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PowerSlam is a wrestling magzine which gets a lot of stick from the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community). Personally, I tend to like it because I agree with most of what it has to say but it has become more WWE-orientated over the years which is understandable as the whole point of any magazine is to shift copies from shelves. At one time, it used to cover a lot of independant wrestling promotions which was the reason I initially bought for back in 1993 when it was still operating under the title of 'Superstars of Wrestling' but since the wrestling 'boom' of the late 1990's, WWE, WCW (Before it went bust) and TNA have recieved the most coverage, and rightfully so in my opinion, since this is what most people watch. Occasionally, it does still cover independent or international events but the opinions expressed in the coverage comes under scrutiny from the IWC for varying reasons. Despite the opinions of the Internet Wrestling Community, PowerSlam is, in my opinion, the best magazine available for those who casually watch wrestling and want to read up on it. It is also a gateway for those who are a little more than casual fans as it sometimes covers stuff not usually seen on TV like ROH or CZW. Arguably, it's also the gateway for one to become part of the IWC as, realistically, that's where you'd have to go to follow these organisations. For these reasons, I would be my first recommendation for anyone wishing to buy a wrestling magazine.
Without making myself look really old, I have been reading Power Slam since its first issue in 1992 when it was known as Superstars of Wrestling, changing its name 30 issues later. It is now on issue 178, so that's a lot of wrestling I have read about in the past 16 years!!
I have been a wrestling fan since I was 11 - I'm not sure what it is about it that I love, perhaps its that the storylines are on par with Eastenders, but played out by some fit oiled hunks (and some right ropey ones too). Power slam was the first UK made wrestling magazine of its kind, and has seen of a few competitors. It now only has one other competitor - Fighting Spirit. Unlike the official WWE magazines power slam is written as a non-kayfabe publication, meaning it discusses the wrestlers as they are rather than the characters they portray. Therefore if you have a little one who believes that John Cena really is a chain gang soldier then this probably isn't suitable for them
The magazine covers all areas of professional wrestling but is heavily biased towards American Wrestling, only really playing lip service to the British and Japanese organisations. It used to be very WWE focused but has started to cover TNA and Ring of Honour more in the last couple of years, especially since both promotions started touring over here.
The magazine follows the same format every month. It starts with an article called 'What's Going Down' - This summarises all the action in the last month. It includes what has happened on TV, who has been hired and fired, plus any injuries and titbits of interest involving the wrestling stars. There are reviews of the latest wrestling DVD releases, a Q&A page, funny quotes from the last months television programmes, a letters page, and a glossy poster in the middle (I loved this when I was a teen, but find it pretty useless now I am 29) All this in addition to various articles and interviews which vary from month to month.
The main downside to Power Slam is it is only about 40 pages long each month, which means I can have it read cover to cover in less than an hour. At £3.00 a copy I would be better off using the money towards a book! The other negative is its lack of coverage outside of WWE and TNA - as someone who likes 1PW and MMA this gives Fighting Spirit a slight edge for me.
However I am sure I will still be buying Power Slam for some time yet, as hubbie loves it too, and is a slower reader than me so lasts him a bit longer. I usually an only find the magazine in WHSmith.
Hhhhhmmmmmmmmm i've been reading this mag awhile so i'd thought i'd review it. Powerslam started life WAY WAY back in the 19 of the 92! when it was called Superstars of wrestling. But in 1995 it changed to becomes Known as Powerslam a no nosense mag about everything you wished. (And some parts you didn't) about the whole wrestling business. This Mag has everything. Upto (or almost) the minute news, post wrestling show and PPV's results from the U.S. and japan. Which sometimes go indepth, interviews with the wrestlers or just their thoughts about them, Video reviews, funny quotes from the t.v and ppv's, What the fans have been saying and sometimes a little more. Now sofar from the years i have read this magazing the people writing the colums (apart from a sort of comedy writer who sometimes comes across as annoying. He is called Stately Wayne Manor if your interested.)seem to know what they are talking about and nine times out of tem if they think something is going to happen it usually does. The only bad points of this mag is sometime they can be a TEENY bit biaist towards a wrestler or company more than another. OH and the letters page is full of letters that just slag people off for no good reason. Apart from that a right good read if i do say so myself. (And i just did.)
Now up to its 85th issue, Powerslam is in my opinion the greatest wrestling magazine on the market. Printed in colour on quality paper, and packed every month with superb features, including results from all the shows held by the major organisations in the last month, in-depth interviews with major stars from the wrestling business, and articles covering all aspects of the wrestling world, Powerslam stands head and shoulders above the competition. Having no affiliations to any group allows the magazine to report from an entirely impartial standpoint, and results in an interesting, informative read each and every month. With sections for readers letters, as well as a Q&A section, the magazine provides a soapbox for fans, as well as an information service. Despite the occassional disappointing article, often written when new writers are trying to find their feet, Powerslam is the best choice for all your wrestling needs.