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feeling some nostalgia tonight. Was thinking about wrestling magazines and how awesome they were

When my mom would go to the store I was right their camped out in the magazine aisle reading, PWI, Inside Wrestling, WOW magazine(remember that?!)

Man I loved them so much

Thats where I first found out about ECW and would follow along

I LOVED the top 10 contenders list they would do

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feeling some nostalgia tonight. Was thinking about wrestling magazines and how awesome they were

When my mom would go to the store I was right their camped out in the magazine aisle reading, PWI, Inside Wrestling, WOW magazine(remember that?!)

Man I loved them so much

Thats where I first found out about ECW and would follow along

I LOVED the top 10 contenders list they would do

Ok who put The Godfather as the number one contender? Even by kayfabe standards he didn't deserve a shot.
 

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Ok who put The Godfather as the number one contender? Even by kayfabe standards he didn't deserve a shot.
I've got an issue here from July and they say at the top they're ranked based on wins and losses in the last month, quality of opposition and the skill of each wrestler.

Guess Godfather was on a hot winning streak. 🤷‍♂️

the issue I've got has Gunther jumping from 4th place to first as the top kayfabe contender for Roman on the Smackdown brand.
 

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I've got an issue here from July and they say at the top they're ranked based on wins and losses in the last month, quality of opposition and the skill of each wrestler.

Guess Godfather was on a hot winning streak. 🤷‍♂️

the issue I've got has Gunther jumping from 4th place to first as the top kayfabe contender for Roman on the Smackdown brand.
Godfather was the Intercontinental champion but it's hard to rank him above Rock,Kane,Big Show,Undertaker and Triple H.
 

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As a young teen in the mid 2000's I remember I would visit the local store and take a look at the latest WWE magazine that would come out. Sometimes there would be some diva on the front cover (Torrie, Trish, Candice) in a revealing outfit and it would give the impression that it was some other type of magazine.. I remember one time the shop worker wouldn't let me and my brother buy one because the worker thought it was a porn magazine just based off the front cover. We had to flick through the pages and show the worker it was about wrestling and they let us buy it.
 

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Godfather was the Intercontinental champion but it's hard rank him above Rock,Kane,Big Show,Undertaker and Triple H.
Would have to look up cagematch and calculate his win loss I guess, obviously as a star he's nowhere near that crew, but might have just been accumulating a lot of wins.

Still an interesting section of the magazine, even today.
 

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I remember even when the business was kind of in the toilets (1992-95), there were still so many different awesome wrestling publications. It's weird to think that in those days when business was struggling, you still had like 8 different magazines from the publisher who did PWI.
 

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feeling some nostalgia tonight. Was thinking about wrestling magazines and how awesome they were

When my mom would go to the store I was right their camped out in the magazine aisle reading, PWI, Inside Wrestling, WOW magazine(remember that?!)

Man I loved them so much

Thats where I first found out about ECW and would follow along

I LOVED the top 10 contenders list they would do

wow i can smell this picture, anyone who used to read these knows what im talking about
 

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feeling some nostalgia tonight. Was thinking about wrestling magazines and how awesome they were

When my mom would go to the store I was right their camped out in the magazine aisle reading, PWI, Inside Wrestling, WOW magazine(remember that?!)

Man I loved them so much

Thats where I first found out about ECW and would follow along

I LOVED the top 10 contenders list they would do

I do NOT recall the Godfather ever being a number one contender or first place of top ten to the championship. Did he really get some sort of main event push that i missed? I remember him being a prominent midcarder though.
 

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I myself have brought a few old WWE Magazines and a old WOW and Power Slam magazine. They’re good to read and I found it very interesting read my old 2001 WOW magazine just after WWF had won the Invasion angle . There was a great article predicting the future stars of wrestling and interviews with Rob Van Dam and Steven Richards .
 

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I do NOT recall the Godfather ever being a number one contender or first place of top ten to the championship. Did he really get some sort of main event push that i missed? I remember him being a prominent midcarder though.
He held the IC title during this point I looked up his opponents on cagematch during this time period they were Goldust,Blue Meanie,Tiger Ali Singh and Hardcore Holly.
 

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I used to do the exact same thing, whenever my family went to the store, and sometimes I would venture into a place that had a magazine rack, just to read the later PWI/Inside Wrestling/etc. Back in the mid-late 80s, they only had kayfabe magazines, consisting mainly of the Apter Magazines. I collected a few of them.

By 1998, I was again religiously watching wrestling, and bought a few wrestling magazines. This time I discovered "Power Slam," a non-kayfabe magazine from the UK, and bought a couple of issues, along with the now-defunct WOW Magazine, which was non-kayfabe. I also picked out a couple of year end PWI Award magazines in 1998,99.
 

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I remember the pwi 500s , and when it was still in kayfabe, it help expose ne to wrestling around the globe, I remember though even they kind of broke kayfabe to admit the stinkfest mess of Starrcade 97, and the fast count.
Technically, that is not breaking kayfabe, unless they were to report backstage issues (Hogan changing the finish, etc.). I never found PWI breaking kayfabe, even during the attitude era. To acknowledge the fast count, was just reporting on an actual match.
 

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I used to do the exact same thing, whenever my family went to the store, and sometimes I would venture into a place that had a magazine rack, just to read the later PWI/Inside Wrestling/etc. Back in the mid-late 80s, they only had kayfabe magazines, consisting mainly of the Apter Magazines. I collected a few of them.

By 1998, I was again religiously watching wrestling, and bought a few wrestling magazines. This time I discovered "Power Slam," a non-kayfabe magazine from the UK, and bought a couple of issues, along with the now-defunct WOW Magazine, which was non-kayfabe. I also picked out a couple of year end PWI Award magazines in 1998,99.
Wrestling’s Main Event was quasi non-kayfabe. And a early 1989 issue of Wrestling Eye alleged that after Tully Blanchard gave notice, he was attacked be henchmen and injected with something that caused him to fail his test.
 

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Was an avid wrestling magazine reader from 95-98 and still browsed through them pretty regularly in 99-00. Actually I didn't just read them. I studied them! Bought my fair share, and even had a subscription to The Wrestler in 97-98, but I mainly remember spending hours reading wrestling magazines in the various local grocery stores lol. Learned so much from those mags. Even though they were written in kayfabe they taught me so much. I had no idea the wrestling world was so big! It was far larger than I had ever imagined. Honestly might not be here posting about wrestling today if it weren't for those Apter Mags I began reading in late 1995.

Of course the rise of the internet largely killed the mags, but they were exactly what I needed at the time. I still have them in a box in my basement. About once or twice a year I'll dig them out and look through 'em to get an overwhelming wave of nostalgia.
 

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Wrestling’s Main Event was quasi non-kayfabe. And a early 1989 issue of Wrestling Eye alleged that after Tully Blanchard gave notice, he was attacked be henchmen and injected with something that caused him to fail his test.
That is still kayfabe. Blanchard is staying in character, by saying his pro wrestling enemies set him up.

Non kayfabe, would be to state that Blanchard was released from the WWE for failing a drug test.
 
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