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¡Olé!: Three Essential El Generico Matches

El Generico: the man, the myth, the legend. Sometimes erroneously referred to as “Sami Zayn when he was on the indies,” a statement which is clearly not true as Zayn himself has denied it, and El Generico is retired and unavailable for comment. (More earnestly, it’s totally accurate to say…

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Watching Myself Watch Wrestling

In yesterday’s piece about how wrestling continues undaunted through a pandemic, I mentioned that my relationship to wrestling was growing strained as a result, that I didn’t know if it would be possible to repair my relationship to it. The reason I haven’t completely broken away from wrestling in this…

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Asuka vs. Sara Del Rey Is the Wrestling Match of the Decade

If you’ve been following my series about the best wrestlers of the decade, you might think I’d give the honorific to the Okada/Shibata match that cut short the resurgence of Katsuyori Shibata’s career, but if there’s anything you should know about me as a critic, it’s that multiple things can…

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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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Pro Wrestling Schedule for the Week of September 30, 2019

We are heading into an enormous week of wrestling. A thick, massive week, stuffed to the brim with wrestling. It’s the Chungus of non-Wrestlemania wrestling weeks. It also might be kind of the norm going forward? So we at Fanbyte are introducing a new thing, a weekly wrestling schedule. Grab…

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