Wade Keller (born May 22, 1971) is an American professional wrestling columnist. He runs the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter, which is regarded as one of the most influential newsletters covering the professional wrestling industry.
Pro Wrestling Torch
Keller founded Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter (a/k/a PWTorch, or simply "The Torch") in October 1987, when he was a junior in high school. The newsletter is published weekly from his Minnesota home, with the content also published to an accompanying website which was launched in 1999. Keller's work includes weekly columns, news reporting and analysis, as well as interviews in both print and audio format. He works closely with wrestlers, promoters, and wrestling fans to gather the information for his features. The PWTorch Livecast is broadcast via BlogTalkRadio.
One of Keller's yearly features is the "Torch Talk", in which he conducts interviews with wrestlers. Keller is also the host of Pro Wrestling's Ultimate Insiders, a series of interviews with prominent wrestling personalities that are released on DVD. The first edition featured Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, former writers for the WWE and WCW, while the second edition was conducted with Matt and Jeff Hardy. Another was conducted with ECW and XPW wrestler New Jack.
Wade Keller also created and currently oversees MMA Torch, a website devoted to the world of Mixed Martial Arts. It website has been around since the early 2000s and was one of the very first sites to ever devote coverage to the world of Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed Dana White, original UFC matchmaker Art Davie, and UFC announcer Mike Goldberg. Before the MMA Torch website was launched, Keller's MMA coverage was included in the pages of the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter, including coverage of the very first UFC pay-per-view. The site provides news, interviews, analysis, and opinions as well as a message board feature. MMATorch also offers a VIP version that is ad-free and features by Jamie Penick, the main editor of the site, along with exclusive articles.
Awards and accomplishments
- "HOF news: PWTorch editor Wade Keller to receive Jim Melby award at National Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend". Pro Wrestling Torch. 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.