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Pro Wrestling Illustrated October 2017

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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from the desk of...

FOR NEARLY 40 years I’ve kept a secret that practically everyone already knows. So I guess it’s not really a secret, just something I wouldn’t allow myself to talk about. It’s very similar to when Vince McMahon finally weighed the pluses and minuses and decided it was time to admit that what his company presented was not actually sport, but rather sports entertainment. The men and women in the ring were extremely athletic, but what they were doing was not competition in the most literal sense.That admission angered a lot of fans, most of whom already knew the secret but resented the notion that it was being spoken by the most important man in the industry.McMahon had a financial reason to go public with the truth. The only way he…

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before the bell

(PHOTO BY ERICA PARISE/NETFLIX)TAP HERE FOR VIDEOGLOWAs a pubescent heterosexual pro wrestling fan, the original Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling was one of my guilty pleasures. It was a mixture of 1980s pro wrestling camp combined with Benny Hillstyle comedic burlesque. It was pretty much everything a 13-year-old boy could want in a television show.When word came out that Netflix was producing a comedy series based on GLOW, I had my reservations. GLOW was a fad of the mid-to-late 1980s. When it debuted, Married With Children and The Simpsons were pushing TV boundaries. Today, in this era of The Bachelor, Game Of Thrones, and the Internet in general, the risqué charm of GLOW seems quaint and dated. I had my doubts that Netflix could revisit GLOW without mucking everything up.I’m happy…

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ringside

After 17 years in the sport, Samoa Joe has finally forced his way to main-event status in the world’s largest promotion. He says he will not allow men like Roman Reigns to stand in his path to the top of WWE. (PHOTO BY STU SAKS)TAP HERE FOR VIDEOSAMOA JOE DOMINATES wherever he goes, and that has proven correct even in WWE, where he hasn’t been sucked into the corporate machine but rather has forced the powersthat- be to accept his physique, his ring style, and his uncompromising attitude. Samoa Joe debuted on Raw back in January, seemingly as Triple-H’s mercenary, but he has used that as a springboard to become a genuine main-event talent in WWE.With Joe scoring big wins over Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn, it was almost considered…

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quick count

ONE OF MY wrestling magazine writer mentors, Matt Brock, taught me long ago the value of a quality adult beverage in getting through this business. And clearly, some members of WWE’s creative team feel the same way. If the Fashion Files, the “Drama King” Aiden English, and babyface Charlotte don’t reek of alcohol-impaired judgment, I don’t know what does.Let’s raise a glass to this booze-inspired edition of “Quick Count.” And forgive me if it makes less sense than usual.MANHATTANIt’s known as the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” But, when it comes to hosting big-time WWE events in recent years, Madison Square Garden has been one of the world’s most neglected arenas.It’s been six years since the Garden has hosted a WWE payper- view event, and even longer since a Monday Night…

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the straight shooter

Billy Corgan purchased the venerable National Wrestling Alliance from R. Bruce Tharpe in May. Here, Corgan attends the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in 2011. The smiling face over his left shoulder is that of Dan Murphy, who gives the Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman a fighting chance to succeed. (PHOTO BY GEORGE NAPOLITANO)IF YOU HAD to put a dollar amount on it, what would you value the “NWA” brand in 2017?I’m not talking Straight Outta Compton, Easy E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. I’m talking “Straight Outta The Territorial Days,” The Empire, Americos, and Tim Storm, the National Wrestling Alliance.Billy Corgan seems to think the NWA still has plenty of value. And, I may be in the minority, but I’m inclined to agree with him.Once the premier name in the world of…

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win, lose, or draw

All things being equal, Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips would rather be “womanhandled” by Alicia Fox than have Vince McMahon screaming at them through their headsets. Harry Burkett blames the organization for many of the announcers’ shortcomings.MAURO RANALLO’S departure from Smackdown symbolized a larger trend in pro wrestling, and that is the deteriorating state of announcing. I’m talking about play-by-play, color commentary, the whole deal. Announcers should represent the values of the viewers, and convey the excitement, drama, and, yes, even the shortcomings of what is happening in the ring.Many of today’s announcers are well trained and smooth … but maybe too smooth.Ranallo was a throwback to when pro wrestling was portrayed as a sport, not a spectacle. He did actual play-by-play, describing every maneuver with the enthusi asm it…

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