PWI Weekly for August 5, 2021

November 2021 PWI (and Enjoy Your Usual Great Weekly Content from PWI)

Welcome to the Latest PWI Weekly!

It’s New PWI Day! And that means a shorter introduction from me. As usual, we’ve got the sections you’ve come to love in the digital edition of PWI Weekly, including your Wrestler of the Week, exclusive web-only content on our YouTube channel, and, of course, the latest headlines.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that you can also grab your copy of the November issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, featuring our much-hyped Annual Readers’ Poll.

To preorder your print magazine—or read the digital edition instantly—simply keep on scrolling …  —KM

Wrestler Of The Week

As of last weekend, one of the most influential tournaments in Japanese women’s wrestling is underway. And, on night one of Stardom’s 5STAR Grand Prix, there were multiple opening round upsets in both blocks of the tourney. Perhaps the most astonishing of these was in the main event, which saw Maika—primarily a tag team competitor—score a victory over dominant World of Stardom champion Utami Hayashishita. Since the Grand Prix is a round-robin style tournament, a la NJPW’s G1 Climax, this opening round victory is just that—a single win. But it does bode well for Maika, who surely got a boost of confidence from having her hand raised.

This Week In Headlines

From The Vault

Though the release of a new issue is typically a happy occasion for us, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the sad passing of “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. In recent years, Eaton dealt with multiple medical issues, but he retained a positive attitude and the good nature he was known for away from his legendary rulebreaking work in the ring. He was, of course, a highly decorated champion, both as a singles wrestler and as a member of the Midnight Express (the photo above was taken from their clash with The Fantastics at Great American ’88). Our hearts go out to Bobby’s many fans, friends, and loved ones. One of the absolute greats, he will be dearly missed.

EXCLUSIVE: An American Wrestler In Europe!

On behalf of PWI and Bell To Belles, Mr. Warren Hayes recently spoke to Hyan, a highly regarded American independent wrestler who has done something none of her peers have done since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—traveled to the U.K. to compete in the ring. In this exclusive interview, "The Renaissance Woman" discusses her experiences in jolly old England so far, including her mandatory quarantine period, in-ring battles with Zoe Lucas and Gisele Shaw, and what she has planned for the rest of her European tour.


NEW! Order The November 2021 Issue Of PWI

We’re excited to unveil the latest edition of the sport’s #1 magazine, which is jam-packed with coverage of the world’s hottest wrestlers and promotions. The November 2021 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated includes:

  • The 2021 PWI Readers’ Poll—you and your fellow readers' weigh in on the state of the wrestling industry and single out the best competitors of the moment.

  • Spotlight On Japan: Feature stories, columns, and photos spotlighting talent from New Japan, All Japan, Stardom, and more!

  • Feature stories/interviews with Powerhouse Hobbs, Brian Johnson, and more.

  • A rare, in-depth interview with the industry’s most influential journalist (and creator of the Wrestling Observer) Dave Meltzer.

This latest edition of The World’s #1 Wrestling Magazine is available now for print preorder or immediate digital download.


Episode 179: The PWI Podcast

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon start off by offering an insider’s preview of the new issue of the magazine. Then, they review the latest news and rumors in professional wrestling, including the release of Bray Wyatt, what CM Punk and Daniel Bryan might have to offer AEW, and where WWE might source its talent apart from its own developmental system. Plus, our newest Contributing Writer, Candace Cordelia, interviews NXT star Franky Monet (fka Taya Valkyrie).


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