Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Local workers featured in PWI 500

Several area workers are listed in the upcoming Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500. The PWI 500 is a concept started in 1991 where the magazine "ranks" wrestlers from around the world. Of course, in the Internet era its meaning has diminished but it is still pretty cool for an indy wrestler to see his name in the listings. Area workers in the ranking are Brandon Espinosa (445); Wildside (454); Way Cool (456); Jamie Jay (470); Matt Boyce (495); Matt Riviera (497); and Lawman Williams (499). Wildside, Way Cool and Williams have all worked for TIWF I do believe. Espinosa worked for Joey McNew's WorldWide Championship Wrestling, which ran Southeast Missouri until earlier this summer. Matt Boyce and Jamie Jay are both familiar names to the area and, no surprise here, Matt Riviera once again keeps his name out there. Riviera has actually been listed in the PWI 500 the past two or three years at least.

Flash Flanigan and Jerry "The King" Lawler are also listed with Flash coming in at No. 347 while "The King" is No. 399.

The magazine should be on newsstands soon, if it isn't already.