Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Pro Wrestling Illustrated April 2020

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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top 10 stories of 2019: wwe's busniness highs and lows

THE OCTOBER 4 broadcast of Friday Night Smackdown on Fox was the high point of WWE’s calendar in 2019, and perhaps the crowning achievement of Vince McMahon’s nearly five-decade career. Even so, most executives with-in Titan Tower knew the real challenge would begin on October 11, the date of Smackdown’s second episode on Fox, when the euphoria began to fade and news of the WWE-Fox deal couldn’t deflect WWE’s other challenges. Yet there really was reason to celebrate. The October 4 Smackdown attracted 3.87 million viewers, placing the show behind CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I. in total viewers, but winning the night among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic. Did 3.87 million viewers represent the ceiling in potential viewers? Or had the new exposure helped Smackdown gain new viewers? It seemed…

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top 10 stories of 2019: the final bell tolls for several historic figures

WE BID FAREWELL to many pioneers and history-makers each year, and, considering the immense contributions of those who died in 2019, it’s no surprise their collective passing from the scene was a major story in itself. Let’s take a look at some of the greats who became immortals: “Mean” Gene Okerlund, the iconic interviewer of the WWF and later WCW, died on January 2 in Sarasota, Florida. The 76-year-old had undergone three kidney transplants in recent years before suffering a fall that led to his death. The former radio DJ and program director served as an announcer in the AWA during the 1970s and early-’80s before defecting to the WWF and becoming a standout personality of the Rock ’n’ Wrestling era. His rapport with Hulk Hogan was compared to that of…

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top 10 stories of 2019: the wednesday night war

NEARLY TWO DECADES since Raw battled Nitro over cable ratings supremacy, wrestling fans once again found themselves flipping back and forth between channels as AEW’s new Dynamite program went head-to-head with WWE’s NXT program on Wednesday nights. After months of speculation about a TV deal for AEW, in May, WarnerMedia announced the plan to air the upstart wrestling promotion’s new series, Dynamite, Wednesday nights on TNT. The partnership marked the return of pro wrestling to the cable empire created by Ted Turner. Not to be outdone, weeks later WWE announced that it was moving its popular NXT series from its longtime home on the WWE Network to the USA Network and expanding it to two hours. The series would air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.—head-to-head against AEW. Despite Vince McMahon’s well-established reputation for…

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top 10 stories of 2019: all-female main event, kofi-mania headline wrestlemania 35

BREAKING BARRIERS. THAT was the theme of WrestleMania 35, held on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Becky Lynch defeated Raw Women’s champion Ronda Rousey and Smackdown Women’s champion Charlotte Flair in the first all-female main event in WrestleMania history. Besides unifying the two women’s championships, Lynch handed Rousey her first loss during her yearlong tenure in WWE. Lynch maneuvered Rousey’s attempted Piper’s Pit into a crucifix and a disputed pinfall (Rousey appeared to have lifted her shoulder by the count of three, outside of the referee’s line of vision) at 21:30. And Lynch gained another victory in her storied rivalry with Flair. After Flair and Sasha Banks headlined Hell in a Cell in 2016 and the all-female Evolution payper-view took place in 2018, a women’s main-event at…

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top 10 stories of 2019: rollins and lynch soar to dominance, fall for each other

SETH ROLLINS AND Becky Lynch rose to the top of WWE in 2019, both as the dominant male and female performers in the company, and as its ultimate power couple. In May, the pair dubbed “Secky,” went public about their romance with a photo shared on social media of a backstage kiss. Three months later, the couple broke more news on Instagram when Lynch revealed she and Rollins were engaged. The romance only added pressure to two of wrestling’s most closely watched stars of 2019. Riding a wave of popularity that began in 2019, Lynch kicked off the year by winning the second women’s Royal Rumble match to earn a shot at Ronda Rousey’s Raw Women’s title at WrestleMania. Later, Smackdown champion Charlotte Flair put her title on the line in what would…

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top 10 stories of 2019: roman reigns' inspirational return

HE HAD WON world titles, WrestleMania main events, and a Royal Rumble, but in 2019 Roman Reigns proclaimed his most important victory of all—that against cancer. Just five months after he shocked the wrestling world by announcing that he was taking time away from the ring to treat his returning leukemia, Reigns returned to Monday Night Raw on February 25 to proclaim that his cancer was in remission. “So with that being said, the ‘Big Dog’ is back,” Reigns told the crowd of jubilant fans, who embraced the returning star with chants of “Welcome back!” Reigns later revealed his type of cancer as “chronic myeloid leukemia,” and that he treated it with an oral form of chemotherapy. Blessed with a clean bill of health, Roman said, going forward he would use his celebrity…