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You've obviously been going for a while so I don't know if you need or particularly want constructive criticism, but if I was a Punk fan glancing at this cover on the shelves in Smith's I'd be more sold by the interview if it was actually promoted as such.

 

The blurb you've gone with makes it sound to me like a generic article that might be no different to any number of online musings, but a direct interview with the man himself is an exclusive selling point worth stating more clearly.

 

That's my opinion anyway. If you're interested in more pearls of wisdom, look out for my thread in Off Topic where I generously teach grannies how to such eggs.

 

We have a bit of a "house style" for how we note these things on the cover. I think you're right, at least to a degree, so it may be something I look to change.

 

Hope you enjoyed the article. Thanks!

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Issue 137 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available! This is a special edition of FSM, edited by the magazine’s founder, James Artaius!


 


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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:


- The Cruiserweight Classic, as 20 years after years after the cruiserweights hit Nitro, what lessons can WWE learn about booking lighter talent?


- Bobby Lashley, as FSM assesses how he has become a big hit both as an MMA fighter, and the TNA World heavyweight champion.


- WWE 2K17, as FSM covers everything you need to know about this year’s additions to the videogame, like crowd fighting, backstage brawls, gameplay tweaks and Goldberg.


- The Shoot Interview, as FSM explores the man, the myth, and the legend that is Sean Oliver, and his incredible work with Kayfabe Commentaries.


- Michael Bisping, who has captained the UFC’s European expansion and brought gold back to Great Britain. FSM puts to paper the story of “The Count”.


- The F.A Cup Final Day tradition, as FSM relives the history of the shows, and analyses just how the programmes faired on television against the football.


- Speaking of World of Sport, in this month’s Training Ground interview, FSM talks to UK veteran Frankie Sloan, who’s seen and done it all in the sport.


 


All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Rob Naylor's memories of the impression that pro wrestling theme songs left on him; in the wake of the Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match at SummerSlam, Jim Cornette lets rip on the lunacy of WWE working its own wrestlers; and Nick “Magnus” Aldis explains how his wrestling career has changed as a father, as it now surely also will for Davey Richards and Angelina Love, to name but two grapplers.


 


The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.


 


Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.


 


FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.


 


Fighting Spirit Magazine wants to bring you the stories you want to read. We'll do our best to turn any requests into reality, so please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts.


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Issue 138 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- Dean Ambrose, as FSM explains how “The Lunatic Fringe” could have been a top player for WWE, had the promotion truly believed in him.

- Becky Lynch, as almost 10 years after an in-ring accident looked to have ended her career, FSM looks back on her long road to success.

- Jack Gallagher, as FSM explains the Brit’s career trajectory, and notes
why he can’t fail to be a hit on Monday nights.

- TNA Wrestling, as having taken in Bound For Glory live at The Impact Zone, FSM elaborates on what it said about the future of the company.

- Jim Cornette, as FSM sits down with “The Louisville Lip” to chat about
his UK trip, the Attitude Era, and the ways in which he’s been able to communicate with a new and ever-growing fanbase.

- Manami Toyota, as FSM explores a career that changed wrestling history, not just for women, but in terms of ring work around the world.

- In this month’s Training Ground interview, FSM talks to indie guru ”Brutal” Bob Evans about everything from negotiating payoffs to managing life on the road.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Rob Naylor's memories of discovering lucha libre as a teenager, and how that style of wrestling continues to thrill him today.

 

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

 

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

 

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

 

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts.

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Issue 139 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- WWE’s babyfaces, as FSM argues that the promotion’s problems are due to it forgetting that the good guy should always win in the end.

- The Women’s Revolution, as FSM explains why Stephanie McMahon and co. still need to put their money where their mouth is.

- The squash match, as FSM reminisces with several performers from those glory days, and muses over the concept’s viability today.

- In our Greetings, Grapple Fans series, FSM finds that while the World Of Sport TV show may have been Anglo-centric, there was a lot happening in the other home nations, too.

- Dean Allmark, as All Star Wrestling’s top babyface offers some advice to young wrestlers in this month’s Training Ground.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s glowing report from WhatCulture Pro Wrestling, and his thoughts on the future of the sport here; Nick “Magnus” Aldis on his recent working trip to the UK and Germany; and Rob Naylor on how the perception of female wrestlers changed over time in NXT. Our own Will Cooling also ponders what Georges St-Pierre’s continued absence from the UFC says about the company under its new ownership.

 

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribe Upon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

 

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

 

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from http://www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

 

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at http://www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSMto offer your thoughts.

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Issue 140 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!


 


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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:


- The FSM 50, as we rank our Top 50 pro wrestlers of the year.


- Apollo Crews, as FSM argues it is time to let his star shine on Smackdown.


- ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin, as FSM suggests that he may have had his best in-ring year in 2001.


- Frankie Sloan, as FSM chats to the 25-year veteran about a career that isn’t quite ready to end yet.


- El Ligero, as “The World’s Busiest Wrestler” describes life on road as a UK full-timer.


 


All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s memories of promoting an OVW Christmas show featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin; Rob Naylor on pro wrestling at the Tokyo Dome, ahead of January 4’s Wrestle Kingdom; and our own Justin Henry reflects on why match outcomes have never mattered less to wrestling fans.


 


The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.


 


Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.


 


FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.


 


Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Issue 141 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!


 


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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:


- The FSM Reader Awards 2016, as with the FSM 50 in the books, it was time to turn the decision-making towards you, our readers.


- The Alternative Review of the Year, as FSM looks back on the last 12 months from an entirely different perspective.


- The Royal Rumble, as FSM argues it’s time for Vince McMahon to learn the lessons of his remarkable 1997 comeback


- Matt Riddle, as FSM tries to unlock the mystery of the former UFC fighter’s brilliance at such an early stage in his career


- ”Scrubber” Daly, as FSM talks to one of the formidable opponents of Big Daddy in the World Of Sport years


- FSM also chats to UK veteran The Saint about the different ways in which the sport allows its competitors to tell stories in the ring.


 


All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s thoughts on the importance of the finish in a pro wrestling match; Rob Naylor offers his State of the Professional Wrestling Address, summarising how various promotions have set themselves up for the year; and Nick “Magnus” Aldis wonders whether one of the most popular men in the world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, might consider turning his attention to the White House.


 


The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.


 


Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.


 


FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.


 


Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!


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Issue 142 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- The WWE UK championship tournament, as FSM outlines the plans of WWE’s heir apparent, Paul Levesque, and ponders the pros and cons of falling into line with the genre leader

- Mauro Ranallo, as in what some subscribers have described as the finest article in the history of FSM, he explains the depths of his bipolar disorder, and why his goals in life reach far beyond the squared circle

- Meiko Satomura, as ahead of her European debut, FSM examines why she is so revered both in and out of the ring.

- British Wrestling at Wembley Arena, as FSM shows that while the sport’s cultural identity is often linked to Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena had the more memorable televised matches.

- FSM also chats to Japanese superstar Kota Ibushi, as the maverick grappler offers advice to the next generation of pro wrestlers.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s explanation of the star-rating system he popularised, and a list of his five-star matches; Rob Naylor discusses the commentary scene in WWE, and notes why even with good friends in prominent positions, pro wrestling announcing will never be
like it was in the 1980s; and Jerry “The King” Lawler pens a column on how the business has changed throughout his career, and why, indeed, it may not be as different as some seem to believe.

 

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

 

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

 

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

 

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!

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Issue 143 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!


 


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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:


- WrestleMania XXXIII, as FSM lets you in on everything you need to know about the week of festivities, whether you’re making the trip to Florida, or keeping it close to home.


- WWE’s heavyweights, as FSM ponders why there’s been a resurgence in the division, with the big guys dominating the WrestleMania main events again.


- ”Ravishing” Rick Rude, as FSM reflects on the career of one of the greatest heels of the modern era, as his Hall of Fame induction has been confirmed.


- John Cox, as FSM describes the former World Of Sport star’s double-life as a pro wrestler and member of the ambulance services.


- Travis Banks, as he explains to FSM the persistence required to make a full-time living in pro wrestling, especially as someone born outside the UK.


 


All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette on the 25th anniversary of the first match between Jerry “The King” Lawler and Andy Kaufman; Rob Naylor on his genuine emotion as Bray Wyatt won the World championship; Nick “Magnus” Aldis on his most recent UK tour and the differences he noted with life in the U.S; and our own Alan Counihan, who makes the assertion that the last five years of New Japan Pro Wrestling has been the best in-ring period in the history of the entire sport.


 


The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribeUpon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.


 


Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.


 


FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.


 


Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!


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Issue 144 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- Raw & Smackdown, as FSM argues that pro wrestling has failed to seize the moment presented by American television’s “Golden Age”, while also frittering away the sport’s past advantages.

- NXT, as FSM makes the case that a lack of upward mobility is fatally undermining fan interest in the brand, to the detriment of WWE as a whole.

- Justin Roberts, as the former WWE ring announcer offers his advice to young talents in FSM’s Training Ground.

- Sean Waltman, as FSM talks to the former DX member about what he learnt throughout his career, and how he feels about being an idol.

- "The Villain" Marty Scurll, as FSM finds out how he came up with the gimmick, and why he’s ready to be at the forefront of ROH’s next generation.

- Colin Joynson, as FSM discovers many career details from the original “British Bulldog” himself.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s memories of the enigmatic "Dream Machine" Troy Graham, and Rob Naylor on the impression WrestleMania III would leave on him until this very day.

 

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribe Upon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

 

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

 

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from http://www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

 

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine tries to take you inside the wrestling world. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at http://www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!

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Issue 146 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- Shinsuke Nakamura, as FSM looks at the highs and lows of his NXT tenure, and ponders what is now in store for “The King of Strong Style”.

- WWE on Sky TV, as FSM argues that only Sky can capitalise on British pro wrestling’s golden age, and that WWE is holding it back.

- The Benoit Tragedy, as FSM explores what really happened 10 years ago, and how – or if – it changed the business.

- Kenny Omega, as he has a frank conversation with FSM about the current state of professional wrestling, and how he feels the world perceives him when he discusses it.

- Premier Promotions, as FSM talks to promoter John Freemantle about the history of the group, and its use of traditional rules.

- DJ Hyde, as in a Training Ground interview, the owner of the controversial CZW group tells FSM how his dojo gets it right.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s take on the recent "dive" controversy involving Randy Orton and Rip Rogers, and Rob Naylor goes back 10 years to ROH's "Driven" event, and considers what made it a classic pay-per-view.

 

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribe Upon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

 

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

 

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from http://www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

 

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine attempts to bring the most interesting stories in pro wrestling, and the most challenging insight. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at http://www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!

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Issue 147 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar, as FSM describes why Joe is an unlikely dream match opponent for Lesnar, and why the bout has that visceral big fight feel

- The WWF's Summer of '97, as FSM time-travels 20 years to explain why the period was so hot, and how it was the beginning – and the best year of – great changes for all of professional wrestling.

- Jimmy Havoc, as FSM tries to get to grips with the mind behind the blood and the beer before he took part in the 16th annual Tournament of Death.

- John Kenny who, as FSM explains, he had a fine, storied career during the World Of Sport era before becoming a trainer.

- Michael Bisping, as FSM sits down with the UFC's first British champion to ask about the state of the promotion, including whether a superfight with Georges St-Pierre will actually happen.

- Iestyn Rees, as he offers advice to FSM about looking after your body while going through the rigours of the ring.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Nick "Magnus" Aldis' plea to Jim Cornette, Vince Russo, and Eric Bischoff to call a truce between them; the very same Jim Cornette’s explanation of how “smart” fans were different when they had to really work to get the fix of the sport they loved; and Rob Naylor pays tribute to the man who time and time again honored the moniker of “The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be.”

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribe Upon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from http://www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM. A free sample issue is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine attempts to bring the most interesting stories in pro wrestling, and the most challenging insight. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at http://www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM to offer your thoughts. Thank you!

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Issue 148 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:

- WWE's damning UK TV ratings, as FSM breaks down the statistics and argues that the company is in growing danger of losing its Sky Sports deal.

- Bayley, as FSM analyses how WWE has made such a mess of one of its most popular talents.

- Bram, as FSM chats to the TNA star about his past indiscretions, and how the business has changed in his eyes.

- Tetsuya Naito, as FSM reports on how he has found his calling as the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japón, arguably the finest faction in all of pro wrestling.

- Seamus Dunleavy, as FSM discovers a life that has had more than its fair share of action, both in and out of the squared circle.

- Mad Man Manson, who tackles FSM questions on how young wrestlers should deal with promoters.

- Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, as FSM previews potentially the biggest fight of all-time, and deciphers what each man stands to gain – and lose – from the Las Vegas showdown.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette’s memories of just how much the month of August meant to Smoky Mountain Wrestling, while on the anniversary of the infamous Born To Be Wired match, Rob Naylor pays tribute to the man who took the 1990s by storm, Sabu.

 

 

 

Issue 149 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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- The Hardy Boyz, as FSM analyses how the tandem has faired without the ability to play their "Broken" characters in WWE

- Jinder Mahal, as FSM argues that in pushing him to World championship level, WWE is poorly executing a bad idea.

- Diamond Dallas Page, as he chats to FSM about his incredible life and the remarkable people he’s worked with down the years.

- The 2017 G1 Climax tournament as FSM describes the classic matches, and ponders how New Japan Pro Wrestling hosted the greatest tournament of all-time yet again

- CZW's Onita vs. Tremont, as FSM discovers that the event was surely a night to remember, even if not necessarily “Once In A Lifetime”.

- Len Ironside, as FSM talks to the former Scottish grappler about a greatly accomplished life, in and out of the ring.

- Mad Man Manson as pro wrestling's straightest shooter returns for Part Two of a frank Training Ground interview in which he discusses his experiences in the business.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Nick Aldis' suggestion that many people have underestimated the value of pro wrestling as a morality play; Jim Cornette explaining what it is that makes pro wrestling’s authority figure draw at the box office; and Rob Naylor penning his thoughts about SummerSlam 1992 that was 25 years ago this month.

 

 

Issue 150 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

 

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- Braun Strowman, as FSM shows how he turned the corner, and states that WWE can no longer deny that he is the hottest star in the company.

- Asuka, as FSM assesses why “The Empress of Tomorrow” is the real deal, right now.

- Grado, as Britain’s most popular wrestler describes a turbulent 2017 to FSM.

- Pro Wrestling:EVE as FSM talks to the Read family and others about how EVE has changed, and what avenues this brings forward for the promotion.

- Sebastian Suave, who discusses what talent can do to grab his attention as the promoter of Canada's Smash Wrestling.

 

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette on his 25-year anniversary of being in the business, as "The Louisville Lip" goes into detail about his first few months in Memphis. Rob Naylor also takes you inside WWE developmental to explain why the time is now right for Adam Cole to make his mark.

Edited by Brian Elliott

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Issue 151 of Fighting Spirit Magazine is now available!

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In this month's edition, we have feature-length articles on:
- Characters in today's WWE, as FSM argues that pro wrestling needs to re-embrace a form of kayfabe to create the next generation of superstars.
- The Montreal Screwjob, as FSM travels back 20 years to have the final word on the most discussed moment in the sport’s storied history. 
- Rosemary, as FSM explains why Rosemary can be the Knockouts division’s next centrepiece star.
- Insane Championship Wrestling, as FSM spoke to owner and promoter Mark Dallas about how he’s built his company from the ground up.

All of this, plus our usual news, PPV and TV reports, and DVD and videogame reviews. This month's issue also includes Jim Cornette recalling the career of his idol, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan; Nick "Magnus" Aldis bemoans one wrestling writer's complaint about a performer's hard work in the gym; and 30 years after the duelling Starrcade and Survivor Series PPVs, Rob Naylor recalls both events with the benefit of hindsight.

The cheapest and easiest way to subscribe to FSM is via our website, here: http://www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk/magazine/subscribe  Upon subscribing for 12 issues as a UK customer, you will receive a FREE gift. Please check the above link for more details. UK subscribers will receive their copy of FSM before the shops, subject to an efficient postal service.

Still, if you prefer to pick up FSM at your newsagent, WH Smith and Eason are the main stockists in the UK and Ireland. For other outlets, please consider asking them to reserve your copy each month, at no extra charge.

FSM is also available on PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone from http://www.tinyurl.com/PocketFSM.  A free sample issue is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/FSMFree, although you can also download this issue via your device’s app store. Another advantage of the app is that it links to many hours of relevant matches, promos, and shoot interviews that you do not get with the print edition.

Each month, Fighting Spirit Magazine attempts to bring the most interesting stories in pro wrestling, and the most challenging insight. If there’s a subject you’d like us to cover, please tweet editor Brian Elliott at @FSM_Editor or visit our Facebook discussion forum at http://www.tinyurl.com/JoinFSM  to offer your thoughts. Thank you!

Edited by Brian Elliott

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