Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia (Starburns Industries Press, Suspicious Behavior Productions)
In book 1, we meet our protagonist. I'd call him our hero, but he seems like quite the pompous douchebag both inside and outside of the ring. Rock "N" Roll Rory Landell feels like a combination of several great big personality wrestlers from the past 30-40 years. Imagine if the Ravishing Rick Rude, The Rock, Razor Ramon and AJ Styles had a singular hybrid child. The outcome would definitely be Landell.
Book 1 opens on the verge of the AWF's Summer-SLAM-A-Bration with Landell cutting a promo anticipating walking out of his match with the title. However, much to his dismay, he learns he is leaving with nothing but a hot L.
Spoiler alert....he goes off script. During his promo, he doubts the legitimacy of the World Championship, and unveils the newly-self-created "Galactic Championship."
I lost my shit at this page. The pizza box taped to the title belt creating the new title is hilarious, and I laughed because it seems so poorly designed and as terrible as an idea when the WWE first revealed their newly minted "Universal Championship."
This also is not just a match for galactic bragging rights...but between rival wrestling promotions as well. With each book, the stakes keep getting higher and higher, and I am DYING to see how it all ends.
I honestly don't want to say anything else about books 2-5 because I don't know what I will spoil, but YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
Thank you to Suspicious Behavior Productions for bringing your book to my attention. It feels like this book looked at all of the random memorabilia I have stored in my classroom and house, and said, yeah, we have the perfect book for this guy!
I'll be reaching out to SBP to see if I can follow up with an interview, because if you are reading this book you may have questions about where it all came from, and if there are broader plans for this title once book 6 drops. God, I hope so. This is the kind of reading I needed to distract me from the depressing reality we are living in now, and makes me want to re-subscribe to the WWE network to see what kind of good nostalgia matches I can find to keep the energy of this book fresh in my mind!
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