A few years ago, WWE released a beautiful big hardcover book covering every superstar who had worked for the company and they called it the “WWE Encyclopedia.” Since then, more people have come into and left the WWE family and the stories of current stars have changed. Thus it was time for and updated and expanded edition of the WWE Encyclopedia, and this version was released on November 19, 2012.
While it just came out two months ago, it isn’t up-to-date in the manner in which you may think. For example, there is no entry for Damien Sandow who debuted in early May, 2012. Likewise, there is no entry for current United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, who debuted in April of 2012, or anyone else who has debuted between then and now.
The question is “should I buy this if I already own the first edition?” As someone who owns both, I would answer with “absolutely!” While I do believe they should have been able to squeeze in a tiny note for those who debuted in early 2012, I can understand why there weren’t included. Ultimately, it’s not a big deal. The first one was released in 2009 (really would have ended with 2008 material), so this one does add about four years’ worth of extra material. In fact, this updated and expanded edition is 46 pages longer than the original one.
A lot of it is obviously the same material, what more can be said about the likes of Don Kernodle or Barry O? But where stuff needed to be updated (mostly with current superstars, but also with those who passed away in between editions) it is. One thing that the original edition has over this edition though is the “years active” module, which for some reason (I’m assuming space) was removed from the updated and expanded edition. In a few years, if they release a new edition, I hope they add that information back as it was useful. But hey, at least the added the referee’s to this edition.
Even if you already own the original (which I call the “black” edition), any die-hard wrestling fan still needs to have the new updated and expanded (the “white” edition) in their collection. It really does tell the history of WWE/WWF/WWWF through the superstars who performed in a company ring to entertain all of us. It truly is a “must have” for any wrestling fan, as you’re simply not going to find a more detailed, comprehensive, and quality wrestling encyclopedia.
WWE Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded Edition gets a four out of five: GREAT.
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.