Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Pro Wrestling Illustrated August 2019

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9 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
from the desk of…

SOMEONE IN A senior position at WWE asked me my opinion of WrestleMania. I told him it was too long. I’m not going to say the name of the person I was texting with, but I can tell you it wasn’t Vince McMahon. He’s the one who thought giving the fans a doubleheader for one admission price was a good thing. Everyone not named Vince McMahon knew otherwise. I like pizza, but eating a whole pie would leave me feeling rather bloated. And I probably couldn’t stomach three more slices the next night and the night after that. But was it useful to state the obvious to a person who legitimately cared about my opinion? There were more important takeaways from what happened on April 7 than just the fact that the…

10 min.
before the bell

WWE COMICS WWE wouldn’t be living up to its reputation as a global entertainment monolith if it didn’t try its darndest to expand into every possible medium and platform. And it has done just that over the course of recent decades, sometimes several times over with varying degrees of success. The world of comics is no exception, as the company made forays into that genre with the campy WWF Battlemania series of the early-1990s and the over-the-top Chaos line later the same decade. With the recent resurgence of comic-themed nostalgia, it should be no surprise that the E has opted to make a go of it all again, partnering with BOOM! Comics to launch the WWE series. Distinguishing the Boom! Studios effort from previous attempts at presenting wrestling storylines in the comic…

11 min.

BECKY LYNCH DEFEATED Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to become the WWE Raw and Smackdown Women’s champion in the first female main event in Wrestle-Mania history. Kofi Kingston shattered another barrier by defeating Daniel Bryan to become WWE champion. Seth Rollins dethroned “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar for the Universal championship in a match whose official time was only 2½ minutes. WrestleMania 35 was held on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in, as Michael Cole would say, “the shadows of New York City,” otherwise known as East Rutherford, New Jersey, in front of 82,265 spectators. There were many other highlights: Finn Balor regaining the Intercontinental title, Baron Corbin whipping Kurt Angle in only six minutes in the Olympian’s farewell match, Ric Flair gaining vengeance in the 25-minute grinder between Triple H and…

5 min.
quick count

NETFLIX’S RECENTLY released biopic The Dirt chronicled the career of one of rock’s most notorious bands, Mötley Crüe, and reminded me of how awesome they were. With scenes of alcohol-fueled excess, half-naked women, thrown furniture, and performers fighting audience members, I spontaneously broke into an “E-C-Dub!” chant midway through the movie. In honor of the heroes of hair metal, I bring you this Crüe-inspired edition of “Quick Count,” which takes a closer look at WrestleMania. Now, On With The Show. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS When I first heard, months ago, of WWE’s plan to put a women’s match in the main event slot at WrestleMania, I feared some fans would be upset with the decision. In retrospect, there would have been more reason to be upset if the women were kept out of the…

5 min.
the straight shooter

ALLOW ME TO PLAY DEVIL’S advocate: “Superstar” Billy Graham has a point. Graham reigned as WWWF champion from April 1977 through February 1978. His 296-day run was the longest heel reign in the history of that title. Graham was a tanned bodybuilder with an affinity for tie-dyed T-shirts, brightly colored tights, and bleached-blond hair. He created the mold that Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Scott Steiner, and many others would follow for the next decade. Graham was one of Vince McMahon’s favorite performers. He helped ignite McMahon’s passion for bodybuilding and became the template for what McMahon wanted in his top stars—physically massive, larger-than-life personalities, captivating on the microphone. Graham is the reason the company refers to its performers as “Superstars” rather than “wrestlers.” For the past three decades, Graham has had a contentious…

5 min.
win, lose, or draw

THE ROLLING STONES canceled their latest tour because 75-year-old Mick Jagger had to undergo undisclosed medical treatment. The Who performs at half-capacity after the 2002 death of John Entwistle (drummer Keith Moon passed away long ago in 1978). Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and Neil Young are still performing. Bob Dylan is singing Frank Sinatra songs. The last of the hard-driving, hard-living performers from the classic rock era of the 1960s and ’70s are barely hanging on, stumbling toward the sunset. What happens when they finally fade away? Steven Hyden, in Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock (2018/Dey St.), points out there is no new generation of rockers that can replace these legendary figures. We’ve already seen what has happened to long-departed icons who got their start…