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LB Hunktears is Fanbyte's Social Editor+ and co-host of Friends Reunion. They mostly write about 2D boys and fast cars. LB is also in charge of Fanbyte's ongoing project to destroy the vile Count Dracula.


7 Rivalries to Care About in WWE the Week of June 23, 2019

Hey, look at us! We made it through another week of WWE TV. Sure, there was a tug of war match in a wrestling ring, and okay fine, yes, there was an awful lot of Shane McMahon. But let’s be optimists, okay? NXT was cool, and Drew Gulak is Cruiserweight…

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WWE Stomping Grounds Recap and Results

Quick note: if you’re someone who looks at the number grades I give, this might seem a little lower than prior reviews. I actually introduced a real system with math and stuff so I can grade more fairly. There’s number ratings for matches and everything! Wow! Math! Okay, I may…

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WWE Stomping Grounds Card Preview and Predictions

It’s summer! What better way to celebrate than with WWE’s beloved Pay Per View… uh… Stomping Grounds. The card features nine matches, with every main roster title on the line except the Women’s and Raw Tag Team Championships, and three whole fresh match-ups! What can you expect from Stompy Grounds…

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7 Friendships I Loved in WWE the Week of June 16, 2019

Sometimes when I need to be cheered up, I put on the late 1960s Soviet stop motion children’s short Gena the Crocodile. The story goes like this: Gena the Crocodile, who works at the zoo as the crocodile, realizes he is sorely lacking in the friend department. So, he decides…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of June 9, 2019

I won’t lie to you… I enjoyed that week off from WWE. Last Monday, instead of rushing from my car after a long workday to sit at my desk and watch Raw, I took a leisurely stroll to my neighborhood park, sat in the grass and watched the sunset. Later,…

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Ten Women’s Wrestling Matches You Can Watch (for Free!) Instead of WWE Super ShowDown

WWE’s Super ShowDown event begins at 11 am Pacific time today. You could watch that, simultaneously supporting human rights abuses and forcing yourself to sit through Goldberg vs Undertaker, or you could watch… you know… something good. UK riot grrl women’s wrestling company Pro Wrestling Eve will be livestreaming some…

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7 Things That Happened in Not-WWE the Week of June 2, 2019

It is arguably the best time in history to be a wrestling fan. We have more access to more incredible wrestling from all over the world now than ever before. How many of those wrestling companies do not have propaganda partnerships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Almost all of…

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NXT TakeOver XXV Recap and Results

NXT TakeOver XXV was about what I expected it to be: good but not great. I’m not abandoning my short kings yet, but I have to admit that I’m getting a little tired of little white indie workrate guys too busy doing cool moves to remember to have personalities. I’m…

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NXT Takeover XXV Card Preview and Predictions

The first NXT Takeover was held at Full Sail University in front of about 400 fans. Five of the twelve people who wrestled on the show are no longer wrestling for WWE, including then-champion Adrian Neville. NXT’s Takeover shows have come a long way since 2014, and are now widely…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 5/26/19

This was a weird week for WWE television. There was some good wrestling, but from the Sami Zayn Electric Chair segment to Daniel Bryan delivering a promo clearly expecting the crowd to loudly cheer for fracking, the vibe was decidedly cursed. It couldn’t have helped that these episodes were coming…

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AEW Double or Nothing Recap and Results

Double or Nothing, All Elite Wrestling’s first PPV event, did something that I genuinely was not expecting. It got me to completely mark out sitting alone at my desk taking notes— completely sober and for several hours. I had a fucking blast watching this show. The cheesy stuff was the right…

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AEW Double or Nothing Card Preview and Predictions

How successful can a YouTube show where wrestlers dick around and do skits when they’re bored overseas get? Ask All Elite Wrestling, the new wrestling promotion owned by Shahid Kahn and run by the guys behind the popular YouTube channel Being the Elite. Oh, are you totally new to the…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 5/19/2019

From Bayley cashing in at Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV to Io Shirai destroying a kendo stick wailing on Shayna Baszler on NXT, it’s been an exciting week in WWE. We got a new Smackdown Women’s Champion, a brand new championship, several wrestlers returning from hiatus, all kinds of tomfoolery…

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Hunktears Recap: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 Results

I am personally fascinated by WWE’s decision to have their Money in the Bank PPV event happen at the same time as the Game of Thrones series finale. Can you picture Vince McMahon sputtering at whoever told him they were airing head to head? And that this weird premium cable…

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Money in the Bank 2019: Card and Predictions

This Sunday May 19 at 6 Eastern Time and 3 Pacific, the WWE’s first Pay Per View event since Wrestlemania will be underway. Or, the Kickoff Show will, at least. It’s a pretty hefty card, with 11 matches— 7 of which are title matches and 2 of which are Money…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 5/12/2019

The second week of WWE with the Wildcard Rules in play was…a little rocky. We’re heading into Money in the Bank this Sunday, though, and in addition to a whole lot of video packages, Raw and Smackdown both opening with The Miz and Roman Reigns, and the return of questioning…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 5/5/2019

1. The Wildcard Rule The biggest story heading into WWE TV this week was the real life tale of really, really bad ratings. Raw has had historically low ones through the past year, but after an exciting WrestleMania, some were expecting things to bounce back. They haven’t. The solution? Having…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 4/28/2019

1. The NXT Debut of Kushida After weeks of teasers, the former New Japan junior heavyweight ace got in the ring with the new official welcome wagon for big deal babyface signees, Kassius Ohno. The match is a good introduction to Kushida’s fantastic technical ability in the ring, great energy,…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 4/21/2019

WWE had a weird week. It started with the impromptu final Shield appearance event, and continued through Monday and Tuesday with very uneven episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live. Some of the writing (a lot of it) was so bad that at one point, color commentator Corey Graves…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of 4/15/2019

1. The Superstar Shakeup The Superstar Shakeup, for the uninitiated, is exactly what it sounds like. Once a year, WWE’s talent roster gets “shaken up,” giving them opportunities for fresh rivalries and new starts. Raw now features AJ Styles, the Miz, the Usos, and Naomi, while Smackdown boasts the acquisitions…

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