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 Posted: Wed Jul 27th, 2011 09:30 am
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wittman2 wrote: The best were the Wrestling Superstar (I think that's what they were) with the "Dream Matches" in them. Back then that was every mark's dream... Sting vs Bret! Hogan vs Flair! Hawk vs Animal!

The sad thing is the booking they put into the stories were usually better than what was on TV at the time as well
I always liked the magazine that had the phone calls between two enemies acting like it really happened

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DJP wrote: Not to hijack the thread, but how many stores even carry PWI anymore? I haven't seen one in a long time.
Most of my local bodegas still carry it.  I flip through the latest issue every once in a while and even buy the PWI 500 and Year-End issues usually.  I haven't noticed that it's any more difficult to find in my area now than it was when I was a kid.

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mike3775 wrote: wittman2 wrote: The best were the Wrestling Superstar (I think that's what they were) with the "Dream Matches" in them. Back then that was every mark's dream... Sting vs Bret! Hogan vs Flair! Hawk vs Animal!

The sad thing is the booking they put into the stories were usually better than what was on TV at the time as well
I always liked the magazine that had the phone calls between two enemies acting like it really happened


PWI has gotten semi-shooty now in their columns, but still over-the-top kayfabe in their main articles.  I believe quite a few years ago whoever the editor-in-chief was at the time actually wrote about how they feel the readers have historically enjoyed the "fan fiction" and they want to keep providing it to differentiate themselves from the hundreds of sites you can find online.  It basically leads to the same exact kinds of laughers as you see on wwe.com where, for example, an article on Sin Cara being suspended for a Wellness violation is right next to an article on Sin Cara being out with an injury. 

The worst thing PWI does these days is their horrible fake interviews where the wrestlers banter with the interviewers using unbelievable dialogue.  PWI does real shoot interviews a few times a year too, which make the fake ones seem all the more ridiculous.

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I used to look forward to this issue but... I can no longer find this magazine on the news stands or super markets and they have made it difficult to send them stuff unlike the past when Brandi was in charge.



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Count Grog wrote: I used to look forward to this issue but... I can no longer find this magazine on the news stands or super markets and they have made it difficult to send them stuff unlike the past when Brandi was in charge.

Do you mean more difficult to send info on indy guys to get them included in the PWI 500?  I remember going back about 10 years now when I still knew guys on the NY indy scene that this was a very big deal for some, and they'd fill out questionnaires and stuff about their highlights that year in the hopes of being included.  Of course, many didn't give a shit, but for some it was like getting a WWE contract.  I don't know if anyone still takes it that seriously, but I guess when you're an indy guy not working for ROH, even 5 lines in a magazine is more tha you normally get. 

From what I hear, guys nowadays send YouTube links, as if PWI is going to see one awesome move and decide and say, "I don't care if this guy does wrestle in Podunk, Kansas and his biggest win was against Jackoff McGhee for the Farmland Championship Wrestling title, based on that one move on YouTube I'm ranking him 419 above a few Dragon Gate guys."

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'Seymour Snott' couldn't even 'crack' the PWI 500, But Mar Cash was ALWAYS there!

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Super Snott wrote: 'Seymour Snott' couldn't even 'crack' the PWI 500, But Mar Cash was ALWAYS there!
He probably had JSwaggs send them 15 letters a day.

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The best PWI 500 I have is the 2004 one where Benoit was #1 and almost everyone in that years IWA-MS TPI tourny was in it so I managed to get them to sign the slot where they were in it

Samoa Joe(#34), Roderick Strong(#304), Nigel McGuiness(#219), Chris Sabin(#32), Rainman(#342), Danny Daniels(#247), Todd Sexton(#267), AJ Styles(#8), Jimmy Rave (#199), Matt Sydal(#398),Sal Rinauro(#415), Arik Cannon(#354), Petey Williams(#178), BJ Whitmer(#198), Chris Hero(#340), Mike Quackenbush(#224), Nate Webb(#327), Hallowicked(#457), CM Punk(#89), Austin Aries(#225), American Dragon(Bryan Danielson)(#77), and Alex Shelly(#276).   Only two people in that tourny were unranked in the PWI 500, and they were Super Dragon and Claudio Castagnoli.

The 2 day tourny was fun as well, lots of wrestling action as well.  Night 1 started at 7:30pm and didn't end until 1:30am, and night two started at 7:00pm and didnt end until midnight.  I had a blast that weekend, and could not say I felt cheated out of $60 for ringside seats considering I got 11 hours of great wrestling total out of it

EDIT: Mar Cash was #337 that year  :)

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srossi wrote: Count Grog wrote: I used to look forward to this issue but... I can no longer find this magazine on the news stands or super markets and they have made it difficult to send them stuff unlike the past when Brandi was in charge.

Do you mean more difficult to send info on indy guys to get them included in the PWI 500?  I remember going back about 10 years now when I still knew guys on the NY indy scene that this was a very big deal for some, and they'd fill out questionnaires and stuff about their highlights that year in the hopes of being included.  Of course, many didn't give a shit, but for some it was like getting a WWE contract.  I don't know if anyone still takes it that seriously, but I guess when you're an indy guy not working for ROH, even 5 lines in a magazine is more tha you normally get. 

From what I hear, guys nowadays send YouTube links, as if PWI is going to see one awesome move and decide and say, "I don't care if this guy does wrestle in Podunk, Kansas and his biggest win was against Jackoff McGhee for the Farmland Championship Wrestling title, based on that one move on YouTube I'm ranking him 419 above a few Dragon Gate guys."

yeah they are not as accomadating.  In the late 1990's in the intro story to the 500 some PWI write wrote "you can see who Count Grog tutrned on this year.  he is the most employee unfriendly boss in the businesss'.  A nice unsolicited plug I am proud of to this day.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: DJP wrote: Not to hijack the thread, but how many stores even carry PWI anymore? I haven't seen one in a long time.
Pretty sure Walgreens carry Them.

Havent seen any in the STL area Walgreens

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haven't seen one in Walgreens in 5-6 years.  The last place that had them was the Harris Teeter Grocery store near where I live and now they rarely even have the WWE mag.  And now I think the last newstand is out of business in Raleigh so no more there.  Barnes and Noble doesn't carry it either.



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mike3775 wrote: The best PWI 500 I have is the 2004 one where Benoit was #1 and almost everyone in that years IWA-MS TPI tourny was in it so I managed to get them to sign the slot where they were in it

Samoa Joe(#34), Roderick Strong(#304), Nigel McGuiness(#219), Chris Sabin(#32), Rainman(#342), Danny Daniels(#247), Todd Sexton(#267), AJ Styles(#8), Jimmy Rave (#199), Matt Sydal(#398),Sal Rinauro(#415), Arik Cannon(#354), Petey Williams(#178), BJ Whitmer(#198), Chris Hero(#340), Mike Quackenbush(#224), Nate Webb(#327), Hallowicked(#457), CM Punk(#89), Austin Aries(#225), American Dragon(Bryan Danielson)(#77), and Alex Shelly(#276).   Only two people in that tourny were unranked in the PWI 500, and they were Super Dragon and Claudio Castagnoli.

The 2 day tourny was fun as well, lots of wrestling action as well.  Night 1 started at 7:30pm and didn't end until 1:30am, and night two started at 7:00pm and didnt end until midnight.  I had a blast that weekend, and could not say I felt cheated out of $60 for ringside seats considering I got 11 hours of great wrestling total out of it

EDIT: Mar Cash was #337 that year  :)


i would have to believe that these fellas would be MUCH higher today!  funny how some, ESPECIALLY somoa joe, would have fallen. 

Roderick Strong(#304),  AJ Styles(#8),  Matt Sydal(#398),Chris Hero(#340), Mike Quackenbush(#224), CM Punk(#89), Austin Aries(#225), American Dragon(Bryan Danielson)(#77), and Alex Shelly(#276).

also, based on the original post, its cool to see miz #1.  he has greatly approved and deserves what he gets.

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mike3775 wrote: The best PWI 500 I have is the 2004 one where Benoit was #1 and almost everyone in that years IWA-MS TPI tourny was in it so I managed to get them to sign the slot where they were in it
 
i saw a guy doing a similar thing at an indy card once.. claudio castgnoli and chris hero were on the card and they seemed to be marks for finding out where they were..



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Count Grog wrote:
haven't seen one in Walgreens in 5-6 years.  The last place that had them was the Harris Teeter Grocery store near where I live and now they rarely even have the WWE mag.  And now I think the last newstand is out of business in Raleigh so no more there.  Barnes and Noble doesn't carry it either.

I usually buy mine at Rite Aid



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hammettime wrote: mike3775 wrote: The best PWI 500 I have is the 2004 one where Benoit was #1 and almost everyone in that years IWA-MS TPI tourny was in it so I managed to get them to sign the slot where they were in it

Samoa Joe(#34), Roderick Strong(#304), Nigel McGuiness(#219), Chris Sabin(#32), Rainman(#342), Danny Daniels(#247), Todd Sexton(#267), AJ Styles(#8), Jimmy Rave (#199), Matt Sydal(#398),Sal Rinauro(#415), Arik Cannon(#354), Petey Williams(#178), BJ Whitmer(#198), Chris Hero(#340), Mike Quackenbush(#224), Nate Webb(#327), Hallowicked(#457), CM Punk(#89), Austin Aries(#225), American Dragon(Bryan Danielson)(#77), and Alex Shelly(#276).   Only two people in that tourny were unranked in the PWI 500, and they were Super Dragon and Claudio Castagnoli.

The 2 day tourny was fun as well, lots of wrestling action as well.  Night 1 started at 7:30pm and didn't end until 1:30am, and night two started at 7:00pm and didnt end until midnight.  I had a blast that weekend, and could not say I felt cheated out of $60 for ringside seats considering I got 11 hours of great wrestling total out of it

EDIT: Mar Cash was #337 that year  :)


i would have to believe that these fellas would be MUCH higher today!  funny how some, ESPECIALLY somoa joe, would have fallen. 

Roderick Strong(#304),  AJ Styles(#8),  Matt Sydal(#398),Chris Hero(#340), Mike Quackenbush(#224), CM Punk(#89), Austin Aries(#225), American Dragon(Bryan Danielson)(#77), and Alex Shelly(#276).

also, based on the original post, its cool to see miz #1.  he has greatly approved and deserves what he gets.
Joe has been hurt by TNA big time.

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