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VINE VOICEon 27 October 2013
In 2009, Kevin Sullivan and Brian Shields gave us WWE Encyclopedia; an absolutely mammoth book that was simply packed with everything to know about World Wrestling Entertainment. All wrestlers, managers, announcers, factions, Divas & titles (past & present), wrestling shows (live, TV and Pay-Per-View), match-types, storylines, merchandise etc, had been covered in such extensive, fascinating detail, the book was simply mandatory for all fans (not just of WWE, but wrestling itself).

The thing that made WWE Encyclopedia a masterpiece was the writers' compassion for the project. Sullivan & Shields DID their homework, and they were able to sum up (virtually) the entire magnitude of WWE in one big book, through a superlative layout, great use of pictures and text (varying in degree of importance of superstar), and enlightening chronicles with very little inaccuracies. It was an overall work of perfection.

Of course, that was back in 2009. Much has changed in the WWE since then. Wrestlers have come and gone, various superstars & legends have only grown in prominence, so it's only logical that Dorling Kingsley release an UPDATED version of WWE Encyclopedia. For this newer version, Kevin Sullivan and Brian Shields have managed to improve their masterwork. The hardback is now four-hundred & sixteen pages, with hugely updated profiles for the likes of CM Punk, The Miz, Edge, Kane, Christian (to name only a few) and many brand new inclusions such as Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre.

Most of the content of this newer version is as you'd expect before. The profiling of all the hundreds and hundreds of WWE Legends & Superstars varies depending on level of importance and achievements. Guys like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold, John Cena, The Undertaker etc get two-page treatments, Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels & Eddie Guerrero get pages devoted to themselves, veterans, mid-carders & jobbers are provided with much smaller insights into their careers. Bottom-line, it's all sensibly done, and the fact that the pacing remains perfect as ever is just a plus.

But the level of detail has only been INCREASED this time around. For example, Kevin and Brian have actually delved deeper into each of the wrestlers' title histories, providing dates of when they captured various gold and who they defeated for said-prizes. More anecdotes like that are just simply a plus for this newer edition, and they're everywhere throughout. The writers' pride in producing something worthwhile remains as strong as ever.

It becomes apparent as soon as you start reading that everything that made the first version of this Encyclopedia so wonderful has been upheld and honoured. Vince McMahon hasn't allowed his ego to ruin the fans' enjoyment of this book and allows history to remain for the fans to savour forever. Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Ultimate Warrior (and all those who either left or fell out with Vince) all remain honoured and celebrated. Chris Benoit is still chronicled (minus mention of the god-awful Benoit Tragedy), late greats like Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Mr Perfect are still remembered, guys like Tazz, Sabu & Goldberg are praised for their greater success in other organizations, and all of history's Divas are documented with tremendous acclaim. Facts about wrestlers' heights, weights, hometowns, finishing moves etc remain fun and enlightening, as does the special examination of all the various title histories, results of major shows, WrestleMania and the Undertaker's streak. For fans of the previous Encyclopedia, this remains a fun, pleasurable learning experience. For those who missed the first edition, this update will truly impress regardless. Kids will love it, and long-time wrestling fans will be equally amazed to discover things even they didn't know about the WWE and those who worked for the company!

If you haven't picked up WWE Encyclopedia before now, you're REALLY missing out. This is simply THE wrestling book for all fans to purchase. Even if you already have the 2009 edition, this update is still highly recommended. It somehow manages to improve on the original, and for that, this book is even more essential than ever! Purchase immediately!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 December 2012
Bought this for my 10 year old son. I'm not really a big fan although I was converted after getting to a Raw this year - yes, there are staged bits but they really do smash each other!

The book itself is a monster, larger than A3 when opened and with every single star you can think of - it is very well put togehter and very comprehensive.

Great price on Amazon, if you have even a passing interest in WWE you will spend hours poring over this book.

Highly recommneded.
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on 17 November 2012
This book is truly impressive, from the beautiful cover (front and back) to the sheer amount of content within. Literally every Superstar I can think of is covered in this book. It also covers TV shows, PPV's, merchandise and WWE's Oscar winning movies.
This is a fantastic reference book to dip in and out of, or a great one to read from start to finish.
It will keep me occupied for ages to come - and it covers such future Hall Of Famers as Beaver Cleavage, Brakkus, Goon, Gavin Spears and Danny Doring!
Full marks for this book; its great value and an essential purchase for WWE fans
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on 7 January 2013
Got the original version a couple of years ago and jumped at the 'updated and expanded version'. It is a very heavy book rammed full of facts and figures which my boys consistantly refer back to. Solved many an argument in my house!
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on 2 January 2013
I am a major major fan of WWE/F been watching since 1990, and been a writer for a very well known wrestling website that has since shut down. This book supplied me with information that i mostly already knew. BUT if you are a keen fan even if you know as much as i do or not, you will adore this. I did!

Photos of virtually every single Superstar that ever laced his/her boots and even the ones who went in barefooted!

Although i have found several mistakes in these pages (it claims bad news brown walked out on his team at the first and second Survivor series, but that's untrue it was 2nd and 3rd) and ( Bastion booger turned up in 1994 and left early 1995, but that's also untrue its a year out 93-94). plus several more. but most of this information is great !!!
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on 22 November 2012
i bought the first version of this and was amazed by how much detail was put into it, and this one is even better, if thats even possible.
it has a profile on every single wwe superstar, past and present.
every tv show and ppv is also covered in some detail.
it's an amazing reference book that will keep fans of all ages occupied forever.
a book you can read over and over again.
an amazing book and a must have item for all wwe fans.

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on 16 October 2014
This book is amazing and a must for WWE fans, profiles on all your favorite superstars past and present, title history and much more. I highly recommend this book to all wwe fans, you won't be disappointed.
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on 26 November 2012
order and recieved in couple of days using free delivery. the book is really grrat for a present as its quite large and hardbacked too, so looks nice and expensive for a quality looking gift. the book is fairly heavy in weight, but then it is an encyclopedia! the contents of the book are colourful and clear, and it even diplays a colour code for the applicable years of the wrestlers, along with full page information on some of the greatest and latest wrestling stars. i would recommend buying this book, its perfect for any wrestling fan. 10/10.
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on 21 February 2014
A true and amazing read forany true wrestling fan, this will keep you informed with entertaining facts about anything and everything regarding WWE. Events, Wrestlers past and present, historical facts, locations , refferees and just about anything else. A must have if you love the sport.
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on 18 December 2013
The product arrived in mint condition and the delivery was right on schedule. My son will absolutely love this book for christmas. It has far more information than I had initially thought and appears to be a very thorough encyclopedia on the subject. Great value for money.
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