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AJ Gray Won’t Die. He’ll Make You Kill Him.

AJ Gray is climbing the top rope. He’s 470 days away from ending Nick Gage’s near three-year reign as GCW World Champion. It’ll be even longer than that until he helms the For the Culture series of events that exclusively highlight Black wrestlers. For now, he’s wrestling in the opener…

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How Is Pro Wrestling During a Pandemic Going?

Fanfyte was founded a year ago to coincide with what looked like a big boom in the world of pro wrestling. AEW premiering a weekly national TV show to rival WWE? The biggest promotions in Japan and Mexico finally easily accessible internationally via streaming? Independent wrestling having exciting, experimental, fun…

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Q&A with Wrestler and Nobody Show Mastermind Miyako Matsumoto

Last April, DDT’s esteemed promoter, wrestler, and van target Sanshiro Takagi issued a challenge to his colleague, Miyako Matsumoto: produce a wrestling show that featured no people at all. Not just no audience, but no announcers, no ref, and no wrestlers.  In both concept and commissioning, this was an inspired…

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Remembering Danny Havoc

Part of the joy of professional wrestling fandom is the allure and ease of parasocial relationships. You can find larger than life people with boundless charisma. You can latch onto the little things they say or do and you can imagine running into them at a bar or an airport…

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Four Eyes, Nine Lives: An Interview with Veda Scott

I was in the crowd for Veda Scott’s seventh match. It feels like a lifetime ago at this point, my first Absolute Intense Wrestling show, my third independent wrestling show, a three day weekend that finished with a match between Sara Del Rey and Claudio Castagnoli, but I still remember…

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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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2019 in Wrestling: The Universal Comedy of a DDT Campsite Match

DDT Pro Wrestling is an independent Japanese promotion famous for high concept matches and providing audiences with unique wrestling experiences. Maybe you’re already a fan. Maybe you’ve only ever seen clips from that time Kota Ibushi wrestled a blow-up doll or Minoru Suzuki wrestled in the middle of an empty Tokyo Dome. The company…

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2019 in Wrestling: Nick Gage is the Best Professional Wrestler in the World

I was more anxious for a wrestling show than I thought I had any right to be when I walked into the Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee this summer. My primary concern on that July afternoon was that I may have been underdressed. I was dressed for an indie wrestling…

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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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Japanese Wrestling Streaming Service Nico Pro Goes International

Within the past 5 years, Japanese pro wrestling has drastically shifted its position in the consciousness of the average Western wrestling fan. Before the proliferation of streaming wrestling media in 2014— spurred by the creation of the WWE network, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s NJPW World service became the first Japanese…

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Sara Del Rey: An Evolutionary Figure in Women’s Wrestling

It was around Christmas 2013 that I started to get into professional wrestling. My fiance and a friend, whom I love dearly, were extremely invested in Daniel Bryan’s on-going rise in WWE that culminated with his main-eventing Wrestlemania XXX and becoming World Champion. I wanted to understand why they were…

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FanFyte’s Best of the Week 10/25/19-10/31/19

Orange Cassidy vs Pricilla Kelly @BarWrestling ? #thisiswrestling pic.twitter.com/XOIC3PWaFD — Eric Denton (@JabronieRamone) November 1, 2019 Mer: Orange Cassidy and Priscilla Kelly dressed as each other for Halloween That’s it, that’s the best thing to maybe ever happen in wrestling. Kelly rocked the torn jeans and sunglasses while Cassidy appeared…

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GCW Jimmy Lloyd’s Halloween FrightFest Recap and Review

Jimmy Lloyd has promised us a FuckFest, a word I don’t know if I’m allowed to use on this website. GCW delivered with plenty of tricks, a few treats, and a lengthy Teddy Hart speech to cap it all off. Here’s a rundown of the inaugural FrightFest. https://twitter.com/MrLARIATO/status/1188971653193240579 Christian vs…

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Pro Wrestling Schedule for the Week of 10/28/19

Monday, 10/28 Tuesday, 10/29 Wednesday, 10/30 Thursday, 10/31 Friday, 11/1 Saturday, 11/2 Sunday, 11/3 NJPW Road to Power Struggle (New Japan World 5:30 AM EDT) NWA Powerrr (YouTube 6PM EDT)†** NJPW Road to Power Struggle (New Japan World 6AM EDT) NJPW Road to Power Struggle (New Japan World 5AM EDT)…

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GCW Jimmy Lloyd’s Halloween Frightfest Preview and Predictions

It’s almost Halloween time, and that means some creepy things are right around the corner. In lieu of the scariest part of the holiday, WWE’s 4 Blood 4 Money PPV, I’m covering GCW’s Frightfest, which promises a family friendly haunted good time. Just kidding, because it’s GCW and Nick Gage…

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Pro Wrestling Schedule for the Week of 10/14/19

Monday, 10/14 Tuesday, 10/15 Wednesday, 10/16 Thursday, 10/17 Friday, 10/18 Saturday, 10/19 Sunday, 10/20 NJPW King of Pro Wrestling (New Japan World 4AM EDT)** NWA Power (YouTube 6PM EDT) NJPW Road to Power Struggle (New Japan World 5:30 AM EDT) NJPW Road to Power Struggle (New Japan World 5:30 AM…

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