|Thanks, Mike Bessler|
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Growing up a wrestling fan in the 80s meant a steady supply of the 'Apter magazines.' Back then, Pro Wrestling Illustrated was by far the industry leader. The first copy I bought was the October 1984 issue. Kerry Von Erich was on the cover holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
After that initial purchase, it became a habit to go to our local drug store and pick up the latest PWI. I added The Wrestler and Inside Wrestling to my collection. WWF Magazine and Wrestling Superstars were also staples. I continued this habit through middle school, high school and even college, ending my buying in 1995 when the internet became a faster way to learn about pro wrestling. Much to my wife's chagrin though, all those back issues are sitting in our garage.
I'll admit I haven't bought a copy in years, I did pick up an issue in 2012 after meeting write Mike Bessler at an indy show. It was All American Pro Wrestling. I was doing color commentary and even had my first match in AAPW. Mike did a great piece in his Independent Roundup column in the September 2012 issue. Bessler puts over AAPW Main Event from earlier in the year and talks about a situation that had happened between Mike Masters and a heckling fan. We certainly appreciated the shout out in the magazine.
After my most recent match against Roger Matheus at Stride Goes Steel, Mike reached out to me again. We did an interview and I figured there would be a write up online about it. Mike said his editor enjoyed the story and much to my surprise, I got a message from a fan this week with a pic of the write-up. Not only did Stride get a mention in the hard copy of the magazine but a photo from the event also appeared.
I'm excited for a couple of reasons. Yes, I made it into a magazine that has been a part of the pro wrestling landscape for decades. But also Stride Pro Wrestling, a small indy company in Marion, Illinois is now sharing the pages of a magazine that has covered WWF(E), NWA, WCW, AWA, New Japan, ROH, Chikara, Midsouth, UWF and countless other wrestling companies. It's an honor to be a part of the issue, which ironically is the October 2018 issue. Some 34 years to the issue of me buying my first PWI I am now a part of this amazing magazine. Matheus, Cash Borden, my daughter Brooke and my buddy Tom Harness all get shout-outs too.
Thank you, Mike, on behalf of myself, My 1-2-3 Cents and Stride Pro Wrestling. We appreciate the support. Now, how about a spot in the PWI 500 this year?