HUGE NEWS! The Death of WCW 10th Anniversary Edition Announced!!

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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  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.

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30 Responses to "HUGE NEWS! The Death of WCW 10th Anniversary Edition Announced!!"
  1. Ruben D Montecristo says:

    The purchase of WCW by WWE, was the worst thing that happened to the past, present and future of wrestling.

    – Fireworks is not wrestling, WWE only fireworks. WWE does not use the “Timer”, fighting without “Timer” are very boring. WWE PREFER a script, to work looking for real talent.

    -This purchase will negatively affect the new fighters ten years ago. The true talents were removed, they were replaced by fighters who followed a script.
    The Death of WCW 10th Anniversary

    – This purchase will negatively affect the new fighters of this era, because they were born in the 90s, and they think that a fighter who fights without “Timer” is fine, is all the opposite. Fighting without “Timer” is like a movie without sound.

    – This purchase will negatively affect the future fighters, because they have not lived the emotions of wrestling 80 and 90. They do not know or have examples of talented fighters to keep fans awake.

    – This purchase affection the young new owners of companies wrestling for the new owners will not seek fighters with real talent, they think wrestling is just a script.

    – Adversely affected E.U. fighters and fighters from other countries, WWE and the “opinion of WWE” would become the only economic alternative in wrestling. The international wrestling is not a job, it’s a hobby, to say otherwise is lying. WWE is a legal and discreet style of a monopoly.

  2. The Gold Standard says:

    Congratulations Deal. Looking forward to re-reading it in 2014

  3. MisterSpiffy says:

    Can’t wait to pick this up it looks spiffy

  4. Ultimate Kennedy says:

    I WILL in fact get this as it is my favorite of the three books and I perfer Hardback books.

  5. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Congratulations, guys! Can’t wait!

  6. Cory Schibler says:

    I was just thinking that I wanted to retread this book, and now I will most definitely be buying a 2nd copy of this book. So excited!

  7. Tony Nagle says:

    It sounds almost impossible to make the first book any better, but somehow it’s gonna happen? LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY!

  8. The Loosest Cannon says:

    Great news! I can’t wait to see what was cut from the book that was published because what we got was quite possibly the best wrestling book I’ve ever read. I just hope that new material contains the same sense of humor as the book had.

  9. The Chuck says:

    I don’t always buy books, but when I do, they’re usually ECW press. Stay crappy, my friends.

  10. Matt Briner says:

    This picture pretty much sums it up:

  11. Zac Crum says:

    Convenient, my old copy was getting a bit dog eared.

  12. Matt says:

    I’ve been meaning to replace my copy that has been read so many times it barely looks like a book any longer.

    I would recommend talking more about the early days of JCP and then some of the real crap of the early 90’s. I know you do a lot already but there is always room for more crap.

  13. Josh says:

    Awesome! My favorite wrestling book in hardcover? With new content? I’m there!

  14. Madman Szalinski says:

    I wonder if all that young talent in 2000 like AJ Styles in Air Raid, or Christopher Daniels, will get a mention. I thought it odd that nobody brought that up, but when somebody gives you a hundred gold bricks for free, you really don’t give a crap if only one of them turns out to be pyrite.

    The ten years that followed, however, is gonna be the selling point for me on this one. I know it’s a bit early, but when can we expect the shilling of preorders so that I can find the only bookstore in Parkersburg that carried the original Death of WCW and get my order in?

  15. IC says:

    I hope there’s heavy focus on how the bungling of the Invasion and the elimination of real competition hurt the WWE product.
    A follow up on what the stars of the dying WCW are now up to would be good.
    Also, a look at where all those fans that watched during the Monday Night Wars went.
    In the immortal words of Bart Scott, can’t wait!

  16. Amedar says:

    I havenˇ¦t checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess Iˇ¦ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  17. Down With OPC says:

    I thought about reading the book again, maybe I will just wait until the remake comes out!

  18. Goldash says:

    “Death of WCW” is my favorite wrestling book. RD and Bryan did a great job, so I’m going to be waiting eagerly for the new edition. Can’t wait.

  19. Jonathan Sullivan says:

    Love this book. Used it as a reference for two different college papers (and NO I didn’t fail either). Can’t wait for the 10th anniversary edition. I may even skirt buying the Kindle edition and opt for the hardcover.

  20. Paul R from Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion says:

    This is great news, especially since all of my Wrestlecrap books got destroyed by the nearly five feet of water that invaded my home from Hurricane Sandy a few months ago!

    I lost all of Mick Foley’s biographies, the Lita biography (in both book and book-on-CD formats), the WWE Encyclopedia, WWE’s Are We There Yet?, Lanny Poffo’s Limericks From The Heart, and MANY more wrestling books and other items. I detailed some of my Ghostbusters-related losses on my site.

    In short, I’ll wait until the anniversary edition comes out to rebuy Death of WCW.

  21. Peter says:

    That’s awesome, I’ve actually been reading this book for like a week or two now. Ironically, it makes me miss WCW a lot.

  22. TiaNadiezja says:

    My question is, will this be available as an ebook? I prefer my books on Kindle.

  23. Adam from Iowa says:

    It made for a good Christmas present along with the Wrestlecrap book? So I managed to indirectly put a little extra cash in your pocket for the holidays. The 1999 chapter had me laughing out loud and shaking my head a lot. The 2000 chapter was mostly head shaking.

  24. simongr81 says:

    Can’t wait to buy! Loved edition 1!

  25. The Gold Standard says:

    I can think of something else you forgot on the first edition….Riki Rachtman’s backstage “Interviews” and his “predictions”

  26. Mightyk says:

    Oh god I can’t wait, I loved the original book. If its shipped to the UK too, hell yeah.

  27. Iron Smark Tyson says:

    I loved the first book. But all i want in this second is fairness.

    I think it’s OK to admit that WCW was a good wrestling promotion. In fact maybe even a great one.

    I know the victors tell the history. But I get mad when I see WWE make fun of WCW saying stuff like, “You did the show at the Mall of America. Ha ha ha.”

    Well, the first Raws were in some small off broadway theatre that housed hardly 800 fans. Not exactly a big metro arena. In fact while WCW went and filled the Georgia and Superdome for Nitro’s WWE had trouble packing Wrestlemania’s.

    The big stadium shows you see now happened after the Monday Night Wars. The only time WWE tried that was in LA and they had to move the show from the Coliseum to the LA Sports Arena.

    I’ll just say this. IMO, from ’94 to 98, WCW overall had the better product. Maybe not the best ratings, or PPV’s or story lines. But they had the best product. They had the most buzz and I thought they were the most fun.

    And Let’s be honest. We now hold a high standard of Shawn Michaels and the Hitman, but when they were on top, so was Nitro and WCW.

    All I want is fairness. WCW was great, it’s OK to admit that.

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