New Jim Ross Book Now Available for pre-order
From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colorful memoir about the inner workings of the WWE and the personal crises he weathered at the height of his career.
Jim Ross has been the beloved voice of the WWE—and now All-Elite Wrestling—for decades, but there is so much more to the man than fans know. In this follow-up to his 2017 memoir Slobberknocker, Ross shares the story of professional wrestling’s rise from a quirky sideshow to a multi-billion-dollar industry in the 1990s and 2000s.
Under the Black Hat is packed with stories from the height of WWE madness, including Ross’s nurturing of global talents like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and John Cena. It traces the fracture of Ross’s relationship with Vince McMahon, his triumphant return to Wrestlemania 32, and the heartbreaking challenges he suffered behind the scenes, include multiple debilitating bouts of facial paralysis and the sudden, tragic death of his wife, Jan.
For all its larger-than life characters, Ross’s story is endearingly human in scale, turning a gruff but gentle eye to themes of professional ennui, ageism, disability and grief. Told with heart, humor, and unfailing honesty, Under the Black Hat is a gift not only for his many lifelong fans, but the new ones he’s sure to find.
Here are the other books I’ve written.
The Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Trilogy
Professional wrestling meets Empire in a trilogy that RollingStone.com called a one-of a kind literary offering for die-hard wrestling fans.”
Jim Ross’ Autobiographies
From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes two candid, colorful memoirs about the inner workings of the WWE and the personal crises he weathered at the height of his career.
And my debut feature.
- Winner, Best Foreign Feature Film at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival -
Now available on Amazon Prime Video
Bio and contact.
Paul O’Brien is an award-winning filmmaker and a best-selling author from Wexford, Ireland. His Blood Red Turns Dollar Green trilogy of novels have been #1 bestsellers in Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Italy, U.K., Ireland and the U.S.
Paul's stage plays have been commissioned or produced by The National Theatre of Ireland, Red Kettle Theatre Company, The National Acting School of Ireland and Spare Key Productions in New York. His first professional production was financed by Oscar Winner, Martin McDonagh through Druid Theatre.
Staid, Paul’s first feature film—which he wrote, produced, directed and edited—premiered at the Audi Dublin Film Festival in 2016. It went on to be Officially Selected at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Sydney World Film Festival, The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival and The Galway Film Fleadh. Staid won the award for Best Foreign Feature Film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and was shortlisted for Best Feature Film at the Miami Independent Film Festival. It is currently available on Amazon Prime Video.
In 2017, Paul co-wrote WWE Legend and Hall of Famer, Jim Ross’ internationally best-selling autobiography, Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling. He also wrote and directed the Untie the Noose music video for Irish Folk Group, Cornerboy.
The Blood Red Turns Dollar Green novels, re-written in 2017, are now published by Skyhorse Publishing in New York.
Paul is currently writing Jim Ross’ second autobiography, Under the Black Hat, which will be out in 2020.