Meet the Pro Wrestling Stories Team!
JP ZarkaFounder 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.
Javier OjstSenior Writer
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.
Evan GinzburgSenior Writer
Evan Ginzburg is a published author and an associate producer of the movies "The Wrestler" and "350 Days." He is a 30-year film, radio, and TV veteran, as well as co-host of the weekly Wrestling & Everything- Coast to Coast radio show with Buddy Sotello.
Bobby MathewsSenior 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.
Joseph FinneganSenior 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.
Si PowellSenior 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.
Tim BucklerSenior 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.
Benny ScalaSenior 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.
Dan OwensContributing 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!
Ian AldousContributing 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.
Christa PaglieiContributing 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.
Griffin KayeContributing 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.
Ron MatejkoContributing 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.
Stosh JonjakContributing 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.
Luke MarcocciaContributing 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.
Joey MillsContributing 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).
Jordan TalbotContributing 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.
Ryan K. BomanContributing 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.
Chris ToplackContributing 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.
Marc MadisonContributing 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.
Lanny PoffoSpecial 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.
April HunterSpecial 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.
Bob RoopSpecial 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.
Jon FinkelSpecial 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.
Vinny BerrySpecial 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.