During a recent trip into my local WH Smiths, I noticed that virtually every hobbie or interest has several magazines to accommodate its followers. Despite the fact that, as a country, we do not read as much as we used to (which is a bad thing), we still regularly buy magazines, as apparently the industry, unlike many others at the moment, is booming. As I approached the check out with my three items (a wrestling video, an Incubus CD and a wrestling magazine) I noticed that *every* person in the queue had at least one magazine. There were pensioners with cross-stitch magazines, middle aged men with car magazines, middle aged women with women's weeklies, young men with computer magazines, young women with music magazines, teenage boys with skating, football or wrestling magazines, teenage girls with girls magazines (what else can you call them?), young boys with Action Man magazines, and young girls with Barbie magazines. Everyone had a magazine. This is a good thing, as it at least shows that kids still read something, if not books. With everyone purchasing a magazine, for some reason I was relieved that I was also buying one. Yes, surprise surprise, it was a wrestling one. However, it was not the wrestling magazine that earned me a crown many months ago, WOW- oh no. I had already bought that earlier in the month. Looking for something to read on the bus home, I decided to take a gamble and buy the official WWF wrestling magazine, something that had long been criticised by so-called "smart" fans. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from it, and at the end of the day, I was right to think that. Here's the op people, enjoy it won't you? Cover It was looking good at the start, all was rosy. The front cover had the beautiful Stephanie McMahon Helmsley on it, burning a picture of her Father Vince, as a way to advance a storyline. The picture quality was astounding, really clear and of an obvious high quality. The wor
ld famous WWF logo took over the top left hand corner of the magazine, as it does every issue. Beneath that was some text, "Stephanie's Evil Plan to Destroy the Federation". This was not good. Typically kayfabe (the term for when magazines etc. make out that wrestling is real. The language was very straight forward, and it threatened that Stephanie was going to take over the federation, no, sorry, "destroy" the federation. This was all a bit too dramatic and nine year old-ish for my liking, and it seemed to be aiming for that market. A further look down the cover showed a headline, giving a blood dripping impression, that said "Doomsday for Daddy". For the main selling point of the magazine, I felt that this was rather poor. However, it is dramatic enough to lure fans in, so I guess it works well, but my personal feeling is a very different feeling. In the top right corner, in a red outline box, was effectively an advertisement for what was inside the magazine, as it stated "Inside: Triple H, Booker T, High Flyers". Hmm, well Triple H is my favourite wrestler currently in the WWF, but for all I know the interview or feature could be lame, but I felt that it was worth the risk...so for the first time in years, I bought the official WWF Magazine. Adverts I might as well get this horrible bit out of the way now, as it is the part I hate about every magazine. Unfortunately, while by no means at FHM levels, the quantity of adverts in this magazine is very high. Of the slim in itself 80 pages, there were a disappointing 26 pages, leaving just 54 pages of actual content. Very poor. Surely for all the money that the WWF generates, they could either reduce the number of adverts or increase the number of pages in the magazine. Unfortunately, they show no sign of doing either option. Contents Not that it is needed, but the Contents section of this magazine is spread over 2 pages...very unnecessary
to be honest. There are two parts to these pages, the features section and the departments section. Most of the features are accompanied by a relevant picture of the article. One particular picture (when I say picture I mean photo by the way) of Stephanie McMahon Helmsley takes up nearly a whole page...a bit unneeded as she is on the cover of the magazine just two pages earlier. There is nothing flashly about this, but it does it's job, and does it quite well. Smack Talk This is the usual letters page that seems to be in every magazine going. Usually, I find this part to be very good, but in this magazine all of the letters have that "fake" appeal to them, as if they were deliberately written to further storylines- which at the end of the day, the magazine is all about. Most of the letters seem suspicious in their pro-WWF stance. Worth a read if you've paid for the magazine, but it is all a bit too suspicious for my liking. The Big Question One of my favourite parts of the magazines, this is always a great read. It is about two magazine editors, as they both talk about a current wrestling issue, with each one putting a different slant on the subject. It has been different in the past, but the current issue sees Mr. Big and Aaron Williams contributing. Effectively, Mr. Big plays the heel commentator role, generally sympathising or backing the wrestlers that the fans boo, whilst Aaron goes for the brown nosed approach, as he claims to be "the fans voice". What a load of tripe! Rookies to Legends Certainly one of the more interesting parts of the magazine, this documents a wrestler who is either new to the wrestling business as a whole, or just new to the WWF. This issue sees the spotlight on Rob Van Dam, the newest WWF sensation, and former ECW wrestler. I would personally like to see this spread over two pages instead of the allotted one, as it really is very interesting. Obviously, fro
m a biased standpoint, it is always better for you if it focuses on a favourite wrestler of yours, but it is always worth a read. Features and Articles These make up the main bulk of the magazine, and are a mix of interviews, articles, histories, opinions, discussions and facts. Unfortunately, despite being the main part, these are generally very poor, and can be often be humiliating to the reader. Unfortunately, the only purpose they serve to the WWF are to advance storylines...which, while they cannot do singlehandedly, they do successfully make readers who are otherwise unaware, what might be happening in the future regarding their favourite wrestlers. The regular main part of these features and interviews is the Q and A Session, which sees one of the top stars in the WWF interviewed about various subjects, as well as playing a small game of word association. Exclusive PPV Coverage No doubt the most popular part of the magazine, this reviews one of the latest WWF Pay-Per-View events. I currently own ITV Digital, so am able to watch WWF every week on Sky Sports, including the PPVs once a month. However, for those fans who do not have access to Sky, this will be extremely useful to them as it tells them who won what, who turned on who, and what went down at the events. Crammed full of action photos and a brief summary of each match, without this in the magazine, I can almost certainly say that circulation would drop. However, it is not flawless, as one large disadvantage is that by the time the magazine comes out, the PPV is 3 months old. Like I say though, it is an essential tool for non-Sky owning fans. WWF I.Q One of my personal favourites, this is the chance for the readers to take a fun wrestling trivia test. As a hardened 11 year fan, the questions are very easy to me, but I am sure to either the newer or younger fan the questions will be far more challenging. Whatever the case, it is a bit of fun and adds
some interaction to the magazine. Off The Mat A rather pointless part of the magazine, this follows a WWF superstar around, away from the TV cameras. The Off the Mat in the issue I happened to purchase was documenting Perry Saturn's warped love for his mop. Very strange stuff, it saw him go shopping, drinking at a fast food restaurant, and believe it or not, receiving a massage! While a touch of light hearted, off beat shenanigans never go amiss- this was a little too stupid, and frankly, was a waste of 4 pages. Value for Money? At £3.00, this magazine does not provide the best value for money. But then again, what else can £3 can towards? While it taught me nothing new, didn't tell me anything special or updated me with the latest information, it provided me with something to do other than stare out of the window during my bus journey, so for that I am eternally grateful! Conclusion I would certainly recommend this magazine for fans who don't own Sky- purely for the PPV results. However, for those lucky enough to, it really is a waste of money. Also, if you own the Internet, then it really would be a pointless exercise to buy this. But, if you are a die-hard fan, then I suppose it will cater quite well. In summary, only buy if it has an article that particularly interests you, involving your favourite wrestler. Otherwise, steer well clear. Smarky
Very good. That is what I think of this extremely good magazine. This month (I think, it is published in America, so it could be last months) contains a story about The Rock's recent return to the WWF. This magazine has everything that the WWF fan needs in order to be kept up to date. It has all sorts of stories on the various WWF superstars, but not only that, it is packed with other things. It has questions to test your WWF knowledge, it has letters from the fans and loads of uselessly great information like the top five WWF products that didn't make the grade. For the real big fans, each month there is a centrefold of whichever wrestler the story in the middle is on, this month it is 'Y2J' Chris Jericho (don't you love his new top, 'Jericohol XXXX'?). These interviews that are in the middle are great because you get to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the featured wrestler. Not only that, you also have side columns of word association, this month Chris Jericho association of Stone Cold is ass-clown (I can say ass on this right?). This month also has a humorous advert for Chef Boyardee containing Mick Foley with pasta in his beard, great stuff! The point of that is that the magazine contains a lot of American adverts, which are all usually very funny, such as another this month containing the Dudley Boyz. It is a cartoon of D'von, Bubba and Spike with two pictures on the wall of their mother and mom, with their dad saying, "D'von!!! Set the Table!". It also has a monthly column which I really enjoy that is wrote by Steven Richards called Gettin' Heat with Steven Richards. All in all, this is a great magazine for wrestling fans, I wouldn't recommend it to non-fans, but a great magazine nevertheless. Have a nice day!
I started to buy this magazine to catch up no all the gossip and all the other going on's (as I don’t have sky or anything like that) and if I’m luck there will be a special on one of my favourite wrestlers such as Chris Jericho aka Y2J aka the atola of rock and Rolla or the ninth wonder of the world Chyan.The magazine keeps me up to date with thinks like undertaker kane, HhH stone cold Steve Astin battles they also keep you up on title changes and new signings and people out injured. It is a good place to find the match line up for pay per views and the latest merchandise for the top pro wrestlers in the game. Sometimes it could go abet into details but most of the time they do well.uch as the article on Kane, prince Albert, and Rakish and the great late André the Giant and the trouble they have with clothes and cars and beds because of there size two of the men are over 7 feet tall, prince Albert chest is 64 inch wide and Kane takes a size 13/14 in shoes after reading this I felt closer to them and now look at them more as people than just my favourite wrestlers
I have to admit if your a wrestling fan your love this wwf magazine. It's called powerslam and it is a fantastic magazine. It keeps you up to date with all the latest results and news. It is a superb magazine. No clever drawings no fancy writng just a fantastic magazine. It comes out every month and has a superb variety of information. It costs £2.30 so it's not a lot of money and i give you adice to buy it. I've been geting it now for the past few months now and really enjoy it. Tahnks for reading.
The offical WWF magazine is a very good magazine, but of course it has its flaws. For a start, it is written in kayfabe so for the educated fan, it can be very frustrating. The pay per view coverage are also most commendable, with superb photos of the matches in full flow. But the trouble is, they review the events three months later because of printing restrictions from across the atlantic. This can also be both frustrating and annoying to owners of SKY and ONdigital, as the magazine may conduct an interview with a wrestler, and the wrestler may say how much likes his fans, and then when you actually read it that particular superstar has turned against his fans and is heel. I would have to say that the cons outnumber the pros. But, it is the cheapest wrestling magazine around and the picture quality is perhaps second to none. Buy it if you don't have Sky, but if you do, steer clear.
Into WWF (World Wrestling Federation) but you do not have access to sky then the monthly edition of WWF Magazine is what you need. Priced at £2.75 and printed in America this magazine is a must for all serious WWF fans. The magazine carries all the latest gossip direct from the US and has in depth interviews with all the favourite wrestlers of the moment. The quality of the pictures printed in this magazine are absolutely superb with excellent action shots from recent matches and the atmosphere of these matches can easily be seen due to the superb quality of the pictures. This magazine also carries all the forth-coming tour dates so if you are able to get sky you can plan your viewing. As this magazine is published for the American market, as you would expect there is quite a lot of advertising selling all sorts and each has their own web site so you can purchase items if you want to. So once again if you are serious about WWF then this is the magazine to get.