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Emily Pratt

Emily Pratt is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She used to study, write about, and make theater. Now she writes a lot about pro wrestling. Pratt is a regular contributor for Fanbyte, with other bylines at Uproxx, Deadlock, Mind Games, Orange Crush, and FanSided WWE.


Interview: The Creators of “Rubber Match” Talk Wrestling, Romance, and Sports Manga

Every wrestling fan knows that wrestling has an element of homoeroticism, but their responses to that vary. Some ignore it, some joke about it, and some, like comics writer Elizabeth Brie and artist Kira Okamoto, are inspired by it. That’s why they wrote Rubber Match, a project described in its…

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Alberto El Patrón Set to Return to a Major Wrestling Promotion [UPDATED]

Update (4/26/22): A week after this story was published, the same AAA source reached out to Fanbyte to say that Alberto El Patrón has been “pulled from the match” in which he was scheduled to perform at Triplemanía. El Patrón’s replacement is currently set to be a wrestler from the…

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Tomohiro Ishii Entering to “Where Is My Mind?” on AEW Dynamite: A Review

It’s been a good week for NJPW‘s Tomohiro Ishii. Since arriving in the U.S. with Okada, the Stone Pitbull has gotten In-N-Out, won the NEVER Openweight Championship, and debuted on AEW Dynamite as the tag partner of his new stablemate, Orange Cassidy. Ishii and Orange vs. The Butcher and The…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 18 and Final Review: Everything’s Cursed but at Least Shibata Is Here

Previously on NJPW’s G1 Climax 31: 85 tournament matches happened and Ibushi won A Block to make his fourth G1 final in four years. New Japan Pro Wrestling’s 2021 G1 Climax tournament came to a close earlier this week with a block-deciding Cobb vs. Okada rubber match, a quality tournament…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 17 Review: The Block Final Countdown

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: there was so much of the G1 Climax 31. There were 70 matches of the G1 Climax 31! After nearly a month of competition, the 2021 tournament comes to a close this week with its final three shows: the A Block final, B Block…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 6 Review: Chaos Rains

Previously on NJPW’s G1 Climax 31: Ishii brought out the best of Kenta and ZSJ continued his tentacle monster hot streak. New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s September 29 show at Korakuen Hall closes out the first third of the 2021 G1 Climax with what’s probably the tournament’s least appealing card so…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 5 Review: Like a Squid Out of Hell

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: In A Block, Zack vs. Shingo! It happened! It was amazing! In B Block, Okada is still wrestling like he’s in his stem cell era, and it’s also very exciting. It sounds like a bad thing when I say that Night 5 is the…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Nights 3-4 Review: Wrestling Brains

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: The tournament started strong! Its first two shows were very entertaining overall, with some standout matches and surprise results. Unfortunately, this was followed by the bad kind of surprise: Naito getting injured for real and forfeiting the rest of his matches. Nights 3-4 of…

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The Iihashi Brothers, The New Dragon Gate Tag Team With Two Wrestler Parents: A Review

2021 has been a big year for brother tag teams. While the Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers have been tearing it up in AEW, three new pairs of siblings have debuted in major promotions across the wrestling world. The Creed Brothers are making an impact on the revamped NXT and…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Nights 1-2 Review: That Rainy Day Feeling Again

New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s 31st annual G1 Climax tournament is officially underway, and it got off to a strong start. The first nights of A and B Block competition both delivered some really good matches and a few surprises. Sho’s evil gamer ways have evolved, Yujiro is now fueled by…

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Everything You Need To Know About NJPW’s G1 Climax 31

After a series of stadium shows and a revamp of activity in America, it’s tournament season for New Japan Pro Wrestling. The G1 Climax 31 starts this weekend, kicking off on September 18 in Osaka and ending on October 21 at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan. Between those dates, twenty wrestlers will…

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NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome Review: Torture? In My House?

Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome (not to be confused with the one in the Tokyo Dome) is New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s last big show of the summer and last show, period, before the 2021 G1 Climax. The two-night event included defenses of every available championship, a grudge match between…

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It’s Conspiracy Time: Something Was Up With CM Punk’s Shoes On AEW Rampage

CM Punk‘s return to wrestling in the opening segment of this Friday’s episode of AEW Rampage was emotional and perfectly executed. The promotional strategy of heavily teasing his arrival but not outright announcing it had wrestling fans buzzing the whole day leading up to the show, and Punk entering the…

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NJPW Resurgence Review: Carrying the Torch

After a year and a half without running a show in front of a live audience in America, New Japan Pro Wrestling finally earned a gate in the U.S. with NJPW Resurgence. The event featured matches that had been promoted on NJPW’s pandemic-born studio show NJPW Strong, as well as,…

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NJPW Summer Struggle 8/7-10/21 Review: R3K Is Not OK

After a break from televised shows, New Japan Pro Wrestling returns with the first leg of Super Junior Tag League, a tournament that two different wrestlers said they found out was happening the week before. There’s also a NEVER 6-man title match and some storyline progression for the next Wrestle…

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NJPW Summer Struggle 7/27-8/1 Review: Who’s the Boss?

After a mostly-triumphant return to the Tokyo Dome for Wrestle Grand Slam, New Japan Pro Wrestling hits a bit of a lull. The first three of the four Summer Struggle events that take place at Korakuen Hall on July 27, July 30-31, and August 1 are largely skippable – mostly…

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NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome Review: Knee Japan Pro Wrestling

After three days of seasonal struggles in Osaka and Nagoya, New Japan Pro Wrestling makes its return to the Tokyo Dome with Wrestle Grand Slam. It’s NJPW’s first show in the stadium outside of January in over fifteen years, but it doesn’t have the triumphant atmosphere that implies. Even knowing…

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Nagoya Review: Shibata Friendship Circle Drama

After two nights of Summer Struggle in Osaka that focused on the heavyweight tag title feud, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s Summer Struggle in Nagoya is the culmination of singles feuds and the go-home show for Wrestle Grand Slam. These factors combine to appoint Kota Ibushi’s replacement in the Tokyo Dome…

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Osaka 2021 Review: Chekhov’s Double Pin

New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked off four consecutive nights of big shows with two back-to-back Summer Struggle in Osaka events. For July 22-23, the heavyweight tag title feud is the focus of NJPW, and the matches between Naito/Sanada/Zack/Taichi play a major role in delivering some of the most fun NJPW…

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Everything You Need To Know About NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam

On Sunday, July 25, New Japan Pro Wrestling will return to the Tokyo Dome for Wrestle Grand Slam. The event, which was originally scheduled for May 15 and postponed for pandemic-related reasons, will be NJPW’s first show in the stadium aside from its annual January event in about sixteen years…

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