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PWI Weekly for November 20, 2023
Mariah May, NJPW Results, Kerry Von Erich, And The March 2024 PWI
IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK in the U.S. And, at the risk of sounding like Turnbuckle Turkeys, we’d like to remind you that we’ve got a new issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated dropping later this week.
Eagle-eyed social media followers will note that we’ve already revealed the cover story, along with the fact that this issue will include both the “Tag Team 100” ranking and a “Quick Word” with Mariah May. Speaking of Miss May …
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
There is plenty of intrigue around the AEW debut of “The Glamour” Mariah May and, specifically, her fascination with March 2024 PWI cover gal Toni Storm. But did you know that May was dubbed the “Foreign Ace” by Stardom head honcho Rossy Ogawa? That’s no small endorsement. With personality, athleticism, and determination to spare, look for the British-born starlet to play a major role in the AEW Women’s division in the months ahead.
OSAKA—NJPW Power Struggle: Oleg Boltin, Ryusuke Taguchi, & The DKC defeated Mochizuki Jr., Strong Machine J, & Yoshiki Kato … Callum Newman & Jeff Cobb beat Oskar Leube & Yuto Nakashima … El Desperado & Master Wato defeated Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney, Kosei Fujita & Robbie Eagles, and MUSASHI & YOH in a four-way … Kevin Knight, KUSHIDA, & Tama Tonga defeated BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, & Titan … Tetsuya Naito & Yota Tsuji beat SANADA & Yuya Uemura … David Finlay pinned Tanga Loa … Great-O-Khan wrestled Jon Moxley to a double-countout … Jon Moxley defeated Great-O-Khan by referee’s decision … NEVER openweight six-man tag team champions Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste, & Zack Sabre Jr. to retain … Francesco Akira & TJP defeated SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the Super Junior Tag League … IWGP junior heavyweight champion Hiromu Takahashi pinned Taiji Ishimori to retain … IWGP U.S. champion Will Ospreay pinned Shota Umino to retain.
FROM THE VAULT
The above photo from the PWI Vault captures newly crowned NWA World heavyweight champion Kerry Von Erich, following his defeat of Ric Flair at the 1st Annual David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions in his home state of Texas. With the A24 film The Iron Claw hitting theaters next month, PWI’s Brian R. Solomon devotes the next edition of his “Lockup” column to the real-life tragedy and triumph surrounding the above event. Look for it in the March 2024 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which comes out digitally later this week.
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