|Publisher||Findlay "Fin" Martin|
Power Slam was an independent non-kayfabe wrestling magazine published in the United Kingdom by SW Publishing, with co-publishers Findlay Martin and former WCW Magazine owner Colin Bowman. It began life as Superstars of Wrestling in 1991 before altering its name after 30 issues in July 1994. The magazine was released on a Thursday every five weeks, and provided recent results, colour photographs from live events, articles on historical and contemporary matters within the business, and exclusive interviews with prominent industry figures from WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), among other organizations.
Power Slam stopped offering subscriptions on 4 February 2014, in anticipation of the closure of the magazine, which occurred on 14 July with the release of issue 237. Findlay Martin stressed that the closure is permanent.
Martin continues to publish features on the magazine's official website, psmag.co.uk.
- Findlay "Fin" Martin, editor. He has an edition of the wrestling blooper web series, Botchamania, named for him.
- 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.
- Ernie "Stately Wayne Manor" Santilli, the only featured columnist to - as Stately Wayne Manor - maintain kayfabe, living up to his image as an ultra-conceited heel manager. As Manor, Santilli 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.
- Oliver Hurley, author of Wrestlings 101 Strangest Matches
- 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
- Neil Docking, a journalist working in the North West of England
The magazine was 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 was often partly to do with involvement of professional wrestling personalities, for example Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović 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 took an impartial view on the wrestling world being non affiliated with any wrestling promotion or organization. Contributor Greg Lambert has been an on-screen talent and behind-the-scenes promoter/booker for Britain's Frontier Wrestling Alliance but the magazine never crossed the grounds of journalistic integrity by inviting/allowing him to promote his real-life business.
Every year the magazine presented the PS 50 (akin to the PWI 500) listing the 50 wrestlers whom the writers believed to have had the most successful year, in terms of workrate and performance. 2012 winner Hiroshi Tanahashi was the first wrestler to be ranked number one in two consecutive PS 50s, followed by Austin Aries and C.M. Punk. There was also an annual reader's poll for various awards ('match of the year', etc.) similar to that carried out by RSPW.
Despite their criticisms, their readers polls always crowned 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.
PS 50 podium
|#||Name||Country||1||2||3||Other placings||Total||First appearance||Last appearance||Federation|
|2||Kurt Angle||USA||3||3||0||5||10||1994||2012||WWE, TNA|
|3||Chris Benoit||Canada||2||1||1||5||9||1995||2006||WWE, WCW, NJPW|
|4||Stone Cold Steve Austin||USA||2||0||0||3||5||1996||2001||WWE, WCW|
|5||Kenta Kobashi||Japan||1||2||1||6||10||1994||2005||AJPW, NOAH|
|7||Mitsuharu Misawa||Japan||1||0||0||9||10||1994||2005||AJPW, NOAH|
|8||Triple H||USA||1||0||0||9||10||1995||2008||WWE, WCW|
|10||Bret Hart||Canada||1||0||0||5||6||1994||1999||WWE, WCW|
|11||Keiji Mutoh||Japan||0||2||0||6||8||1994||2008||NJPW, AJPW, WCW|
|14||Jushin Thunder Liger||Japan||0||1||0||10||11||1994||2005||NJPW|
|16||Yuji Nagata||Japan||0||1||0||10||11||1994||2005||NJPW, WCW|
|17||Bryan Danielson||USA||0||1||0||5||6||2003||2012||ROH, WWE|
|19||Eddie Guerrero||USA||0||0||1||8||9||1994||2005||WWE, WCW, NJPW|
|20||Dean Malenko||USA||0||0||1||5||6||1995||2000||WWE, WCW|
|21||Mick Foley||USA||0||0||1||5||6||1994||2004||WWE, WCW, TNA|
|22||Samoa Joe||USA||0||0||1||5||6||2003||2012||TNA, ROH|
|24||Low Ki||USA||0||0||1||4||5||2001||2012||TNA, NJPW|
Wrestler of the Year
Babyface of the Year
Heel of the Year
Match of the Year
- 1993 Shawn Michaels Vs Marty Jannetty (19 July)
- 1994 Razor Ramon Vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania X)
- 1995 Shawn Michaels Vs Razor Ramon (SummerSlam 1995)
- 1996 Shawn Michaels Vs Mankind (In Your House: Mind Games)
- 1997 The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels (Badd Blood: In Your House)
- 1998 Mankind Vs The Undertaker (King of the Ring 1998)
- 1999 Hardy Boyz Vs Edge and Christian (No Mercy 1999)
- 2000 Hardy Boyz Vs Dudley Boyz Vs Edge and Christian (SummerSlam 2000)
- 2001 Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs The Rock (WrestleMania X-Seven)
- 2002 Shawn Michaels Vs Triple H (SummerSlam 2002)
- 2003 Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit (Royal Rumble 2003)
- 2004 Chris Benoit Vs Shawn Micheals Vs Triple H (WrestleMania XX)
- 2005 Kurt Angle Vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 21)
- 2006 The Undertaker Vs Kurt Angle (No Way Out 2006)
- 2007 The Undertaker Vs Batista (WrestleMania 23)
- 2008 Edge Vs The Undertaker (Summerslam 2008)
- 2009 The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XXV)
- 2010 The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XXVI)
- 2011 C.M. Punk Vs John Cena (Money in the Bank 2011)
- 2012 The Undertaker Vs Triple H (Wrestlemania XXVIII)
Card Of The Year
- 1993 The Heavenly Bodies, Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray
- 1994 The Public Enemy, Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge
- 1995 The Public Enemy, Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge
- 1996 Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith
- 1997 Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith
- 1998 The New Age Outlaws, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James
- 1999 Hardy Boyz, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy
- 2000 Edge and Christian
- 2001 The Dudley Boyz, Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley
- 2002 Los Guerreros, Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero
- 2003 Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas
- 2004 Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio
- 2005 Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro
- 2006 LAX, Homicide and Hernandez
- 2007 Mark Briscoe and Jay Briscoe
- 2008 John Morrison and The Miz
- 2009 Jeri-Show, Chris Jericho and The Big Show
- 2010 The Motor City Machine Guns, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley
- 2011 Air Boom, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne
- 2012 Bad Influence, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian
Character of the Year
Most Abysmal Wrestler of the Year
- Martin, Findlay. Power Slam closes. psmag.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Readers' comments on the closure of PS. psmag.co.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- http://www.wrestlingonthefringe.com/Wrestling on the Fringe
- http://www.gardenandhearth.com/anti-aging.htm Patty Therre at GardenAndHearth
- http://www.swmswm.com/ Stately Wayne Manor homepage
- http://auctions.yahoo.com/i:STATELY%20WAYNE%20MANOR%20autograph--only%20$9%20million!!!:95750827 Stately Wayne Manor's autograph auction
- http://www.secondsout.com/ Seconds Out