WCW has a complex relationship with wrestling fans. It gave us countless great matches, arguably the single biggest storyline in the history of the business, and was the only company to ever challenge Vince McMahon for control of the North American market. Unfortunately it also gave us the Fingerpoke of Doom, Dennis Rodman, Thunder, and honestly everything from 1999 until it was finally bought out by WWE.
The Death of WCW takes on this complex history and manages to give a fitting recap of the promotion. After a Cliff Notes version of the promotion's history as Jim Crockett Promotions, the book picks up with Ted Turner purchasing the company. The book does a solid job of detailing the highs and lows of WCW's history. Even if you are well versed in the main events that brought down WCW, the behind the scenes stuff is still fascinating.
Where the book really excels is that is co-written by a smark and aimed directly at smarks. At times you'll think you're reading the comments section of a Raw thread on cSs. If you don't get a laugh every couple of pages I question how much of a fan you really are.
The only real problem I have with the book is when it tackles WCW's history between Hogan turning heel up to Starrcade 1997. It underplays all of the moves WCW made to usurp WWF as the top wrestling company in the world to a point that is abit maddening. Those of you who were wondering how Big Show managed to keep up with Hogan in the tournament poll will understand the feeling. I can understand not liking various political figures, but chalking everything up to luck or being so simply it might as well have been written by a monkey is being disingenuous.
Overall though, it is a fine book and well worth any cSs reader's weekend. It is the kind of book that you'll think 15 minutes passed after reading 100 pages. It doesn't cover much new territory if you're well versed in the history of WCW, but you'll still appreciate the writing.
Overall I give this a 4/5 and a Must Read status.
If you want to test ride ride the book, there are a few sample chapters available on Google Books
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