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For the ardent pro wrestling fan looking for a trusted, independent source of in-depth, daily news and analysis.

 

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VIP-EXCLUSIVE
PODCASTS EVERY DAY
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WEEKLY PWTORCH
NEWSLETTER
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AD-FREE VERSION
OF PWTORCH WEBSITE
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30+ YEARS OF
ARCHIVES & COLLECTIONS
(Podcasts & Articles)

VIP-EXCLUSIVE

PODCAST LINE-UP

Whether you're primarily a follower of WWE or prefer AEW and New Japan or a mix of older wrestling and the indy scene, we have an array of podcasts to give you immersive coverage and diverse perspectives of every slice of the wrestling world. We have shows focused on just WWE, just AEW, just ROH, just Japan, just the UK scene, and just NXT, plus shows that cover a mix of all of the above and more along with nostalgia and documentary reviews. You can mix and match which shows you listen to based on your interests at any given time and explore our backlog of 18 years of podcasts to dive into specific topics, themes, and eras.

 

Even if you're not watching a lot of wrestling these days, but feel invested in keeping up on the industry throughour analysis and entertainining banter with a mix of personalities and perspectives, you'll find VIP membership valuable. While we're hardly only about podasts - with three decades of newsletters and over 20 years of backlogged web content - we'll tell you about our VIP Podcast benefits first.

VIP membership includes dozens of new podcasts every week that are only available to VIP members, either streaming on our VIP-exclusive ad-free, mobile-friendly website or via our RSS feed which is compatible with more apps than ever in 2021, including now Apple's native podcast app with a single click (and no need to enter username & password to activate). Details follow:

 

WADE KELLER HOSTS THESE VIP-EXCLUSIVE SERIES
  • Post-PPV Roundtables: Beginning in 2003, Wade has hosted with two other PWTorch contributors/columnists post-PPV podcasts with a roundtable format. They run usually an hour or so, and become available within 90 minutes after the PPV ends, featuring three perspectives on the entire event. Typically, Todd Martin and either Rich Fann or Zack Heydorn are part of the Roundtables.

  • The Fix with Todd Martin: Todd brings passion, intellect, curiosity, and strong points of view to every week's episode with a walk through the top happenings in WWE, AEW, NXT, New Japan, and more along with a weekly MMA segment. You need to listen to truly fully understand why this quickly becomes a podcast our VIP members say they schedule their podcast listening lives around. Oh, and VIP members say the humorous banter between Todd and Wade is a weekly VIP hightlight.

  • The Fix Mailbag: Each week VIP members send Todd & Wade questions on a wide range of topics from the WWF Attitude Era to MMA to current events in pro wrestling to his extensive knowledge of wrestling books and much more. It's a weekly graduate-level course on pro wrestling with Todd's strong knowledge mixed with unapologetic, well-backed points of view.

  • Everthing with Rich Fann (new in 2021): Every weekend, Wade and Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter columnist Rich Fann  discuss pro wrestling's top stories, controversies, matches, and angles. Rich also closely follows pro wrestling's social media and brings his perspective to real life hot-button social issues in pro wrestling including race and gender. The show is called Everything because of Rich's vast and eclectic range of interests and deep knowledge on those interests. His areas of expertise range from New Japan and All Japan to WWE/AEW/NXT to MLW/NWA/ROH and the indy scene. They also have a recurring "Off the Beaten Path" segment exploring a clip related to pro wrestling in some way (current or way in the past) that's quirky or notable that one or both have never seen before.

  • The Wade Keller Hotline: Every day for over 10 years, VIP members have been able to hit refresh every morning and find a new WKH with a mix of Keller's start-to-finish summaries & analysis of Raw, Smackdown, and Dynamite, the latest news and Wade's analysis of it, and Flashback Saturday Night episode with a collection of facsinating insider news updates and TV reviews from that week 10 and 15 years ago.

  • VIP Podcast Vault (new in 2021): Wade Keller selects key shows from the VIP vault when PWTorch first began recording podasts for subscribers before "podcast" was even a word. The current Vault shows draw from the first year of PWTorch podcasts back in 2003.

OTHER VIP-EXCLUSIVE PODCASTS
  • Everything Mailbag (new in 2021): Rich Fann & PWTorch assistant editor Zack Heydorn answer listener questions on, well, anything and everything. Their friendly banter and endless curiosity to explore pro wrestling's most facsinating topics and discuss multiple sides of controversies in a fair-minded way comes through in every episode.

  • Sean Radican "Worldwide" covering the latest news from around the globe with an array of cohosts with various specialties including Rich Fann Brian Leahy, Zack Heydorn, Dan Kuester, and others.

  • "NXT 8 Years Back" hosted by Kelly Wells & Tom Stoup (new in 2020): Reviewing NXT from the beginning of its current format starting with the June 2012 episodes, with a new episode on the annivesary date every weekend.

  • "On the Canvas" with Zack Heydorn: A detailed examination of a single match or segment along with PPV previews every Friday from PWTorch assistant editor Zack Heydorn.

  • Alan Counihan's weekly "Pro Wres Paradise" which cover the Japan, Europe, and Indy scenes - either the news of the week or major events or historical themes such as the Greatest Wrestler debate or wrestler-focused shows on pro wrestling's top legends.

  • Nick & Tom's Intercontinental Adventure (new in 2021): If you're looking for a WWE-focused show with sharp banter, strong points of view, and great historical references throughout, this weekly Saturday show is for you. Tom Colohue and Nick Barbati compare notes on the week in WWE TV and news, plus flash back to top happenings in WWE 20 years ago that week. This is a new favorite of VIP members in 2021, and if you're looking for a satisfying, smart "WWE fix" each week, you'll be looking forward to your Saturday afternoons with Nick & Tom.

  • WWE Then & Now (new in 2020): Frank Peteani and a mix of guest cohosts from the PWTorch contributor team review a WWE PPV from years ago through the lens of what we know now.

  • "The Podcast of Honor" with Ryan Sullivan & Tyler Sage (new in 2020): Analysis of the latest ROH news and big events, a review of the latest TV show, and exclusive interviews with ROH wrestlers, referees, announcers, and executives.

  • "The British Wrestling Report" with Will Cooling with the passionate, knowledgeable, and comprehensive look at the European wrestling scene anywhere.

  • "New Japan Pride Podcast with Javier Machado & Friends (new in 2020): Features a weekly conversation between two New Japan fanatics, looking at the latest news, biggest matches, upcoming line-ups, and history.

  • Retro Radio Shows: A new Wade Keller-hosted "Pro Wrestling Focus" Retro Radio Show or John Arezzi-hosted Pro Wrestling Spotlight radio show every Thursday from the 1990s. Hundreds available on-demand in our archives, a new episode posted on the VIP podcast feed every Thursday.

  • Special Torch Talk podcasts such as the comprehensive and newsbreaking Tony Khan and Jon Moxley interviews in 2019.

  • There are also VIP Aftershows following some Wade Keller Podcasts and PWTorch Livecasts.

Our VIP podcasts are compatible with popular podcast apps on iPhone and Android, and we have a step-by-step guide to get you authenticated with our VIP RSS feed. We offer custom feeds for each podcast, collections of podcasts, and by theme (such as current events and nostalgia). You can preview the main VIP RSS feed (https://www.pwtorch.com/site/feed/podcast/), but you won't be able to download or stream the podcasts without an activated VIP password. As a member, you can also stream our VIP podcasts right from our ad-free VIP website (mobile & desktop).

 

NEW PAYMENT METHOD OPTIONS

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  • Patreon

 

You can sign up directly with your credit card or debit card (new in August 2020) in addition to Pay Pal. You can also sign up and access VIP benefits via Patreon (new in August 2020) via three tier options: www.patreon.com/pwtorchvip

You'll never refresh our feed without something new featuring familiar and trusted hosts and cohosts covering a topic you love with that just right mix of enthusiasm, knowledge, and a dose of irreverence and humor too!

 
 

AD-FREE VERSIONS OF

WADE KELLER PODCASTS and

PWTORCH LIVECASTS

The seven weekly Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcasts & Post-Shows and seven weekly PWTorch Livecasts are offered without ads & plugs exclusively for VIP members on our VIP podcast feed and VIP website. On our VIP website and VIP podcast feeds, you can download VIP-exclusive versions of the Wade Keller Podcasts and Livecasts with ads & plugs edited off for a streamlined listening experience. 

 

PWTORCH NEWSLETTER COLLECTION

Every week a new edition of the Pro Wrestling Torch Weekly Newsletter is published which chronicles pro wrestling's top stories, major TV shows, and PPV events, plus includes newsletter-exclusive feature-length editorials by Greg Parks, Alan Counihan, and Zack Heydorn, Wade Keller's "Page 2 News," Keller's "End Notes" editorials and cover stories, Staff PPV Roundtable reviews and scores, and more. Not only do VIP members have access to PDF and All-Text versions of each week's new newsletter, but they have access to over 1,600 back issues dating back to the late 1980s in our massive VIP Archives. Get lost in our archives reading about your favorite wrestling events, backstage news, long-form interviews, PPV reports with Wade's star ratings, PPV Roundtable Reviews from the staff, and editorials and cover stories on pro wrestling's biggest stories for over three decades.

Interested in home delivery of the paper copy? We offer that too. Check out details & pricing HERE.

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WADE KELLER HAS REPORTED ON PRO WRESTLING FOR OVER 30 YEARS

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14 YEARS OF PRODUCING PODCASTS AND YEARS OF HOSTING RADIO DATING BACK TO 1990S

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OVER 1,600 WEEKLY PRO WRESTLING TORCH NEWSLETTERS IN OUR VIP ARCHIVES...AND COUNTING

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OVER 100 PODCASTS EVERY MONTH ARE ADDED ON THE VIP PODCAST FEED
 

ABOUT US

PWTorch editor Wade Keller began PWTorch as a weekly paper copy newsletter in 1987 when he was a junior in high school. He has brought together some of pro wrestling's most talented writers and podcast analysts over the last 30+ years.

In 2015, Wade was honored to be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Jim Melby Award for Excellence in Writing on Professional Wrestling. He hosted the Pro Wrestling Focus radio show in the early 1990s on KFAN. He hosted the "Ultimate Insiders" DVD series including on-camera interviews with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrera (in their first interview together since their time writing Raw during the boom period and WCW Nitro afterward) and Matt & Jeff Hardy (including Matt talking in-depth about the Edge-Lita-Matt triangle). He became a featured podcast host on the exclusive Podcast One network in 2017 while also appearing regularly as a guest analyst on the Steve Austin Show, The Jim Ross Report, The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Raven's podcast, Ring Rust Radio, and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Martin joined PWTorch in 2015 after many years with the Wrestling Observer and writing about MMA for the L.A. Times and Sherdog website. His weekly VIP-exclusive podcast, "The Fix," hosted by Wade Keller, quickly became a favorite of VIP members. Each week, Todd and Wade discuss the latest events in WWE, New Japan, ROH, UFC, and anything else in the world of pro wrestling and MMA that makes news. Todd provides in-depth reviews of new book releases. (Check out for free the big list of books he's reviewed and "tiers" they are ranked in HERE.). Another popular segment is the weekly Mailbag where Todd answers VIP member questions.

Greg Parks and Sean Radican are two of the longest-tenured staff members in PWTorch history. Greg hosts "Wrestling Night in America" on Sunday nights in the PWTorch Livecast line-up and his weekly full-page columns are an anchor of page 10 of the weekly Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter. Sean brings his knowledge of Japan, ROH, and the Indy scene to his special columns in the newsletter and his many podcasts throughout the month. Alan Counihan joined the team early in 2018 with his Euro-perspective and expertise on the entire Japan scene.

 

Zack Heydorn became a Pro Wrestling Torch columnist in June 2020 after contributing to PWTorch's website and podcasts since mid-2017. He was promoted to assistant editor at the start of 2021.

Rich Fann, after over fives years of podcasting for PWTorch, was promoted to a Pro Wrestling Torch columnist and VIP podcast host at the start of 2021.

We are also very proud of the PWTorch Livecast team, many of whom often appear in special VIP Roundtables and in the rotations of guest cohosts on the Wade Keller Podcasts, including Travis Bryant, Cameron Hawkins, Mike McMahon, Andrew Soucek, Robert Vallejos, Rick Monsey, Tom Stoup, Kelly Wells, Nate Lindberg, Nick Barbati, Mike Meyers, Frank Peteani, Brandon LeClair, Tyler Sage, Ryan Sullivan, Frank Peteani, Bruce Hazelwood, and more.

The Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter is widely cited as one of the premier sources of documenting wrestling history (including countless references in Wikipedia), plus Wade's "Torch Talk" series pioneered long-form insider Q&A style interviews with pro wrestling's top wrestlers and promoters who opened up about the inner-workings and controversies in the industry for the first time ever. Wade has interviewed some of pro wrestling's biggest historical figures in their longest insider interviews including Steve Austin, The Rock, Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff. Paul Heyman, Mick Foley, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Vince Russo, Jim Cornette, Bill Watts, Jim Crockett Jr., Verne Gagne, Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Jon Moxley, Tony Khan, and hundreds of others.

Pro Wrestling Torch's "brand" is recognized for its independence, not relying on or seeking out acceptance of the powerbrokers of the industry that they cover. Their coverage is unapologetically hard-hitting, but fair. The team never loses sight of their love for pro wrestling and what made them fans in the first place, but they never act as apologists who accept a lackluster product, compromised practices, or hypocrisy. Our members feel part of a special niche group of pro wrestling fans who have outgrown the "fanboy" or "corporate" coverage found elsewhere.

 
 

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COLLIN B., ATLANTA, GA.

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