Pro Wrestling's 25 Greatest Magazine Covers of All Time

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2012

Pro Wrestling's 25 Greatest Magazine Covers of All Time

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    Professional wrestling’s main medium is television. Wrestling fans gather in front of their TV’s to watch their favourite superstars lock up every week. 

    But a lot of fans read pro wrestling magazines to get that extra fix of what’s going on in the different promotions. 

    These magazines have showcased covers that captured some of the greatest moments in pro wrestling history. 

    Here are Pro Wrestling’s 25 Greatest Magazine Covers of All Time, from No. 25 to No. 1.

25.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Bret Hart & Diesel (December 1995)

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    This cover showcased one of Bret Hart’s toughest challengers in his career, “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel. 

    Hart and Diesel are shown, both grasping onto the richest prize in pro wrestling: The WWE Championship.  Bret Hart was truly put to the test against the seven foot monster Diesel, and surely his body, and mind, felt it afterward.

24.) WCW Magazine, Feat. Sting (August 1997)

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    This cover could be described as more of a statement, than a simple picture. 

    Sting was the thorn in the side of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and the New World Order and they wanted rid of him once and for all.  Sting became the savior for WCW, and was the only man that could stop the NOW for good.

23.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Ultimate Warrior (November 1988)

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    This cover showed the intensity of The Ultimate Warrior.  He was the WWE Intercontinental Champion and a rising star in the company.  Hidden behind his trademark face paint was the face of a future WWE Champion. 

    The Ultimate Warrior will always be remembered as one of the most “Unique” WWE Superstars in history.

22.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Undertaker (June 1997)

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    This cover brilliantly showcased “The Phenom” The Undertaker, as he holds the WWE Championship up to his “Creatures of the Night”.

    At WrestleMania XXIII Taker defeated Sycho Sid to capture his second WWE Title and the WWE Universe witnessed in awe the power of The Undertaker.

21.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Randy Savage (Feb & Mar 1988)

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    This cover featured one of the greatest performers of all time: Randy “Macho Man” Savage. 

    With his trademark sunglasses and bandanna, Savage proudly holds the WWE Intercontinental Championship.  “Macho Madness” was indeed depicted here, and will always live in wrestling fans hearts.

20.) PWI, Feat. Randy Savage & Ric Flair (January 1993)

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    This cover showcased one of the most heated feuds in WWE History: Randy Savage and Ric Flair. 

    Savage is shown unconscious, and Flair as “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” has a smirk that only he could pull off.  This rivalry would be remembered as one of the greatest in WWE history.

19.) WWE RAW Magazine, Feat. Vince McMahon & Steve Austin (Holiday 2002)

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    This cover was number two of four special commemorative covers celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WWE RAW. 

    It showcased the epic rivalry between Employee and Boss, Vince McMahon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.  A heated rivalry that fans will always remember from the “Attitude Era” of the WWE.

18.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Davey Boy Smith & Matilda (August 1991)

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    This cover was simple but it made a statement about “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith.  That statement was: “Power”. 

    Smith became a superstar in WWE, battling top talent such as: Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.  With his faithful companion Matilda by his side, Davey Boy was a force to be reckoned with in the WWE.

17.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Ted Dibiase & Virgil (January 1988)

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    This cover featured “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase and his “Bodyguard” Virgil. 

    Dibiase was one of the WWE’s greatest heels of all time.  He proved that “Every-body's Got a Price” when he enlisted the services of Virgil to do various demeaning tasks that DiBiase requested.  Ted DiBiase was truly the blueprint of what a pro wrestling heel should be.        

16.) WCW Magazine, Feat. Sting (January 1992)

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    This cover captured the popularity of Sting perfectly.  He was the WCW United States Champion at the time, and a fan favourite. 

    Sting didn’t stop at the US Title, he went on to become a multiple time WCW World Champion.  Sting truly was WCW, no question.

15.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Undertaker (May 1991)

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    This cover depicted the ominous figure that is The Undertaker.  In his early career, Taker hardly spoke but his actions in the ring spoke louder than any words he could muster. 

    With his classic dark clothing and trademark hat, The Undertaker was and still is one of the most feared men in the WWE.

14.) WWE RAW Magazine, Feat. The Rock & Triple H (Holiday 2002)

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    This cover was number four of four special commemorative covers celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WWE RAW. 

    It featured a classic rivalry between The Rock and Triple H, two of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time.  These two have had some epic battles, and have always been fan favourites.

13.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Hulk Hogan (September 1990)

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    This cover emulated the power of “Hulkamania”.  Hulk Hogan was running wild in the WWE, and was the top babyface in the company. 

    With his 24 inch “Pythons” and the backing of his little “Hulksters”, Hulk Hogan was an unstoppable force in the WWE.

12.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Rockers (March 1991)

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    This cover featured one of the greatest, and most underrated tag teams in the WWE—the Rockers. 

    They had it all: style, skill and speed.  Their opponents unfortunately felt that speed when they squared off against Shawn Michaels and Marty Janetty.  The Rockers were truly a staple in the WWE Tag Team Division in the 1980s and '90s, and were one of the greats.

11.) WWE RAW Magazine, Feat. Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels (Holiday 2002)

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    This cover was number one of four special commemorative covers, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WWE RAW. 

    It showcased the most heated, and controversial rivalry in the WWE, Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Shawn Michaels.  Their hatred for each other is truly captured for the ages, and their rivalry will always be remembered by fans as one that transcended kayfabe.

10.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Bret Hart (August 1988)

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    This cover showed a rising star in the WWE and that star was Bret “The Hitman” Hart. 

    He achieved success as a tag team competitor as one half of The Hart Foundation, winning multiple WWE Tag Team Championships.  The arrogance of “The Hitman” rings loud and clear in this iconic cover.  Bret Hart truly was “The Excellence of Execution”.

9.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Ultimate Warrior (June 1990)

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    This cover truly captured The Ultimate Warrior’s climatic victory over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI. 

    Warrior defeated Hogan to capture his very first WWE Championship and the celebration was one to remember.  He stood in the middle of the ring, with the WWE Championship and the Intercontinental Championship in each hand, a truly memorable moment in WWE History.

8.) WWE Magazine, Feat. The Rock (July 1999)

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    This cover invited the reader to come to one destination—to the corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive, the address of The Smackdown Hotel. 

    The Rock was a rising star in the WWE, and was revolutionary on the microphone.  The Rock was destined for greatness, and this great cover had shown the reader what The Rock was all about.

7.) WWE RAW Magazine, Feat. Mankind & the Undertaker (Holiday 2002)

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    This cover was number three of four special commemorative covers celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WWE RAW. 

     It showed the reader the dark and demented rivalry of Mankind and The Undertaker.  They have battled through hell and back, and have had the greatest matches in WWE History.  Mankind truly tested The Undertaker, and showed him a new side of evil.

6.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin & Mike Tyson (April 1998)

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    This cover showcased the showdown of two of pro wrestling’s most controversial superstars—Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. 

    Their destination was WrestleMania XIV, for the WWE Championship.  Throw “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Mike Tyson into the mix and it made for a very volatile and dangerous triangle.  This match went down as one of the greatest in WrestleMania history.

5.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant (April & May 1987)

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    This cover brought the reader into one of the greatest showdowns in WrestleMania History. 

    The stage was WrestleMania III, and for over 93,000 fans Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant went face to face, once friends, now enemies.  They wrestled in a modern day David vs. Goliath, with Hogan emerging the victor and retaining the WWE Championship.  This cover truly captured this epic confrontation.

4.) WWE Magazine, Feat. Shawn Michaels (December 1992)

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    This cover showcased an arrogant upstart that was destined to become a legend in the WWE—that upstart was Shawn Michaels.  

    Michaels gained a reputation as being the “Bad Boy” of the WWE.  With his cocky demeanour and rugged good looks, he became an instant favourite with the female fans.  Shawn Michaels was on his way to greatness in the WWE.

3.) PWI, Feat. Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage (August 1988)

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    This cover featured one of the most dominant tag teams in the WWE. The Megapowers: Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. 

    They were more than tag team partners; they were the best of friends.  A friendship that knew no bounds and this cover captured it perfectly.  Savage and Hogan were an unstoppable force in the WWE.

2.) WWE RAW Magazine, Feat. Degeneration X (February 1998)

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    This cover was a true testament to the recklessness of Degeneration X—Shawn Michaels, Chyna and Triple H. 

    DX was the most controversial stable the WWE had ever seen, and was running rough shot over the WWE roster.  Michaels was determined to hold on to the WWE Championship at whatever the cost, and no one would ever take it from him.  DX was indeed the foundation of the “Attitude Era” of the WWE.

    And now, the No. 1 Greatest Pro Wrestling Magazine Cover of all time…

1.) PWI, Feat. Ric Flair (April 1984)

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    This cover showcased “The Dirtiest Player in the Game”, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, holding the famed “10 lbs of Gold” the NWA World Heavyweight Title. 

    Flair literally had it all: looks, money, style and the world championship to go with those attributes.  He defeated seven time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race to capture the gold.  Ric Flair made the NWA the phenomenon that is was, and no one can argue that.