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Pro Wrestling Illustrated February 2020

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Published every other month, the magazine’s mission is to bring our readers right to the ringside with brilliant, high-impact photography and to inform and entertain readers about the Pro Wrestling world. Get Pro Wrestling Illustrated digital magazine subscription today to get unbiased coverage of every major promotion and wrestling news.

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9 Issues

in this issue

48 min.
women's 100

ON APRIL 7, 2019, the biggest wrestling event of the year was headlined by three women: Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair. It was, in many ways, the culmination of the “women’s revolution” that unofficially began in July 2015 when Stephanie McMahon—acknowledging the “Give Divas A Chance” movement on social media—announced the start of a new era for women in WWE. The three-minute “bathroom break” matches were gone. The “bra and panties” catfights of the Attitude Era were made relics of a bygone era. WWE was getting behind women as bona fide attractions and giving them the opportunity to take center stage … and ultimately the main event of WrestleMania. But the so-called women’s revolution (or evolution, as it would become known) was really just WWE finally catching up with the…

10 min.
achievement 2019/best of the decade awards

WITH THE BIRTH OF AEW and WWE gearing up for all-out war, the wrestling world is exploding with excitement. What could take place over the weeks and months to come is something we as fans haven’t experienced in a generation. But make no mistake: Professional wrestling is not suddenly awakening from the dead. The past year—indeed, the past decade—has been as thrilling as any in the sport’s history. It’s time again for you to cast your ballots for the PWI Achievement Awards in our traditional 11 categories. This year, however, there’s a twist. We have also put in nominations for the wrestlers and matches we’d like you to consider for our Decade Awards (years 2010-2019). This is first time our readers will be choosing the Decade Award winners, so we need…

8 min.
the business page

What Smackdown’s numbers mean to Fox… WWE Friday Night Smackdown brought 3.87 million viewers to Fox on October 4, winning the night in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic and placing second in total viewers. The big question: Is that worth $1-billion to Rupert Murdoch and Fox Broadcasting? Based on those numbers, it probably is. It was nearly impossible for Smackdown to penetrate CBS’ monster Friday-night lineup, particularly when it featured season premieres for three longstanding, highly rated dramas. Smackdown didn’t have a chance of catching up to Hawaii Five-O, with 6.4 million viewers, or Magnum P.I., with 6 million viewers. Comparing October 4 to the season-opener rollout last year, however, the numbers indicated that Smackdown did make a dent in total viewers against all these programs. Smackdown had the opposite effect…

5 min.
independent roundup

FANS FEARED THE worst when East Coast Wrestling Association abruptly canceled future shows and announced an indefinite hiatus earlier this year. Thankfully, the historic promotion effectively rebooted with its 52ndanniversary show in New Castle, Delaware, on September 21. Three of ECWA’s top stars—Joey Ace, Kekoa, and Ty Awesome—topped the card in an elimination triple-threat contest for the company’s top title, affectionately known by fans as “Big Red” for its crimson leather strap. Former champion Awesome tapped out early in the bout, due in part to injuries sustained during an altercation with a mysterious masked man. Kekoa and Ace brawled inside and outside of the ring in an exhibition that combined technical skill with savagery. Each man narrowly escaped pinfalls as the action intensified, but it was Kekoa who finally went down…

5 min.
international report

JUSHIN LIGER WON’T head off into retirement without causing some mayhem. On September 22, in Kobe, Japan, Liger unleashed his demonic alter-ego, Kishin Liger, and tried to drive a six-inch spike through the skull of Minoru Suzuki. Liger, who started his pro career in 1984, had announced he would be wrestling his final match at Wrestle Kingdom 14 on January 4, 2020. Throughout the summer, he had been on a farewell tour of sorts, giving fans a last chance to see the Hall-of-Famer compete in tag team and mid-card bouts. However, at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Destruction in Kobe event, Liger seemingly snapped as Suzuki attempted to remove his famous mask during a eight-man tag bout. Liger hit Suzuki with a low blow, then unmasked, revealing an ivory-painted face with black…

25 min.
arena reports

We encourage promoters and readers to e-mail results to: PWIResults@yahoo.com Please try to utilize the exact format you see in the “Arena Reports.” Also, please distinguish between handicap matches and three- or four-way matches. And, when reporting the result of a handicap match, indicate the number of competitors and who was the last man eliminated. Finally, please note pinfall finishes. Following these guidelines will help us greatly and make it more likely that your report will be used. SPOTLIGHT CARD OF THE MONTH WASHINGTON, DC WASHINGTON, DC—AEW Dynamite at the Capital One Arena: Darby Allin pinned CIMA … Cody Rhodes pinned Sammy Guevara … MJF beat Brandon Cutler by submission … Riho pinned Nyla Rose to become the inaugural Women’s champion … Chris Jericho, Ortiz, & Santana defeated Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson…