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Welcome to Awesome Truth, a wrestling book club in podcast form. Every episode, your hosts Steve Cimino and Walt Schwenk will dissect a classic piece of wrestling literature. Join them as they dive into the oft-seamy underbelly of professional wrestling's written word.

Awesome Truth: A Wrestling Book Club Steve Cimino and Walt Schwenk

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Welcome to Awesome Truth, a wrestling book club in podcast form. Every episode, your hosts Steve Cimino and Walt Schwenk will dissect a classic piece of wrestling literature. Join them as they dive into the oft-seamy underbelly of professional wrestling's written word.

    Episode 66: Shinsuke Nakamura's King of Strong Style: 1980-2014

    Episode 66: Shinsuke Nakamura's King of Strong Style: 1980-2014

    Before he came to WWE, Shinsuke Nakamura was a sensation in New Japan Pro Wrestling, first winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the age of 23. In this semi-autobiography, Nakamura explains how he became a Japanese star, including confrontations with Antonio Inoki, feuds with Hiroshi Tanahashi, and even a match with Brock Lesnar. But can the one-man oral history format hold up for 300 pages?

    • 41 min
    Episode 65: WWE 365: Seth Rollins

    Episode 65: WWE 365: Seth Rollins

    The Architect. The Kingslayer. The Beastslayer. Seth Rollins is one of WWE's biggest stars, and he has an array of inorganic nicknames to prove it. But is Rollins a budding legend in the making, or just a thin-skinned grappler who has above-average matches? From two big showdowns against Brock Lesnar to his new relationship with Becky Lynch, the latest installment in the WWE 365 series covers a busy year in Seth's life. Did it make us like him more, or does it only reinforce why he's such a good pissy heel?

    • 44 min
    Episode 64: Life Is Short and So Am I: My Life Inside, Outside, and Under the Wrestling Ring

    Episode 64: Life Is Short and So Am I: My Life Inside, Outside, and Under the Wrestling Ring

    Call it the luck of the Irish: Hornswoggle may have written the best wrestling autobiography in years. In his recap of a decade with WWE, Dylan Postl shares his honest opinions on Vince McMahon, CM Punk, Triple H, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, and countless other wrestlers who became his friends and (occasionally) his enemies. We break down what made Hornswoggle such a unique character, and why that uniqueness made his book such a treat to read.

    • 42 min
    Episode 63: Netflix's The Toys That Made Us: Professional Wrestling

    Episode 63: Netflix's The Toys That Made Us: Professional Wrestling

    Merry Christmas! To celebrate the holiday, we're heading to Netflix and streaming the pro wrestling episode of The Toys That Made Us, a documentary series that focuses on hit popular toys from the '80s and '90s. From Galoob to Hasbro to Jakks, from the big rubber action figures to WWF Wrestling Buddies, we travel back to the days when Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and a blue plastic ring were all wrapped and waiting under your Christmas tree.

    • 38 min
    Episode 62: 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

    Episode 62: 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

    Bryan Alvarez is beloved by smarks everywhere for his book The Death of WCW and his work with Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Live. Unfortunately, his new book, 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, likely won't inspire the same enthusiasm. We break down why, despite terrific chapters on Chris Benoit and WrestleMania III, the format and template don't suit Alvarez's knowledge or style.

    • 55 min
    Episode 61: WWE Untold: That's Gotta Be Kane!

    Episode 61: WWE Untold: That's Gotta Be Kane!

    Don't be fooled; this isn't just a Kane documentary. Instead, it covers all the buildup to Badd Blood 1997, including the beginning of the legendary feud between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker and the first-ever Hell in a Cell match. But it's also a reminder that Kane might've had the best debut in wrestling history, and that the WWE Network might actually be finding their way with these short docs.

    • 46 min

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Gotta love wrestling literature

Wrestling podcasts are all the rage these days, but this one takes an interesting focus: books and documentaries. Modern and classic, plus special guests; this show tries to absorb and consume the best in pro wrestling history and insight.

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Awesome Truth Is Aweome

Awesome Truth is a fun, new approach to dissecting all the wrestling lore & legends. Steve & Walt relive the best moments from each book, and use these firsthand accounts as launching pads to debate burning questions that all wrestling fans have. They have interesting guests, and the entries into the book club always keeps things episodes interesting.

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Wrestling Lit for majors and non-majors

Prepare for the master’s class in wrestling literature! Chris and Walt have spent an inordinate amount of time seeking out, reading, and reflecting on the best and worst wrestling books ever published. Thankfully, their knowledge is being put to use in this engaging, poignant, and just plain fun podcast for all to hear.

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