Pro Wrestling Illustrated has been recognized as the sport’s number one magazine since its inception in 1979. Founded by legendary publisher Stanley Weston, PWI set out on a course to alter the landscape of pro wrestling journalism. Over the years, utilizing the talents of the world’s finest writers, editors, photographers, and designers, PWI succeeded beyond Weston’s wildest dreams.
Like many wrestling fans and journalists, most of today’s star wrestlers grew up reading PWI. That is why the magazine’s year-end awards for Wrestler of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, Match of the Year, etc., as well as the “PWI 500,” have become virtual institutions within the wrestling business.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s publisher, Stu Saks, joined the company in 1979, after only two issues of PWI had been published. His love for wrestling began in 1968, when his grandfather took him to the Miami Beach Auditorium to watch Sailor Art Thomas in the main event. He published his own wrestling newsletter from 1971-1974 before earning his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He worked as a sportswriter for New York’s Newsday before joining PWI.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated boasts the strongest lineup of writers and photographers ever assembled, including senior writers Harry Burkett, Dave Lenker, Dan Murphy, and Al Castle, and veteran photographers George Napolitano, Duane Long, Tim Walker, and Scott Finkelstein. Its Twitter account, manned by Mike Bessler, Kevin McElvaney, and Al Alven is always bubbling with lively discussion.