PWI Weekly for February 25, 2021
Remembering Jocephus, Supercards, The Miz, Lucha Underground, and the Resurrected TNA Championship
Welcome to the Latest PWI Weekly
Quite a bit has happened since last week’s update:
The Miz is your new WWE champion.
WWE announced some massive signings, including Taya Valkyrie.
Paul Wight (The Big Show) is now All Elite.
AEW will debut a second Dark series, dubbed Dark: Elevation, on YouTube starting Monday, March 15.
And, yes, we’ve got a new issue of PWI available for preorder/digital purchase.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the sad passing of beloved NWA star Jocephus, also known as The Question Mark. The popular wrestler passed away suddenly due to an unknown/undiagnosed medical issue. Our hearts are with all of Jocephus’ family, friends, colleagues, and fans during this difficult time.
Take care, all. —Kevin McElvaney
Wrestler Of The Week
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Who else could it be? The Miz has secured our Wrestler of the Week honor for WWE yet again this week after his shocking win over Drew McIntyre at last Sunday’s Elimination Chamber event. Sure, he had quite an assist from Bobby Lashley. But a win is a win, and, lest we forget, it was these kinds of underhanded tactics that led Miz to top our “500” list a decade ago. Congrats, Miz, on once again becoming WWE World heavyweight champion!
This Week In Headlines
From The Vault
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Here’s a throwback photo from the famous Lucha Underground Temple. In this shot, Pentagon Jr. executes an impressive surfboard hold on Prince Puma (Ricochet). Lucha Underground was arguably well ahead of its time, showcasing cinematic vignettes and dark, edgy storylines alongside some of the brightest upcoming athletes in the industry (many of whom now thrive in WWE, AEW, and elsewhere). If, like us, you’ve been jonesing to watch some LU, you can find it streaming for free on Tubi.
A Quick Word About …
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While the TNA World Championship has had a somewhat checkered history, there is no denying that the title has been held by some of the true greats of professional wrestling. Perhaps it was the desire of Moose to add his name to that list of greats that inspired him to resurrect the title last year. This despite the fact that it actually wasn’t recognized as an official championship in Impact since 2017. What at first may have seemed like a laughable attempt at self-aggrandizement became an important motivational tool for Moose, who propelled himself into the “real” Impact World title picture and forced the promotion to recognize his efforts by once again listing the TNA title as an official championship. This raises the age-old question: Is it a title that makes the person, or the person that makes a title?
Preorder Supercards 2021!
2002 marked the last time PWI released a Supercards issue … until now. With so many big events being held worldwide, now felt like the perfect time to resurrect this concept, which has long been a favorite of our readers. The Supercards section is the centerpiece of our May issue, featuring full coverage of events from WWE, AEW, New Japan, Impact, AAA, and more. We’ve also got an exclusive Hotseat interview with “WWE Official” (and former NWA champion) Adam Pearce. Speaking of the NWA title, we’ve got some big updates concerning Official PWI World Title Recognition in the issue, as well. This collector’s edition of PWI is not one you’ll want to miss!
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