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The Olympics Are A Broken, Useless Metaphor

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. Content warning for mention of human rights abuses and sexual assault. In another…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 4 Review: “All is Possible”

In a previous episode review, I praised Discovery for having found a balance between its own identity as a fast-paced, emotionally-charged adventure show and the themes and superficial trappings of a more traditional Star Trek series. This week, however, Discovery’s growing resemblance to Treks past works against it. “All is…

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FanFyte’s Best of the Month: November 2021

We’re a bit into December now—dogs are wearing sweaters, people are arguing about whether nor not egg nog is good (it’s good!), and sites like ours are gearing up for a barrage of end of the year retrospective articles. We have plenty of those forthcoming, covering a wide spread of…

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Paul Wight on Royal Pains: A Review

Look, I know I’m probably the only person in the entire world who religiously watched Royal Pains. Even among USA beach law fans, it was always the forgotten son. But I was super depressed in high school, so you simply would not believe the amount of television I watched. It…

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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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Shudder Reviewers are Dead Wrong About The Strings

I’ve taken to a new routine at night: after work and training, I like to settle in, get under a blanket, and watch a horror movie while I grade my students’ work. It’s a weirdly comforting mood: I watch something spooky, I snuggle my pets, I get my second job…

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Bron Breakker’s Use of Bolt Cutters at NXT Takeover War Games: A Review

So, the War Games cage got padlocked shut last night in an effort to keep the babyface team of Guys What Who Haven’t Been Drafted to Raw or SmackDown from interfering in the team of Literally Got Here Three Weeks Ago’s scheme to maintain advantage throughout the match. It didn’t…

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Yuji Okabayashi’s Time Limit Draws in the D-Oh Grand Prix: The Good and the Bad

One was good, the other not. It is always a fascinating exercise to see how two different wrestlers utilize time. So rarely do we get as direct a comparison as with Yuji Okabayashi’s two 30-minute time limit draws in the block stages of the DDT D-oh Grand Prix 2021 II.…

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Join Us: Every AEW Faction Ranked

AEW is chockablock with various stables, from high-profile units like The Elite to lowly units like The Wingmen. This could be a daunting hurdle for new AEW fans, so I have not only summarized each group, but I have ranked them. For this list, I am considering any group of…

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The Advent Calendar is a Dark, Delicious Holiday Horror

Content warning for ableism, sexual assault, and violence. Holiday-themed horror movies, like so many holiday-themed things, are pretty hit or miss for me. Aside from the occasional masterpiece (Black Christmas) or schlocky delight (MST3K’s utter classic Santa Clause, and the more popular Santa Claus Conquers the Martians), the misses add…

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Enormous College Coaching Salaries Show How Far We Have To Go

Fake news tweets in sports are both abundant and, typically, easy to spot. A number where a letter should be in a longtime beat reporter’s name or a subtle misspelling can fool even the most seasoned and online sports fan. But last week, as the college football coaching carousel dominated…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 3 Review: “Choose to Live”

The first two chapters of Star Trek: Discovery season four introduced us to this year’s ongoing mystery plot, centered around a devastating gravitational anomaly that is roaming the galaxy and swallowing entire planets whole. This week’s new episode, “Choose to Live,” is the first to relegate the big mystery to the…

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Fanbyte Staff Pet of the Month: Robo

Full name: Robo B. Cat (the B stands for Baby) Owner: Rebekah Valentine & Imran Khan, News Editor for Fanbyte.com Nicknames: Baby, Beebs, Robobobo, Stinkybutt Age: 7 Likes: Rebekah, long cat toys, the master bedroom bed, soft carpet and rugs, gentle head pets, boxes, licking up the dregs of milk…

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Tony D’Angelo, as Read by an Italian Family

Like many Americans, my heritage is a hodgepodge of many cultures. Everything about my mother is Irish, from her red hair to her pale skin, to her unhealthy tendency to bottle up all of her emotions. My dad, on the other hand, is very Italian; he’s incredibly hospitable, food-motivated, and…

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78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part I: The Soul of Desire)

Not too long ago, my girlfriend told me she described me as a witch. It was far from the first time I’ve encountered the distinction. A woman I dated over five years ago, an aura reader who self-identified as a witch herself, felt the same way. I went to get…

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“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” Review: Out of the Rabbit Hole

Opinion on the six-film Resident Evil series produced by Paul W.S. Anderson tends to be split a few ways. There’s regular old dislike; there’s irritation at how they center Alice, an original character played by Milla Jovovich (who’s married to Anderson), rather than anyone from the games they ostensibly adapt;…

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MJF’s Promo on CM Punk Was Mid

I’m disappointed in MJF. Honestly, I feel that way about half the time that I’m watching any MJF promo. It’s clear to see that there’s a spark of talent there that could be great. He has a baseline ability to deliver his lines in a way that’s clear, expressive, and…

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‘House of Gucci’ Review: Needs Letting Out

Ridley Scott seems to have discovered the secret to making Jared Leto palatable: render him unrecognizable, make sure everything he says is incomprehensible, and limit his time on-screen to no more than ten minutes before reassuring the audience that he’s dead during the closing titles. There’s a very here-it-is-there-it-goes sensibility…

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Billy Gunn’s Tattoo Choker: A Review

Billy Gunn’s tattoo choker is like a cherry on top of a sundae. In Gunn himself, you’ve got all of the elements of a good time: ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and the time and solitude required to assemble those elements as opposed to horking down a pint…

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Captain Blows Up Ship: Sasha Banks and Shotzi assist Bianca in a Survivor Series Win

WWE somehow handed out even more releases last week, directly before one of their biggest shows of the year, again citing budget cuts. I’m beyond trying to figure out how this company rationalizes things. I have faith the talent will land on their feet in other promotions; John Morrison made…

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