List of professional wrestling magazines

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This is a list of professional wrestling magazines. They are published either in print or online and range from official magazines of professional wrestling promotions to "dirt sheets", which cover more insider information and sometimes rumors. Some of the more notable magazines include Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Fighting Spirit Magazine, Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Power Slam, WWE Magazine, Pro Wrestling Torch, and The Bagpipe Report.

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]
Power-Wrestling 1995 - present Monthly  Germany Wolfgang Stach PV Verlags GmbH, Düsseldorf N/A Yes Longest-running professional wrestling magazine in Germany.[13][better source needed]
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][14]
Rumble Magazine 2011–present Monthly  Australia Rumble Magazine N/A Yes [15]
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][16]
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
The Tag Rope 2014-present Quarterly  United Kingdom Ryan Carse N/A Yes
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 Wrestling) 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][17]
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][14]
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.[14]
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 Dick Axman 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][16]
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 Dick Axman N/A No [1][5][16][18]
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][14]
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 - 1983 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][19]
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 [20]
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.[17]
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,
Dick Axman (ed.)
N.W.A. Official Wrestling, Inc. N/A No Official National Wrestling Alliance magazine.[1][5][16]
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][21]
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.[21]
WWF/E Magazine 1983–2014 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. In July 2014 the WWE announced it would cease production due to budget cuts and declining sales of the magazine.[1][22]
Westside Pro Wrestling's Almanac 2010 Yearly  Australia N/A No Official Westside Pro Wrestling magazine.[23]
Wrestling News 1960 Monthly  Australia N/A No Official World Championship Wrestling magazine.[24]
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.[17]
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 [17]
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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