Welcome to the Latest PWI Weekly
You may have noticed that this week’s newsletter is arriving a bit later than normal. That’s because we’re hard at work on the June issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. It’s going to be a very special issue, and I’m having a hard time keeping the details from you right now. One thing I will reveal is one of the feature stories. As he announced on Twitter yesterday, journalist/commentator Mark Pickering is hard at work on a profile of Keiji Muto (The Great Muta), including words from the icon himself.
Once again, there’s a lot to get to this week, so I’ll keep this brief. If you’ve got any feedback for me or the rest of the PWI staff, drop us a line. —Kevin McElvaney
Wrestler Of The Week
PHOTO BY LEE SOUTH/AEW
This isn’t his first flirtation with singles success, but, this time, we think Scorpio Sky might just be able to capitalize. His victory in the six-man Face of the Revolution Ladder Match last Sunday was quite impressive, as he had to surpass a slew of talent to grab the literal brass ring dangling above the canvas: Cody Rhodes, Pentagon Jr., Ethan Page, Lance Archer, and Max Caster. And sure, he may have lost his TNT title match against Darby Allin last night, but it was by no means a decisive win for Allin. Given that Sky attacked the champ post-match, we suspect their rivalry is only just beginning … and that bodes well for Sky, a former AEW World tag team champion.
This Week In Headlines
From The Vault
Following his pinfall victory over Luchasaurus in a six-man tag on last week’s episode of Dynamite, the legendary Tully Blanchard generated buzz by placing 10th on PWI’s weekly AEW rankings. Momentum may have played a large factor in our decision to rank Tully, but there’s no question that he still has a grasp on the fundamentals of the business, even in his late-60s. Today, we thought it would be appropriate to share this classic photo, taken during Blanchard’s bloody I Quit Cagematch against Magnum T.A. at Starrcade ’85. While he was roundly cheered last week, at his peak, Blanchard was one of the top antagonists in the game. Watch your backs around him, FTR!
NEW EPISODE: The PWI Podcast
This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the good, the bad, and the explosive of AEW's Revolution PPV. Al and Brian offer their thoughts on the show from top to bottom, from the opening World tag team title match to the anticlimactic ending to the main-event Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. Plus, they look into the history of over-the-top, ultraviolent matches and debate whether they have a place in today's wrestling landscape.
Get To Know Masha Slamovich
Last spring, when the world was shutting down, Masha Slamovich made a bold choice: to stay thousands of miles from home in Japan and bet on herself. In the May “Supercards” issue of PWI—in stores next Tuesday—Slamovich opens up to writer Lauren Founds about this bold risk, her time training at Japan’s Marvelous Dojo, and so much more.
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