PWI Weekly for May 13, 2021
Interpromotional Activities, Miro, Jordynne Grace, The PWI Poll, and More
Welcome to the Latest PWI Weekly
Last week’s season finale of MLW Fusion ended with a shocking reveal—that Lucha Underground boss Dario Cueto was the mysterious “El Jefe” pulling the strings behind Azteca Underground.
As I write this on Wednesday afternoon, I find myself daydreaming about the scheduled IWGP U.S. title bout between Jon Moxley and Yuji Nagata on Dynamite.
Of course, two of Impact Wrestling’s top titles are currently held by outside talent, with Kenny Omega wearing the Impact World title and NJPW’s FinJuice reigning as World tag team champions.
Yep, it feels like truly anything can happen in 2021. Rumors of a WWE and MLW relationship? Sounds plausible. If you told me that AAA was bringing in an outsider faction from Wrestling Society X (RIP 2007), I’d probably believe that, too.
It might be fun to cover some of these unlikely, yet intriguing scenarios in our magazine. But, by the time those articles come out, they might be outdone by something even wackier. So, let me ask you: Which interpromotional crossovers would you most like to see? Let me know. —Kevin McElvaney
Wrestler Of The Week
While Miro had previously enjoyed multiple reigns as United States champion in WWE, none of those title victories felt as significant as last night’s win over Darby Allin, who’d worn the TNT championship belt for six months with eight successful defenses. In AEW, Miro has embraced elements of his real-life personality—including his interest in video games—while also showcasing a new, confident brutality that has made life difficult for his opponents. His defeat of Allin, who was the most dominant TNT champion since the title was introduced, has set the stage for Miro to become a major player in All Elite Wrestling moving forward.
This Week In Headlines
From The Vault
Donning a costume reminiscent of superhero Wolverine, Rey Mysterio executes a hurricanrana on Kota Ibushi in the main event of 2018’s historic All In event. The show laid the foundation for All Elite Wrestling. And its main-event six-man tag—pitting Ibushi and The Young Bucks against Mysterio, Bandido, and Rey Fenix—is a dream bout that we will likely never see again. For one thing, Fenix and the Bucks are part of AEW, Mysterio works for WWE, and Bandido thrills Ring of Honor fans with his high-impact style. Meanwhile, Kota Ibushi has risen to the very top of New Japan.
Jordynne Grace On The PWI Podcast
Beginning with our June issue, our magazine has a new column, “Punching Out,” penned by none other than Knockouts tag team champion, Jordynne Grace. Last week, PWI v that Grace has signed a new, multi-year deal with Impact Wrestling. On the latest episode of The PWI Podcast, the Impact star—and reigning Zelo Pro Women’s champion—joined Brian Solomon and Kevin McElvaney to discuss her decision to stay with Impact, her new Pro Wrestling Illustrated column, teaming up with Jazz and Rachael Ellering, and much more.
The 2021 PWI Readers Poll
The annual PWI Poll is a tradition dating back many years. For the first time, we are opening the poll up to any and all readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. All you need to do to take the poll is visit the special URL mentioned in the June 2021 issue of our magazine, which is in stores now and available for immediate digital download.
Already have your print or digital copy? Simply read Al Castle’s “WrestleMania What-Ifs” feature and, when you’re finished, all will be revealed!
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