EBOOK Releases

FINDLAY MARTIN, writer of powerslamonline.co.uk and former editor of Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine, has authored three eBooks: Pro Wrestling Through The Power Slam Years: 1994-2014The Power Slam Interviews Volume 1 and The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2.

Here are synopses of the three 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, along with analysis of the years 1992-1994 and 2015. New content, The Power Slam Years is not a collection of articles 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’s command 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 against WWE. The coronation of Batista by HHH, and John Cena’s merch-powered ascent to the summit of Mount WWE in 2005. The Benoit tragedy of 2007 and ensuing drug scandal. The fall and rise of New Japan. The calamitous decision by TNA to hire Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in 2009, which led to years of famine in the company. 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.

Here are the links, should you wish to read customer reviews or purchase the eBook.

Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Wrestling-Through-Power-Slam-Years-ebook/dp/B014X2W6QG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441393823&sr=1-1&keywords=Pro+wrestling+through+the+power+slam+years

iBooks: itunes.apple.com/gb/book/pro-wrestling-through-power/id1038850596?mt=11

Kobo: store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/pro-wrestling-through-the-power-slam-years-1994-2014

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).

The 2000s:

Eddie Guerrero (2001), C.M. Punk (2004), Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman (2007), Paul Heyman (2008) and Dylan ‘Necro Butcher’ Summers (2008).

The 2010s:

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.

Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Slam-Interviews-1-ebook/dp/B01ILZX304

iBooks: itunes.apple.com/gb/book/power-slam-interviews-volume/id1136932982?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-power-slam-interviews-volume-1

PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2017, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 is the second and final collection of interviews originally published in Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine.

Spanning the period 1996-2014, the anthology includes Q&As with ‘Loose Cannon’ Brian Pillman when he was the subject of a bidding war between the WWF and WCW, Mick Foley less than a month after his jaw-dislocating and teeth-extracting Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker at King Of The Ring 1998, Bryan Danielson during his “indie darling” years, and Brock Lesnar when he was in training for his UFC debut. Lesnar had only one MMA fight under his belt when he conversed with PS in November 2007. Disciplined and dynamic, Lesnar was still hungry; he had so much to prove. And he hadn’t yet been spoilt by wealth.

In addition, Volume 2 features a voluminous career retrospective with ‘Living Legend’ Bruno Sammartino four years before he buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon, commentary from Paul Heyman about the wrestling marketplace at the time he was in talks with TNA/Impact Wrestling, a hair-raising chat with the volatile Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young, and an eye-popping conversation with Sean Waltman which broke new ground for PS when it was first published in 2013.

Each previously published interview comes with a new introduction that explores the interviewee’s talents and accomplishments and place in wrestling history, and takes the reader back to the time when the interview took place.

The majority of the interview introductions are lengthy and analytical. For instance, the Brian Pillman introduction is 3,112 words, and includes previously unpublished material about ‘The Loose Cannon’. The Bruno Sammartino introduction runs to 2,559 words, and recounts the details behind the unpleasant divorce between Sammartino and the WWF in the late 1980s and their stunning reconcilliation 25 years later. The New Jack intro is 2,638 words. The Mitsuharu Misawa intro clocks in at 2,059 words. The introductions in most cases are stories in themselves. Even if you own every issue of Power Slam, each republished interview in The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 has something new to offer you.

The complete list of interviewees is as follows (year in which the interview took place in parentheses):

From the 1990s:

Brian Pillman (1996), Diamond Dallas Page (1998) and Mick Foley (1998).

The 2000s:

Kid Kash (2004 and 2007), Scott ‘Raven’ Levy (2005), Mitsuharu Misawa (2005), Samoa Joe (2005), Bryan Danielson (2006 and 2008), Brock Lesnar (2007), Harley Race (2008), A.J. Styles (2008), Randy Orton (2008), Bruno Sammartino (2009), Mike Bucci (2009), Triple H (2009) and Stephanie McMahon (2009).

The 2010s:

Paul Heyman (2010), Nigel McGuinness (2012 and 2013), Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young (2012), Lex Luger (2013), Sean Waltman (2013), Leon ‘Vader’ White (2013) and Steve Austin (2014).

Furthermore, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 includes new interviews, recorded in 2016, with Matt Hardy, Daffney, Colt Cabana, The Honky Tonk Man and Revolution Pro Wrestling promoter Andy Quildan, plus other original content.

Matt Hardy ponders the wonder that is ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy. Colt Cabana sheds light on his return to Ring Of Honor in 2016 and his extraordinary success as an independent wrestler in recent years. Andy Quildan ruminates about Revolution Pro Wrestling’s relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling, the Vader vs. Will Ospreay match that RevPro presented in August 2016, and his aspirations for the company.

The Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill interview is a monster at over 13,000 words. Covering her adventures in WCW, TNA, ROH, WWE developmental and elsewhere, the Q&A also delves into her career-ending concussions and worker’s comp claim against TNA.

The Honky Tonk Man (Roy Wayne Farris) interview is even heftier, at 14,253 words, and spans Farris/HTM’s career from his 1977 debut through to 2016, with sections on the Tupelo concession stand brawl, Randy Savage’s intricate match layout methods, the arrest of Jim Duggan and The Iron Sheik in May 1987, HTM’s SummerSlam 1988 encounter with The Ultimate Warrior, his omission from the WWE Hall Of Fame, plus other topics. Meanwhile, Mr. Farris recalls his experiences interacting with Lou Thesz, Billy Robinson, Jerry Lawler, Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett, ‘Dr. D.’ David Schultz, Vince McMahon, Jake Roberts, Hulk Hogan and more luminaries. It’s the longest interview I’ve ever done.

I also name the wrestling people I wasn’t able to interview but wish I had, disclose further behind-the-scenes tales from the PS years, and reveal my wrestling-related highlights of the last 25 years.

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.

Full details here: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page