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The Joy of Kazusada Higuchi’s KO-D Openweight Championship Win

I haven’t loved DDT this year. Despite easily being my favorite Japanese promotion of the 2020s, the back half of 2021 and the start of this year exposed several issues with the company’s booking. The back-to-back KO-D Openweight Championship reigns of both Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo failed to produce…

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How AEW’s Massive Roster Hurts and Helps Its Cause

It’s wild to think that when AEW started just three years ago, one of the biggest worries pundits and fans had for the new promotion was their ability to fill out their roster with quality talent. Today, the opposite is now true, as perhaps the most common complaint people make…

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Wrestling Fans Who Yell “Grab His Dick and Twist It!”: A Review

I’ve seen a fair amount of live wrestling recently. In June, I went to Forbidden Door in Chicago and the Blood and Guts Dynamite in Detroit. Last night, I was in Savannah, Georgia for Dynamite. I’ve seen three other AEW shows besides, and between all six of them, they’ve had…

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Mox vs. Deppen for the GCW Title: Fanfyte’s Best of June 2022, Part 2

Quick editor’s note. Yesterday, Joseph Montecillo showcased five of the best matches of June. Whether you’re a fan  of dazzling acrobatics, bloody death matches, or sturdy tag bouts, it’s all there for you, the discerning professional wrestling fan. What’s in store today? Lucha! Joshi! Indies! A GCW Title defense! I’m…

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The French Fries Bret Hart and Sean Waltman Aren’t Eating: A Review

Today is Sean Waltman’s 50th birthday! We’re also two days out from the anniversary of Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid, which is one of, if not the, greatest matches in the history of Monday Night Raw. Both of these things are worth celebrating. In fact, many writers have. So instead of…

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Konosuke Takeshita’s Amazing American Run Continues: Fanfyte’s Best of June 2022, Part 1

June was a busy month in professional wrestling. The marquee event of the month, of course, was AEW and NJPW’s Forbidden Door, but elsewhere, on the indies, in Japan, and in Mexico, there were so many great matches that we had to split Joseph’s monthly best of column in two.…

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Tony Sirico’s Stacker2 Ads Married WWE to the Mob

Tony Sirico passed away on Friday. Even if you didn’t know him as Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos, you likely knew his face from commercials and cameos. In real life, Tony Sirico had a history in organized crime, and after 28 arrests, he turned it around to create quite the…

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Maximum Male Models: A Review

    Last Friday night, I went out to support a neighborhood small business by allowing myself a few alcoholic beverages and singing Celine Dion louder than anyone asked. I then came home (10 pm, because I’m in my late 20s) and fell asleep for about three hours, before I…

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We Need to Change the Way We Talk About Chris Benoit

Chris Benoit is one of the best wrestlers of all time. Chris Benoit also murdered his wife, Nancy, and his son, Daniel, before hanging himself over a three day period in June 2007. Leaving aside the issue of individual taste, the former statement is widely held to be true and…

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Morgan in the Bank: SmackDown Welcomes New Champion Liv Morgan

WWE has long relied on Money in the Bank to solve their booking woes — if the title scene is stale, if a champ can’t get over no matter how many times they change his music, or if they need to protect multiple top guys with an opportunistic cash in.…

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If There Is an Ethical Way to Watch WWE, It Is Via Piracy

Money in the Bank, WWE’s failed attempt at turning a lukewarm narrative conceit into another stadium show, airs this Sunday on Peacock/WWE Network. Please do not pay for the pleasure of either means of watching WWE’s product. Actually, let me walk that back: I love The ‘Cock. It features great…

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Claudio Castagnoli’s Long Road to the Top of Professional Wrestling

Over 15 years ago, I remember sitting in the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City as I took in ROH Final Battle 2006, the show built around Homicide finally winning the ROH Championship from Bryan Danielson. Yet on a show with such a huge main event…

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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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Wheeler YUTA Is the Lex Luger of the Blackpool Combat Club

Please, before you boo me off of Fanfyte, let me explain. Wrestling stables are pretty interesting. They’re meant to be, obviously, a gathering of formerly disparate talents in the name of a common cause. A stable can come in three configurations before becoming a faction: there’s the three person stable,…

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Der Ring General Reigns: Gunther Elevates the IC Title in Two Short Weeks

Forget the Bloodline, forget Nattie bodying Ronda Rousey on Twitter, and forget Elias’ family tree. WWE’s hottest summer fling is Gunther. The man formerly known as Big Daddy WALTER changed his name way back in January, setting the stage for a graduation to the main roster, alongside fellow European friend…

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Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” Wrestling Ring: A Review

Ah, the wrestling ring. Is there a more beautiful stage than the squared circle? When people pull the “wrestling is a universal language” card, not enough of them point to the ring as proof, preferring things like “narrative” and “the ability to perform through a language barrier” instead, but let…

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In Another Universe, Eddie Kingston Is Wrestling for the Interim AEW Championship Tonight

“I probably wasn’t as clear as I should have been. I offered to relinquish the title and Tony told me that under no circumstances was I allowed to do that. It means a lot to me that this place as a whole believes in me enough to let me just…

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G1 Supercard May Outshine Forbidden Door. That Would Be Weird.

When AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door was announced for four weeks after AEW Double or Nothing, completely throwing off AEW’s quarterly pay-per-view schedule, it made a certain kind of sense. After all, if there was any show that you would do that for, it would be the first AEW vs. NJPW super…

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For Vince McMahon, “Life Sucks and Then You Die” Is a Campaign Slogan

So I voted for the first time this year. The Philippine national elections felt much more high stakes than usual. I’m sure a lot of that is just a matter of age. It’s the first election I’m experiencing as an (alleged) adult in my 20s, which means I’m seeing the…

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Professional Wrestling Doesn’t Need Writers

It seems like every week I see comments online portraying writers in wrestling as either the answer to all of a promotion’s problems or the cause of all their ills. Someone didn’t like the booking of an episode of Dynamite? Tony Khan needs to hire a team of scribes. WWE…

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