Magazine is a wrestling magazine, which replaced WWE's
previous RAW and SmackDown! publications. This incarnation
of the magazine contains lifestyle sections,a monthly
calendar, entertainment, work out tips etc. This is
an official publication from World Wrestling Entertainment.
WWE Magazine has gone through many incarnations throughout
the years. Originally known as WWF(World Wrestling
Federation) Victory Magazine, its debut issue was
in August 1983, as a bi-monthly magazine. Only 2 issues
of Victory Magazine were created with Jimmy Snuka
on the first cover and Sgt. Slaughter on the second
with the third issue (April/May 1984) it became known
as World Wrestling Federation Magazine (or WWF Magazine
for short), with newly crowned WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
on the cover. WWF Magazine would continue to be bi-monthly
until June 1987, in which it would become a monthly
operation and a staple of the World Wrestling Federation
for the next decade. For years, WWF Magazine operated
as a kayfabe magazine; stories included fictional
biographies of wrestlers and feuds (written to cater
to the WWF's mark fanbase), as well as previews of
upcoming events, editorials and other features targeted
at younger audiences. Rarely, there would be a real
life story (particularly if a wrestler had died or
the topic had such far-reaching interest to WWF fans
that it could not be ignored).
April 1996, the World Wrestling Federation decided
to create a second magazine called RAW Magazine, which
became a focus on behind the scenes activity, focusing
on wrestlers real life profiles. It debuted with the
May/June 1996 issue, and was bi-monthly until the
January 1998 issue.
May 2002 the World Wrestling Federation became known
as World Wrestling Entertainment, and therefore the
magazine was changed accordingly to "WWE Magazine"
starting with the June 2002 issue.
before that, the WWF/E had split up into two brands,
RAW and SmackDown!. However, WWE and RAW Magazines
were unaffected until the January 2004 issues, in
which the WWE decided to have separate magazines for
their respective brands. RAW Magazine kept the name,
but changed into being more like the WWE Magazine
in which it became a kayfabe magazine, however it
focused solely on the RAW brand. WWE Magazine became
SmackDown! Magazine, and would focus solely on the
SmackDown! brand. That lasted until the summer of
2006, in which the RAW and SmackDown Magazines would
be discontinued and a new WWE Magazine would debut
with the August 2006 issue (Dave Batista cover).
new WWE Magazine was designed to move away from being
solely a wrestling magazine. Instead of just wrestling
feuds, the majority of the magazine contains lifestyle
tips, product reviews and photos of WWE's superstars
and divas outside the ring. The new style is similar
to current Maxim and Stuff Magazines.
Brawl- Includes exclusive match photos, polls, fan
mail and fan art.
Grapplers- Contains wrestler interviews. These interviews
usually go beyond character and storylines and deal
with behind the scenes and personal lives.
Big Night- Wrestlers discuss their favorte foods and
recipies. This section is meant to be a screening
party planning guide.
Knowledge- Wrestlers answer fan mail and offer advice
on relationships, cars and more. There are also quizzes
with a different theme each month.
Reviews- This section contains reviews for video games,
music, DVD's and more. Wrestlers also recommend some
of their favorite products.
Body Shop- Wrestlers offer workout and diet advice.
Dr. Louis Rios discusses how WWE medical teams treat
Insider- Contains TV and pay-per-view results as well
as a monthly calendar of WWE events and birthdays.
There are also photos of numerous wrestler appearences,
a list of notable quotes made by wrestlers and announcers,
and historical photos. There is also a "Guess
the Match" feature where a zoomed-in photo of
a match is shown. If you guess correctly, you can
win a piece of WWE merchandise.
Abuse- A wrestler performs a wrestling move on editor
WWE Magazine also has a hotline that fans can call.
The line is open from 1pm until 2pm EST seven days
a week. Each call is limited to 60 seconds and a person
cannot leave a message. According to the advertisement
in the magazine, fans can leave a , "...Question,
complaint or drunken tale." It also says that
some calls are posted on the magazine's website. (Credit:
Man Australia is in talks with WWE Magazine