*The Following Press Release Was Issued By IWTV*
PWI RECOGNIZES IWTV & PAWD TITLES AS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) has officially conferred World Championship status on The IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship and Pan-Afrikan World Diaspora Wrestling Championship.
The announcement came just hours before IWTV 100, where IWTV Independent Wrestling World Champion Wheeler Yuta made the 100th defense of the title against current number one contender Daniel Garcia. The Pan-Afrikan World Diaspora Champion, Trish Adora, was also in action as she teamed with Lee Moriarty against AEW’s Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander.
The tradition of PWI assigning World Championship status to major titles goes back decades, tracing its origins to the early years of wrestling and boxing magazines, who used the designation as a way to signal to readers which championships were most significant. PWI has been highly selective over the years in applying the World Championship distinction, in effect serving as a neutral sanctioning body for wrestlers, wrestling promotions and fans.
Reached for comment, PWI Editor-in Chief Kevin McElvaney explained the publication’s decision.
“Both the IWTV and PAWD belts are traveling symbols of wrestling achievement and greatness. Like the original NWA World heavyweight championship, they cross territorial and promotional lines, inviting the very best wrestlers to earn the right to hold them. For that reason, these prizes are spoken of with reverence by competitors the world over.”
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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By IWTV*
WHEELER YUTA WINS IWTV INDEPENDENT WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Worcester, MA: Wheeler Yuta is the new IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion.
Yuta became the 8th person to win the Championship by defeating his rival, Lee Moriarty, at Beyond Wrestling’s event “Project Reality” on May 6th.
The 50-plus minute match is being referred to by many fans as a match of the year contender and is now available on demand on IWTV.
Upon winning the championship, Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced that Yuta had become the first-ever IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion to rank in the magazine’s overall Top 10.
Photo courtesy: Jon Washer (Full Gallery)
*Courtesy Of Wrestle Talk Podcast*
Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Brandon Aarons (Dynamo Pro Wrestling) and Ken Dixon (Primal Conflict Wrestling).
As the first graduate of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Dojo 10 years ago, Aarons has wrestled for many promotions throughout the United States, including Pro Wrestling Epic, Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling, Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance, All American Pro Wrestling, Metro East Championship Wrestling, Gateway Elite Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, Dynamo Pro Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Alliance. He was also recognized in the 2011 PWI 500. In 2015, he was recognized as the “Sexiest Male Wrestler.” Over the course of his career, he has won many championships. Presently, he approaches the one year anniversary of winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, defeating Mike Outlaw on November 26th, 2016. Since winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, he has defended the championship in outside promotions throughout the Midwestern United States, including the Global Wrestling Federation, Proving Ground Pro, and Glory Pro Wrestling.
A native of Climax, Georgia, Dixon was trained for professional wrestling by Axl Rotten and Ronnie Zukko. He made his professional wrestling debut in 2013. Since then, he has wrestled for many professional wrestling promotions, including Maryland Championship Wrestling, Primal Conflict Wrestling, Keystone Pro Wrestling, WildKatPro Wrestling, World Xtreme Wrestling, World Wrestling Network, Full Impact Pro Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Combat Zone Wrestling, Global Force Wrestling and Ring of Honor Wrestling.
Also discussed on the show are AJ playing hooky, Ultima Lucha 3 and Double J fired from Impact!
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan’s huge signing to World Championship Wrestling in June earlier in the year was a sign that perhaps things would change.
To an extent, that was correct.
Hogan’s arrival brought more money and sponsorships to WCW and his creative pull allowed him to bring in various faces of his past and recreate some magic.
Still, for every feud he had with Ric Flair, there was a Butcher match in the wings. If you told us that he’d be the main event of the biggest show of the year instead of doing the “Loser Must Retire” match there, we would’ve laughed too.
Star power doesn’t always provide a star product. That’s evident up and down through this card, though the quick wits of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan on commentary make it easier to sit through.
WCW tried to pass off “What’s Old Is New Again,” but alas, we just feel like it was done better somewhere else before.