Powerslam Magazine, the most popular wrestling magazine in the United kingdom, has released their final issue this week. It was the most influential publications in history and up-and-coming wrestling writers from across the UK were inspired to utilize the same style that Powerslam Magazine had done in the past. And now that it has closed its doors, their legacy will live on.
Started in 1991 as Superstars of Wrestling before change the name in 1994, Powerslam Magazine featured the results from the events, historical and contemporary articles, and interviews with the top stars of wrestling through the years. If it wasn’t for Powerslam Magazine, The Barbwire Blog would never exist; and the fact that their legacy will live on through the writers who made wrestling journalism their passion is a simple to honor the magazine’s 20+ year history. A little known fact is this; In 2004 I started to utilize a newsletter inspired by magzines like Pro Wrestling Illustrated, WWE Magazine, and Powerslam Magazine called “The Hollywood Line” and it wasn’t the most read work you see from me now. That closed in 2004 after two issues. The Hollywood Line in a way is a spirtual decendent of The Barbwire Blog, which began as The Barbwire in 2012. While Powerslam was completely non-kayfabe, The Barbwire Blog wasn’t always kayfabe to a certain degree. And much like Powerslam, it makes people think and use differing opinions about the subjects written here. And it was praised by the kind folks of PWI at one point.
Each and every year, the PS 50 was always a great honor for those who were named number #1 in the magazine’s list of the best wrestlers of the year. And it was a great read to those who look forward to it every time it came out, much like the PWI 500. And it wasn’t without it’s fair share of critics either, from it’s anti-WWE stance to the absurd accusations that the magazine was exploiting the business, and that one was years before the internet did such things and during the time Dave Meltzer was doing those kinds of things with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. When Powerslam came on to the scene in the mid-1990s they delivered with hard journalism and they crossed the lines that PWI wouldn’t dare cross. And The Barbwire Blog will continue its legacy of ground-breaking journalism until this one closes its doors. But quite frankly, I don’t see that happening.
I wish editor Fin Martin and all the great staff the best in their future endeavors, and I salute them for being the groundbreaking brand of wrestling journalism. It inspired the best writers of the UK to turn wrestling journalism from hobby to passion. To those who contibuted to the magazine in the past, thank you for inspiring all those wonderful wrestling journalists for keeping their passion of professional wrestling alive and well; and for me an inspiration to turn The Barbwire Blog into what it is today, the most talked about wrestling journalism site in this day and age for two years, the first two years on BlogSpot and now on WordPress.
Here’s to Powerslam Magazine, after 20 years, may your legacy live on forever.
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