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Mechanics of Wrestling 101: Observation

This is Part 3 of an ongoing series! Check out Part 1 on Space and Part 2 on Force. The “why” behind pro wrestling has always been a little murky, though no murkier than the impetus motivating any other professional sport. In your standard Big Four American pro sports, the…

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Mechanics of Wrestling 101: Force

The first lesson in Mechanics of Wrestling 101, Space, is not a prerequisite for this, but is highly recommended. Beginning in late 2018 and extending through Wrestlemania 2019, Daniel Bryan orchestrated a heel run as iconic as it was unlikely. It would’ve been easy—even advisable—to take his story in a…

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Mechanics of Wrestling 101: Space

Viewers of professional wrestling have to accept two counterposed realities at the exact same time: No, this isn’t really happening and Yes, this is really happening. These realities aren’t as irreconcilable as they first appear to be, woven together as they are by a (mostly) consistent internal logic. As long…

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Still Life Critique & Q&A with Still Life with Apricots and Pears

The tension between the comfort of the familiar and the surprise of the unexpected is at the core of why watching wrestling is fun. Much of the time, the familiar comes in the form of the performers themselves and the roles they play— heels or faces, technical geniuses or athletic…

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Ace Watkins: Making a Gamer President

Disclosure: Fanbyte uses the freelance payment system Outvoice, which is developed by Hard Times. Neither the author of this piece nor Fanbyte received any promotional consideration or payment from Hard Times for the publication of this article. He’s pro-labor, has a strong stance on trans rights, wants to implement a…

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