The Complete WWF Video Guide, Vol. 1: Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985-1989) (History of Wrestling) Paperback – 15 Jun 2013
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This is my era of wrestling!
I remember it was 1988, I was 11 years old. I came back from school and to my utter surprise, I found that my Dad had had cable installed.
Over the next couple of weeks, I spent hours watching the multitude of different channels - I was quickly drawn to the Wrestling.
It didn't really matter that British Wrestling had just been cancelled on TV, this was far better to my young eyes.
The WWF's popularity soon spread all over my school and within a year, Silvervision started to release VHS tapes. I remember that you had to order them over the telephone, I ordered Wrestlemania's Greatest Matches and Hulk Hogan Real America, I passed on High Flyers.
Soon after, I bought almost every official tape released. Each release, featured content from before I started watching. I remember I used to love not knowing what matches or which wrestlers were going to be featured. Remember this was pre-internet, so the only way I could learn about the history of wrestling, other than the tapes was the imported Victory Sports magazines, which whilst informative, were still worked.
I never got into tape trading - I wish I had but I think I was too young. I used to look longingly at the adverts of the US tapes in the WWF magazine.
25 years later, thanks to this book, I get to relive the tapes I had and finally learn what content and how good the American ones were!
First of all, I was very impressed at how many pages are in this book, it covers a vast amount of tapes(sorry, I didn't count them) - great value for money.
Secondly, the layout is superb.Read more ›
The book itself is very comprehensive and a genuinely useful reference guide, even if choosing between vintage WWF tapes is (thanks to the likes of YouTube) now an issue of time rather than money. There are some very neat touches like a complete ranking of all the tapes and a listing of the highest rated individual matches, plus some fun capsule bios.
The writing style won't necessarily be to everyone's taste. From a literary perspective it's fine -- it all reads smoothly and flows well. However, with a review project like this there's a fine line between being dry and dull, or being too outlandish. The style varies as there's a panel of authors, but on several occasions it verges too far into a forced personality with too many of the "smart fan" cliches such as excessive swearing, repetitive jokes about bookers being on drugs and the like. I understand these will be refined in volume 2, which will be a welcome improvement. One particular issue is the repeated references to individual wrestlers' motivation going into a bout (in reality, not storyline) which is clearly little more than speculation.
All that aside, it's definitely worth a read whether you are coming to this as nostalgia or its your first exposure to some of these classic -- and not so classic - video releases.