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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 ...

* 1116 libraries own a copy of Lou Albano's "The complete idiot's guide to pro wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 1043 libraries own a copy of "The Rock says-- : the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment" (worldcat.org), which is 68 more than the last time I checked five years ago?

* 1008 libraries own a copy of Mick Foley's "Have a Nice Day" (worldcat.org), including the National Library Board of Singapore (biblink.nlb.gov.sg)?

* 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?

* 712 libraries own a copy of Steve Austin's "The stone cold truth" (worldcat.org)?

* 659 libraries own a copy of "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" (worldcat.org), including the Greater Dandenong Library (greaterdandenong.com) in Australia?

* 647 libraries own a copy of Ric Flair's "To be the man" (worldcat.org)?

* 623 libraries own a copy of Kurt Angle's "It's True! It's True!" (worldcat.org)?

* 587 libraries own a copy of "Sex, lies, and headlocks : the real story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" (worldcat.org)?

* 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)?

* 565 libraries own a copy of "Ringside : a history of professional wrestling in America" (worldcat.org)?

* 461 libraries own a copy of Bill Goldberg's "I'm next!: the strange journey of America's most unlikely superhero" (worldcat.org)?

* 453 libraries own a copy of "Slaphappy : pride, prejudice, & professional wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 398 libraries own a copy of Eric Bischoff's "Controversy creates ca$h" (worldcat.org), including Harvard University (harvard.edu)?

* 395 libraries own a copy of Shawn Michael's "Heartbreak & triumph" (worldcat.org)?

* 325 libraries own a copy of Chris Jericho's "A lion's tale : around the world in spandex" (worldcat.org), including the European Regional Library of the US Army in Germany (library.ulinet.army.mil)?

* 311 libraries own a copy of Jerry Lawler's "It's good to be the king-- sometimes" (worldcat.org)?

* 308 libraries own a copy of "Scooby-doo! and you : the case of the wrestler's ghost" (worldcat.org), which features the following plotline: When a ghost kidnaps the wrestler Babyface Foster, Scooby-Doo and his friends try to solve the mystery?

* 300 libraries own a copy of "Steel chair to the head : the pleasure and pain of professional wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 293 libraries own a copy of "Batista unleashed" (worldcat.org)?

* 269 libraries own a copy of Lita's "A less traveled R.O.A.D.: the reality of Amy Dumas" (worldcat.org)?

* 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!)?

* 206 libraries own a copy of Bobby Heenan's "Bobby the Brain : wrestling's bad boy tells all" (worldcat.org)?

* 195 libraries own a copy of "Making the game : Triple H's approach to a better body" (worldcat.org)?

* 132 libraries own a copy of David Arquette's tour-de-force "Ready to Rumble" on VHS (worldcat.org)?

* 148 libraries own a copy of John Cena's "The Marine" on DVD (worldcat.org), including the US Military Academy at West Point (usmalibrary.usma.edu)?

* 148 libraries own a copy of "Mondo lucha a go-go : the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 148 libraries own a copy of "Pro wrestling kids' style : the most amazing untold story in professional wrestling history" (worldcat.org), the true-life story of the National Wrestling Federation (an 80s organization which consisted solely of adolescent wrestlers)?

* 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 ... )?

* 113 libraries own a copy of "The revenge of Hatpin Mary : women, professional wrestling and fan culture in the 1950s" (worldcat.org)?

* 112 libraries own a copy of "Wrestling Babylon : piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal" (worldcat.org), including the Worcester Public Library (cmars.cwmars.org)?

* 80 libraries own a copy of "Journey into Darkness: An Unauthorized History of Kane" (worldcat.org), the fictional account of the Big Red Machine's upbringing in the Callaway household?

* 79 libraries own a copy of "JR's cookbook : true ringside tales, BBQ and down home recipes" (worldcat.org)?

* 76 libraries own a copy of John Bradshaw Layfield's "Have more money now : a commonsense approach to financial management" (worldcat.org)?

* 72 libraries own a copy of Ted Dibiase's "Every man has his price : the true story of wrestling's million dollar man" (worldcat.org)?

* 71 libraries own a copy of Scott Keith's "Wrestling's made men : breaking the WWE's glass ceiling" (worldcat.org)?

* 71 libraries own a copy of the official novelization of Steve Austin's "The Condemned" (worldcat.org)?

* 70 libraries own a copy of "WWF, the music. Vol. 5" (worldcat.org) on "Enhanced CD" (this is the one that featured "the singing debut of the Rock" on the classic track "Pie")?

* 63 libraries own a copy of "Mysteries of wrestling : solved" (worldcat.org)?

* 60 libraries own a copy of William Regal's "Walking a golden mile" (worldcat.org), including the British Library (catalogue.bl.uk)?

* 59 libraries own a copy of "World Wrestling insanity : the decline and fall of a family empire" (worldcat.org)?

* 55 libraries own a copy of "Divas uncovered" (worldcat.org)?

* 52 libraries own a copy of "Vince McMahon/Mister McMahon : the WWE, XFL, and the development of sports entertainment" (worldcat.org) on microfiche?

* 49 libraries own a copy of "National Wrestling Alliance : the untold story of the monopoly that strangled professional wresting" (worldcat.org)?

* 47 libraries own a copy of "Hardcore history : the extremely unauthorized story of ECW" (worldcat.org)?

* 45 libraries own a copy of Harley Race's "King of the ring" (worldcat.org)?

* 43 libraries own a copy of Vern Gagne's "Mat wars : the official book of pro wrestling U.S.A." (worldcat.org)?

* 40 libraries own a copy of "Brody : the triumph and tragedy of wrestling's rebel" (worldcat.org)?

* 39 libraries own a copy of Vince Russo's "Forgiven : one man's journey from self-glorification to sanctification" (worldcat.org)?

* 36 libraries own a copy of "Kaiju Big Battel : a practical guide to giant city-crushing monsters" (worldcat.org), including the Museum of Modern Art (moma.org)?

* 33 libraries own a copy of Martha Hart's "Broken Harts : the life and death of Owen Hart" (worldcat.org)?

* 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)?

* 28 libraries own a copy of "The self-destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" (worldcat.org) on DVD?

* 28 libraries own a copy of "Rey Mysterio : the biggest little man" (worldcat.og) on DVD, featuring Rey's matches against the likes of "Chris Jerico"?

* 27 libraries own a copy of Adnan AlKaissy's "The Sheikh of Baghdad : tales of celebrity and terror from pro wrestling's General Adnan" (worldcat.org), including the US Merchant Marine Academy (usmma.edu)?

* 26 libraries own a copy of Eddie Guerrero's "Cheating death, stealing life" (worldcat.org) written in Spanish (Trampeando muerte robando vida)?

* 25 libraries own a copy of Steve Williams' "How Dr. Death became Dr. Life" (worldcat.org)?

* 25 libraries own a copy of "Benoit : essays wrestling with the horror that destroyed a family and crippled a sport" (worldcat.org), compared to the 19 libraries who still own a copy of "Hard knocks : the Chris Benoit story" (worldcat.org) on DVD?

* 23 libraries own a copy of "Pain and passion : the history of Stampede Wrestling" (worldcat.org), including the University of Calgary (lib.ucalgary.ca)?

* 22 libraries own a copy of "The new and improved DX" (worldcat.org) on DVD?

* 18 libraries own a copy of Dewey Robertson's "Bang your head : the real story of the Missing Link" (worldcat.org)?

* 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.)?

* 15 libraries own a copy of "Choke hold : pro wrestling's real mayhem outside the ring" (worldcat.org)?

* 12 libraries own a copy of "The Wrestlecrap! book of lists" (worldcat.org), including the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (catalog.imcpl.org)?

* 12 libraries own a copy of "Beer, blood and cornmeal : seven years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 10 libraries own a copy of Bret Hart's "Hitman : my real life in the cartoon world of wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 10 libraries own a copy of "Twist of fate: the Matt & Jeff Hardy story" (worldcat.org) on DVD?

* 9 libraries own a copy of Diana Hart's "Under the mat : inside wrestling's greatest family" (worldcat.org), including - for some reason - the Wisconsin Historical Society (wisconsinhistory.org)?

* 8 libraries own a copy of the official Prima strategy for "WWF No Mercy" on the N64 (worldcat.org)?

* 8 libraries own a copy of the first season of "Tough Enough" (worldcat.org) on DVD?

* 7 libraries own a copy of the special collectors' edition of Jack Black's "Nacho Libre" (worldcat.org) on DVD, including the Wellington City Library in New Zealand (wcl.govt.nz)?

* 7 libraries own a copy of "Way of the thumb : a practical guide to the semisweet science of thumb wrestling" (worldcat.org)?

* 6 libraries own a copy of the "adult language version" of "Hitman Hart : wrestling with shadows" (worldcat.org) on VHS?

* 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)?

* 5 libraries own a copy of "Legends of wrestling II" (worldcat.org) for the original Xbox?

* 4 libraries own a copy of "Fire pro wrestling returns" (worldcat.org) for the Playstation 2?

* 4 libraries own a copy of "SmackDown vs. Raw 2008" (worldcat.org) for the Nintendo Wii?

* 4 libraries own a copy of "The essential legal guide for the professional wrestler : key issues and concepts everyone in the pro wrestling business should understand" (worldcat.org)?

* 3 libraries own a copy of the old WWF comic book "Battlemania" (worldcat.org)?

* 3 libraries own a copy of "Know Your Role" (worldcat.org), an "OGL-based roleplaying game that thrusts you into the body-slamming, pile-driving, high-octane world of sports entertainment"?

* 3 libraries own a copy of "Exposed! pro wrestling's greatest secrets" (worldcat.org) on VHS?

* 3 libraries own a copy of Ric Drasin's "So you want to be a wrestling promoter" (worldcat.org)?

* 2 libraries (Library and Archives Canada [collectionscanada.ca] and the Baltimore County Public Library [bcplonline.org]) own a copy of Larry Zbyszko's "Adventures in LarryLand!" (worldcat.org)?

* 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 (Penn State [psu.edu] and Bowling Green University [maurice.bgsu.edu]) own a copy of Dave Meltzer's "Best of the Wrestling observer, 1983-1987" (worldcat.org)?

* 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 ... ?

* 2 libraries (the Cleveland Public Library [clevnet.org] and the St. Louis Public Library [slpl.org]) own a copy of "Japanese hardcore wrestling, Vol. 1" (worldcat.org) on DVD, hosted by Joel Gertner and Missy Hyatt?

* 2 libraries have a subscription to the new "WWE Kids" magazine (worldcat.org)?

* Northwestern University owns an original copy of the screenplay for Kane's movie "See No Evil" (worldcat.org), which at the time was simply known as "Untitled Kane horror project"?

* The Middle County Public Library of New York owns a copy of "The Best of Starrcade 1983-1987 : a video history" (worldcat.org) on VHS?

* 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 LA84 Foundation Sports Library (la84foundation.org) owns a copy of the 1913 edition of Frank Gotch's "World's champion wrestler : his life, mat battles, and instructions on how to wrestle" (worldcat.org)?

* 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) ...

* Cornell University owns a copy of the autobiography of the Icelandic glima-wrestling (en.wikipedia.org) champion Jo?hannes Jo?sefsson, written in Icelandic (worldcat.org)?

* 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 Library and Archives Canada owns a copy of Bob Ryder's "How I helped kill kayfabe : from Internet geek to wrestling insider" (worldcat.org)?

* The Roanoke County Public Library owns a copy of Ivan Koloff's "Is that wrestling fake? : the bear facts" (worldcat.org)?

* 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"?




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