I'm resurrecting this thread from way back in the day, only now that the Online Computer Library Center has opened their "meta search engine" to the public (oclc.org), I can back up these numbers with verifiable evidence ...
* 776 libraries own a copy of "Vikings don't wear wrestling belts" (worldcat.org), a childrens' book (Professional wrestling has hit Bailey City and Viking Vince the Invincible is defending his belt in the main event. As a professional wrestler, Viking Vince has conquered the ring. But is he also a real Viking planning to conquer Bailey City? The Bailey School Kids intend to find out!)?
* 724 libraries own a copy of Chyna's "If they only knew" (worldcat.org), which is actually 61 fewer libraries than the last time I checked five years ago?
* 571 libraries own a copy of "Musclebound" (worldcat.org), a novel featuring an English female wrestler named Eva Wylie as the protagonist (for those interested, her wrestling persona name is The London Lassassin)?
* 261 libraries own a copy of Adam Copeland's "On Edge" (worldcat.org)?
* 249 libraries own a copy of "Lean, green, smackdown machine!" (worldcat.org), a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adventure (There is going to be an amateur wrestling match at the Ronald Rump Civic Center, and Michelangelo and Raphael can't wait to enter. But when they see who their opponents are, they wonder if they'll make it out alive!)?
* 121 libraries own a copy of "Matthew and the midnight wrestlers" (worldcat.org), a childrens' book (Matthew loves his art class, but he hates trying to find a way home without running into the neighbourhood bully, Big Mike. Later, as Matthew watches his favourite wrestling show, he sees a tag team dressed like artists. It gets him thinking. Maybe, if he drinks enough milk, he'll be strong enough to become a wrestler one day. But later, as Matthew drifts off to sleep, he becomes convinced that muscles alone won't do it - he needs a good costume! Then he can take care of Big Mike. Before he knows it, Matthew is in the middle of another midnight adventure. He meets up with Tooloose the Wrecker, a wrestler who is looking for a partner. Before he knows it Matthew is now called Slap Dash the Masher, and he is about to enter the ring in his first tag team fight. This is no ordinary wrestling match. All the wrestlers are artists, and they have the craziest costumes. But during the main event, Matthew has to face the Masked Marvel, who looks suspiciously like someone Matthew knows ... )?
* 30 libraries own a copy of "Big Apple takedown" (worldcat.org), a fictional novel published by WWE Books that - quite frankly - I had never heard of, but seems strangely appealing due to its abject stupidity (December 2001: Vince McMahon steps out of a snowy night into a diner in upstate New York for a meeting with old friend Phil Thomson, now a highly placed government official. Thomson has a strange proposition: creating a new covert black-ops group using the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE's talented men and women are perfect. Highly skilled athletes with the ideal cover, they travel all across the country and the globe; no one would find it unusual to find them in a town one day and gone the next. The government would train and support the wrestlers in every way possible except one: no one must know the truth. March 2006: The Superstars have been handed their latest assignment -- take down a commercial-grade methyl-amphetamine plant that is bankrolling terrorist activities in Europe. Their mission seems simple and straightforward, until a member of their team is taken prisoner. Now all that they've worked so hard for is in jeopardy, and one of their own might be killed)?
* 15 libraries own a copy of the audibook version of "Wearing purple" (worldcat.org), a novel by Quintin Jardine (To solve a crime in the Global Wrestling Alliance, PI Oz Blackstone goes undercover as master of ceremonies for the wrestling matches. Oz meets international wrestlers as he works for Everett Davis, the seven-foot American who oversees the alliance. While narrator Joe Dunlop skillfully presents most of the European characters, his American accents fall flat, but not enough to ruin the interesting experience of being inside the world of wrestling.)?
* 5 libraries own a copy of the "Santo and the monsters" DVD box set (worldcat.org), which include the Mexican-wrestling classics "Santo y Blue Demon contra el Doctor Frankenstein" (Santo and Blue Demon versus Dr. Frankenstein), "Santo y Blue Demon contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo" (Santo and Blue Demon versus Dracula and the Wolf Man), "Santo contra la hija de Frankestein" (Santo versus the Son of Frankenstein), and "Santo en la venganza de la momia" (Santo in The vengeance of the Mummy)?
* 5 libraries own a copy of the original 1984 edition of the "Kinnikuman" Japanese manga (worldcat.org), which we in the States know as "Ultimate M.U.S.C.L.E" (people of a certain age will remember collecting those little pink wrestling figures that were based on the manga)?
* 2 libraries own a copy of "Backyard babes: behind the scenes" (worldcat.org) on DVD, which is described as a "behind the scenes look at women's amateur wrestling" (This DVD contains graphic scenes that include nudity, ultraviolence, & gross humor!)?
* 2 libraries own a copy of "Slamthology : collected wrestling writings, 1991-2004" (worldcat.org), which includes such doozies as What if Sid Vicious had kept the WCW title at Hallowe'en Havoc '90?, Behind the small-print of a WWE contract and You know you're a wrestling fan when ... ?
* Berea College (banc.berea.edu) owns a copy of "Backyard empire : inspired by a true story" (worldcat.org), a fictionalized account of backyard wrestling (Jason would do anything to turn his misfit group of backyard wrestlers into a profitable Independent federation. The local police try to stop his extreme storylines but the real danger was the stunts that took place in the ring. Shattered elbows, facial burns and even a car accident present the group with expensive injuries but itís not enough to stop them. Will the Extreme Backyard Alliance make itself nationally known or will someone have to die in the ring before this madness has ended?) featuring the likes of Straynjer, Fish Funk, Pastamaker, and ... Raven (books.google.com)?
* The University of Maine at Orono owns a copy of "Foot on the rope : corporate apologia and the discourse of Vince McMahon" (worldcat.org), a dissertation written in 2002 by Bryce McNeil which suggests that "Benoit's five image restoration typologies - denial, evasion of responsibility, reducing offensiveness, corrective action and mortification - can be narrowed down to two categories: action justification and remorse. Drawing upon media and myth analysis, this study proposes that McMahon's use of action justification strategies is reflective of a masculine value system in North American society"? If that kind of stuff floats your boat, you can read the full thesis online in PDF format (library.umaine.edu) ...
* UCLA owns a copy of "The Wrestling Tapes" (catalog.library.ucla.edu), produced by "The Old Reliable Tape Company" and a man named David Hurles (don't try to look up his other "creations" if you're reading this from work)?
* The University of North Texas (unt.edu) owns a copy of Robert Hawkinson's "The wrestler : a bizarre life in pro wrestling", which is "based on a true story" (George Martin, a young college wrestler has graduated, and his coach thinks he should become a professional wrestler. However, George quickly finds out that he isn't big enough for the 'big time'. Eventually a local promoter gives him an opportunity and he goes on the road. George has the ability but must gain at least fifty pounds. He becomes involved with power weight-lifters and a doctor with a dark past. The combination of aggressive hypnotism, steroids and other activities has an unexpected effect on George's personality, with dire consequences for friends and other wrestlers. His experiences with promoters, con-men and fans gives the reader a glimpse into the world of professional wrestling. This thriller is based on the real life experiences of the author. He leaves it up to you to sort fact from fiction)?
* The Public Library of Saginaw (valcat.vlc.lib.mi.us) owns a copy of "Wrestling : a boy's first book" (worldcat.org), a book intended to show children the difference between "professional" and "real" wrestling ("Those guys aren't wrestlers," my older brother Kevin said with a laugh that showed how much he disapproved of the men in weird costumes who were running and jumping around a roped-off square pretending, sometimes, to be hurting one another ... Michael and I had been watching and sort of enjoying the clowning of those grownups as they behaved in such a silly way. Part of what amused us was their size. They were fat and bulky giants. When I told Kevin that I thought their big bodies made them good wrestlers, he said "Hey remember, they're not real wrestlers.") ... among other things (He'll begin to understand what a wrestling room looks and smells like)?
* The Library of Congress owns a copy of "Immoral Combat" (worldcat.org), described as a "computer game involving women wrestling while covered with massage oil"?
I like the split. I like RAW as the show where the big stars go to shine. It was like that during the big boom period and a lot of longtime viewers remember it like that. The key thing now is giving Smackdown a focus.