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The Death Of The World Wrestling Federation : Wrestling's One-Ring Circus [Paperback]

Scott Keith
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (2 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080652619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806526195
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents the story of the 2002 organizational changes in the World Wrestling Federation, which led to a loss of its high-profile stars, bizarre storylines, a decline in its television ratings, and the evaporation of its fan base.

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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Short but Sweet 17 Oct 2004
I've been a huge Scott Keith follower for around three years now. I've read all his work and personally feel he has probably the best writing style on the 'net' in relation to wrestling. His two previous books were excellent and this one certainly doesn't buck the trend. The only problem is its to short, I read it in approximately a day and felt a lot of important issues were either not discussed enough or just missed out. In saying that the reading material itself is very insightful and Scott's writing style just makes it a pleasure to read.
Overall I give it four stars, though it is way to short, the reading material itself is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid overview of the WWE's downward spiral 30 Jan 2005
By John Alapick - Published on Amazon.com
Wrestling's One Ring Circus is a solid overview of the WWE's fall from grace to 2001 to 2003. Prior to this, the WWE was a crossover phenomenon creating mainstream stars such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock. However, their descent was brutal and swift and Scott Keith does a great job of profiling their downfall. In actuality, you don't realize the magnitude of the company's failures until you read this book as Keith touches on everything, whether it's career ending injuries, the company's failure to push their most talented performers, or failed storylines. Like his previous book Tonight...In This Very Ring, Keith inserts his internet rants detailing important matches from the era throughout the text. The rants are still very good although they could be long winded, hence the term "rants." To his credit, he has revised his match ratings upon further review. As a long time wrestling fan and reporter, Keith displays his unbiased opinions about the failure of the WWE product and while many of his views come across as bitter, most of the time he has a valid point (ex....not giving a bigger push to popular performers Booker T and Rob Van Dam, the continued push of bigger and less talented athletes). In particular, Scott does a great job of the WWE's biggest failures such as the WCW Invasion angle, the gay wedding between Billy and Chuck, and the formerly wildly popular NWO. He also gives credit where it's due to the great performers from this era such as Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, and Brock Lesnar. However, he knocks Triple H and Shawn Michaels frequently throughout the book, to the point where it makes you wonder if it's more of a personal vendetta, particularly with Michaels since he was in on the Montreal screw job which took the World title off of Bret "Hitman" Hart, who like Keith is Canadian. Nevertheless, this is a very good read and a thorough review of the WWE's decline.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, but... 5 Oct 2004
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
...the material is nothing that hasn't already been rehashed and re-rehashed by the author on 411mania.com and insidepulse.com. If you already read the author's work on 411, then you've already read the book, since 95% of the material is taken from his PPV recaps. As good as the writing is, the material's already available for free online. Save your money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Death of Scott Keith? 4 Oct 2004
By Jeff E. Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Of the three books by Mr. Keith, this one is the most disappointing, even as a "smart" wrestling fan. I was drawn to Mr. Keith's work originally because of the humor and the keen observations he brought to the wrestling community, as well as his rich knowledge of wrestling lore. While the knowledge remains, the humor is hard to find, and the keen observations have been replaced by tiatribes and biased reviews (which he admits to in the book!). Most of all, he just needs to get over the Montreal screwjob of Bret Hart (much like Hart himself), and admit that Shawn Michaels maybe--just maybe--is a better person these days. He crows in the book that Michaels has only put over Ric Flair and Triple H (when he had the information on hand that Michaels put over Randy Orton at Unforgiven, someone who COULD use that win, and chose to omit it from his book).

Add to this sloppy spelling and continuity errors, and the fact that he ends the book at WrestleMania XIX, which was a year and a half ago, and I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Perhaps Mr. Keith is running on the same fumes he accuses WWE of running on.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all 19 Jan 2005
By Ted Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
I thougtht the book was pretty good. I actually read it at a Barnes and Noble, as I had gone there for the Death of WCW but it wasn't in. I didn't read the match reviews, as I had read the originals in his rants, and skipped a few minor parts. I thought it was a detailed look at a bad period for the WWE. Though things have picked up (at least on the Raw side), the company is still making the same mistakes, such as keeping the belt on Triple H. How they could screw up having Goldberg and the invasion is beyond me. Even if you've read all his rants, you can still learn a few backstage things.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting material hurt by hateful author 17 Mar 2008
By FritzFassbender - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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