Meet the Pro Wrestling Stories Team!

JP Zarka created Pro Wrestling Stories in 2015. He's a writer, editor, producer, former host of The Genius Cast podcast alongside Lanny Poffo, teacher/assistant principal, enjoys playing guitar, songwriting, and spending time with his lively daughter! Originally from Chicago, he has called London home since 2008.

JP Zarka

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

JP Zarka created Pro Wrestling Stories in 2015. He’s a writer, producer, former host of The Genius Cast podcast alongside Lanny Poffo, teacher/assistant principal, enjoys playing guitar, songwriting, and spending time with his lively daughter! Originally from Chicago, he has called London home since 2008.

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Javier Ojst is an old-school wrestling enthusiast currently residing in El Salvador. He has been a frequent guest on several podcasts, and also has a few bylines on PopCultureRetrorama.com, where he shares stories of pop culture and retro-related goodness.

Javier Ojst

Senior Writer

Javier Ojst is an old-school wrestling enthusiast currently residing in El Salvador. He’s been a frequent guest on several podcasts, has a few bylines on TheLogBook.com where he shares stories of pop culture and retro-related awesomeness, and his work has also appeared in G-Fan magazine.

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Evan Ginzburg

Senior Writer

Evan Ginzburg is a published author and was an Associate Producer on the movies “The Wrestler” and “350 Days” starring Bret Hart and Superstar Billy Graham. He is a 30-plus-year film, radio, and TV veteran and a voice-over actor on the radio drama Kings of the Ring.

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Bobby Mathews | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Bobby Mathews

Senior Writer

Bobby Mathews is a published author and award-winning journalist whose bylines have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Birmingham News, The Denver Post, as well as other newspapers around the US. He currently lives in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.

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Joey Finnegan | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Joseph Finnegan

Senior Writer

Joseph Finnegan is a published author and produced screenwriter, who has earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. He also currently works in the business as a producer/director at a northern New Jersey-based independent wrestling company called Pro Wrestling Magic.

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Braeden Farrell | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Braeden Farrell

Senior Writer

Braeden Farrell is a long-time wrestling fan and contributor of Pro Wrestling Stories based out of Adelaide, Australia.

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Simon Powell | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Si Powell

Senior Writer

Si Powell is a married father of four, obsessed with rock/heavy metal music, and all things wrestling for over 30 years. You can hear him weekly on the Chain Wrestling and SJP Wrestling Podcast.

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Tim Buckler | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Tim Buckler

Senior Writer

Tim Buckler is a writer, presenter, and lover who hosts the geeky magazine show “Tim Buckler’s Thursday Night Geek Out” every Thursday at 8 p.m on Radio Woking.

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Jim Phillips

Senior Writer

Jim Phillips has been a journeyman writer for the past decade, a wrestling fan since the late ’70s, and senior editor at TheGorillaPosition.com.

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Benny J. Scala is a writer and co-host of the podcast Dan & Benny In the Ring. He works as a Senior Specialist for a major consumer finance organization and has been a fan of professional wrestling since the late '60s.

Benny Scala

Senior Writer

Benny J. Scala is a writer and co-host of the podcast Dan & Benny In the Ring. He works as a Senior Specialist for a major consumer finance organization and has been a fan of professional wrestling since the late ’60s.

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Griffin Kaye is a life-long pro wrestling fan and historian with a love for '80s and '90s WWF, the NWA, WCW, ECW, and AEW. His favorite wrestlers include Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, William Regal, Tito Santana, Stan Hansen, Mr Perfect, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho. He can be reached by e-mail at GriffinKaye1@hotmail.com, on Twitter @GriffinKaye1, as well as on Instagram at @TheGriffinKaye and @WrestlingInTheYears.

Griffin Kaye

Senior Writer

Griffin Kaye is a life-long pro wrestling fan and historian with a love for ’80s and ’90s WWF, the NWA, WCW, ECW, and AEW. His favorite wrestlers include Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, William Regal, Tito Santana, Stan Hansen, Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho.

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Ian Aldous | Author, Pro Wrestling Stories

Ian Aldous

Contributing Writer

Ian Aldous is a boxing and wrestling writer. He has covered boxing for BoxingNews24.com since 2011 and represents the International Boxing Organization as a publicist. He briefly covered pro wrestling in the late 2000s for WrestlingNewsWorld.com and the PWB Podcast.

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Christa Pagliei is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories and lives in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to writing about media, her fiction and poetry have been published in places like Fictionvale, Frostwriting, Strangelet, and Pseudopod. Christa is also the co-creator of the audio drama Lost Signal Society, a series of anthology and stand-alone horror/fantasy/sci-fi plays with a second season slated for Fall 2019. As a member of the Film/TV coordinator’s union IATSE Local 161 she’s worked on Succession, Sneaky Pete, Mr.Robot and many more. In addition to pro wrestling, Christa enjoys NJ Devils hockey, hiking, botany, 35mm photography, collecting rotational media, and cooking. You can follow her on Twitter @ChrisCreature.

Christa Pagliei

Contributing Writer

Christa Pagliei lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiction and poetry have been published in various outlets such as Fictionvale, Frostwriting, Strangelet, and Pseudopod. Christa is also the co-creator of the audio drama Lost Signal Society. In film, she’s worked on Succession, Sneaky Pete, and Mr.Robot. In addition to pro wrestling, Christa enjoys NJ Devils hockey, hiking, botany, 35mm photography, collecting rotational media, and cooking.

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Ron Matejko

Contributing Writer

Ron Matejko is an award-winning writer and filmmaker for Turnbuckle Magazine (@TurnbuckleMag on Twitter / @turnbucklemagazine on Facebook), curator of Old Wrestling Pics (@OldWrestlingPic), and has covered MLB and NHL for ESPN.com.

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Stosh Jonjak is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories and a lifelong mark who proudly jobs to his three kiddos. A researcher by day who bends guitar strings at night, Stosh has never been afraid to wear zubaz in public. He can be reached by e-mail at stoshy@gmail.com.

Stosh Jonjak

Contributing Writer

Stosh Jonjak is a lifelong mark who proudly jobs to his three kiddos. A researcher by day who bends guitar strings at night, Stosh has never been afraid to wear Zubaz in public.

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By day, Dan Owens is the Content Manager for a digital marketing company, and by night, he is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Stories. When not working, reading, or spending time with his family, he runs a wrestling figure page (@danswrestlingfigs) on Instagram, and he loves to discuss his passions with like-minded people!

Dan Owens

Contributing Writer

By day, Dan Owens is the Content Manager for a digital marketing company, and by night, he is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Stories. When not working, reading, or spending time with his family, he runs a wrestling figure page (@danswrestlingfigs) on Instagram, and he loves to discuss his passions with like-minded people!

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Aaron Young is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Stories. Graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Aaron was a sportswriter and columnist for their student newspaper,

Aaron Young

Contributing Writer

Graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Aaron Young was a sportswriter and columnist for their student newspaper, "The Reporter." He is now a full-time report for two local cities. Aaron likes to play basketball in his free time, give indoor rock climbing a try, listen to music, and catch up on all things wrestling. 

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Aditya Modak is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories. He's a writer and independent filmmaker out of Tripura, India. Storytelling is his passion, and he turns into a nerd whenever it comes to professional wrestling! He enjoys writing horror and sci-fi fiction, is currently awaiting the publication of his debut novel, and will soon be pursuing a master's degree in Literature or Film Studies.

Aditya Modak

Contributing Writer

Aditya Modak is a writer and independent filmmaker out of Tripura, India. He enjoys writing horror and sci-fi fiction, will soon be pursuing a master’s degree in Literature or Film Studies, and recently published his debut sci-fi horror novel entitled “Arachnid.”

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Cameron is a content writer and a copywriter with a background in sports and world events based out of the United Kingdom. He has been a wrestling fan for over 20 years and considers writing about it a labor of love!

Cameron Dennis Gorrie

Contributing Writer

Cameron Dennis Gorrie is a content writer and a copywriter with a background in sports and world events based out of the United Kingdom. He has been a wrestling fan for over 20 years and considers writing about it a labor of love!

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Harvey Dix is a lifelong professional wrestling fan, aspiring journalist, and writer for the

Harvey Dix

Contributing Writer

Harvey Dix is a lifelong professional wrestling fan, aspiring journalist, and writer for the "Indie Wrestler" mobile game. Articles aside, they also run a wrestling-themed graphic editing page known as @prowrestlingvisuals on Instagram.

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Luke Marcoccia

Contributing Writer

Luke Marcoccia is a writer based out of Alberta, Canada. He trained briefly in professional wrestling and has attended over 20 WWE events, including WrestleMania 31 and 32. Luke is an avid wrestling VHS tape and memorabilia collector.

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Joey Mills | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Joey Mills

Contributing Writer

Joey Mills covers pro wrestling for Pro Wrestling Stories and SPORTbible. He also has bylines with Wrestling Travel, Boxing News 24/7, and BBC. Joey’s work as a video editor has been seen on LADbible and the UFC Facebook page. He also co-hosts The Devils You Know, a weekly Manchester United podcast (@TDYKpod).

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Jordan Talbot

Contributing Writer

Jordan Talbot is a lifelong wrestling fan who loves to write about the business. He enjoys helping out with the local wrestling promotions in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and can be heard on the Wrestle Geeks Podcast on YouTube.

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Rob Ireland

Contributing Writer

Rob Ireland is a long-time wrestling fan and contributor of Pro Wrestling Stories based out of the UK.

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Jack O’Hara

Contributing Writer

Jack O’Hara is a writer and host of Belly Up Sports’ 50/50 Booking Podcast and The O’SHOW Podcast, both available on Spotify and Podbean.

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Ryan K Boman | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

Ryan K. Boman

Contributing Writer

Ryan K. Boman is a contributing writer on Pro Wrestling Stories. As a syndicated columnist and feature writer, his work currently appears on Sportskeeda.com and he has appeared in The Miami Herald, AdWeek, SB Nation, The Southern Illinoisan, 1wrestling.com, and his former website, TheGorillaPosition.com.

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Chris Toplack

Contributing Writer

Chris Toplack is a corporate trainer, voice-over artist, former host of “The Signature Spot” and The Pro Wrestling Stories Podcast. You can follow his latest work on his website, TheSignatureSpot.com.

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Marc Madison | Author, Pro Wrestling Stories

Marc Madison

Contributing Writer

Marc Madison was one of the very first writers to join the Pro Wrestling Stories family back in 2016. You can find his latest bylines on his website, ProWrestlingPost.com, where he gives a voice to independent wrestling promotions while also embracing the best and latest from wrestling past and present.

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Lanny Poffo

Special Contributor

Lanny Poffo, formerly known as “The Genius” and “Leaping Lanny” of the WWF, is a published author, motivational speaker, host of The Genius Cast podcast, and brother of WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

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April Hunter

Special Contributor

April Hunter is a television writer, short story author, and blogger. Her work appears in a variety of publications, including RxMuscle, Page & Spine, Medium, and European journal FONT. She is a model and former pro wrestler and can be heard on The A Show with April Hunter & Aron Stevens.

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Bob Roop

Special Contributor

Bob Roop had an active career in wrestling from 1969 to 1986. He is regarded as one of the great mat technicians, wrestling with Championship Wrestling from Florida, National Wrestling Alliance territories including Japan and Australia, and a dozen additional foreign countries. He also wrestled for outlaw group International Championship Wrestling run by the Poffo family.

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Richard Steinberg is a retired Corporate Advertising, Marketing, and Research Executive with credentials covering all facets of television, professional sports (including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, roller derby, and professional wrestling), and consumer package goods. His resume includes time spent in senior-level positions with a prominent New York advertising agency, the CBS television network, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Coca-Cola USA. One of his most unique engagements was the Director of Marketing Services for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Following his time at WCW, Steinberg turned down the opportunity to become VP of Marketing for WWE (then WWF). Even Linda McMahon fixing him a chicken sandwich in her and Vince’s home kitchen wasn’t enough to make him go another "two out of three falls" in pro wrestling!

Richard Steinberg

Special Contributor

Richard Steinberg is a retired Corporate Advertising, Marketing, and Research Executive with credentials covering all facets of television and professional sports (including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, roller derby, and professional wrestling). One of his most unique engagements was the Director of Marketing Services for World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

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Joel Eisenberg is an author, screenwriter, and producer. His recent Amazon Prime/Shout Factory venture, Then Again, was critically lauded and presently shooting a second season. His literary fantasy saga with co-author Steve Hillard, The Chronicles of Ara, was developed by Ovation TV and Gil Adler Productions for an 8-hour miniseries. Joel has also developed or sold projects to TNT, Fox Studios, CBS-Decades TV, Atari, Roddenberry Entertainment, Garry Marshall, Cinemax, Warner Brothers, EUE/Sokolow, and Reelz Channel, among others. Further, Joel has written, and executive produced several feature films (Out of the Black as co-writer, April Showers as EP) that have won over a dozen U.S. film festival awards. He is a proud member of the WGA, PenAmerica, and the Horror Writers Association and also frequently writes articles on sports entertainment, politics, social issues, and the arts. He speaks at film and writing conferences around the country and considers himself a socially active content creator.

Joel Eisenberg

Special Contributor

Joel Eisenberg is an author, screenwriter, and producer. Joel has also developed or sold projects to TNT, Fox Studios, CBS-Decades TV, Atari, Roddenberry Entertainment, Garry Marshall, Cinemax, Warner Brothers, EUE/Sokolow, and Reelz Channel, among others. Joel frequently writes articles on sports entertainment, politics, social issues, and the arts.

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Jon Finkel is the award-winning author of Hoops Heist, The Life of Dad, Jocks In Chief, The Athlete, Heart Over Height,

Jon Finkel

Special Contributor

Jon Finkel is the award-winning author of Hoops Heist, The Life of Dad, Jocks In Chief, The Athlete, Heart Over Height, “Mean” Joe Greene, and more. His books have been endorsed by everyone from Mark Cuban and Tony Dungy to Spike Lee, Kevin Durant, and Chef Robert Irvine. He has written for GQ, Men’s Health, Yahoo! Sports, The New York Times and has appeared on CBS: This Morning, Good Morning Texas, and hundreds of radio shows, podcasts, and streams.

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Vinny Berry is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Stories. He is an award-winning photographer, author of

Vinny Berry

Special Contributor

Vinny Berry is an award-winning photographer, author of “Lance by Chance: Wrestling as a Von Erich,” lead writer for wrestleville.com, and has written for various combative sport websites.

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Arthur Nager is an award-winning photographer, photo educator, and author of the book "Wrestling - Sunnyside Garden Arena, November 27, 1971." His work can be found in major collections, including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and the South Street Seaport Museum. He was Director of the Photography Department at the University of Bridgeport and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Norwalk Community College. The re-discovery of his Sunnyside Arena photographs has inspired his interest in wrestling history and the stories behind the wrestlers. You can purchase this limited edition book at sunnysidegardenwrestling.com.

Arthur Nager

Special Contributor

Arthur Nager is an award-winning photographer, photo educator, and author of the book, “Wrestling – Sunnyside Garden Arena, November 27, 1971.” The discovery of the Sunnyside Arena photographs has inspired his interest in wrestling history and the stories behind the wrestlers.

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