This book is an exploration of one man’s introduction to the British pro-wrestling scene, and his quest to prove its global value. It’s a mixture of facts and reminiscences about the wrestling product of the time, and spans 2001-2007, although the vast majority of the book is an in-depth look at 2007.
I was looking forward to reading this and hopefully filling some gaps in my knowledge of British wrestling during this time period, and I learned a lot. But this is not, at its heart, a ‘history of’ text, it is a fan’s eye view of the product.
The first few chapters give an overview of what was happening in the wrestling world during a particular year, filtered through the author’s own recollections and experiences. For pure history buffs, this might be a distracting feature, but it makes for far more entertaining reading than a listing of facts and figures.
From chapter nine onwards the book is devoted to an in-depth look at 2007. This takes the form of anecdotes, stats, and match reports of varying lengths. Personally, I found some of the match reports hard going, but not uninteresting. It’s probably a book best dipped in and out of rather than something to read from beginning to end in one sitting. There’s a lot of detail, which gives a good sense of the atmosphere of the shows as well as the technical minutiae of the shows.
So, who is this book for? If you like your wrestling history with a real flavour of what it was like to be there at the time and some fun anecdotes, then this is the book for you. Likewise, if you’re interested in the structure of the matches, and the fan reactions as reputations were built, you’ll get a lot out of this book.
You can purchase, A Fan’s Perspective – One Man’s Exploration of British Wrestling – By Oliver Newman – here.