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Columns By Austin Skinner:

Savage Stories #1: Reliving A Story In Place Of A Yoga Brochure Austin meets Diamond Dallas Page at a 2CW show and asks about Randy Savage.
10 Wrestling Stars Who Should Have Won The WWF Championship Ten men who should have won the WWF World Championship, but never did reach the pinnacle.
Unshielding Dean Ambrose Austin believes in Dean Ambrose, and so should you.
1995 Super J Cup Tournament- A Breakdown And Review An in-depth look at the 1995 NJPW Super J Cup.
An Evening With Mick Foley (Bang! Bang!) Austin attends Mick Foley’s standup showcase in Syracuse.

Inside The Magazine

Volume #1: The Wrestler June ’95 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Q&A with Avalanche, Randy Savage get examined, Book Of Lists, Davey Boy Smith demands a title shot, Bubba Rogers is a basket case, Alex Wright has all the moves, Rotten Brothers feud in ECW
Volume #2: WWF Magazine November ’92 Ric Flair wins the WWF World Championship, Battle of Titans: Six Man Blowout, Papa Shango has a curse on Bret Hart, Randy Savage greatest challenge has his manhood at stake,
Volume #3: The Wrestler October ’94 Inside this edition of the Wrestler, there is focus on Bunkhouse Buck, Owen Hart is examined, The experts believe that Diesel should wrestle Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam, a look at the Undertaker having two bodies but one soul. Also, Cactus Jack isn’t afraid to lose more body parts.
Volume #4: Inside Wrestling April ’94 Computer Challenge Tournament, Yokozuna wants to quit but isn’t allowed to?, Sting has a chat with Ron Simmons to figure out where his mind is at.
Volume #5: Pro Wrestling Illustrated July ’93  The magazine features an interview with WCW World Champion Vader, Bret Hart being a fighting champion, Paul Bearer losing faith in the Undertaker, and Ric Flair being in the same company as Rick Rude, which should lead to a battle, right?
Volume #6: Wrestle America September ’92 It’s the first look at the Wrestle America magazine. In the magazine, the curse Papa Shango had on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted, a dream match between Bret Hart and Owen Hart, Jim Cornette in SMW, and the friendship between Nikita Koloff and Sting in WCW.
Volume #7: Inside Wrestling December ’95 Highlighted in the magazine is the issues between Vader and the duo of Arn Anderson & Ric Flair. Paul Bearer tried to recruit Kama to join the Undertaker? The Ultimate Warrior is coming for Renegade? The Gangstas invade Public Enemy’s turf and much more!
Volume #8: Pro Wrestling Illustrated May ’96 The Giant goes to Japan to make himself better, Dan Severn is featured in a sit-down interview, Goldust a disgrace to wrestling?, Jeff Jarrett on a search for a stable, and the feud between Tommy Dreamer and Raven might cut both their lives short.
Volume #9: The Wrestler June ’97 Sid Vicious helps out Shawn Michaels, The Giant defends the honor of WCW but gets embarrassed, Owen Hart threatens to quit the WWF!, Plus an interview with ECW World Champion Raven and much more!
Volume #10: WWF Magazine November ’91 A feature story on the mild mannered Sid Justice, the real World Champion Ric Flair and the wedding between Randy Savage and Elizabeth. Big Bossman is interviewed about IRS. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter career is in limbo and his former allies are turning their back on him while the US isn’t so keen on the idea of welcoming him back.
Volume #11: The Wrestler December ’97 Top Ten in WWF takes on the top ten in WCW with the writers voting on who’d win. Plus, Eddy Guerrero may broken apart the Guerrero family forever. Brian Christopher sits down for a Q&A. Plus, much more!
Volume #12: The Wrestler Winter ’95 Inside this magazine we find out the fear that is preventing the Steiner Brothers from competing in WCW or WWF. A preview for a match between Sting and Hulk Hogan that WILL HAPPEN! Plus, Dr. Yankeem bringing the Undertaker back from dead and the Heavenly Bodies having a bone to pick with Jim Cornette over the WWF Tag Team Championships. All that plus the usual good stuff from the Wrestler! Lets check it out!
Volume #13: Inside Wrestling June ’92 In the next installment of Inside The Magazine, I take a look at the June ’92 edition of Inside Wrestling. Undertaker turning on Jake Roberts and the impact of that is heavily discussed. Harley Race forming his own stable of men similar to the Dangerous Alliance, IRS and Ted DiBiase winning the tag titles, Sting shares his thoughts on his WCW World Championship victory. Plus, who will be the first megastar in the post-Hogan era? Marcus Alexander Bagwell sits down for an interview in Hotseat. Tony Atlas is sick of WWF castoffs and lastly there is a one on one interview between the Patriot and the Dark Patriot.
Volume #14: WWF Magazine January 1993 Mr. Perfect has joined forces with Randy Savage and has a plan for his future. Headshrinkers are subject to a personality profile. Shawn Michaels wins the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Sgt. Slaughter is law and order in the WWF. Nailz and the Undertaker are headed towards a huge confrontation. Plus, much more!
Volume #15: PWI September ’97 The fifteenth edition of the series highlights the September ’97 Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. Lets take a look.
Volume #16: WWF Magazine July ’92 Fallout from WrestleMania VIII continues in this edition of WWE Magazine. Shawn Michaels and Sensational sit down for an interview. Papa Shango’s curse on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted. Plus, the Legion of Doom and Beverly Brothers have developed a hatred for each other due to their different upbringings.
Volume #17: WCW Magazine May 2000 It’s the first time looking at a WCW magazine, and boy, it’s a long one. There’s some interesting information throughout and plenty of material.
Volume #18: WWF RAW Magazine Winter ’97 Hopefully, you like Vic Venom (Vince Russo). He’s in this quite a bit. The hype for the USA vs. Canada feud is heavily featured. Plus, Ahmed Johnson gives us an in-depth look at gang life and what it’s all about. The feud between Mankind and Hunter Hearst Helmsley is highlighted, as well. All that and more!
Volume #19: The Wrestler February ’95 Honky Tonk Man sits down for a Q&A. Paul E. Dangerously won’t let Sabu commit suicide in the ring. Arnold Skaaland may have found a man to get revenge on Bob Backlund for a recent attack. Vader should fear Hulk Hogan. The Patriot might not be able to team with Marcus Alexander Bagwell. The Undertaker visited USWA to take on Sid Vicious. All that plus many more features in this edition of Inside The Magazine!
Volume #20: WWF Magazine September ’93 In this edition of Inside The Magazine, WWF Magazine from September 1993 is looked at. In the magazine, Shawn Michaels goes on a date with Rhonda Shear. The Steiner Brothers won the tag titles twice in five days against Money Inc. Crush sits down for an interview. Also, the WWF responds to Billy Graham and his claims.. and boy does it get ugly. All that and more!
Volume #21: Wrestle America April 1993 Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas don’t like the criticism they’ve gotten in WCW. Dustin Rhodes is bummed about Barry Windham turning on him. Does Randy Savage need a break from wrestling? Being a smaller wrestler is in instead of being a larger than life persona. Kevin Sullivan recent attacks and blood feud with Brian Lee in SMW. All this plus much more in the magazine!
Volume #22: PWI February 1995 Let’s take a look inside Pro Wrestling Illustrated February 1995, shall we?
Volume #23: The Wrestler February 1991 Take a look at what was inside the Wrestler February 1991 magazine! Includes the master plan to get the NWA World Championship off of Sting at Halloween Havoc!
Volume #24: WCW Magazine March 2001 In this edition of Inside the Magazine, I look at the March 2001 publication of WCW Magazine. Eric Bischoff goes in-depth about his plans for WCW upon acquiring the company. Glacier is coming back to WCW, but with a twist. Johnny The Bull recovering from injury. Getting to know Leia Meow and her difficult childhood. All this and more!
Volume #25: PWI August 1993 Missy Hyatt sits down for Press Conference. WCW invades New York to mixed results. The real winners and losers from WrestleMania IX. Does Van Hammer have what it takes to win the NWA World Title? The South rising up against Dirty White Boy. Will Lex Luger and Mr. Hughes feud or be friends? And, the first ever PWI Poll! All this and more!

Would You Go To This Show?

Volume #1: WCW March 12th, 1995 A WCW house show from March ’95 that doesn’t have Hulk Hogan involved. Vader vs. Jim Duggan, would you go?
Volume #2: WWF June 30th, 1995 ’95 was a rough year, but can a steel cage between Diesel and Psycho Sid be enough to want to see a show?
Volume #3: WCW August 20th, 1999 WCW sure was free falling in the ratings, but a dream match between Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan at the Cow Palace might draw a crowd. Would you go?
Volume #4: ECW December 23rd, 2000 The final ECW Arena show ever for ECW. Is that enough to go, or does the card have to be strong?
Volume #5: WCW September 22nd, 2000 Can the nostalgia of the Great Muta vs. Sting in the year 2000 entice fans to attend this WCW house show in Texas? How about Terry Funk? You decide.
Volume #6: WWF January 10th, 1998 The Attitude Era is upon us. A six man tag team steel cage match highlights the show. Would you go?
Volume #7: WCW March 22nd, 1998 A WCW house show during their peak of popularity is headlined with Kevin Nash vs. Lex Luger. Is that enough to attend?
Volume #8: WWE May 28th, 2006 The brand split has been going on for four years. John Cena battled Edge in a steel cage with Ricky Steamboat as the special referee. Would you go?
Volume #9: WCW March 4th, 2001 It’s the last ever WCW house show to ever take place. What did they send out there for the crowd in Tennessee? Is it enough for you to go?
Volume #10: WCW April 13th, 1993 In April ’93 WCW held a show with four main event caliber matches all on one show. You’d HAVE to go to that, right?
Volume #11: WWE January 9th, 2006 WWE Smackdown holds a live event without their top champion. Is it doomed to fail? Would you go?
Volume #12: WCW March 7th, 1999 WCW brought the action to Rochester, NY with a double main event of Sting/Bret Hart and Bigelow/Goldberg. Would you go?
Volume #13: WWF September 7th, 1991 A six man tag match with Sid teaming with LOD against The Undertaker and the Nasty Boys. Is that strong enough to get you into the arena?
Volume #14: WCW January 3rd, 1997 WCW sends out a lot of their top names including a Sting/Giant main event despite Sting not wrestling for nearly four months. Would you go to see Sting in action?
Volume #15: WWF September 14th, 1996 Shawn Michaels battles Vader, Sid takes on Goldust, what else would you need?
Volume #16: WWF July 23rd, 1994 The feud between Diesel and Razor Ramon is taken to the next level inside a steel cage. Would you go?

Volume #17: WWE August 29th, 2003

Kane and Rob Van Dam battle it out in the main event to settle their summer long feud. Would you go?

Volume #18: USA Pro May 14th, 2004 

A lot of future stars on the show including Low Ki, Samoa Joe, Jay Lethal and Christopher Daniels. Would you go?

List Of Ten:
Ten Underrated Wrestlers
Ten Wrestlers Who Would’ve Made It In ECW
Ten Guys Misused By WCW
Ten Memorable Moments In TNA
Ten Memorable WCW Nitro Moments
Ten Memorable Moments: Raven’s Career

Reliving A Title Run:
Volume #1: CM Punk as ROH World Champion in ’05
Volume #2: Goldberg as WCW World Heavyweight Champion in ’98
Volume #3: Scott Steiner as WCW World Heavyweight Champion in ’00 – ’01
Volume #4: Goldust as WWF Intercontinental Champion in ’96

Volume #5: JBL As WWE Champion In ’04 – ’05
Volume #6: Vader as WCW World Heavyweight Champion In ’93
Volume #7: Yokozuna As WWF World Champion ’93 – ’94
Volume #8: Money Inc. As WWF World Tag Team Champions ’92 – ’93

Volume #9: Shawn Michaels As WWF Intercontinental Champion ’92 – ’93
Volume #10: Samoa Joe As TNA World Heavyweight Champion ’08
Volume #11: Jerry Lynn As ROH World Champion In ’09
Volume #12: Diesel As WWF World Champion In ’94 – ’95
Volume #13: Tyler Black As ROH World Champion ’10
Volume #14: Rick Steiner As WCW Television Champion WCW ’99
Volume #15: Ron Simmons As WCW World Champion In WCW ’92
Volume #16: Bobby Roode As TNA World Champion In TNA ’11 – ’12
Volume #17: Chris Jericho As WWE Undisputed Champion In WWE ’01 – ’02

Reliving A Feud:
Volume #1: The Undertaker vs. Mankind In WWF ’96 – ’98
Volume #2: Jerry Lawler vs. Bret Hart In The WWF ’93 – ’95
Volume #3:The Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango In The WWF ’92
Volume #4: Sting vs. Vampiro In WCW ’00
Volume #5: Steve Corino vs. Homicide in ROH ’02 – ’06
Volume #6: Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle In The WWF ’01
Volume #7: Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett In WCW ’00
Volume #8: Tommy Dreamer vs. CW Anderson In ECW ’00 – 01
Volume #9: Hulk Hogan vs. Vader In WCW ’94 – ’95
Volume #10: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair in WCW & WWF ’92 – ’99
Volume #11: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart In WWF ’93 – ’96
Volume #12: CM Punk vs. Raven in ROH ’03
Volume #13: Bam Bam Bigelow Vs. Lawrence Taylor In WWF ’95
Volume #14: Sid Vicious Vs. Goldberg In WCW ’99
Volume #15: Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna In WWF ’93 – ’94
Volume #16: Curt Hennig Vs. Ric Flair In WWF & WCW ’92 – ’97
Volume #17: Kevin Nash Vs. Randy Savage In WCW ’99
Volume #18: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan In WWF & WCW ’89 – ’99
Volume #19: AJ Styles vs. Jimmy Rave In ROH ’05
Volume #20: The Rock Vs. Chris Benoit In WWF ’00
Volume #21: Dean Malenko Vs. Chris Jericho In WCW ’98
Volume #22: Dustin Rhodes vs. The Stud Stable In WCW ’94 – ’95 
Volume #23: Batista vs. Triple H In WWE ‘05
Volume #24: Bret Hart vs. Goldberg In WCW ’99
Volume #25: Tatanka vs. Lex Luger In WWF ’94 – ’95
Volume #26: Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page In WCW ’97
Volume #27: Jeff Jarrett Vs. Chyna In WWF ’99
Volume #28: Shawn Michaels vs. Davey Boy Smith In WWF ’92 – ’97
Volume #29: Big Bossman Vs. Nails In WWF ’92
Volume #30: Tracy Smothers Vs. Dirty White Boy In SMW ’93
Volume #31: Christian Cage Vs. Abyss In TNA ’06
Volume #32: Shane McMahon Vs. Kane In WWE ’03
Volume #33: Triple H Vs. The Rock In WWE ’97 – ’00

Are You Tough Enough?
Season 1, Episode 1
Season 1, Episode 2
Season 1, Episode 3
Season 1, Episode 4
Season 1, Episode 5
Season 1, Episode 6

Bob’s Opinion On:
Jack Swagger
Taz
The Dangerous Alliance
Mike Awesome
Johnny Curtis (Fandango)
Shane Douglas
Buff Bagwell
2CW IPPV Event
Lex Luger
Ring of Honor Issues
Sid Vicious
Chris Harris
Marty Jannetty
Justin Credible
Vince Russo
Sting
Batista
Dungeon of Doom
Dustin Rhodes
Eric Young’s Title Victory
Ahmed Johnson
Earthquake
Harlem Heat
Glacier
Sabu

Take The Book:
First Edition: King Of The Ring 1995
Second Edition: WCW Fall Brawl 1999
Third Edition: WCW Starrcade 1993

Monday Night War
September 1995
October 1995
November 1995
December 1995
January 1996
February 1996
March 1996
April 1996
May 1996
June 1996
July 1996
August 1996
September 1996
October 1996
November 1996
December 1996
January 1997
February 1997

What If:
Volume #1: Sid Vicious Didn’t Fail The Evil Drug Test In ’92?
Volume #2: What If Ted DiBiase Won The WWF World Championship In ’88?
Volume #3: What If Lex Luger Won The WWF World Championship In ’94?

Look Back At
1990 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1991 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1991 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1992 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1992 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1993 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1993 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1995 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1995 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1996 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1996 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards
1997 Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 Rankings
1997 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards

Misc Columns:
Billy Kidman: The Push That Should Have Never Happened
A Failed Heel Turn: Turning Da Man Into A Bad Guy
Bryan Clark: A Mishandled Talent
King Mabel Push: Was It That Awful?
Are You Ready For A Revolution? WCW Wasn’t
This Is The End?
It’s Only A Dream
Joey Matthews: A Prospect Turned Stooge
Alright… I Did It
Alex Wright: His Failed Rise To The Top In WCW
Lenny Lane: The Forgotten WCW Cruiserweight Champion
No Laughing Matter
Clownin’ Around In The WWF
The Gangstas In SMW ’94
Why Did Hak Fizzle In WCW?
Age Of Fall Part One
The Higher Power
The Clap Come To ECW
Don’t Hate The Playa Hate The Game
7 Levels Of Hate: Cabana vs. Pearce
The Rise And Fall Of Chris Harris
The Lone Wolf In WCW
When The WWF Got Nastisized
Being The Marty Jannetty Of A Tag Team
Being The Marty Jannetty Of A Tage Team Part Two
You Should Know The Name… Colin Delaney
You Should Know The Name… Dalton Castle

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