James Dixon, author of Titan Sinking and Titan Shattered, two detailed chronicles of the World Wrestling Federation’s stories and backstage dealings in 1995 and 1996 respectively, pairs up with Justin Henry (Fighting Spirit Magazine, WrestleCrap) in compiling the third book of the series, Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.
Continuing through the timeline of WWF history, Titan Screwed provides a comprehensive look at the World Wrestling Federation from January 1997 all the way through WrestleMania XIV in March 1998, covering every major element of the WWF’s evolution into the vaunted and historic Attitude Era.
Stories extensively detailed include the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels losing his smile, the heel turn of Bret Hart, WWF vs. ECW with Jerry Lawler pulling the strings, the death of Brian Pillman, Austin vs. Tyson, the seedy story elements that overtook WWF programming, the birth of the nefarious Mr. McMahon, and of course, Montreal: the build-up, the secret plotting, the match, the moment, and the aftermath in all of its incredible details.
Exclusive author-conducted interviews for Titan Screwed include Ken Shamrock, Rob Van Dam, Jim Cornette, “The Patriot” Del Wilkes, Dr. Tom Prichard, Danny Doring, former ECW owner Tod Gordon, and more.
***Includes foreword from WrestleCrap’s RD Reynolds***
A Brief History:
As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be a huge pro-wrestling fan back in the day, so book about wrestling in the 80’s and 90’s appeal to me. This might be why Titan Screwed is the third wrestling book by James Dixon that I have read over the last couple of years.
Titan Screwed is Dixon’s best book so far. It takes you from the early days of the Monday Night Wars, up to Wrestlemania XIV which I was at. But there’s more to this book than that.
This book is the first time that I’ve seen such a detailed account on the Montreal Screwjob. The book talks about everything that lead up to Survivor Series ’97, and the aftermath, which rocked the entire business to its core.
Titan Screwed also has plenty of quotes from everyone involved in backstage drama, including a very funny moment when Jerry Lawler found himself sitting in the john as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels got into a fist fight in the men’s room. And that’s just one story!
Honestly, even if you didn’t watch pro-wrestling in the mid 1990’s, this book will still entertain you. There are so many great stories here, even some that may change your mind about some of the stuff that went down back then.
Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs gets and A, and I can cross one item of the 2017 reading challenge: