Take a journey through the history of the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment with “30 Years of WrestleMania.”
The hardcover book gives WWE fans an in-depth look at how the annual event became a global phenomenon.
Vince McMahon took a huge gamble when he decided to host a Super Bowl of wrestling on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden. The idea paid off, planting the seeds for what the gigantic event would become.
Those who enjoyed “WWE 50”and the “WWE Encyclopedia” should no doubt have this in their collection. The vibrant photos pop off the page and provide eye-catching visuals to the stories told within each chapter.
“Mr. WrestleMania” Shawn Michaels himself penned the foreword. New York Times bestselling author Brian Shields, who has worked on a number of WWE literary projects, wrote the book with Dean Miller. Along with results, the two do a tremendous job providing background as well as setting the stage for the matches on each of the 30 cards. There are also sections paying tribute to the performers who made WrestleMania special like The Undertaker and his beloved undefeated streak.
Everyone from Vince McMahon to Hall of Fame inductees and past and present superstars lend their insight and experiences. You can tell hours of time were dedicated to interviewing the top names in the industry.
Fun and interesting behind the scenes anecdotes were also sprinkled throughout. Among my favorites was Linda McMahon reflecting on WrestleMania II and celebrity Joan Rivers’ run-in with Jake Roberts and his snake Damien. The late comedienne, who served as a special guest ring announcer, discussed her WrestleMania moment.
No stone is left unturned. Yes, even matches and moments involving Chris Benoit were included. The book is a dazzling and complete guide to WWE’s crown jewel. New fans can catch up on what they missed, but diehards will find enough fresh content to sink their teeth into.
One of five exclusive collectible bookmarks highlighting an epic WWE rivalry accompanies each book. A Topps collectible trading card of The Undertaker from WrestleMania XXX is also enclosed.
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