which saw a change in name, change in stars, and a downfall in success that the WWE has arguably never recovered from.
When it sticks to strictly facts, it's fascinating, particularly the behind the scenes material involving Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, and others.
However, the author is mean-spirited and, worst of all, completely unwilling to adjust his clearly pre-set opinions. A few points:
- In this author's mind if a wrestler is older, they're bad; if they're new, they're good, and nothing at all changes that. While points can be made for guys hogging the spotlight, the author is unwilling to give credit even when the guys on top do have excellent matches. (HIAC with Taker-Lesnar, Michaels-HHH).
- His attitude during the entire book can be summed up by his ridiculous analysis of the HHH-Michaels Summerslam match, where he manages to accuse HHH of sponging off Michaels (as if anyone could have a great match with someone who hadn't wrestled in 4 years), insult Michaels for not jobbing to a younger man (as if the fans wanted to see Michaels come back simply to lose), and then criticize both men for putting on too good a match (??).
- This book has aged very badly. Considering the years following its publication have produced the botched Goldberg WWE run, JBL's title run, and the endless John Cena era, in hindsight Hogan VS. Rock and a couple of bad Undertaker-Austin matches don't come off so terribly. Also, the author's endless praise of Brock Lesnar now seems stupid considering Lesnar's (deserved) reputation now as a wrestling flash-in-the-pan.
An interesting read, it would be nice to have an updated book written by an author less rigid and hateful.