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Owen Hart’s Legacy Goes Much Deeper Than His In-ring Career

It’s a depressing fact that we’ve now spent many more years debating how Owen Hart’s legacy should be celebrated than we got to enjoy actually watching it. It seems like every few years something sparks a new round of arguments, be it a book, DVD, interview, or Hall of Fame…

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The Greatest Wrestler of All Time (The Second Ten)

(Previously in the Greatest Wrestler of All Time: The First Ten) Only hundreds of people can be the Greatest Wrestler of All Time. Well, possibly thousands. See, throughout the history of the great sport of professional wrestling, there’ve been an uncountable number of professional wrestlers. A real “grains of sand…

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The Ideal Wrestling Match Is 5-15 Minutes Long

Back in October, I wrote about the legendary Halloween Havoc 1997 Mask vs. Title match between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr. I was—I am—fascinated with the match as a unit of time, a breathtaking display of groundbreaking wrestling and emotionally gutwrenching storytelling that does more in 14 minutes than…

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On Dead Wrestlers

Initially, this was going to be an essay about Owen Hart, an essay on the resting unease with which I’ve regarded the work (and ultimately the occupation) of one of my favorite wrestlers for the majority of my life. I haven’t seen the episode of Dark Side of the Ring…

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The Owen Hart Police Report Is a Chilling Reminder of WWE’s History with Worker Safety

Earlier this month, when the coronavirus pandemic and the safety measures designed to slow its spread started threatening not just pro wrestling, but the live event business in general, WWE’s public stance was curious. The situation did escalate quickly, but WWE’s initial defiance in the face of the novel coronavirus…

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