Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Pro Wrestling Illustrated August 2020

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9 Issues

in this issue

13 min.
from the desk of …

I FEEL SORRY for my wife. Having me around the house for a few hours a day is, at best, tolerable. When I come home from work on Friday, June 5, I’ll be there for good. As I announced in a tweet series in March, I am retiring after almost 41 years with PWI and its affiliated magazines. “I’m not sure this retirement thing is going to work,” I’ve been told on more than one occasion by the woman who came to work for G.C. London Publishing Corp. as graphic artist Darlene Fallo in 1983 and left as Darlene Saks in 1985. She has her routine, and my being around is probably going to mess that up. “You’d better find something to do all day.” Before I consider how to save my…

10 min.
before the bell

Elevating the feats of mere mortals to legend, each generation passes on the stories of their greatest heroes to new generations. From the era of the ancient Olympics to modern sports leagues, history swells with tales of these superhuman athletes. And arguably no sportsman has benefited more from the traditions of folklore than Andre the Giant. In their new book, The Eighth Wonder Of The World, writers Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade undertake the decidedly daunting task of documenting the late wrestler’s storied life. The story of Andre Roussimoff, who would eventually assume the nom de guerre Andre the Giant, begins with a visit to Europe in the early 20th century, as the authors discuss the evolution of the Roussimoff family from before the Great War to the time of Andre’s…

10 min.

COVID-19, THE coronavirus that continues to rampage throughout the world, has infected the very bloodstream of our economy, our culture, and our sports, including professional wrestling. In the U.S., states and local municipalities have enforced social distancing guidelines that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people, which makes it impossible to have live audiences and even limits the work of television production crews. How long will this continue? In the best-case scenarios, Major League Baseball could start in early-June, and the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association could resume in July. The U.S. Tennis Association still plans to hold the U.S. Open from late-August through mid-September, although the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, was being converted into a temporary medical facility. U.S. President Donald…

5 min.
quick count

EVEN THOUGH IT ultimately didn’t take place at Raymond James Stadium—home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—the pirate theme WWE chose for WrestleMania 36 was especially fitting this year. After all, as WWE tried its best to put on the biggest show of the year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, what image could be more fitting than a ship stranded at sea? Ahoy! Enjoy this pirate-inspired edition of “Quick Count.” And, on behalf of the entire PWI family, we hope that all our readers arrr doing okay. ABANDON SHIP As the COVID-19 situation became more and more grave by the day, it became harder and harder for anyone to defend WWE’s decision to go on with WrestleMania 36 despite the potential health risks. Even as nearly every other form of professional sports and entertainment shut down…

5 min.
win, lose, or draw

NO ONE ALIVE today, particularly in North America and Europe, has experienced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic that changed our world this spring. As of this writing, we’re living in the age of social distancing and empty arenas. It seems that something wholly unexpected, something impossible to comprehend in advance, hits us with a body blow every generation or so, such as the Great Depression, World War II, the Kennedy assassination, the September 11 attacks, and now the coronavirus. Raw, NXT, Dynamite, and Smackdown airing live with no fans in attendance. WrestleMania 36 taking place at the WWE Performance Center. These were unthinkable scenarios less than five months ago. Professional wrestling has played a unique role in giving people a much-needed respite from the daily grind of horrible headlines. As every other…

18 min.
hotseat: nyla rose

IT’S A WRESTLING cliché that fans have heard countless times over the years, with varying levels of genuineness: “We’ve never seen anyone like [insert name here].” But, in the case of Nyla Rose, it’s especially true. As the first openly transgender performer to sign with a major wrestling company, Rose is breaking new barriers in the sport. In an era when women’s wrestling continues to be redefined, Rose, who began her in-ring career presenting as a man, has gone a step further by redefining what it means to be a woman wrestler. Rose achieved another historic milestone in February, when she defeated Riho to become the second AEW Women’s champion. But even if you didn’t know Rose’s backstory—and many fans don’t—it’s hard not to be impressed by the 37-year-old Washington, D.C., native. With…