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Travis Hunter, Jackson State and Where HBCU Athletics Are Today: A Conversation With The Atlantic’s Adam Harris

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. When the No. 1 overall high school football recruit in the country, Georgia…

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Jonathan Gresham and the Rebirth of the ROH World Championship

Best in the world. At its peak, the ROH World Championship represented those four words to many professional wrestling fans. It’s a reputation forged by the efforts of generational talents such as Low Ki, Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson, and many more. Through much of the 2000s, being part of the…

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In a NJPW vs. NOAH Clash, Four Generations Put On One Great Main Event

On Saturday, January 8, 2022, New Japan Pro Wrestling ran the third night of Wrestle Kingdom 16. After two fair-to-middling nights in the Tokyo Dome earlier in the week, two things made this particular show stand out. First, this was the first time a Wrestle Kingdom event happened outside of…

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William Regal Was a Key to WWE NXT’s Greatest Era

Like many, I was first drawn to NXT during the summer of 2015, a year that has since been derided as one of the WWE’s absolute worst. Lamenting yet another long Daniel Bryan layoff and the creative tomfoolery that plagued Raw and SmackDown at the time, I opted to check…

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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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The Greatest Year in the History of Our Sport (1997 Week 1)

I was nine years old when wrestling was cool. The thing is, I didn’t know it was cool back then; it was just wrestling, just something I watched. Now that I’m older, I still don’t know if it was cool. It was popular, but it was approached less like Nirvana…

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Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Top 10 Movies of 2021

10. The Green Knight David Lowery’s The Green Knight tells a thoroughly medieval story of masculine weakness and inadequacy first and foremost by hurling the aesthetics of the period out the nearest window. Solar crowns and fractal dresses, camera obscuras burning pinhole likenesses into sheets of lead, architecture equal parts…

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Jade Cargill’s TBS Championship Victory Was Her Best Match Yet

Jade Cargill is the first TBS Champion. Despite the moment created with her family, I found myself deflated when the bell rang, a second rope Jaded felling Ruby Soho. Jade being a heel, I’m supposed to be deflated when she wins a major match like this, but that deflation wasn’t…

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Matches On WWE Day 1 and Raw Showed What Brock Lesnar Brings to a Match

Brock Lesnar once again holds the WWE Championship. In other news, the sky is blue and grass is green. I understand the frustrations that people have with the result of the WWE Championship match at Day 1. In spite of his recent face turn, Brock Lesnar still represents the status…

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Tumblr Users Baffled After Latest Wave of Content Bans

Tumblr was once a land of unfiltered expression — a lush HTML community garden where budding creatives from all fields could share their pieces, converse, or just laugh at funny images as they scroll. However, due to a series of abrupt and poorly announced content bans, the crops are dying,…

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Obviously, Katsuyori Shibata’s Return to Pro Wrestling Ruled

In 2019, I declared Katsuyori Shibata a wrestler of the decade. The last six words of that essay were “I hope he never wrestles again.” I both do and don’t stand by that hope. I do because there’s a heightened awareness of wrestling’s inherent danger when someone like Shibata or…

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Charlotte Flair in Psych: the Movie: A Review

Just as USA was pivoting to Chrisley-based programming and away from Beach Law in 2014, they ended Psych after an 8-season run. Not to be outdone by reality television, Psych came back with a very excellent film sequel in 2017. They then followed up Psych: The Movie with Psych 2:…

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DDT’s Jun Akiyama and Yoshihiko Are an Iconic Duo

When Jun Akiyama arrived in DDT in 2020, it was with the express purpose of passing on his knowledge to a new generation of professional wrestlers. As a guest coach, Akiyama sought to bring the teachings of Giant Baba to DDT. Really, few other wrestlers are quite as capable as…

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The ‘Good Form’ Year In Review

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. Trying to sum up a year as brutal as 2021…

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Once a Match of the Year, Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan Didn’t Endure

I never thought Daniel Bryan would get two WrestleMania main events. He deserves more, of course, but the WrestleMania XXX triumph felt like such a large ask on its own. That this favorite from the indies that the WWE tried so very hard to put down would be the beating…

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Dragon’s Fire: How Shingo Takagi Salvaged New Japan’s 2021

It may not be the most controversial statement to make, that 2021 for New Japan Pro Wrestling was a bit of a down year. I think I’m in a good position to say this, having spent an inordinate amount of time covering NJPW on my own near-daily blog. Thankfully, one…

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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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Katsuhiko Nakajima’s Vulnerability Makes Him the Best Wrestler of 2021

COVID-19 has been a difficult time for heels. Nowhere is this truer than in Japan, where restrictions on sporting events mean that fans have been unable to make noise since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. In New Japan Pro Wrestling, EVIL turned on his stable mates in…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 7 “…But to Connect” Review

Star Trek: Discovery’s fourth season began with great promise, and after a few rough weeks it now feels like the show is back at full speed. “…But to Connect” is one of the strongest episodes of Discovery to date, conjoining a classic Trek “message” plot with some tense character drama…

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Don’t Overlook Mio Momono For Wrestler of the Year

I don’t claim to be an expert on joshi. Along with lucha libre, it’s one of the bigger blind spots in my wrestling fandom, so I do what I can to try to actively seek it out. This year especially, I made a much greater effort than before to seek…

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