Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds announced today on Figure Four Daily that they have signed a deal with ECW Press to write a newly-expanded 10-year anniversary edition of the 2005 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Book of the Year, “The Death of WCW”.
The original manuscript was significantly larger than the final product, largely due to the wrestling book market being significantly smaller at the time. Nearly everything that was cut out will be included in the revised edition, plus it will feature tons of quotes from the major players, a look at the ten years following the death of the company, a section debunking criticisms of the first book (“WCW died because of the AOL/Time Warner merger”), THE WOLFPAC, and more.
The book, which will be released in a limited-edition hardcover version as well (Bryan made sure that was in the contract), is expected to be released in mid-2014.
If you have suggestions of topics to tackle or expand upon in this edition, email them to Bryan@wrestlingobserver.com. We’d also appreciate hearing from anyone who lived through that period, wrestlers, office staff, etc. at that same address. Everything will be forwarded on to RD as well.
Thanks so much to everyone for all of the support. We hope that this anniversary edition will be a book that can be looked back upon historically as the definitive, most factually-accurate book detailing the death of what was, for a brief period, the biggest wrestling company in the history of the world.