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At Arthur Ashe Stadium, Is Wrestling Fandom a Community?

Wednesday night, I attended AEW: Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe stadium, along with about twenty thousand other people. The show was AEW’s most highly attended event ever, and the stadium likely contained more people than I have personally laid eyes on in in the last year and a half combined.…

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Bray Wyatt’s Theme Songs Reviewed

When I first heard about Bray Wyatt’s release from WWE, my thoughts immediately turned to the composer and performer of Bray’s theme song, Mark Crozer. Crozer is a British guitarist whose credits include touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain—not the kind of person you’d expect to write a hugely…

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Orange Cassidy and Stokely Hathaway’s Grammys Street Fight Set the Bar for Cinematic Wrestling

The past year has been pretty dispiriting for pro wrestling fans. Promotions alternated between running shows in dystopian empty arenas and putting on the occasional superspreader event, while wrestlers, promoters, and audiences alike continuously revealed their cynicism and stupidity when it came to keeping each other safe. But there’s been…

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Understanding the (Not So) Unlikely Bond Between John Cena and BTS

Lots of people are fans of international Korean pop sensation BTS. Like, lots of people. Probably more people than are fans of literally any other thing in 2020. And one of these people is WWE legend, iconic jorts-wearer, and owner of too many suits John Cena. Interviewers LOVE asking him…

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2019 in Wrestling: Invisible Man vs Invisible Stan at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3

Marking Out As A Form Of Religious Ecstasy For all its creativity, the main purpose of professional wrestling has always been to part as many rubes as possible from their money. Wrestling is not compelling despite this goal, but because of it: it’s a form of entertainment that has evolved…

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2019 in Wrestling: New Japan’s MVP Tomohiro Ishii

The tragedy of Tomohiro Ishii is that he works in a field uniquely unsuited to rewarding his talents. Wrestling is an industry of spectacle, flash, high drama and camp. Ishii is a squat, short, middle aged man of few words and fewer flashy moves. If he stands out, it’s only…

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