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On Wrestling Criticism Part 2: Wrestling Mechanics

Note: The intro to this series can be read here. It’s important to begin with the mechanics of pro wrestling, the actual physical movement involved with the performance. I wanted to start with this particular element of wrestling simply because it’s the first thing any viewer is immediately confronted by.…

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Is Sting ACTUALLY the Dumbest Babyface of All Time? A Fanfyte Investigation

Though Sting has, with his run in AEW, absolutely cemented his status as a living legend of professional wrestling, he’s still haunted by his past. A past that has routinely been the subject of ridicule for decades. What is this ghost that I speak of? His reputation for being an…

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Tokyo Joshi Pro’s Summer Sun Princess was a Coming of Age Show

By any measure, July 18th’s Summer Sun Princess was a landmark show for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling. Not only was the crowd at Ota City Ward Gymnasium even larger than 2021’s Wrestle Princess II, it was noisier. Earlier in July, TJPW’s sister company, DDT, tested lifting pandemic-related cheering restrictions, and…

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Logan Paul on Law and Order Special Victims Unit: A Review

At SummerSlam, Logan Paul proved there’s only room for one successful YouTube star in this house, and despite the views on USA Network, it sure isn’t the Miz. Given his rousing performances at dual WrestleManias and his SummerSlam victory, it was unsurprising when Paul signed a contract with WWE, promising…

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Jungle Boy Calling Christian Cage a Pussy: A Review

In short, I hate it. For months, Christian Cage has bodied a mostly-absent Jungle Boy on the mic, insulting his deceased father Luke Perry and offering to sleep with his mom. It’s been great. Seriously. I’m a big fan of Christian, particularly as a heel, and his turn as a…

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Worth the Wait: Bayley, Dakota, and Iyo Usher in a New Women’s Division

SummerSlam marked the first premium live event under the watchful eye of Triple H, with Vince McMahon kicked to the curb faster than you can say “multiple pending lawsuits.” With a whirlwind of company developments churning behind the scenes, the prospect of a HHH-lead WWE was already enticing. His tenure…

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Vince McMahon Navigated Controversy for Decades. What Changed in 2022?

What took so long? Seriously, what took so long? There have been so many WWE scandals — whether specific to Vince McMahon or more broadly — that counting them all becomes a ghoulish exercise with a quickness. That’s doubly so because it’s way too easy just to rattle off scandals where…

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How Does One Write About Professional Wrestling?

It’s not easy to write about pro wrestling. Despite being the artform itself being around as a popular form of entertainment for over a century, it feels like the actual practice of writing criticism about pro wrestling is only in its infancy. A large factor in this is how pro…

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Dropping the Bar: An Ode to Sheamus and Cesaro

Claudio Castagnoli made his much anticipated AEW debut at Forbidden Door in June. The vaguely Doctor Who themed show suffered various setbacks, as multiple wrestlers were unable to compete. Bryan Danielson was injured and couldn’t participate in his scheduled bout with Zack Sabre Jr, meant to determine the best technical…

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Here’s What Sucked About the Roast of Ric Flair, Besides Everything

I watched it, you shouldn’t. Here’s why. It Wasn’t Funny Seems like a big one for a roast, right? Over the course of well over two hours (that felt like ten), I laughed out loud one time for an anti-joke from Conrad Thompson’s sidekick Casio Kid about Torrie Wilson’s workout…

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Wheeler YUTA and Daniel Garcia Take the ROH Pure Title Into the Future

ROH has had a love-hate relationship with the Pure division. The division made its debut in the early 2000s, introducing a new championship to the promotion which was contested under an entirely unique ruleset. Because of this, the belt could be conceivably presented as of equal importance to the World…

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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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“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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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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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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