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SLAM! Wrestling -- the book -- coming this fall
Respected website enters the print media market with first book
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO -- After years of being an online-exclusive, SLAM! Wrestling is proud to announce that it will be entering into the print media world with the release of its first book, SLAM! Wrestling: Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle.

Founded by Greg Oliver and John Powell, SLAM! Wrestling changed the way North America’s true favourite pastime was presented on the Web. With the backing of Sun Media and Canoe, SLAM! Wrestling brought pure journalism to the muddy waters of the pro wrestling media coverage. Never in the Internet Age had the squared circle been viewed with a keen eye by reporters and analysts who broke down the philosophy of wrestling and feted its legends, while also not being afraid to show the very human side of the locker rooms that are hidden from the plain eye inside the world’s biggest arenas.

"When I hear the words 'SLAM! Wrestling', I think of how significant it is in terms of wrestling news," says Scott D’Amore, owner of Border City Wrestling and a former agent with TNA Wrestling. "Not just in Canada though; it is probably the best source in the world for Canadian wrestling news, but around the world."

SLAM! Wrestling: Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle takes readers on a journey through SLAM! Wrestling’s first dozen years and the often all-to real world of professional wrestling. From WWE to the independent leagues that dot North America’s landscape, SLAM! Wrestling gives the unique view of the reporter’s eye as history unfolds, including interviews with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson, Trish Stratus and many others.

From the celebration of WrestleMania XVIII in Toronto, to the tragic death of Owen Hart and many others, SLAM! Wrestling has covered it all and now brings the history of the mat wars straight to your bookshelf.

SLAM! Wrestling: Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle, published by Toronto’s ECW Press, will be edited by Winnipegger Jon Waldman, a veteran SLAM! staffer who has worked for the website since 2000, and produced by co-founder and Torontonian Greg Oliver, whose prior works include three volumes of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series, also available from ECW Press.

SLAM! Wrestling: Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle is expected to hit store shelves in Fall 2009.

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