PWI Weekly for February 12, 2024
Bomaye Is Forever, Stardom Shenanigans, IRS & Tax Season, Remember Him?
IS IT REALLY Valentine’s Week already? We haven’t even begun our annual tradition of revisiting our favorite matches from Johnny Valentine, nor those of his son Greg “The Hammer.”
To be fair, we have been eating lots of chocolates from a big, heart-shaped box. But that’s something we’re prone to doing all year ’round.
Rather than continue our semi-monthly tradition of feigning surprise at how quickly the time passes by, let’s jump right into the Weekly, shall we?
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
While we at PWI are all big fans of the new MLW World heavyweight champion, Satoshi Kojima, we thought we would give our Wrestler of the Week nod here to the man whom he defeated for the belt, Alex Kane.
Kane’s 210-day reign as MLW’s top dog goes down as one of the most impressive championship runs in company history. With successful defenses over Matt Cardona, Jacob Fatu, and Tom Lawlor (to name a few), between the ropes Kane dominated the canvas in ways seldom seen in wrestling these days. His real mark as champion, however, may have been most profoundly felt in the support he garnered—and not just from the Bomaye Fight Club members who accompanied Kane to ringside. The groundswell of fan adulation for the Georgia native was as organic as any in wrestling. And, with Alex Kane as their champion, legions of wrestling fans felt represented.
The inaugural reign of “The Suplex Assassin” as MLW champion may be over … but its legacy will resonate for months and years ahead.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT …
It’s been a wild news cycle for Rossy Ogawa, the cofounder and now-former “Executive Producer” of World Wonder Ring Stardom. As someone who previously shaped the joshi landscape in his behind-the-scenes roles for All Japan Women and ARSION, Ogawa’s booking played a key role in propelling Stardom into the proverbial stratosphere in recent years. And yet, rumors persisted of ongoing friction between him and Stardom’s parent company, Bushiroad.
The organization, which also owns New Japan Pro-Wrestling, announced last week that it terminated the contract of Ogawa, alleging he was attempting to poach talent (allegations Ogawa denies). AEW CEO Tony Khan sarcastically tweeted at the newly unemployed booker, seemingly implying that Ogawa was an “agent” for WWE.
Now, with Rossy Ogawa’s stated intention to launch another new promotion, joshi fans are eager to see who might make the jump with him. Giulia is reportedly among the talent looking to join the Stardom founder in his latest venture, while her rival, former World of Stardom champ Tam Nakano, has declared her intention to stay put.
Although the April 15 deadline is still some time away, “Tax Season” is well and truly underway. So, if you’re a U.S. citizen and haven’t begun thinking about filing your return yet, then maybe now is the time to start. Far be it from us at PWI to give you financial advice (although Matt Brock still thinks he knows a sure thing at the horse track). But fear not! In this Coliseum Home Video exclusive, Irwin R. Schyster provides viewers with some helpful tips to improve their tax situations.
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Who’s that dapper young man posing, all smiles, in this “From The Vault” photo? Why, it’s none other than Hugo Savinovich! At the time, the future WWF and Lucha Libre AAA commentator was primarily focused on managing monster wrestlers. Later that year, however, he would venture to All Japan, where he would engage in some memorable ring wars.