I enjoy interviewing folks from all fields. It is even better when I get to interview a friend and talk wrestling. Such was the case when I interviewed longtime friend and journalist Mike Pankow of Windy City Slam. Our interview is at On the Beat With Mike Pankow.
Mike has been a professional journalist for more than two decades and a wrestling fan even longer. Combining his passions, Mike created Windy City Slam, a website “going inside pro wrestling from the Chicago scene to around the world.”
Mike isn't an armchair journalist either. There's a good chance you will see him at a Chicago area independent wrestling show almost every weekend. Whether he is shooting pictures, doing interviews, lining up guests for his podcast, writing a recap or sometimes simply enjoying the action, Mike is a fixture on the wrestling scene.
We started with Mike giving his thoughts on the WWE Women's Royal Rumble, as well as the women's matches at WrestleMania. That led to Mike's thoughts on underrated or underutilized women wrestlers in the big companies. We then moved to the independent scene, with Mike picking some of his favorites and also some underrated ladies, too. I put Mike on the hot seat and asked for his Mount Rushmore of big and small wrestling companies and he delivered as expected. Mike finished by briefly discussing the indy companies he covers.
That was a lot of territory to cover in a relatively short time. Ever the pro, Mike was concise, while still giving thoughtful and thorough answers. It's the same approach Mike takes with Windy City Slam.
Thank you to Mike for his time and insight. I encourage everyone to check out Mike's work on WindyCitySlam.com. Also, check out his podcast section. He has some great names from all over the world of wrestling.