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I Guess Ric Flair Is Wrestling His Last Match? Well, That Kinda Sucks.

“Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the 73-year-old professional legend who, in 2021, was one of the focal points of the docuseries Dark Side of the Ring‘s episode on the infamous WWE “Plane Ride From Hell,” most notably for allegedly sexually assaulting flight attendant Heidi Doyle, will be coming out of retirement for…

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Minoru Suzuki Takes America (Again)

When Minoru Suzuki made his excursion of the United States last September and October, it was a bit of a revelation for many here stateside. A shock to the system, if you will, of wrestling in the United States. Certainly, many words were written on this very site by diverse…

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Have a Week, Speedball Mike Bailey: FanFyte’s Best of WrestleMania Week 2022

WrestleMania weekend is so much more than just The Show of Shows itself. Going back to the mid-2000s or so, WrestleMania weekend has been a hotbed for independent wrestling as promotions flock to the host city to showcase their product to the largest concentration of professional wrestling fans anywhere on…

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Interview: “Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas Is Making Moves

Hoodfoot likes to play chess. It’s not the first thing you’ll ever find out about the independent wrestler currently based in Indianapolis. More likely, you’ll first hear about his time as the top champion in Paradigm Pro Wrestling, where he wrestled under UWFi rules. Or perhaps you’ve seen him on…

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FTR Finally Wrestled the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, the Fathers of Their Style

There’s a danger to making one’s influences so well known. Since they first burst onto the scene in late 2010s NXT as The Revival, FTR have never made any secrets about who they were trying to be. In their aesthetic, their ring work, and their dedication to classic tag team…

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Biff Busick’s Bloody Return to Wrestling

It’s been close to seven years since Biff Busick last wrestled in Fete Music Hall. On his last night for Beyond Wrestling, he defeated longtime rival Eddie Edwards to win the first ever Greatest Rivals Round Robin. Having won all three of his matches on that night, Busick left the…

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GCW Took Its Place in Wrestling History at the Hammerstein Ballroom

On May 19, 1915, a purported “international wrestling tournament” commenced at the Manhattan Opera House in New York City. Over the next year or so, such tournaments would feature future legends of the pioneer era such as Wladek Zbyszko, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Roller, The Masked Marvel, and Ed “Strangler” Lewis.…

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Trish Adora is 2021’s Independent Wrestler of the Year

It’s December and I’m stoned, watching Trish Adora wrestle a robot. As Adora flusters Shockwave the Robot by grinding a bit in the middle of a tight waistlock, I have to double-check the frayed wires of my short-term memory to make absolutely certain I didn’t sprinkle some recently-procured magic mushroom…

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In 2021, Matt Cardona Was Indie Wrestling’s Best Heel

The tag of somebody being an “ex-WWE” wrestler is not exactly a rare one. In the United States, in the 21st Century, WWE was practically the only major wrestling company until the advent of All Elite Wrestling in 2019. As a result, there are quite a few former employees of…

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Jimmy Rave’s Legacy Is Forever

It’s a big night for wrestling fans in Piedmont, Alabama. The IWGP Heavyweight Champion is in town. A small crowd has packed themselves into 627 Southern Avenue for the ProSouth Wrestling show. Ringside seats sell for $10 a pop, general seating only $8, a real bargain to see AJ Styles…

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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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An Interview With Kevin Ku, One of the Best Independent Wrestlers in the World

When Kevin Ku enters the Zoom call, he’s wearing an American Dragon hoodie. No shock, he and I share the same favorite wrestler. In fact, the first time I had the opportunity to interact with Kevin Ku online was when he volunteered to be a talking head on my “Bryan…

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FanFyte’s Best of the Month: October 2021

Another month in the books, another set of bangers in the world of professional wrestling. We’ve covered Bryan Danielson vs. Eddie Kingston and Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki. Wheeler YUTA and Alex Shelley wrestled a classic that elevated the IWTV Independent Championship and Suzuki vs. Dominic Garrini restored editor Colette Arrand’s…

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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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Dominic Garrini and Minoru Suzuki Made Me Love Indie Wrestling Again

I did not go to Fargo to have my love of independent professional wrestling rekindled. All I wanted was to see Minoru Suzuki, the bonus being that he was wrestling Dominic Garrini, a wrestler I knew and felt very attached to despite our paths never crossing. But how do you…

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Wheeler YUTA vs. Alex Shelley Further Elevated the IWTV World Title

The last ten months have done wonders for the IWTV Independent Wrestling World Championship. While the near two-year reign of WARHORSE from 2019 to March of this year did a lot to make the championship an incredibly visible and well-travelled title, it wasn’t exactly a reign that drew eyes for…

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You Can’t Miss the Limitless Championship Series Between Daniel Garcia and JD Drake

The first time that JD Drake challenged for the Limitless World Championship, Daniel Garcia proved to be the smarter wrestler. Not the bravest wrestler, Garcia spends most of the opening moments keeping his distance from Drake. He ducks and weaves, getting his shots and getting out of Dodge before Drake…

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The Lost Gem and Potential Future That Is Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Much has been made of the long-awaited return of CM Punk to All Elite Wrestling. The internet had been ablaze with the rumors of Punk’s return weeks ahead of his appearance on AEW Rampage. Even before AEW began hinting at the eventual arrival of Punk, multiple online news sources had…

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Inspired By Its Past, Wheeler YUTA May Be Indie Wrestling’s Future

It’s another day on the road for Wheeler YUTA. On the day of our interview, he’s seated in his car the morning before another match. “Had a match last night, another one tonight,” YUTA tells me. “Tonight, I’m wrestling Owen Knight at PWX in Rock Hill, South Carolina.” Another busy…

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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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