Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Pro Wrestling Illustrated August 2018

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6 Issues

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3 min.
from the desk of …

By Stu Saks MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, WWE should have given Bruno Sammartino an 11-bell salute during the April 23 edition of Monday Night Raw, five days after his passing at age 82. Ten was nice, but Bruno was simply greater than the rest, and 11 gongs would have matched the number of years he held the World championship. I hope that all the WWE Superstars who came out to listen to the chimes and bow their heads truly understood the measure of the man they were honoring. His records will stand forever. We ask in this issue’s “PWI Poll” if John Cena will ever break Ric Flair’s record 16 world titles. Bruno had only two, and that’s because he lost only two world title defenses during the course of his 11 years…

9 min.
before the bell

“DR. D” DAVID SCHULTZ: DON’T CALL ME FAKE It’s okay to feel sorry for self-professed wrestling aficionados who define the life of “Dr. D.” David Schultz by invoking a fleeting dust-up with an overzealous reporter that unfolded in a back hallway of Madison Square Garden more than three decades ago. There’s a lot more to the life and work of one of wrestling’s most colorful characters than a few unfortunate moments of videotape. Thankfully, Dr. D himself, assisted by co-author John Cosper, has finally stepped forward to set the record straight in his new autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake: The Real Story Of “Dr. D” David Schultz. Dr. D.’s story began in rural Tennessee, where he learned the trade from Herb Welch and shared locker rooms with legends like The Mongolian Stomper…

10 min.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO, arguably the sport’s most legendary figure, passed away on April 18 after a long illness. He was 82. Sammartino was best known as the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in the history of WWE, holding the World Wide Wrestling Federation title 11 years over two reigns in the 1960s and ’70s. He was a hero to the Italian-American community and commanded such respect that he meant as much to wrestling as Muhammad Ali meant to boxing, Babe Ruth meant to baseball, and Gordie Howe meant to hockey. “One of the finest men I knew, in life and in business,” WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon tweeted on the day of his death. “Bruno Sammartino proved that hard work can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. He will be missed.” Sammartino was…

5 min.
quick count

SINCE AS FAR back as there’s been touring professional wrestling promotions, there have been wrestlers looking to kill time between shows. In the past, this often meant knocking down some cocktails at the local bar. Nowadays, it often means knocking down some enemy combatants on a video game console. Yes, it’s a bit nerdy, but it’s also a lot less likely to get a wrestler arrested. Ready, Player One? Then download this video game themed edition of “Quick Count.” CALL OF DUTY At 53 years old, and with 30 years’ worth of miles on his 6’10” frame, it may be hard to comprehend why The Undertaker would keep returning to the ring at WrestleMania for “one more match.” Is it the money? The attention? Maybe it’s something far more selfless. For 27 years, watching…

5 min.
the straight shooter

THE CRITICS HAVE not been kind to the WrestleMania 34 clash between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, which had some fans on Reddit and social media calling it the worst Wrestle-Mania main event of all-time. I may be in the minority, but I don’t think it was a terrible match, and certainly not the worst WrestleMania main event ever. Still, it didn’t please the fans in attendance, who, throughout much of the match, chanted, “This is awful” and “CM Punk” and resorted to batting around beach balls to entertain themselves. Here was “The Beast Incarnate” Lesnar—a former UFC champion, a proven PPV draw, and one of the best “monster heels” in WWE history—against Reigns, a man WWE has spent four years pushing as its top babyface and the fans had virtually no…

5 min.
win, lose, or draw

HIGHER TEMPERATURES and tougher schedules cause tempers to flare and ambitions to burn during the summer season. June through September will be an intense stretch on the wrestling calendar. This has always been the case in pro wrestling, particularly down south. From Memphis and Knoxville to Pensacola and Mobile, the summer meant the grueling, grinding procession of local fairs and carnivals, the stifling humidity of outdoor events. Jim Crockett Promotions mastered the summertour concept with the Great American Bashes and Super Summer Sizzlers of the mid- to late-1980s. Up north, summertime meant the AWA could tour some northern Minnesota towns and run a few outdoor shows, and places like the Canadian Maritimes would thaw just enough for regulars such as Leo Burke, The Beast, and “Killer” Karl Krupp to return and…