Fighting Spirit Magazine
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FSM (Fighting Spirit Magazine) is a monthly professional wrestling and mixed martial arts magazine published in the United Kingdom by Uncooked Media. The magazine launched its first issue on Thursday April 13, 2006.
Brian Elliott is the current editor. Feature columnists include professional wrestlers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Nick Aldis, as well as Ring of Honor's former executive producer Jim Cornette. Guest columns have previously been provided by Bret Hart, Mick Foley, and Konnan. Regular feature writers include Michael Campbell, Will Cooling, Justin Henry, John Lister, and Richard Luck. Former Pro Wrestling Illustrated editor Bill Apter, who had a regular column before being replaced by Cornette, continues to work on the magazine in an administrative role.
In April of 2012, FSM announced that Cornette and Austin would be joining the magazine staff as columnists beginning with Issue 79. The additions coincided with changes recently made to the magazine's editorial style, aiming to take a more formal and analytical attitude to reporting.
2008 dispute with the WWE
In September 2008, Fighting Spirit published a private memo sent by the WWE to the gaming press covering a WWE game release. The memo instructed the press not to publish screenshots of any characters bleeding or using weapons. Specifically, the memo declared that no screenshots of the wrestler Triple H could be used showing his character "in a defenseless or vulnerable position." In an article titled "Digital Politics" in issue #32, the magazine refused the WWE's demand and published a screenshot of Triple H being dominated by the wrestler Kane. The magazine Power Slam later corroborated the memo.