PWI Weekly for November 14, 2022
Match Of The Week, Title Reigns You Can Sink Your Teeth Into, Cardona, Bundle Offer
As we sit here putting the finishing touches on this Weekly, it occurs to us that we’ve fallen woefully behind on our holiday shopping. It feels like we were just celebrating Halloween Havoc, but, blink once, and it’s almost a December to Dismember.
If you’re looking for something special for the wrestling fan in your life—maybe even yourself—you might just find it at the bottom of this email.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
On paper, a match between Eric Young and Sami Callihan is a violent proposition. In reality, it’s so much more. For two men who seem so obsessed with the idea of inflicting punishment on people, it was a surprising, cerebral strategy that saw one of them recently walk out with a clear advantage in this IMPACT Wrestling war. Thanks to the physical action—and the surprising twist at the end—Young vs. Callihan is our PWI Match of the Week.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT …
The days of Bruno Sammartino’s 2,803-day reign as WWWF champion may long be a thing of the past. But, in recent years, wrestling has begun to see a return to more lengthy title reigns. Commonplace in the 1980s and early-’90s, the notion of wrestlers successfully defending a belt for a year or more became laughable in the frenetically paced near-aughts. And that attitude has largely carried on in the ensuing decades.
Look around wrestling today, however, and you see the likes of Roman Reigns, Mandy Rose, and Josh Alexander—all either having set records with their current title runs or on the verge of doing so. Now, let’s hope that hot-potato 24/7 belt stays away for good.
FROM THE BLOG
Ho Ho Lun’s Mission To Show The Beauty Of Wrestling Across Asia (Written by PWI’s Issa Marie)
Hong Kong native [and ex-NXT wrestler] Ho Ho Lun began wrestling in 2009 … as a hobby! It wasn’t until a visit to the U.K., two years later, that he made the decision to make it a career. Unlike most prospective wrestlers, who set their sights on being world champions, Lun knew that his niche was not the wrestling itself, but the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a great show.
As the first non-Japanese Asian-born wrestler to compete around the world, Ho Ho Lun wanted to create opportunities for others like him. “Japan dominates the wrestling market in Asia; However, pro wrestling in Japan was difficult to access due to language barriers,” Lun told PWI.
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FROM THE VAULT
By the time you read this, Matt Cardona will either have become a two-time NWA World heavyweight champion at Hard Times in New Orleans … or will be insisting that he was robbed of that status. In either case, we thought it would be fun to look back this week at the digital exclusive alternate cover for the June 2022 edition of PWI. After Cardona publicly complained about his feature inside the mag not being the cover story, we decided to throw him a bone. After all, claiming the coveted NWA “10 Pounds Of Gold” is certainly nothing to
woo-woo-woo sneeze at.
PWI 2022 MAGAZINE BUNDLES
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January 2022 (2021 “Women’s 150” issue)
February 2022 (Big E in the “Hotseat”)
April 2022 (Achievement 2021)
May 2022 (International Spotlight)
June 2022 (Becky Lynch in the “Hotseat”)
August 2022 (Supercards 2022)
October 2022 (Thunder Rosa vs. Jade Cargill)
November 2022 (PWI Poll)
ALL INCLUDED for $30 + flat-rate, single-issue shipping! (Limited time offer; limit one bundle per customer, per order)