78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part III: The Soul of Reason)

XV. The Devil: MJF Another obvious corollary; is there any figure in AEW more contemptible than Maxwell Jacob Friedman? And yet, there are many captivated by his spell. For starters, I must begrudgingly admit he’s a good pro wrestler—so good to the point where there are actually people out there…

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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” Review: Greatest Hits

The Spider-Man film franchise has the dubious distinction of having been rebooted twice in the space of a decade. The first Spider-Man trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, launched in 2002 and defined the superhero film genre for a generation. The hasty 2012 Amazing Spider-Man relaunch led…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 5 Review: “The Examples”

For the past few weeks on Star Trek: Discovery, the storytellers have struggled to deliver self-contained adventures while still dedicating time to advancing the season’s ongoing character arcs and mystery plot. There’s still not quite as much meat on the bone as I’d like, but “The Examples” succeeds where the…

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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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The AEW Debut of Hook: A Review

Hook, the chip eating, ringside vulturing, dragon sleeper utilizing son of Taz, the head honcho of the eponymous Team Taz, debuted tonight on AEW Rampage against Fuego del Sol. The build to Hook’s debut, and the attention paid to it, was one of the strangest developments in professional wrestling this…

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78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part II: The Soul of Will)

To read the previous installment of Martin’s exploration of the major arcana of AEW, click here.  VIII. Strength: Kris Statlander In many different contexts—obviously including pro wrestling—strength is a term used as a synonym of domination. We are conditioned to think of strength when we think of someone conquering another…

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