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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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One Final Bow: #DIY Dies with a Whimper

Everyone’s favorite pay-per-view to shout in a vaguely British accent, War Games, is solidly in the past. It was only NXT 2.0’s first TakeOver, but, personally, it feels like we’ve known Tony D’Angelo a lifetime. Like most gimmick matches, War Games tends to be pretty fun just by virtue of…

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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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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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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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