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    Inside The Magazine Volume #15: PWI September '97

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...-september-97/

    What’s your opinion on this magazine and what was going on in the wrestling world at this time? Leave your thoughts below!
    Wasn't sure I read this one until I saw the 911 story. That one I remember for some odd reason.

    That Mike Samples vs. Bobby Bolton (who?) story is vintage PWI.

    Was Bubba Ray's broken ankle legit? Don't remember that at all.

    The Rey Mysterio/Jennifer Aniston story might be even better than the Samples/Bolton one.

    Yikes. Now I remember how savage PWI was toward Fake Razor & Diesel.

    The only promotion I watched regularly at the time was WWF. I was all about the Hart Foundation. Also liked Undertaker. Foley was still a month or two away from winning me over with the JR sitdown interviews. Despite putting 1997 WWF as #1 in our Favorite Calendar Year countdown a while back the midcard was dreadful and a lot of the people I really liked the previous year were being phased out.

    Barely Legal was my 1st time seeing ECW after reading about it for a year and a half. We couldn't get the ppv but I borrowed a tape of it from my friend Gus a few days later and watched the hell out of it. An all time great show that turned me into a major ECW fan.

    Didn't watch WCW at all because I thought it was the Evil Empire.

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    Unfortunately this issue was a casualty of trimming the fat on my magazine collection since there was nothing really special about it outside of the Funk presser and the Pillman penned Austin article. I'm still kicking myself for tossing my glossy PWI photo specials out, dumbass.

    At this time I was still getting back into the WWF swing of things, the Hart Foundation was the be all-end all, especially being a Canadian fan. WCW still had my heightened interest with Luger having found a chink in the NWO armor by beating Hogan. I was also scrounging money doing odd jobs so I could get tapes of ECW and Japan. With everything still being fresh my feelings were ECW and Japan were striking on all cylinders. Though viewed with hindsight some people now say All Japan was starting to stray into too many headrops while ECW had lost some of it's edge in comparison to '95 and 96 due to getting on PPV. I was just happy at the time in getting good quality entertainment from 5 promotions.
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    Inside The Magazine Volume #16: WWF Magazine July '92

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...azine-july-92/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #17: WCW Magazine May 2000

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...zine-may-2000/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #16: WWF Magazine July '92

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...azine-july-92/

    What was your opinion on this magazine, if you had it, or this is the first time reading about it here? What did you think about what was going on in the WWF at this time? Leave your thoughts below!
    First time reading about it. I didn't get into the mags until late 1995.

    1992 WWF isn't a personal favorite year but there was plenty of good stuff going on during this little period. I was all about Papa Shango and his curses/feud with Warrior. Taker vs. Berzerker had that one awesome moment with attempted murder by sword which we've written about a lot in the Match Review threads. Early HBK was fun. "Shawn Michaels has left the building" was a great bit. Flair vs. Savage was a good feud even if I was PISSED when Flair lost the belt. Even Model/Tatanka was pretty cool. My guys at the time were Flair, Shango, Taker and Mountie (think he was still around) with HBK quickly climbing up that list. Also liked Money Inc at the time although I remember almost nothing about their run aside from the feud with Hogan & Beefcake.

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #18: WWF RAW Magazine Winter '97

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...ine-winter-97/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #18: WWF RAW Magazine Winter '97

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...ine-winter-97/

    That concludes another edition of Inside The Magazine. What are your thoughts on the magazine and on the WWF at this time?
    magpic.jpg

    I think this is the first magazine you've reviewed that I actually own so I suppose I liked it enough to purchase.

    I enjoyed Vic Venom columns at the time

    I was loving all the main event stuff. Hart Foundation was life. Was also a big fan of Foley & Undertaker.

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    I enjoyed Vic Venom columns at the time
    Me too. Sometimes you don't have to be good, just first, and that was what Vic Venom was doing in the WWF mag.


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    Venom's stuff is informative, i suppose. However, the CAPS lock is just annoying. You guys are probably right, that at the time it would be okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post
    Me too. Sometimes you don't have to be good, just first, and that was what Vic Venom was doing in the WWF mag.
    Exactly. I'm sure his schtick would annoy the hell out of me today but his edgier, irreverent, smarkier takes were just what the teenage wrestling fan of the day was looking for. His deviation from the Standard Wrestling Mag "Journalist" template made him a breath of fresh air at the time.

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #18: WWF RAW Magazine Winter '97

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/03/...ine-winter-97/
    I still have this issue(minus the cover), the history of LOD article was really well done at a time when it was still mostly taboo to mention history from other promotions. There is still some kayfabe to it as Animal really didn't meet Hawk until their high school years. Plus they didn't spend anytime in Chicago.

    I also enjoyed the Vic Venom articles too at the time.

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    I still have this issue(minus the cover), the history of LOD article was really well done at a time when it was still mostly taboo to mention history from other promotions. There is still some kayfabe to it as Animal really didn't meet Hawk until their high school years. Plus they didn't spend anytime in Chicago.

    I also enjoyed the Vic Venom articles too at the time.
    The story I heard from an old Roadies shoot (or maybe it was just Animal?) was they were actually both born in Chicago but moved out at an early age and didn't meet until in high school. Of course not sure how much of that is real and how much is kayfabe....

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    The story I heard from an old Roadies shoot (or maybe it was just Animal?) was they were actually both born in Chicago but moved out at an early age and didn't meet until in high school. Of course not sure how much of that is real and how much is kayfabe....
    In his book Animal discloses he was born in Philadelphia, moved to Florida, then went to Minneapolis. He transferred to the same high school as Hawk later on where they would first meet.

    Raw Magazine was a big factor as well in getting back into the WWF, loved the fantasy warfare and "the night the belt changed hands" articles. Plus the proto Diva's photo shoots...

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    A Look Back At: 1994 PWI 500

    A Look Back At: 1995 PWI 500

    Just recently did the 1998 version of this series. It literally takes a long time to do the write-ups. Looking back, some of the rankings are just bizarre.

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    1996 PWI 500 Rankings
    1997 PWI 500 Rankings
    1998 PWI 500 Rankings

    1998 is fresh off the presses in terms of release. 1997 was a controversial year with who the writers decided to go with as number focusing primarily, at least it seemed, on in-ring work. It kind of sticks out as a sore spot in terms of name value when you look at #1's through the years.

    Enjoy!

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #19: The Wrestler February '95

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/04/...r-february-95/

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    What are your memories of this magazine or what was going on in wrestling at this time? Leave your thoughts below!
    This was before I was reading the mags but....

    Harry (Simon) from Las Vegas was a regular letter writer who would later write for Meltzer's site. He was basically a gimmicky troll. Adam Bomb was "his guy" until Bomb left WWF. Then he portrayed a Disco Inferno super fan.

    Man, the Apter Mags were forever pushing the Steiners.

    "Beefcake had always been a Butcher as a wrestler" Ouch.

    "Sid hasn’t been asking for a rematch and the only way that might happen is if he gets a lot of Vince McMahon’s money to do so." Very prescient of PWI.

    I dig that Jacques Rougeau retirement story.

    I wasn't terribly excited by much in wrestling at the time. Also missed a lot of my Saturday morning wrestling due to stupid soccer.

    Owen & Mr. Backlund were my guys in WWF. Undertaker had already lost a little of his return magic. It was so obvious that he was stuffing the ice cold Yoko into the casket at Survivor Series. I was missing the Quebecers and annoyed by Lawler being stuck in lower card feuds with turds like Doink & Duke The Dumpster, though that one time Double J dressed up as Doink to humiliate Dink was super awesome and should totally get more love. The Corporation/Tatanka and their feud with Luger was a good idea on paper that didn't really work in real life. It was still early enough into his run that I was excited about the returning King Kong Bundy. I liked Michaels & Diesel but didn't like them holding the tag titles because they weren't a 'real team.'

    My interest in WCW plummeted from a solid 6 or 7 (it was more like an 8 throughout '93) to a 0 or 1 soon after Hogan's arrival. Even reading about the WCW stuff in your article makes me bored and sleepy and sad. WCW during this period was like a precursor to AWF only without the rounds or ironic 'so bad it's good' enjoyment. It was just straight up painful to watch and I wouldn't become a regular WCW viewer again until about August-September '95.

    I didn't watch, or even know of the existence, of any other promotions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker View Post
    This was before I was reading the mags but....

    Harry (Simon) from Las Vegas was a regular letter writer who would later write for Meltzer's site. He was basically a gimmicky troll. Adam Bomb was "his guy" until Bomb left WWF. Then he portrayed a Disco Inferno super fan.

    Man, the Apter Mags were forever pushing the Steiners.

    "Beefcake had always been a Butcher as a wrestler" Ouch.

    "Sid hasn’t been asking for a rematch and the only way that might happen is if he gets a lot of Vince McMahon’s money to do so." Very prescient of PWI.

    I dig that Jacques Rougeau retirement story.

    I wasn't terribly excited by much in wrestling at the time. Also missed a lot of my Saturday morning wrestling due to stupid soccer.

    Owen & Mr. Backlund were my guys in WWF. Undertaker had already lost a little of his return magic. It was so obvious that he was stuffing the ice cold Yoko into the casket at Survivor Series. I was missing the Quebecers and annoyed by Lawler being stuck in lower card feuds with turds like Doink & Duke The Dumpster, though that one time Double J dressed up as Doink to humiliate Dink was super awesome and should totally get more love. The Corporation/Tatanka and their feud with Luger was a good idea on paper that didn't really work in real life. It was still early enough into his run that I was excited about the returning King Kong Bundy. I liked Michaels & Diesel but didn't like them holding the tag titles because they weren't a 'real team.'

    My interest in WCW plummeted from a solid 6 or 7 (it was more like an 8 throughout '93) to a 0 or 1 soon after Hogan's arrival. Even reading about the WCW stuff in your article makes me bored and sleepy and sad. WCW during this period was like a precursor to AWF only without the rounds or ironic 'so bad it's good' enjoyment. It was just straight up painful to watch and I wouldn't become a regular WCW viewer again until about August-September '95.

    I didn't watch, or even know of the existence, of any other promotions.
    Having been reviewing WCW stuff from '94 fairly recently. There television really takes a dip after August or so. It becomes very Hogan focused and his friends focused in the fall and '95 that's all it is, really. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    Retro Reading Volume #1: Wrestling 83 - Winter 1983

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    Sweet, I had that February 95 issue of the Wrestler back in the day. These reviews are awesome.

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    Retro Reading Volume #2: Wrestling Superstars Spring 1984

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #20: WWF Magazine September '93. Crush sits down for an interview about his career goals and about Doink the Clown. Shawn Michaels goes on a date with Rhonda Shear. The WWF releases a statement on Billy Graham, and it's brutal. Enjoy!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/05/...-september-93/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #20: WWF Magazine September '93. Crush sits down for an interview about his career goals and about Doink the Clown. Shawn Michaels goes on a date with Rhonda Shear. The WWF releases a statement on Billy Graham, and it's brutal. Enjoy!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/05/...-september-93/
    You weren't kidding about the brutality of that Graham statement. Yikes! Bet it worked on WWF's predominately young fanbase too. It definitely would have convinced me.

    Also like that Marty story. I'm with WWF Magazine. Marty winning the IC title and losing it right back didn't make me view Marty as more of a star. Especially not when he found himself in the role of a pure jobber against Borga at Summerslam '93. Instead it made me shake my head and ask "Why?" in subsequent years when I looked at the list of IC champions and saw Marty's name sticking out like a sore thumb on there. It did nothing for him and if anything I think it devalued the title (although it was a memorable moment).

    As for my thoughts on WWF at the time....

    I was digging the product. My interest was a solid 7 or 8. And I was looking forward to the "new" concept of KOTR. I had no clue who was going to win. Thought Bret, Perfect or the winner of Narcissist/Tatanka all had a good shot to take it.

    My two big guys at the time were Narcissist & Doink. Then Michaels & Undertaker followed by Perfect & Money Inc. Also loved Lawler on commentary. He became one of My Guys right away. Money Inc. is a weird one. I loved Dibiase & liked IRS. And I liked them as a team at the time. They held the titles forever. Yet I remember nothing about their run save the feud with Hogan & Beefcake.
    Fun Fact: IRS was my friend Matt's favorite wrestler. He loved the guy. And I thought I had weird tastes!

    Things got REALLY good at KOTR and beyond with Yoko squashing Hulkamania, Quebecers & Borga coming in, and the Lawler/Bret feud. Interest soon went from a 7 or 8 to a 10 based on all that great stuff. But of course I could have done without the awful Luger & Doink face turns.

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    You weren't kidding about the brutality of that Graham statement. Yikes! Bet it worked on WWF's predominately young fanbase too. It definitely would have convinced me.
    Wouldn't doubt it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Baker
    Also like that Marty story. I'm with WWF Magazine. Marty winning the IC title and losing it right back didn't make me view Marty as more of a star. Especially not when he found himself in the role of a pure jobber against Borga at Summerslam '93. Instead it made me shake my head and ask "Why?" in subsequent years when I looked at the list of IC champions and saw Marty's name sticking out like a sore thumb on there. It did nothing for him and if anything I think it devalued the title (although it was a memorable moment).
    To drive your point home, I was looking at a thread ranking IC champions on another forum and saw Marty's pic. I had forgotten he won the belt.

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    As for my thoughts on WWF at the time....

    I was digging the product. My interest was a solid 7 or 8. And I was looking forward to the "new" concept of KOTR. I had no clue who was going to win. Thought Bret, Perfect or the winner of Narcissist/Tatanka all had a good shot to take it.

    My two big guys at the time were Narcissist & Doink. Then Michaels & Undertaker followed by Perfect & Money Inc. Also loved Lawler on commentary. He became one of My Guys right away. Money Inc. is a weird one. I loved Dibiase & liked IRS. And I liked them as a team at the time. They held the titles forever. Yet I remember nothing about their run save the feud with Hogan & Beefcake.
    Fun Fact: IRS was my friend Matt's favorite wrestler. He loved the guy. And I thought I had weird tastes!

    Things got REALLY good at KOTR and beyond with Yoko squashing Hulkamania, Quebecers & Borga coming in, and the Lawler/Bret feud. Interest soon went from a 7 or 8 to a 10 based on all that great stuff. But of course I could have done without the awful Luger & Doink face turns.
    Good choices in The Narcissist and Doink. Vince pulled the plug on The Narcissist gimmick too soon. Probably could've been one of WWE's best heels at the time. Wished Doink (w/ Borne under the mask) lasted longer. Cheesy as a clown would seem I liked the dark twist Borne put on it. Plus he was good in-ring. And I can't blame your friend's taste. IRS was another fine example of a character that's cheesy but the wrestler making it work.

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    I completely agree with Luger and Doink heel characters. Luger as the Narcissist should have gotten a run as champion, in my opinion. Doink was so fresh and different that I loved it. Bourne had it for what nine months and people still talk about it. He was awesome. And, he could work well in-ring with the gimmick. He had a good match with Savage on RAW and with Jannetty, too.

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