• There's Just One Problem...

  • True Tales from the Former, One-Time, 7th Most Powerful Person in WWE
  • By: Brian Gewirtz
  • Narrated by: Greg Baglia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz brings listeners 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, THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM is an honest, unflinching look on how an introverted life-long fan unexpectedly became one 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.

THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Brian Gewirtz (P)2022 Twelve

Critic Reviews

“This is the best book I have read in years. If you’re a fan of WWE, or heck, even if you’re not, this inside look into the life of one of the most intense jobs in all of entertainment, a WWE writer, hilariously detailed by one of the most impactful writers and creative contributors in WWE history is nothing short of fascinating. It’s a laugh-out-loud, can’t-put-down, sad-that-it’s-over kind of book and I loved every second of it. Apart from, of course, when it was over.”—Becky Lynch, WWE Superstar and six-time WWE Women’s Champion

“In the book, THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM, written by the most talented writer in the history of the WWE, Brian Gewirtz (my opinion), Brian takes you on a roller-coaster ride in regards to his amazing time writing in the WWE. Brian even discusses his “day” in wrestlers court, where he was the first and only writer in WWE to have to go in front of a judge (actually a wrestler) and pay his debt for 'allegedly' favoring to write for his favorite wrestlers. He survived!!! This book is as entertaining as the scripts Brian wrote during his amazing career in the WWE. This book is a must-read.”—Kurt Angle, WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist

"Brian Gewirtz’s book THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM is a fascinating and hilarious inside look into Brian’s unlikely, yet incredible rise to sports entertainment “inside” fame and what I would describe as a true WWE Hall of Fame career as a writer and for years now, finding tremendous success as our lead Seven Bucks’ executive. His long, storied and unbelievable tenure in WWE, is truly what legends are made of."—Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson"

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There's Just Obe Problem...Narration.

Revealing and entertaining story depreciated by sub-par narration. I would Raye this 5-stars with a better narrator.

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  • GT
  • 08-25-22

Buy the print or e-book version!

The audio narrator ruins the entire book. It’s amazing how many names/places/things are butchered by this guy.

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Reader and director should be sacked

This was a great book, but the reading was unforgivable. I’m tired of these lazy readers and directors who know nothing of the subject and don’t care to do a simple search of how to pronounce X-Pac (it’s like “pock” not “pack”) or others. It is unacceptable in itself, but then the reader is also way over the top. He has a great voice, but the director should have reeled him in. The audio production failed this book.

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Great book but narrator should change

Narrator isn’t the greatest as many wrestler names are butchered. The book itself is entertaining, the narrator tries to impersonate different wrestlers or people which is appreciated but should have done more research

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Must read for WWE fans

Extremely fun read that flies by. It’s funny, informative and well written. Great reader as well.

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Great insight to wrestling

way more informative than what you typically get in all the podcasts out there. highly recommend

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One of the best wrestlers books I've read

This is the opposite of Dark Side Of The Ring. I've read my share of pro wrestler autobiographies, both books Jim Ross wrote, and books about wrestlers who died or the rise and fall of whole companies. What I haven't read before was the story of a WWE writer.

It's a very light and funny book through and through, what drama there is world eventually be smoothed over, sometimes 16 years later in the case of guys like Hardcore Holly holding long grudges. The book starts with a colorful story of the author being the first WWE writer sent to wrestlers court, where The Undertaker is judge. The kind of wacky, but true story to set the tone for the rest of the book.

If you ever wondered which wrestlers got upset over The Rock making fun of them on live TV, what they were thinking with the Katie Vick story, or what they were thinking with the guest host year, or even the anonymous GM story, the answers are all here from a man who was in the writers room.

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Fascinating and fun

The narrator completely ruined this book!!!! You would not order this book unless you were a serious wrestling fan and Greg Baglia's mispronunciation of multiple names almost made me stop listening. He even talks about that famous little person actor Peter DINKLING! Clearly no one proof listened to this!
That being said, the book itself is very entertaining. As a die hard WWE fan during the time frame of his tenure and a reader of the "dirt sheets" of insider information this filled in a lot of blanks.
This is a must listen for fans of the early and mid 2000s.

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Wonderful story with terrible narration.

The story is a wonderful insight into the backstage world of wrestling and WWE through one of the companies most important writers of all time. However the narration is done by someone who knows nothing about wrestling and messes up iconic names. Would have much rather heard Brian telling his story.

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Absolutely fantastic!

What an amazingly told story of a writer’s life and experiences during some of the hottest times in WWE. And, most importantly, the narrator was absolutely fantastic in his reading and delivery. The narrator didn’t just read the book; he made it come alive! This book is a great inside look behind the scenes of the largest wrestling organization, and is well worth your time, especially if you are a wrestling fan.

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  • Rob
  • 09-09-22

Likeable and Funny Author

Brian G doesn’t take himself too seriously. He isn’t arrogant and he is funny both when talking about some of the strange culture in wrestling and his observations also made me laugh quite a few times.

This isn’t a tell-all and Brian doesn’t try and bury people, but he does provide the occasional passing insight in to the personalities around him.

I really enjoyed it and it illustrates why a structured book can be so much more satisfying than the plethora of wrestling podcasts available.

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  • Jack Murphy
  • 09-09-22

Great listen

Loved it. Great book. Narrator mispronounced things sometimes, but other than that, it was great!

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  • David
  • 09-08-22

Good take of Brian’s story in WWE but…

Did nobody QA the audiobook, Goldberg was Goldenberg, HHH became XXX at some points 🤣

Overall a good story of Brian’s experiences as a writer for WWE over a 16 year period

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-22

Brilliant book for WWE backstage fans

The book was read brilliantly although I’d suggest getting Brian or Bruce Pritchard to read this only to get the absolutely brilliant impersonations done by them. I can literally here Bruce’s Vince voice and Brian’s Michael Hayes voice!

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  • M3
  • 09-02-22

Excellent narration but a mixed bag of tales

This book is at its best during the first 40% or so, when it is a chronological account of what it was like to work for WWE through the Attitude Era. The in-the-room stories of working with the McMahons are everything a wrestling fan would want it to be. Some of the tales have come out before but many are either new, or told in a new way.

After that, as the chronology is lost, the book loses its way somewhat. It hops forwards and backwards and focuses on individuals, rather than a timeline. Except, in doing that, large chunks of the story are missed, or skipped over.

What was it like to move out of the Attitude Era into Ruthless Aggression? Was that something discussed backstage, or a spur of the moment choice? How was it when large parts of the WCW roster were absorbed, almost overnight? How did the Invasion go off the rails? How did the writers handle the OVW-produced Batista, Benjamin, Orton, Lesnar and Cena? What about Matt-Edge-Lita-Byte This? Or Tough Enough? The changing focus on women? The Nexus? Daniel Bryan was fired and re-hired in 2010. CM Punk was champion for a year and half (he was still champion when Brian left WWE) but isn't mentioned. In fact, Punk and The Miz are left out of the story telling The Rock's return to WWE, despite them being a big part of it.

If you're expecting a full re-telling of Gewitz's time with WWE, that's not what this is. Which isn't to say it isn't interesting but it is selective.

The Rock gets a LOT of page-time, which is perhaps understandable given that Gewitz now works for him... except, like it or not, during Gewitz's time with WWE, The Rock was away from the company more than he was with it.

One thing that definitely works is the narration, to the point that it's easy to forget Gewitz isn't narrating this himself. Greg Baglia sounds knowledgable and invested in what he's reading. He's a good choice.

With that, nobody is listening to this audio unless they're a wrestling fan. Because of that, there will be enough here to make the purchase worth it.

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  • michelle weller
  • 08-22-22

great stories

loved hearing the stories and the backround to why things happened the way they did. remenising some really funny moments in history. i like the insight into wwe and the mcmans.

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  • NIALL
  • 08-25-22

Riveting read for wrestling fans

Full of funny and insightful anecdotes from a man who was instrumental in Rock's WWE success

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