Meet the Pro Wrestling Stories Team!

JP Zarka created Pro Wrestling Stories in 2015. He's a writer, editor, producer, former co-host of The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo, and assistant principal who enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his lively daughters! You can see him in recent episodes of "Autopsy: The Last Hours of..." on Reelz in the United States and Channel 5 in the U.K. 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 and editor-in-chief here at PWS, a podcast producer, former co-host of The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo, and an elementary school assistant principal who enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his lively daughters! You can see him in recent episodes of “Autopsy: The Last Hours of…” on Reelz in the United States and Channel 5 in the U.K. Originally from Chicago, he has called London home since 2008.

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Evan Ginzburg

Senior Editor and Writer

Evan Ginzburg is a published author and was an Associate Producer on the Oscar-nominated movie “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke, and “350 Days,” with 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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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 and has a few bylines on TheLogBook.com, where he shares stories of pop culture and retro-related awesomeness. He has also been published on Slam Wrestling and in G-FAN Magazine.

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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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Jim Philips | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 Dan and Benny In the Ring podcast. He is also a writer/promoter for Jimmy Valiant’s Boogie’s Wrestling Camp and Hall of Fame Museum (BWC). Benny is a licensed Florida Realtor and recently joined the writing staff of the Through The Fence Baseball website. He 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

Senior Writer

Ian Aldous is a former boxing writer who currently represents the International Boxing Organization as a fight supervisor. He briefly covered pro wrestling in the late 2000s for WrestlingNewsWorld.com and the PWB Podcast before finding a home for his work on Pro Wrestling Stories.

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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 is currently working on a fiction anthology series, “Random Tales.” You can keep up with the development of that series at the Twitter link below.

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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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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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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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Matt Pender is an old-school wrestling fan who currently lives in New Zealand. He is also a musical performer with his band OdESSA who can be investigated at the link above. He can be reached by e-mail at matthew.pender@hotmail.co.nz.

Matt Pender

Contributing Writer

Matt Pender is an old-school wrestling fan who currently lives in New Zealand. He is also a musical performer with his band OdESSA.

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Dr. Mike Lano, DDS, has had his photography and writing featured in wrestling magazines since the 1970s. He has done freelance work for WWF/E, was on staff for the WCW Magazine in the 1990s, and has been the Cauliflower Alley Club's board photographer since 1987 after serving on its executive board in the '90s. His images are featured in many wrestling books, documentaries, and networks such as Dark Side of the Ring, A&E Biography, E!, MTV, and Reelz. He has hosted and co-hosted wrestling radio on and off since 1974 and has a long-standing syndicated newspaper column. He can be reached by e-mail at wrealano@aol.com.

Dr. Mike Lano

Contributing Writer

Dr. Mike Lano, DDS, has had his photography and writing featured in wrestling magazines since the 1970s. He has done freelance work for WWF/E, was on staff for the WCW Magazine in the 1990s, and has been the Cauliflower Alley Club’s board photographer since 1987 after serving on its executive board in the ’90s.

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Since childhood, Ebony Nash has been a wrestling fan. She is based out of Cleveland, Ohio, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2020. Her favorite wrestlers include Trish Stratus and The Usos. She can be reached by e-mail at ejn16@uakron or on Instagram at @ebonyjnash.

Ebony Nash

Contributing Writer

Since childhood, Ebony Nash has been a wrestling fan. She is based out of Cleveland, Ohio, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2020.

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Conor McCorkindale is a contributor to Pro Wrestling Stories. He is a wrestler based out of the UK under the name Axel Strife, and also a YouTuber on his channel linked below.

Conor McCorkindale

Contributing Writer

Conor McCorkindale is a wrestler based out of the UK under the name Axel Strife, and also a YouTuber on his channel linked below.

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Will Gray is a chef by trade and a mark by choice. Will earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from MTSU and is the host of Botched Spots and Chair Shots, a pro wrestling podcast and blog. He also contributes his freelance work across the web.

Will Gray

Contributing Writer

Will Gray is a chef by trade and a mark by choice. Will earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from MTSU and is the host of Botched Spots and Chair Shots, a pro wrestling podcast and blog. He also contributes his freelance work across the web.

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Dan Sebastiano is a historian and host of the podcast Dan and Benny in the Ring. He is a US Navy Veteran and journeyman contributor appearing at wrestling shows and conventions across the Mid-Atlantic region. Dan has been a fan of pro wrestling for nearly forty years.

Dan Sebastiano

Contributing Writer

Dan Sebastiano is a historian and host of the podcast Dan and Benny in the Ring. He is a US Navy Veteran and journeyman contributor appearing at wrestling shows and conventions across the Mid-Atlantic region. Dan has been a fan of pro wrestling for nearly forty years.

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Since his youth, Chris Dreibelbis has been a wrestling fan when he regularly watched Jim Crockett Promotions and WWF programming on television with his father. One of his fondest memories is watching The Junkyard Dog win a Battle Royale at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, in the 1980s.

Chris Dreibelbis

Contributing Writer

Since his youth, Chris Dreibelbis has been a wrestling fan when he regularly watched Jim Crockett Promotions and WWF programming on television with his father. One of his fondest memories is watching The Junkyard Dog win a Battle Royale at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, in the 1980s.

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Ian Matthew Harper is a professional wrestling commentator out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Under the name Colonel Harper, he currently works for the World Wrestling Alliance as a heel commentator, manager, and occasional wrestler. [Photo copyright: World Wrestling Alliance]

Ian Matthew Harper

Contributing Writer

Ian Matthew Harper is a Kentucky Colonel and Jefferson Award-winning teacher from Lockport, New York, residing in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Additionally, he is a freelance writer, professional wrestling personality, and lead producer of The Colonelcast podcast.

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Archie Pain is a long-time wrestling fan and journalist based out of England. He enjoys going to the gym, and his favorite wrestling includes AEW, NJPW, '90s AJPW, and 2000s ROH and WWF/E.

Archie Pain

Contributing Writer

Archie Pain is a long-time wrestling fan and journalist based out of England. He enjoys going to the gym, and his favorite wrestling includes AEW, NJPW, ’90s AJPW, and 2000s ROH and WWF/E.

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Luke Marcoccia | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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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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 a paraprofessional in grades 1-8, Guest Experience Staff for Minnesota United FC, and a Sports Writer for Mental Dimes.

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Geries Tadros is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories and has written for Furious Cinema and Grind House Database.

Geries Tadros

Contributing Writer

Geries Tadros is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories and has written for Furious Cinema and Grind House Database.

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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. Storytelling is his passion, and he turns into a nerd whenever it comes to professional wrestling! 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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Ethan Absler is a freelance writer covering professional wrestling for NBC Universal and The USA Network. He is an independent wrestler based out of Chicago with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Ethan Absler

Contributing Writer

Ethan Absler is a freelance writer covering professional wrestling for NBC Universal and The USA Network. He is an independent wrestler based out of Chicago with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri.

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Aarij Arifeen is a lifelong wrestling fan with a great interest in related literature. He is a moderator for r/AEWOfficial on Reddit, has had bylines on TheSportster.com, and resides in Karachi, Pakistan.

Aarij Arifeen

Contributing Writer

Aarij Arifeen is a lifelong wrestling fan with a great interest in related literature. He is a moderator for r/AEWOfficial on Reddit, has had bylines on TheSportster.com, and resides in Karachi, Pakistan. 

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Jack O'Hara | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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

As a syndicated columnist and feature writer, Ryan K. Boman regularly has bylines on Sportskeeda.com. He has also appeared in The Miami Herald, AdWeek, SB Nation, The Southern Illinoisan, 1wrestling.com, and his former website, TheGorillaPosition.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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 | Author, ProWrestlingStories.com

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 as 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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The late Bill McCormack was a longtime contributor to Evan Ginzburg’s "Wrestling- Then & Now" newsletter. Bill lived in New Jersey until July 1998, when he moved to Florida. He attended Seton Hall Prep School and followed his stint there by attending Montclair State University, where he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree. After attaining that goal, he received his Master’s at Farleigh Dickinson and ultimately his Doctorate in Education at Seton Hall University. According to McCormack,

Bill McCormack

Special Contributor

The late Bill McCormack was a longtime contributor to Evan Ginzburg’s “Wrestling- Then & Now” newsletter. He worked for the Milburn Item as a reporter/columnist. In 1973, McCormack won the New Jersey Press Association’s "Best Sports Columnist for a Weekly Newspaper." While Bill may be sadly gone, his memories and gorgeous prose now have a chance to reach a vast new audience through Pro Wrestling Stories.

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Joe Stasi is behind many of the great, nostalgic wrestling photos you see shared on our social media accounts. He has been a wrestling fan since the '70s, is an avid belt collector, and was a neighbor of the Poffo family before their WWF years in Lexington, Kentucky! He runs the "International Championship Wrestling - ICW The Poffo Years!" and "Bruiser Brody - Wrestling's Last Rebel!" Facebook groups. He has also been mentioned on the 605 Superpodcast, Jerry Jarrett, Jim Cornette, Booking the Territory, Kentucky Fried Rasslin, The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo, and Breaking Kayfabe with Bowdren and Barry, amongst many others.

Joe Stasi

Social Media Team

Joe Stasi is behind many of the great, nostalgic wrestling photos you see shared on our social media accounts. He has been a wrestling fan since the ’70s, is an avid belt collector, and was a neighbor of the Poffo family before their WWF years in Lexington, Kentucky! He runs the “International Championship Wrestling – ICW The Poffo Years” and “Bruiser Brody – Wrestling’s Last Rebel” Facebook groups and has been mentioned on various podcasts such as the 605 Superpodcast, Jerry Jarrett, Jim Cornette, Booking the Territory, Kentucky Fried Rasslin, The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo, Breaking Kayfabe with Bowdren and Barry, amongst many others!