List of professional wrestling magazines

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This is a list of professional wrestling magazines.

List[edit]

Print magazines[edit]

Title Years active Print Time Location Founder/
Editor(s)
Publishers Circulation Website Notes
Arena De Lucha Libre Monthly  Mexico N/A No
Ben Strong Wrestling 1973 - 1975 Monthly United States Rockville Centre, NY Stanley Weston
Bill Apter (ed)
G.C. London Publishing N/A No Past of the "Ben Strong Series".[1][2]
Big Book of Wrestling 1968 - 1978 Monthly United States Scottsdale, AZ Roger Elwood (ed) Jalart House N/A No [1]
Boxing Illustrated Wrestling News 1958 - 1967 Monthly United States New York Stanley Weston Champion Sports Publishing N/A No Became Boxing Illustrated in 1967.[1]
Boxing & Wrestling Magazine 1952 - 1964 Monthly  United States Stanley Weston
Eddie Borden
Boxing and Wrestling Inc. N/A No [1]
Celebrity Wrestling 1987 - 1989 Monthly  United States Michael O'Hara Mand O. Communications Inc. N/A No [1]
Championship Wrestling 1984 - 1990 Monthly  United States Modern Day Periodicals Inc. N/A No [1]
Complete Wrestling Roundup 1974 - 1975 Monthly  United States Jalbert House Inc. No No [1]
Double-Action Wrestling 1986 - 1988 Monthly  United States Michael O'Hara M. And O. Communications Inc. N/A No [1]
Fighting Spirit Magazine 2006–present Monthly United Kingdom United Kingdom Uncooked Media N/A Yes Contributors include Bill Apter, RD Reynolds, Lance Storm and Nick Aldis.
Gold Belt Wrestling 1987 - 1991 Monthly  United States Michael O'Hara Gold Belt Wrestling, Inc. No [1][3]
Illustrated Wrestling Digest 1970s Monthly  United States Rob Dobratz N/A No Regarded as the top "dirt sheet" in the US after the close of Matmania in 1968.[4]
Inside Wrestling 1968 - 2013 Monthly United States Ambler, PA Stanley Weston
Bill Apter (ed.)
Kappa Publishing Group N/A Yes Combined with The Wrestler in 2004.[1][5][6][7][8][9]
Main Event Wrestling c. 1983 - 1993 Monthly  United States N/A No
Major League Wrestling c. 1978 - 1984 Monthly  United States Norm Kietzer N/A No [1]
Matmania 1964 - 1968 Monthly United States Minneapolis, MN Burt Ray N/A No Publication is considered the earliest-known "dirt sheet". Continued by James C. Melby after Ray's retirement in 1968.[1][4]
New Wave Wrestling 1992 - 2004 Monthly United States New York City, NY Mike O'Hara Combat Sports Magazine Group N/A Yes [1][3]
Official International Wrestling Insider 1987 - 1991 Monthly  United States Wrestling Insider Inc. N/A No [1]
Official Wrestling 1951 - c. 1975 Monthly  United States Official Wrestling Inc. N/A No [1]
Official Wrestling Guide 1970s Monthly  United States Jalart House N/A No
Piledriver Magazine 1989 - 2000 Monthly  Australia N/A No [10][11]
Popular Wrestling 1970s Monthly  United States Popular Publishing N/A No [1]
Power Slam 1994–present Monthly United Kingdom Maidstone, KEN Findlay Martin
Colin Bowman
SW Publishing N/A Yes Longest-running professional wrestling magazine in the United Kingdom.[3]
Power of Wrestling 2001 - 2002 Monthly  United Kingdom Highbury Publishing House N/A No [6][12]
Pro Wrestling Body Press Magazine 1970s Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
Pro Wrestling Illustrated 1979–present Monthly United States Blue Bell, PA Kappa Publishing Group Stanley Weston
Bill Apter (ed.)
N/A Yes [1][3][6][7][13]
Rumble Magazine 2011–present Monthly  Australia Rumble Magazine N/A Yes [14]
The Ring's Wrestling 1963 - 1984 Monthly  United States The Ring Inc. N/A No Merged with other Kietzer publications into The Wrestling News in 1972.[1][5][15]
Ringside Wrestling 1984 - 2000 Monthly  United States Norman Jacobs Starlog Publishing N/A No [1]
Ring Sirens Magazine 2013-present Monthly  Canada Tyler Prattis N/A Yes Women's Wrestling Magazine
Sports Review Wrestling 1972 - 1995 Monthly  United States Stanley Weston London Publishing Company N/A No Published the popular "Apartment Wrestling" columns from 1973 to 1983.[1][9]
Super Luchas 1991–present Weekly  Mexico Ernesto Ocampo 15,000 Yes [3]
Superstar Wrestlers 1987 - 1994 Monthly  United States Norman Jacobs Starlog Publishing N/A No [1]
Superstar Wrestlers Reporter 1988 - 1989 Monthly  United States Comics World Corporation N/A No
Total Wrestling 2002 - 2004 Monthly  United Kingdom Total Wrestling Magazine Highbury Publishing House 25,000 (2003)[12] No Continuation of Power of Wrestling. Bill Apter served as senior editor.[6][12]
Victory Sports Wrestling c. 1972 - 1989 Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
WOW Magazine (Women of Wresting) 1988 - Monthly  United States N/A No
WOW Magazine (World of Wrestling) 1999 - 2001 Monthly  United States H&S Media Mike Morris N/A No The first magazine marketed towards "smart" fans, Bill Apter served as its editor-in-chief during its 3-year run.[1][3][6][16]
Wrestle America c. 1992 - 1997 Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
The Wrestler October 1966 - 2013 Monthly United States Ambler, PA Stanley Weston London Publishing Company N/A Yes Combined with Inside Wrestling in 2004.[1][5][6][7][13]
Wrestling 1951 Monthly United States Jersey City, NJ Joseph Weider Wrestling Inc. N/A No [1][5]
Wrestling c. 1984 - 1992 Monthly  United States N/A No [1][5]
Wrestling '83 1983 - 1988 Quarterly  United States No Subsequently published "Wrestling '84", "Wrestling '85", "Wrestling '86", etc. One-time special was published in 1999.
Wrestling Action 1977 - 1979 Monthly  United States World Wide Wrestling Federation Vince McMahon, Sr. N/A No Notable staff members included editor-in-chief Les Thatcher and photographer George Napolitano.[13]
Wrestling Action 1987 Monthly  United States Harris Publishing No [1]
Wrestling All Stars Heroes and Villains 1983 - 2000 Monthly  United States Norman Jacobs N/A No Originally published as simply Wrestling All Stars from 1983 to 1985.[1][7]
Wrestling As You Like It 1946 - 1955 Monthly United States Chicago, IL Theodore "Dick" Axeman N/A No Earliest wrestling publication ever published and the only one active during the post-WWII years. Replaced by Wrestling Life in 1955.[5][15]
Wrestling Bad Guys 1990s Monthly  United States Stanley Weston G.C. London Publishing Company N/A No [1]
Wrestling Confidential 1964 - c. 1965 Monthly  United States Complete Sports Publishers N/A No [1]
Wrestling Confidential 1987–present Monthly  United States DOJO Publishing N/A No [1]
Wrestling Eye 1980s Monthly  United States Jems, Inc. N/A No [1][7]
Wrestling Fever 1980s Monthly  United States M. Morse Publishing N/A No [1]
Wrestling Fury 1987 - 1992 Monthly  United States Jems Inc. N/A No [1]
Wrestling Greatest Battles 1970s Monthly  United States G.C. London Publishing Company N/A No [1]
Wrestling Guide 1970s Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
Wrestling Illustrated Monthly  United States N/A No
Wrestling Life 1955 - 1964 Monthly  United States Theodore "Dick" Axeman N/A No [1][5][15][17]
Wrestling's Main Event 1982 - c. 1994 Monthly  United States George Napolitano Pumpkin Press N/A No [1][3]
Wrestling Monthly 1971 - c. 1977 Monthly  United States Norm Kietzer Kietzer Publishing N/A No Merged with other Kietzer publications into The Wrestling News.[1]
Wrestling News 1959–present Monthly United States Fraser, MI Norm Kietzer Kietzer Publishing N/A Yes Purchased by Arena Publishing in 2002 and published as "Wrestling Revue".[1][7][13]
Wrestling Picture Book c. 1975 - 1979 Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
Wrestling Power 1986-1989 Monthly  United States Norman Jacobs N/A No [1][3]
Wrestling Revue 1959 - 1980 Monthly  United States Stanley Weston N/A No [1][5][6]
Wrestling Ringside 1984 - 1992 Monthly  United States N/A No
Wrestling Scene c. 1982 - 1988 Monthly  United States Norman Jacobs N/A No [1]
Wrestling Sports Stars c. 1972 - 1975 Monthly  United States N/A No
Wrestling Superstars c. 1978 - 1997 Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
Wrestling Today 1978 - c. 1993 Monthly  United States N/A No [1]
Wrestling Training Illustrated 1973-1985 Monthly  United States Scott Epstein
Dan Lurie
Muscle-Man Inc. N/A No [1][18]
Wrestling and TV Sports 1951 Monthly United States New York Fanfare Publications N/A No [1][5]
Wrestling USA 1954 - 1955 Monthly United States Charleston, WV Douglas Dalton Dalton Publications N/A No [5]
Wrestling USA c. 1984 - 1993 Quarterly  United States Stanley Weston G.C. London Publishing Company N/A No [1]
Wrestling Weekly 1998 - 2001 Weekly  Australia N/A No [19]
Wrestling World 1954 - 1955 Monthly United States New York City, NY Norman Jacobs N/A No Continuation of the NWA's Official Wrestling magazine.[5]
Wrestling World 1962 - 2001 Monthly United States New York City, NY Sterling/Mcfadden Partnership N/A No Contributors included Stately Wayne Manor.[1][3][5]

Official promotions[edit]

Title Years active Print Time Location Founder(s) Publishers Circulation Website Notes
AWA Magazine c. 1972 - 1977 Monthly United States Minneapolis Championship Sports Publishing N/A No Official American Wrestling Association magazine.[1]
AWE Magazine 2006 Monthly Canada Winnipeg Jeff Dyck Canadian Gold Media N/A No Official Action Wrestling Entertainment magazine.
ECW Magazine 1999 - 2000 Bi-Monthly United States Philadelphia Mike Morris (ed.) H&S Media N/A Yes Official Extreme Championship Wrestling magazine.[16]
GLOW Magazine 1988 Monthly United States Las Vegas, Nevada David McLane Tempo Publishing N/A No Official Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling magazine.
N.W.A. Official Wrestling 1951 - 1953 Monthly United States Washington, D.C. Fred Kohler
Theodore "Dick" Axeman (ed.)
N.W.A. Official Wrestling, Inc. N/A No Official National Wrestling Alliance magazine.[1][5][15]
WCW Magazine 1991 - 1994 Monthly United States Atlanta Bill Apter
Craig Peters
Dennis A. Brent
World Championship Wrestling N/A No Originally known as NWA/WCW Wrestling Wrap-Up from 1989 to 1991.[1][20]
WCW Magazine 1995 - 2001 Monthly United States Atlanta Colin Bowman
Ross Forman
World Championship Wrestling N/A No Second volume which ran until WCW's close in 2001.[20]
WWF/E Magazine 1983–present Monthly United States Stamford, Connecticut Bob Lee
Tony Romando (eic)
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. N/A Yes Originally known as WWF Victory Magazine in 1983.[1][21]
Westside Pro Wrestling's Almanac 2010 Yearly  Australia N/A No Official Westside Pro Wrestling magazine.[22]
Wrestling News 1960 Monthly  Australia N/A No Official World Championship Wrestling magazine.[23]
XPW Magazine 1999 Monthly United States Philadelphia N/A No Official Xtreme Pro Wrestling magazine.

Online magazines and newsletters[edit]

Title Years active Print Time Location Founder(s) Publishers Circulation Website Notes
The Bagpipe Report 1996 - 2000 Monthly  United States Charles MacLaurin
Blake Norton
N/A 40,000 Yes One of the most read internet newsletters during the late-1990s, it was the first weekly pro wrestling magazine show broadcast via TWC Fight!. Purchased by Wrestling-Online.com in 2000.[16]
Wrestling-Online Newsletter 1996–present Daily Malta Malta Colin Vassallo N/A 27,000 Yes The newsletter is also available on iPad as a monthly magazine titled Wrestling-Online Digital Magazine, free for download on the iTunes Newsstand.
Figure Four Weekly 1995–present Weekly United States Woodinville, WA Bryan Alvarez N/A N/A Yes [16]
Pro Wrestling Torch 1987–present Weekly United States St. Paul, MN Wade Keller N/A N/A Yes
Wrestling Observer 1983–present Weekly United States Campbell, CA Dave Meltzer N/A N/A Yes
The Ring Fan 2011–present Daily United States Wytheville, VA Clarence Eddie Cowan N/A N/A Yes

References[edit]

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