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Former head writer Brian Gewirtz releasing book on time with WWE

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Former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz is releasing a book about his time with the company.

The book is now available for pre-order and is currently scheduled to be released on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. It's being published by Twelve Books.

"Heels and Heroes: Writers Rooms, Metal Chairs, and Other Shocking-but-True Stories from the WWE" and "There's Just One Problem: Inside the WWE with Demented-but-True Stories of Mayhem, Metal Chairs, and Major Insanity" are both listed as titles for the book.

Gewirtz joined WWE in 1999 and was a writer for the company until 2012. He was then a consultant for WWE until 2015.

Gewirtz currently works as an executive for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions. Gewirtz and Johnson worked closely together in WWE, with Gewirtz serving as Johnson's main writer.

On Twitter, Gewirtz responded to someone who said they were excited to read his book: "Thank you! News got out early and the book (with the actual title and cover) to be released next year but very excited about it. I mean what good is spending 16 years in the business if you don’t have at least 25+ completely insane but true stories to tell."

The full description for the book is available below:

Former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz brings readers behind the scenes for an unprecedented look at the chaotic, surreal, unbelievable backstage world of the WWE.

With untold stories from a career spanning over 15 years and featuring the biggest names and controversial moments in wrestling history, HEELS AND HEROES is an honest, unflinching look on how an introverted life-long fan unexpectedly became one [of] the most powerful men in all of professional wrestling.

For decades wrestling was shrouded in secrecy. It had larger than life personalities, bone crunching physicality and jaw-dropping theatrics but backstage it was an industry devoid of outsiders. Then in 1999, after working together on a special for MTV, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson turned to 26-year old television writer Brian Gewirtz and asked 'You ever consider writing for WWE?' That question, and its answer, would have a profound effect on both of their lives for years to come.

HEELS AND HEROES is a story about perseverance, tenacity, and steel chairs. Most writers in the WWE last for a matter of months; Gewirtz was there for over 15 years, writing some of most memorable and infamous storylines in WWE history (covering the 'Attitude Era', the 'Ruthless Aggression Era' and into the 'PG' and 'Reality' eras).

Throughout this journey Gewirtz found himself becoming both friend and antagonist to some of the biggest names in WWE history – Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Stephanie McMahon, Bill Goldberg, Paul Heyman, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, and the two men who he worked the most closely with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. These men not only shaped his life professionally but also personally, forcing him to grow and change both as a writer and a human being.

So how does a lifelong fan and outsider break through to become the ultimate insider? How does a low-key personality deal directly with his boss, the most brash, unpredictable 'alpha male' on the planet, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon? How does one gain respect in a locker room that wants nothing more than to see him disappear? Where does one go when every year in wrestling takes you further away from the writing career you always wanted? Taking advice from his idol, the late 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, when you’re so full of fear, there’s only one way to push through: become fearless.