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November 5, 2009 11:57 AM Subscribe
's self-published first novel One Fall
explores the world of professional wrestling through the eyes of an up-and-coming star, a taken-for-granted women's division wrestler, a head booker with no authority, and an internet fanboy, all trying to navigate the line between fiction and nonfiction. Baum is now releasing the novel
one chapter at a time as a Creative Commons audiobook. The book closely parallels the Monday Night Wars
, with sly references to infamous reality-blurring events like the Montreal Screwjob
(the subject of an excellent National Film Board documentary
you can now watch online
) and Bash
at the Beach
2000. (mild spoiler inside)
The last couple chapters of the book are a sort of recipe for fixing wrestling, with storylines that help develop young wrestlers into champions rather than letting keeping the old champions at the top, a work culture that eliminates backstage drama rather than rewarding it, and a women's division that's about more than breasts. At their best, independent promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
, and Ring of Honor
are using those ideas to keep the sport alive.