Ok, first off I'm not sure if this should go here or under 'site-bashing' even though it technically is not a site and what I'm about to write isn't completely bashing. I don't even know if you guys care about it, but I figured a few might, so I figured I'd write this up quick. If anyone has something they need to know, they can always respond to the post. Though my job (I work in publishing), I managed to obtain an advance copy of "Tonight! In This Very Ring..." by Scott Keith. I was out sick the past two days and had the chance to read it.
That being said, I don't particularly like Scott Keith. I didn't read his first book. I do think he's got a great knowledge of professional wrestling, but he also comes off as a pompous ass more often than not. Many of you may agree, and some may not. As the reader, I do not care to know that "Rob Van Dam is the only person more conceited than [Keith.]" I care about the subject matter, not the author. Why should the author need to point this out to us? The good aspect is, if you can stomach Keith's arrogance, his take on the past 10 years of WWF/E makes for a good read.
The book is a bit strange, I don't think it'll sell in all honesty. It's geared at smarts and smarts alone. Keith assumes that his reader has the basics concepts of pro wrestling being a work. In a sense, it's geared toward the IWC. Now then, if you do get on the internet and you're familiar with Keith's work already, you may not be interested in this book. It's basically the King Lear and Lazaurus rants (both fine pieces of writing) a tad bit extended, with an introduction and another chapter or two wrapping up all of the fuck-ups the WWF/E have committed up to the end of the invasion. Interspersed are several of Keith's rants on matches particular to the time of the events that he's talking about. You've probably seen it all already, be it in his postings, his mailbag or Meltzer's Observer which Keith doesn't deny he gets plenty (if not all) of his information from. I wouldn't pay for it, which is why I got a comped copy. You may though.
I'm not saying this is a bad book, nor am I going to bash Keith just for being a bit too self important for his own good. I read the guy's stuff, and I don't dislike this book, so I wouldn't have a leg to stand on with the bashing. I will say that this is rehashed material for the most part. Unless you really want to know about how Owen was Scott's favorite wrestler, and Vince is pretty much a useless fuck, I don't know if it's worth the value of an 18.95 paperback.
They gotta bring these back!!!: "talk to the hand because the man don't understand." - "The Crippler" Chris Benoit "...and that is the LAST WORD." - "The Big Nasty" Paul Wight and of course: "Don't hate the playa...HATE THE GAME~!" - WCW World Champion Booker T