I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Having read it, I’m still not sure how to classify it. That’s not necessarily a criticism, just an observation.
The title of the book is very descriptive. It really is 2016 in WWE through the eyes of one fan. The book is a journey through the PPVs and main news events of 2016, with comments and opinions from the author along the way. Fact fiends will love it, there are attendance figures and match times throughout, and a little analysis of the major storylines. Some matches are skimmed over, by necessity, going through every one would have made for an unwieldy read. But there is enough detail on the bigger matches to really give a flavour of the events.
I enjoyed it, but I think I was expecting more of a narrative account, so the listing-like format took a bit of getting used to. While reading I kept finding matches I wanted to go back and rewatch, sometimes to see if I agreed with the author’s interpretation, sometimes just because the enthusiasm is catching.
This would be a good book to have as a companion for re-watching 2016’s PPVs, or watching them for the first time (I shouldn’t assume every reader is as much of a WWE nerd as I am. Not everyone watches every PPV live). The book covers the brand extension draft, and the cruiserweight classic, as well as the PPVS.
It is a book that will increase in nostalgia value as time passes. At the moment 2016 is recent enough that it feels just short of current, but in another few years it will be much more of a trip down memory lane.
If you’re looking for detailed analysis and a strong narrative thread, this might not be the book for you. But, if you’re a WWE fan who wants a companion guide to an incredible year in WWE history, you’ll love this book.
You can buy A Fan’s Perspective: 2016 – What A Year To Be A Fan Of WWE – here