Hardcore Wrestling was a 1980s ‘zine written by a bunch of punk rock/hardcore musicians who also happened to be hardcore wrestling fans. I’m not sure how many issues were produced, as I was given the premiere issue as a gift from a friend. This issue contains columns by Dave Hintz, Bob Mould, Richard Sheir, Greg Stout, Bill Stretch; scene reports, card results, wrestling history, explanations of wrestling holds and moves, wrestler profiles, etc. As someone who grew up as a very big wrestling fan (and later, a big punk/hardcore fan), this zine is about perfect.
Below are a couple of columns from the first issue, including one written by one of my favorite musicians ever, Bob Mould. Bob later went on to become a writer in 1999-2000 for World Championship Wrestling. Bob once said “..’the testosterone, the athleticism. . . .It really is like a good rock show, isn’t it?’ He’s right on, but I would also say that one of the things I like about both is the sheer theatricality. Both are forms of entertainment even in their most boiled down forms…I don’t need my wrestlers or musicians to wear goofy costumes or have any contrived gimmicks to entertain me. It’s the spectacle of the performance, which is too raw and real to be faked, even though it was practiced ad nauseum.
If you know anything more about Hardcore Wrestling, drop me a line. I’d be interested to know if more issues were published.