FINDLAY MARTIN, writer of powerslamonline.co.uk and former editor of Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine, has authored two eBooks: Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 and The Power Slam Interviews Volume 1.
Here are synopses of the two eBooks . . .
PUBLISHED IN September 2015, Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 is a detailed history of pro wrestling during that two-decade period, with analysis of 1992-1994 and 2015. All new content, The Power Slam Years is not a collection of articles which were published in Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine.
All the major wrestling stories of the era are reviewed and analysed, from a retrospective viewpoint, including:
The McMahon steroid trial of 1994 and its ramifications on the industry. The Japanese wrestling boom of the early 1990s and its impact on wrestling in the West. The oasis of creativity that was ECW under Paul Heyman from 1994-1996. The ascension of WCW, fuelled by talent acquisitions, new ideas and the bold launch of Monday Nitro head-to-head with the WWF’s Raw in September 1995. The waves created by Steve Austin’s King Of The Ring 1996 victory and Hulk Hogan’s heel turn at WCW Bash At The Beach 1996, both of which occurred in the space of two weeks, incredibly.
The WWF’s acceptance in 1997 that it had to drastically reinvent itself in order to catch WCW, and the creative and commercial swell which followed. The demoralising decline of WCW and its increasingly desperate relaunch attempts before its financial losses spiraled out of control and it was purchased by the WWF’s parent company in 2001. ECW’s inability to swim as a national entity and closure in 2001. The peaks and troughs of the WWF’s invasion angle in 2001.
The launch of Ring Of Honor and NWA: TNA in 2002. Hulk Hogan’s comebacks in the WWF/WWE. The WWF’s defeat by the Wildlife Fund in court over usage of the “WWF” initials and its name change in May 2002. The reasons behind the bust-ups between Steve Austin and WWE.
The notorious Plane Ride From Hell in 2002 and the embarrassing lawsuit which followed. The coronation of Batista by HHH and John Cena’s merch-powered climb to the top of Mount WWE in 2005. The Benoit tragedy of 2007 and ensuing drug scandal. The fall and rise of New Japan. TNA’s calamitous decision to hire Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in 2009, which the company has been paying for ever since. WWE’s part-timer dependency, post-2011. The strides made by NXT as a talent developer and content producer. The rise and rise of British wrestling in the 2010s. And so much more.
The book includes the full story behind Power Slam magazine and its predecessor Superstars Of Wrestling: why the magazine changed its name in 1994, how it nearly went under in 1997, and the details behind the decision to finally close the magazine in July 2014, 20 years to the month after the first issue of Power Slam went on sale.
Published by SW Publishing Ltd, Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014 is available worldwide from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.
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PUBLISHED IN July 2016, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 1 is a collection of the most revealing and thought-provoking interviews published in Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine from 1994-2014, along with new content.
The complete list of interviewees is as follows (year in which the interview took place in parentheses):
From the 1990s:
Steve Austin (1994), Cactus Jack (1995), Shane Douglas (1996), Bam Bam Bigelow (1996), Taz (1997), The Dynamite Kid (1998) and Chris Jericho (1999).
Eddie Guerrero (2001), C.M. Punk (2004), Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman (2007), Paul Heyman (2008) and Dylan ‘Necro Butcher’ Summers (2008).
Tyler Black (2010), Paul London (2010), Kevin Steen (2011), Jeff Hardy (2012), Ricochet (2013), George ‘The Animal’ Steele (2013), A.J. Styles (2014), Fergal Devitt (2014) and Adam Cole (2014).
Just some of the myriad topics discussed by the 21 interviewees:
Steve Austin voices his frustration at WCW, while still under contract to WCW. Shane Douglas fires a broadside at The Clique and Vince McMahon, following his disastrous tenure as Dean Douglas in the WWF in 1995. Bam Bam Bigelow recalls his WrestleMania XI main event with Lawrence Taylor, and his early years in Memphis and New Japan. Chris Jericho slams WCW for squandering his talents, and blindly marching towards the abyss.
Eddie Guerrero comments on his firing from the WWF in November 2001, resulting from his DUI arrest, and his commitment to sobriety. Young and hungry ROH star C.M. Punk weighs up his chances of reaching WWE. A forthright Sean Waltman chronicles his adventures in WCW, TNA and XPW, his battles with drug addiction, and the sheer lunacy of the Plane Ride From Hell, the flight on which some WWF wrestlers and staff lost the plot in 2002. Paul Heyman discusses the rise and fall of ECW, and the challenges of working on the WWE writing team.
Dylan ‘Necro Butcher’ Summers ponders his appearance in The Wrestler, and his motivation for going to extremes in death matches. Paul London offers a startling account of life inside the WWE system. Kevin Steen wonders what’s next after his banishment from ROH at Final Battle 2010. (WWE did not appear to be an option for future NXT, Intercontinental and Universal champion Kevin Owens: how times change.)
Jeff Hardy talks prison and redemption. A pre-Finn Bálor Fergal Devitt mulls over his lengthy tenure with New Japan and ponders his future in wrestling. And that’s just for starters.
Each of the 21 previously published interviews is prefaced by a new introduction, which offers unpublished information and analysis of each interviewee, and transports the reader back to the time when the interview took place. Some of the introductions are so extensive, they are stories in themselves.
What’s more, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 1 contains previously unpublished interviews, conducted in 2016, with Jerry Lynn, Jayson ‘JTG’ Paul, Drew Galloway, Tommy Dreamer and Insane Championship Wrestling promoter Mark Dallas. Each new interview is in-depth and insightful.
Published by SW Publishing Ltd, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 1 is available worldwide from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.
Here are the links, should you wish to purchase the eBook.
INCIDENTALLY, you need not own a Kindle to read The Power Slam Years or The PS Interviews: you can download the Kindle app free of charge from Amazon, and read on your tablet, smartphone or computer.
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