NOT GAMES

Brothers Til the End: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins Still Got Beef

The general reaction to this year’s Royal Rumble has been unfavorable; it dragged much of the night, and only served to highlight the massive problem WWE has in connecting with any kind of an audience. Despite featuring wrestlers who are on TV every single week, nobody gave a shit about…

READ MORE >
Roman Reigns Seth Rollins 01

WRESTLING

‘Piggy’ Review: A Tender but Uneven Cut

To see a fat woman on the silver screen as something other than a dowdy matron or pitiable joke is in and of itself worth remarking on, and Carlota Pereda’s Piggy affords its protagonist, Sara (Laura Galán) more depth and complexity than the vast majority of films which deign to…

READ MORE >
Piggy

TV/FILM

Tony Schiavone Receives a Telegram (1997 Week 4)

Two weeks ago, I wrote a little about “meaningless wrestling,” specifically how to pry something from a match whose worth to the larger context of professional wrestling’s rich history is the labor performed by the men and women who won it. This week, the thing I am most excited about…

READ MORE >
Tony Schiavone telegram

WRESTLING

FOLLOW US

Wrestling and Jackass: Two Silly Approaches to the Pain of Being Alive

This Sunday, less than a week before the premiere of Jackass Forever, Johnny Knoxville will enter WWE’s Royal Rumble. As a 23 year veteran of the Jackass franchise, in which he has been concussed by a bull, thrown from a motorcycle, and KO’ed by Butterbean himself, entering the Rumble is…

READ MORE >
Johnny Knoxville Sami Zayn WWE

WRESTLING

Just How Much of an Asshole WAS the Hulk Hogan Character, Anyway?

30 years ago this week, what’s now World Wrestling Entertainment held the fifth annual Royal Rumble in Albany, New York. While the 1992 event is best known for Ric Flair’s marathon performance en route to capturing his first World Wrestling Federation Championship, it arguably wasn’t even the biggest news coming…

READ MORE >
Hulk Hogan Sid Justice WWF

WRESTLING

Living and Dying in the Post-Trump NFL

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. It is strange that a straightforward observation like “NFL ratings are up” has…

READ MORE >
micah parsons

SPORTS

Highlights from the 2022 Virtual Sundance Film Festival

On January 5th, just two weeks before opening day, the leadership of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival announced that they would cancel all of their in-person events and hold all of their premieres and screenings virtually for the second year in a row. This is unquestionably a wise safety measure,…

READ MORE >
Emily the Criminal

REVIEWS

What Is the Legacy of NXT’s Black and Gold Era? (Part 2)

NXT WarGames, which took place on December 5th, 2021, was the first major NXT event to not carry the “TakeOver” name since NXT Arrival in 2014. That would have been significant in and of itself, but the main event of the show also saw “Team 2.0” defeat “Team Black and…

READ MORE >
Johnny Gargano Tommaso Ciampa DIY

WRESTLING

Back in the Divas Groove: Natalya and Summer Rae Reignite 2014

I didn’t experience the WWE Divas era live, which feels simultaneously like a blessing and a curse. Women’s wrestling has come a long, long way in WWE even just in the past 5 years — if we’re being honest, they have much further to go. But there was never a…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Dawn of the Sad Rafter Clown (1997 Week 3)

I watched a frankly modern amount of wrestling this week. Raw was an hour. ECW was an hour. WCW, damn them, ran a Nitro, a Clash of the Champions, and nWo Souled Out, a whopping six and a half hours of content strung along, like most WCW programming, on the…

READ MORE >
Sting rafters

WRESTLING

‘Framing Agnes’ Review: Slight, but Heartfelt

Transhood, The Trans List, Disclosure, No Ordinary Man — the last decade is littered with documentaries on the present and recent past of transgender culture, and without exception these films feature at least one talking head decrying the salacious public and journalistic fixation on gender reassignment surgery, reminding viewers that…

READ MORE >
Framing Agnes

REVIEWS

Tragically Mismanaged, It’s No Surprise Mustafa Ali Wants a Release

Mustafa Ali found his way to WWE through his entry in the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Despite losing in the first round, Ali was later able to find a place in WWE’s 205 Live brand, where he became one of the top babyfaces in the cruiserweight division. He wowed fans…

READ MORE >
Mustafa Ali 205 Live

WRESTLING

Lusia Harris-Stewart Shows Why We Must Rewrite History

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. “Harris may not be a household name,” cautions NPR’s obituary for legendary basketball…

READ MORE >
luisa-harris-stewart

SPORTS

Three Visits to Detention: the Game, the Movie, and the Netflix Series

(Note: Detention‘s Character names are translated differently into English across different adaptations. For clarity’s sake, I’ve used the original game’s spelling and shortened names throughout. For one Netflix-specific character, I’ve used the spelling given in the English subtitles.) Which video games get adapted to other mediums is seemingly random. It…

READ MORE >
Detention

TV/FILM

What’s a Beast to the All Mighty? Bobby Lashley Hunts Brock Lesnar

Raw aired from Philadelphia last Monday, making it only the second-worst sports news for Philly fans in recent days. WWE has continued to produce their same 2020 level content as they kicked off 2022, offering the occasional solid match sandwiched between two hours of rambling promos that we’ve all heard…

READ MORE >
Bobby Lashley Brock Lesnar

WRESTLING

What Is the Legacy of NXT’s Black and Gold Era? (Part 1)

June 20th, 2022, will mark the ten-year anniversary of NXT – the wrestling promotion, not the scripted reality show. NXT as we knew it, however, isn’t making it to that milestone. The first week of the new year made it abundantly clear that “NXT 2.0” wasn’t just a change in…

READ MORE >
Kevin Owens Sami Zayn Takeover Rival

WRESTLING

Sudden Death is Banjo-Kazooie to Die Hard’s Super Mario 64

Last week, as part of our ongoing Jean-Claude van Jeanuary (just jeanuary for short) celebration on You Love To See It, we watched and analyzed Sudden Death, a 1995 action film heavily inspired by Die Hard. In it, a traumatized fire marshal (Van Damme) is tasked with stopping a horrible…

READ MORE >
van damme sudden death penguin

FEATURES

Steve Austin “Wins” the Royal Rumble (1997 Week 2)

About a quarter of the way through an interminable tag team match pitting Goldust and Marc Mero against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Jerry “The King” Lawler, I paused the episode of Raw and said “This is going to be hard” to myself. Not watching wrestling; watching wrestling is easy, even…

READ MORE >
Steve Austin Royal Rumble 1997

WRESTLING

Not Just the Fourth Pillar: The Essential Akira Taue

Few things in wrestling fandom grind my gears as much as Akira Taue slander. If you only have a cursory knowledge of Akira Taue, then you might know him as “The Fourth Pillar.” For much of the last two decades, there has been a general assumption among most fans of…

READ MORE >
Akira Taue Toshiaki Kawada AJPW

WRESTLING

‘Belle’ Review: Online Onscreen

This weekend sees the long-awaited US wide theatrical release of Belle, the latest animated feature from writer-director Mamoru Hosada, five-time winner of the Japan Academy Film Prize for Animation of the Year. The film was a tremendous hit at the Japanese box office last year, following a 14-minute standing ovation…

READ MORE >
Belle

REVIEWS