WWE Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment

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WWE Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment
Author Brian Shields
Kevin Sullivan
Illustrator Doug Wilkins
Cover artist Eli Zigdon
Country United States
Language English
Series World Wrestling Entertainment
Subject Professional wrestling
Genre Encyclopedia
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 366 pages
ISBN 0-7566-4190-X
OCLC 244419109

The WWE Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment is a reference book featuring in-depth knowledge surrounding the leading organization in professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

The book covers the 45-year history of WWE and features a comprehensive A-Z listing of nearly 1,000 former and current wrestlers from as early as the 1960s to the present day. The book also contains official listings for title histories, television and pay-per-view events, most notably, a detailed history of WrestleMania.


The WWE Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment contains profiles for past and present WWE personalities, as well as event and title histories. While providing information primarily about the personalities career in WWE, information is also present about their careers in other companies. People who portrayed separate characters are often given separate profiles for each character.[1]

Even people who left the company on bad terms were given favorable profiles, including Alundra Blayze and The Ultimate Warrior.[1] Even Chris Benoit has a profile in the encyclopedia, even though WWE has tried to distance itself from him since his double murder and suicide.[1] The killings, however, are not mentioned.[2]


Brian Shields and Kevin Sullivan created the book together.[2] WWE was given final say over who would be included in the book.[2] Overall, the book took over one year to create.[2] Sullivan and Shields divided some of the work load, dividing the research for championship title histories in half.[2]


The book debuted at No. 10 on The New York Times Hardcover Books Bestsellers List and climbed as high as No. 8.[3]

It received mostly favorable reviews. Bob Kapur of SLAM! Wrestling was favorable toward the book, saying that it "is just the ticket for fans looking for a trip down memory lane".[1] He praised the book for including lesser known personalities, but also criticized the absence of notable tag teams such as Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon.[1] Simon Rothstein of The Sun stated, "I cannot stress how much fun this book is to read".[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kapur, Bob (June 14, 2009). "WWE Encyclopedia an excellent resource". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sokol, Bryan (August 20, 2009). "Behind the scenes of the WWE Encyclopedia". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Aldren, Mike (March 30, 2009). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  4. ^ Rothstein, Simon (April 15, 2009). "New WWE book is a smash hit". The Sun. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 

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