About the author

John Lister has been writing for wrestling publications since 1990, but is best known for his time at commercial magazine PowerSlam.

Among the titles he has written for are Spiked Piledriver, Hulk Who? Wrestling Insight, Suckerpunch, Wrestling Wrap-Up, Moonsault Xtra, Wrestling's Last Hope and Pro Wrestling Press.

He has made several trips to the United States to watch wrestling, attending shows in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Washington State.

He is a qualified journalist with a BA in Print Journalism, with bylined pieces in The Mirror, and wrote the three front-page splashes that won the Guardian/NUS Best Newspaper title at the 1998 Student Media Awards.

From 1998-2005 he was press officer and spokesman for Plain English Campaign, an independent pressure group fighting for clearer public information. This work included appearances on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News, more than 500 local, national and international radio interviews, and countless press articles including front page pieces in The Times and The Independent.