Wikia

Pro Wrestling

Power Slam (magazine)

86,363pages on
this wiki
Talk0


Power Slam is an independent monthly non-kayfabe wrestling magazine published in the United Kingdom by SW Publishing, with co-publishers Findlay Martin and Colin Bowman. It began life as Superstars of Wrestling before altering to its current name after 30 issues in 1994. The magazine's UK-wide release occurs on the last Thursday of every month. In December 2006 Power Slam achieved its 150 issue mark.

Columnists

  • Findlay "Fin" Martin, current editor.
  • Mohammed Chatra, also known for presenting Pro Wrestling Noah on the UK's satellite sports channel TWC Fight! (formerly The Wrestling Channel).
  • Greg Lambert, a respected British journalist, wrestling manager and promoter for the XWA.
  • Patty Therre, former editor of WCW Magazine, editor of Wrestling On The Fringe and contributing editor to GardenandHearth.
  • Stately Wayne Manor, the only featured columnist to maintain kayfabe, living up to his image as an ultra-conceited heel manager. Manor joined the staff halfway through the "Superstars of Wrestling" period. He recently put his autograph up for sale on Yahoo auctions with a starting price of $9,000,000. It failed to sell. His real name is Ernie Santilli.
  • Oliver Hurley
  • Phil Jones (also a photographer)
  • Ant Evans, formerly editor of boxing news site SecondsOut and writer for Boxing Monthly magazine. Evans now works for the UFC in the UK.
  • Matthew Randazzo V, author of Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & The Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry
  • Alex Dale

Content

The magazine is geared more to pro-wrestling than sports entertainment, covering promotions from all over the world (particularly Japanese puroresu), and has also on occasion covered MMA events. This has often partly been to do with involvement of professional wrestling personalities, for example Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović has appeared in the pages of Power Slam numerous times due to Japanese promoters (especially K-1) pitting him against wrestlers in legitimate shoot fights.

Power Slam takes an impartial view on the wrestling world being non affiliated with any wrestling promotion or organization, and is not afraid to criticize the promotions it covers. Contributor Greg Lambert has been an on-screen talent and behind-the-scenes promoter/booker for Britain's Frontier Wrestling Alliance but the magazine has never crossed the grounds of journalistic integrity by inviting/allowing him to promote his real-life business.

PS 50

Every year the magazine presents the PS 50 (akin to the PWI 500) listing the 50 wrestlers whom the writers believe to have had the most successful year, in terms of workrate and performance. Shawn Michaels came top in the most recent PS 50 for the third time, followed by KENTA and Nigel McGuinness.

There is also an annual reader's poll for various awards ('match of the year', etc.) similar to that carried out by RSPW. Many of their polls listed, for their time, surprising and unsurprising results (at least two polls once labeled popular wrestling stars like The Undertaker and John Cena as the "Most Abysmal Wrestlers" of their respective years, Undertaker in 2001, John Cena in 2005.

Despite their criticisms, their readers polls always crown WWE as the top promotion of the year until 2005, where TNA overtook the company for the first time. TNA would follow up that victory with another in the 2006 reader awards, although in 2007 the percentage of votes for TNA dropped considerably.

External links and references

Power Slam
1994
12345
1995
67891011121314151617
1996
181920212223242526272829
1997
303132333435363738394041
1998
424344454647484950515253
1999
545556575859606162636465
2000
666768697071727374757677
2001
787980818283848586878889
2002
90919293949596979899100101
2003
102103104105106107108109110111112113
2004
114115116117118119120121122123124125
2005
126127128129130131132133134135136137
2006
138139140141142143144145146147148149
2007
150151152153154155156157158159160161
2008
162163164165166167168169170171172173
2009
174175176177178179180181182183184185
2010
186187188189190191192193194195196197
2011
198199200201202203204205206207208209
2012
210211212213214215216217218219220221
2013
222223224225226227228229230231232233
2014
234235236237

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki