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WrestleWar 1992 Is Still the Bar for WarGames Matches

WarGames is a simple match. When you get past the stumbling block of explaining the rules to everyone, it’s really one of the easiest stipulations in the world to get right. The template and structure for every successful WarGames match was set from day one. It all boils down to…

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For Good or Ill, Shoot Promos Will Always Have a Place in Wrestling

Pro wrestling is, of course, not like other genres of entertainment, with there being numerous differences, large and small, that dictate what does and doesn’t work within its confines. Since pro wrestling is, within the body of its programming, portrayed as a legitimate sporting event, it’s not quite “real enough”…

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How WWE Reacts When Workers Leave the Job

Last Monday night, the wrestling world was blindsided by the news, announced during Monday Night Raw, that Sasha Banks and Naomi, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, had walked out on the show over creative issues. And though the underlying story was big enough, it blew up even bigger because of…

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Steve Austin Cracks Open His Final Can of Whoop Ass

As a young, hip, and extremely cool millennial, my memories of the 1990s are fuzzy at best, admittedly. This means I unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask) have little to no idea what it was like to experience a time period where wrestling was actually pretty cool. I…

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Dawn of the Sad Rafter Clown (1997 Week 3)

I watched a frankly modern amount of wrestling this week. Raw was an hour. ECW was an hour. WCW, damn them, ran a Nitro, a Clash of the Champions, and nWo Souled Out, a whopping six and a half hours of content strung along, like most WCW programming, on the…

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Steve Austin “Wins” the Royal Rumble (1997 Week 2)

About a quarter of the way through an interminable tag team match pitting Goldust and Marc Mero against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Jerry “The King” Lawler, I paused the episode of Raw and said “This is going to be hard” to myself. Not watching wrestling; watching wrestling is easy, even…

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This Steve Austin Shirt I Found On Depop: A Review

In the late 1990s, Stone Cold Steve Austin was a license to print money. Beyond the ubiquitous Austin 3:16 shirt, which had more variants than there are stars in the sky, the World Wrestling Federation really went to work on the Texas Rattlesnake. Some shirts—Blood From a Stone, Rattlesnake Arms—are…

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CocoMania: Conan O’Brien’s Best Wrestling Moments

As a comedian that exists in the realm of the absurd, I have had two tentpole influences from my early youth (for better or worse): Conan and professional wrestling. What do they have in common? Well, both have featured celebrity guests, hyper-specific characters, a surprising number of hand puppets, people…

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Wrestling Authority Figures are Now Faces. We’ve Lost All Hope for Society

On the January 8, 2021 episode of Smackdown, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his cousin Jey Uso interfered in the main event, gang beating the new fan favorite Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE authority figure Adam Pearce grimaced from ringside, pulling out the ghost strands of hair that once filled his…

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