Like many guys born in my time, I came of age in the early 70s. It was a time
of change, wild freedoms and explorations. Into that amazing mixture came
Sports Review Wrestling magazine. Already established as a regular periodical
of professional wrestling, they tried an experiment and added occassional features
of beautiful women wrestling in apartment settings.
It was very successful for a number of reasons. First there were the women - some incredibly
beautiful and clad in either skimpy bikinis or lingerie. Then the stories themselves -
breathless, melodramatic accounts of impossible situations in cities many of us had only
dreamed of. And of course the language - it was the first time in my life I had heard
the word "lithe". How fun!
The series of stories went from occassional to monthly, even making appearances in
the magazine's yearly annuals. They spawned a four issue trial of mail-order-only
magazines called Battling Girls. These issues contained the nudity frequently mentioned,
but never seen, in the over-the-counter magazine. While the issues quickly sold out, they were not as
successful as the publishers had hoped.
In 1983, after a ten year run, Sports Review Wrestling magazine abandoned apartment house wrestling.
Those of us die-hard fans were disappointed beyond words. And for years, we
have searched high and low for more from this wonderful genre.