Welcome to the Latest PWI Weekly
It has been a busy few months for Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Just as soon as we finished production on our year-end issue—on newsstands now—it was time to get cracking on our digital special, Inside NJPW. And, before we had even wrapped up that issue, pre-production on our May issue was already well underway. That issue, “Supercards 2021,” will be available for print preorder next week (digital purchase February 25), and I’m excited to see what everyone thinks of it.
If any of the above sounds like complaining on my end, let me dispel that notion real quick—working full time on PWI is an absolute dream. Though it isn’t always easy to meet deadlines, I wouldn’t trade this job for the world.
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Wrestler Of The Week
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Transitions from NXT to Raw or Smackdown aren’t always the stuff of fairytales. But, for Damian Priest, things seem promising so far. Since being called up to the red brand, the former North American champ has been featured prominently on weekly TV. Of course, his association with popular recording artist Bad Bunny has only helped add a “cool factor” to his already-impressive presentation. Priest has all the size, strength, and agility WWE brass could want, and his singles victory over Miz this week will hopefully be the start of something big for the 6’5” grappler.
This Week In Headlines
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When Tony Deppen threw down a challenge last week for the world’s first-ever intergender 60-minute Iron Person match, Trish Adora was quick to raise her hand. Within hours, Beyond Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Illustrated came together to announce this indie dream bout—dubbed “The Iron Match— which will be streaming LIVE and FOR FREE on YouTube on Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14) at 2 p.m. EST.
Ahead of the match, we recently caught up with the participants to find out how they’re each planning to win this historic match-up. Check that out here.
And, if you haven’t already, subscribe to Beyond Wrestling’s YouTube channel, where all the action will be happening this Sunday.
From The Vault
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On July 26, 2008, Tyler Black puts the boots to Bryan Danielson before he can even remove his ring jacket.
This was the third ROH singles match between the two men, which would later air as part of the New Horizons iPPV. Though Danielson won the bout—as he had their two prior one-on-one meetings—Black emerged from the 24-minute, 30-second contest as a highly capable singles competitor. He’d go on to claim the Ring of Honor World title in 2010, before later becoming a multi-time world champion in WWE as Seth Rollins.
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