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2008 Pro Wrestling Holiday Gift Guide


2008 Pro Wrestling Holiday Gift Guide

SmackDown vs. RAW 2009

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Your problem is that there is someone special in your life that likes wrestling but you don’t know a wrist lock from a wrist watch. Don’t worry. Just follow my advice and you will be the most popular gift giver in the family.

Wrestling DVD Sets
The following list contains the DVD sets that came out in 2008 that wrestling fans will be happy to see under the Christmas tree. In addition to the ones I listed below, the WWE made several other great DVDs this year. To help you in your shopping, I have created a photo gallery of every DVD the WWE released in 2008.

Wrestling Books
Please note that all of these books contain words and themes that parents might want to keep away from their children. However, some of them contain stories of triumph, determination, and charitable activities that you may want to instill in your children. I will gladly answer any email about age appropriateness. Just like with the DVD section, all links will lead to my review of the product.

  • Hitman by Bret Hart – This is the greatest wrestling book I've ever read. If you didn't buy it last year as I had suggested, it will be easier to buy this year as it was finally released in the US.
  • A Lion’s Tale by Chris Jericho – This is my second favorite wrestling book. Unlike Bret's book, this book is available in paperback.
  • Gorgeous George by John Capouya – This book will be loved by anyone that got to see Gorgeous George in action or want to learn more about that era.

Video Games
The 2009 edition of the popular video game series SmackDown vs. RAW came out in November. The links for each system lead to a price comparison engine for the particular version of the game for that system. Please note that the game is slightly different between different systems.

Clothes and Accessories
Wrestling clothing can be found at most department stores and at specialty stores like Spencer’s, Steve & Barry’s, and Hot Topic. As far as which wrestlers are the most popular, I would go with the following rule of thumb. Pre-teens love John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Once kids reach a certain age, they tend to favor Triple H, D-Generation X, Batista, and the Undertaker.

Other Gift Ideas

  • Tickets to a live event – My wresting calendar tells you when the WWE is headed to your town.
  • WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand – This cable channel offers classic wrestling action on-demand. It is not available in all locations.
  • WWE Magazine – A one-year subscription will keep the wrestling fan in your life checking their mail box all year long. It is best compared to Maxim for wrestling fans.
  • WWE Kids Magazine – Unlike the prior magazine, this one is geared towards young children.
  • Championship Belts – Replica belts are very popular. They come in a variety of quality based upon if you want to spend a few bucks or hundreds.
  • Toys – WWE action figures can be found anywhere that sells toys.
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