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Does Flashing Your Lights at a Stop Light Change It?

On this week’s episode of Friends Reunion (a Podcast for Discerning Listeners™), John is off enjoying a luxurious Alaskan cruise vacation aboard a ship that may or may not have room for dozens of dead bodies in its belly. This leaves LB Hunktears and Niki Grayson to celebrate the birthday…

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In Order to Make Its Future, Professional Wrestling Needs to Forget Its Past

Everything good comes to an end. Actually, everything comes to an end, good and bad. The only constant is change. Yet in pro wrestling, there is a growing cottage industry devoted to fighting against that fact of life. More and more podcasts and Patreons are springing up, lead by disgruntled…

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The Greatest Wrestler of All Time (The Fifth and Sixth Ten)

The Rock. Steve Austin. Ric Flair. Randy Savage. When I took up the task of naming The Greatest Wrestler of All Time, it was partially out of frustration with similar pieces (though, those being ranked lists, they weren’t similar at all) where the same names kept cropping up. If pieces…

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Harley Quinn is the Best Batman Animated Series Since the 90s

Harley Quinn is the DC Universe’s greatest underdog story. Created for a throwaway gag in a 1992 episode of the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series, Harley has grown into one of DC’s most popular and marketable characters, the lead of multiple comics series, three live-action feature films, and a host…

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Stranger Things Season 4: The Good, The Bad, The Vecna

This week on You Love To See It, we decided to ditch all the “traditional” business plans and scams and end “Nice Try July” by looking at Vecna’s business plan. That’s right, we spelunked into Stranger Things Season 4 with a deep, deep dive into Lover’s Lake (and the hell…

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“Thank You Vince” Chants: A Review

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Vince McMahon Has Retired

I don’t know how to begin covering what is possibly the biggest story in the history of professional wrestling. Vince McMahon is retiring from WWE. In his tweet and in WWE’s press release containing his statement on the matter, McMahon led with the fact that he is 77, intimating that…

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I Hope Triple H Starts Pointing at People Again

WWE announced today that Paul “Triple H” Levesque has been installed as the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations. Given that John Laurinaitis is ensnared in an ongoing investigation into his (and Vince McMahon’s) alleged use of company funds to buy the silence of employees with whom he’s alleged to…

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How To Know if There’s a Morgue on Your Cruise Ship

On this week’s episode of Friends Reunion (a Podcast for Discerning Listeners™), the Fanbyte Thinktank has travel on the brain. LB, for their part, has taken a trip to the International Space Vacation Station, leaving Niki Grayson and John Warren behind to plan John’s rapidly approaching cruise to Alaska on…

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PODCASTS

Nobody Has a Lariat Like Stan Hansen’s Western Lariat

Before understanding Stan Hansen’s Western Lariat, it’s important to consider what a lariat/clothesline is. I don’t mean the mechanism — at its simplest, one wrestler sticks his arm out and takes off the head of another with it, one of the most no muss, no fuss moves in professional wrestling…

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A Field Guide to the Gimmicks of NXT 2.0

I watched NXT 2.0 last night. No, no, hold your applause and save your medals; I, like all of you, am human, and humans tend to fuck up from time to time. It is no secret that NXT 2.0, once a jewel in the crown of WWE’s unquestioned dominance over…

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Cora Jade Busts Skateboards and Friendships

I must confess, I haven’t been entirely captivated by NXT recently. I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment, as interest in WWE’s aloof third brand has varied wildly over the past year. Since rebranding fall 2021, pastel NXT has gone out of its way to distinguish itself as distinctly…

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The WeWork Documentary Filled Me With White Hot Rage

The WeWork documentary nearly sent me into a blind rage this week, and that’s really saying something! It’s what we chose for this week’s pick for You Love To See It (as part of Nice Try July!), and the combination of sheer biz bro and tech bro hubris and worker…

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It Is Now Andrade El Idolo, Jay Lethal, and Jeff Jarrett’s Task to Keep Ric Flair Alive

At last, the world knows what Ric Flair’s last match will be: him and Andrade El Idolo vs. Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett. A 24-minute hype package that weaved together Flair’s working with Jay Lethal to get ready for his match, the question of whether or not Jeff Jarrett was…

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The Joy of Kazusada Higuchi’s KO-D Openweight Championship Win

I haven’t loved DDT this year. Despite easily being my favorite Japanese promotion of the 2020s, the back half of 2021 and the start of this year exposed several issues with the company’s booking. The back-to-back KO-D Openweight Championship reigns of both Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo failed to produce…

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How AEW’s Massive Roster Hurts and Helps Its Cause

It’s wild to think that when AEW started just three years ago, one of the biggest worries pundits and fans had for the new promotion was their ability to fill out their roster with quality talent. Today, the opposite is now true, as perhaps the most common complaint people make…

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There’s Probably Good Jokes in Gilgamesh, Right?

On this week’s episode of Friends Reunion (a Podcast for Discerning Listeners™), the Fanbyte Thinktank reconvenes to address one of the most important crises facing modern Sleepy Americans: BMW’s new subscription-based seat warmers. Before John Warren, LB Hunktears, and Niki Grayson can tackle that nightmare of an idea, however, there…

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PODCASTS

Wrestling Fans Who Yell “Grab His Dick and Twist It!”: A Review

I’ve seen a fair amount of live wrestling recently. In June, I went to Forbidden Door in Chicago and the Blood and Guts Dynamite in Detroit. Last night, I was in Savannah, Georgia for Dynamite. I’ve seen three other AEW shows besides, and between all six of them, they’ve had…

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Mox vs. Deppen for the GCW Title: Fanfyte’s Best of June 2022, Part 2

Quick editor’s note. Yesterday, Joseph Montecillo showcased five of the best matches of June. Whether you’re a fan  of dazzling acrobatics, bloody death matches, or sturdy tag bouts, it’s all there for you, the discerning professional wrestling fan. What’s in store today? Lucha! Joshi! Indies! A GCW Title defense! I’m…

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The French Fries Bret Hart and Sean Waltman Aren’t Eating: A Review

Today is Sean Waltman’s 50th birthday! We’re also two days out from the anniversary of Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid, which is one of, if not the, greatest matches in the history of Monday Night Raw. Both of these things are worth celebrating. In fact, many writers have. So instead of…

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