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The return of opinions: Mat Matters and Guest Columns
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling


Maybe it's all the talk of politics around the water cooler these days, or it is just a desire to write with a little more of an acerbic tone. But SLAM! Wrestling today welcomes Guest Columns from our readers once again, and will bring back the Mat Matters Editorials as well.

For those unfamiliar with the two sections, they both ran for many years on SLAM! Wrestling.

The Guest Columns were often funny, revealing or thought-provoking. And, given the high standards of the site, they were also well-written, using proper grammar and everything (something, alas, that cannot be said about columns around the internet).

The Mat Matters editorials probably got the website into more trouble than anything else. With the deft pens of John F. Molinaro or John Powell often taking the World Wrestling Federation to task for their questionable policies and bookings, it was, for a while, a must read. Other staffers, like Bob Kapur or Nick Tylwalk chipped in as well.

In hindsight, "trouble" maybe isn't the right word. Into controversy, perhaps, or into hot water. But the written word can still ruffle feathers.

We'll have a new Mat Matters column shortly, but in the meantime, we're opening the floodgates to guest columns.

Here is the criteria:

  1. The column must be original to SLAM! Wrestling, having not run anywhere else.
  2. We reserve the right to edit for spelling, grammar and content.
  3. Entries should be no more than 1,500 words. But a good writer should be able to make a point within 500-750 words.
  4. Submissions must be accompanied by a real name, and city.
  5. Entrants must agree to having an email address of their choosing run with the column.
  6. Submission of column does not guarantee in any way that it will run on the SLAM! Wrestling website. The editors reserve the right to run only columns deemed of sufficient quality.
  7. Submissions must be made to SLAM! Wrestling Producer Greg Oliver at goliver845@gmail.com.

So get writing!