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We Need Eco-Friendly Wrestlers if We’re Going to Save the Planet

I imagine that when Ludvig Borga first stepped on American soil — probably off a boat because it reduced his carbon emissions — he lifted his nose aloft and took in a whiff, grimacing. “Look at this filth. This pollution,” the Finnish quasi-superstar said in one of his inaugural WWF…

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Wheeler YUTA Is the Lex Luger of the Blackpool Combat Club

Please, before you boo me off of Fanfyte, let me explain. Wrestling stables are pretty interesting. They’re meant to be, obviously, a gathering of formerly disparate talents in the name of a common cause. A stable can come in three configurations before becoming a faction: there’s the three person stable,…

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Anarchy in the Arena Succeeded on the Strength of All-Time Greats

If “Wild Thing” played over the whole thing, it’s probably a perfect match. I couldn’t tell you how serious I am about that statement, but I can tell you that the Anarchy in the Arena ten-man tag between The Jericho Appreciation Society and Eddie Kingston’s cohorts absolutely rocked. It’s one…

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Press A+B Together: The Art of Stealing a Finisher

For a lot of reasons, theft has been on my mind in recent weeks. External events of the world aside, AEW Dynamite was rife with it on May 11th. The first two matches on the card—Dax Harwood vs. Adam Cole, and John Silver vs. CM Punk—both featured finishes that saw…

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Spitting in the GOAT’s Face: FanFyte’s Best of the Month, March 2022

Before we get into things, a little bit of housekeeping. I’m lucky enough to be taking over the Best of the Month list that FanFyte featured through the tail end of 2021. Of course, the major change now is that instead of hearing perspectives from several writers, all these picks…

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Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley Are Done Compromising Their Vision of Pro Wrestling

Bryan Danielson has an uncompromising vision of professional wrestling. And why wouldn’t he? This is a man who has gone on record to say that a bloody pro wrestling match has brought him closer to sensing God’s presence than years of organized religion. “I’m not doing it to have the…

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Headbutts and Revenge: “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson II

First thing’s first, it’s not as good as the first one. Really, it’s almost unfair to have expected this pair to hit that level again. Outside of doing something radically different or just extending the time limit out further, there’s really no way that Page and Danielson could top the…

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Bryan Danielson’s Wrestler of the Year Case Needs Daniel Bryan

Look, I get it. Of course, Bryan Danielson’s run in AEW is going to be the centerpiece of his Wrestler of the Year case. That’s to be expected, and it’s not at all the wrong approach to take. Hell, I’ve spilled a lot of ink this year covering many of…

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Hangman Adam Page and Bryan Danielson Made an Hour Fly By

There’s a little gem hidden on the Fite stream of this match. About 35 minutes into this hour-long draw, Excalibur throws to another commercial for all the viewers watching on TNT. Meanwhile, the international stream holds on the action, complete with the commentary team still hooked up to their audio.…

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The Planet’s Champion: A Look Back at the “New” Daniel Bryan

Undefeated in singles competition since arriving at AEW in September, Bryan Danielson has reaffirmed his standing as his generation’s most gifted in-ring performer by putting on a series of engrossing clinics. Though presented as a babyface from the moment he debuted, the “American Dragon” had been exhibiting a slightly menacing…

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78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part III: The Soul of Reason)

XV. The Devil: MJF Another obvious corollary; is there any figure in AEW more contemptible than Maxwell Jacob Friedman? And yet, there are many captivated by his spell. For starters, I must begrudgingly admit he’s a good pro wrestler—so good to the point where there are actually people out there…

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Bryan Danielson’s Jumping Jacks: A Review

Last night, Bryan Danielson and “Hangman” Adam Page wrestled to a 60-minute time limit draw. It was a brilliant match, utterly breathtaking in the way it wasted exactly zero of the 60 minutes it was given, full of references to other epic championship clashes and even more packed with its…

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Join Us: Every AEW Faction Ranked

AEW is chockablock with various stables, from high-profile units like The Elite to lowly units like The Wingmen. This could be a daunting hurdle for new AEW fans, so I have not only summarized each group, but I have ranked them. For this list, I am considering any group of…

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Bryan Danielson vs. Miro Was a Classic Mismatch, But Was That Enough?

Even before they made their entrances, Bryan Danielson vs. Miro seemed like an odd fit. Danielson’s half of the pre-match promo vignette was warm, personable, naturalistic: “I saw AEW as the place where real professional wrestling lives,” he said, the scene cutting from clips of his recent matches to a…

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11 Years Apart, Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston Dropped a Pair of Bangers

For some reason, this is a match that was never really supposed to happen. It’s strange to think about considering how both Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston are emblematic of the 2000s super indie boom that came to define the direction of North American pro wrestling down the line. Even…

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Bryan Danielson Cracked the Minoru Suzuki Code

So here’s the thing about Minoru Suzuki’s recent tour of the United States: if you’ve seen one of those matches, you’ve seen them all. The novelty of his match ups, more often than not, far outweighs the in-ring product as many of these matches follow the same general formula and…

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Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega Was a Dream Match Realized

In my time as a wrestling fan, I have run the full gamut of opinions when it comes to Kenny Omega. To me, Kenny Omega is the very definition of a “coin flip” wrestler. On any given night, he’s either someone I consider to be one of the very best…

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The American Dragon Bryan Danielson Flies Again

These things don’t happen in my lifetime. I started watching wrestling in 2006, long after the dust had settled from the Monday Night Wars. Growing up, the WWE was a monolith—the only game in town at least as far as North American wrestling was concerned. I didn’t know a wrestling…

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