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WWE Recap: Daddy’s Home

Our final week of shows before WWE busts out the ol’ red cage and invites us all to hell. If you absolutely can’t wait to see somebody chucked at a steel cage wall tomorrow night, SmackDown offered their very first Hell in a Cell match this week, just in time…

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Wrestling Still Airs as Country Hangs in Balance: NXT New Year’s Evil Recap and Review

Despite literally everything we went through in 2020, yesterday still managed to be one of the more bizarre and unsure days we’ve experienced in recent memory. But as they say in the theatre, the play-fighting must go on, no matter who or what is attempting a coup of the United…

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WWE Recap: Season’s Street Fights

WWE celebrated the holidays with the only way they know how; more gimmick matches than anyone has ever wanted to sit through, and enough fake trees to start a small fake forest fire. At least Big E had a good Christmas! That’s worth every The Queen, The Empress, and Their…

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Hanging Down at Dino’s: NXT TakeOver WarGames Recap and Review

NXT continued to do what it’s done all year; produce mediocre weekly television, and then really show up with a great PPV. WarGames gave us two fantastic gimmick matches, double straps, and the internet going crazy for Io Shirai. It’s exactly what she deserves. WarGames Match: Team Candice (Candice LeRae,…

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WWE Recap: Art Imitates Life, But in the Least Tasteful Way Possible

It’s been a few weeks since I watched some modern wrestling. Old school WCW was fun in the same way every actor forgetting their lines in a play is fun, but at least whatever pandemic wrestling lacks in crowds, it makes up for in awareness of how important the brain…

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WWE Recap: Post-WrestleMania Blues

It’s the week after WrestleMania and there’s not a beach ball to be seen! Instead of uninspired chants and the constant sound of batting plastic, you can hear all the moaning and groaning of wrestlers as they duke it out in another week of pre-taped, closed set shows. With a…

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WWE Recap: A Sermon, a Meltdown, and the Destruction of an Entire Orchestra

The Bella twins are going into the Hall of Fame! A huge congrats to two of the biggest female stars of WWE’s 2010s, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This week we also got a Goldberg appearance, Becky paying her dues, and Matt Hardy being brutally murdered while a…

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NXT TakeOver: Portland Recap and Review

TakeOver is a testament to the fact that WWE is capable of putting on a good show when it doesn’t have to be 5+ hours long and full of matches people aren’t very interested in. We were in and out Sunday night in a tight 3.5 hours, and honestly even…

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WWE Recap: Seth Rollins Has a Cult, Time is Split, and Knoxville Loses a Mayor

The Royal Rumble is just around the corner, and if you’ve forgotten the rules or what it takes to be eliminated, don’t worry, because Michael Cole will remind you every 15 minutes. This week WWE really ramped up the stories, giving us some big match ups and some new alliances.…

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WWE Recap: New Decade, But a Lot of the Same Old Story

WWE is building towards Royal Rumble with some rematches, some returns, and Andrade dressed like a creamsicle. I actually don’t cover that in this recap but please look at this fit. He and Zelina look like they’re cosplaying as sexy traffic cones. God, I love them. Big Boys Unite After…

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Wednesday Wrestling Week 12: Coming to you in glorious picture-in-picture

At the risk of repeating myself, I want to talk a little about commercial breaks and their function in wrestling in an era where advertisers are so desperate to be seen that they’re willing to share space with what they used to interrupt. NXT made a big deal about running…

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Wednesday Night War Week 11: When “fine” is enough

Sometimes a wrestling show is just a wrestling show. Given the need to make everything meaningful and worth the time one is asked to invest in it, it sometimes works to the advantage of a reviewer to find significance where there isn’t any, to make an ordinary night seem like…

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Ken Burns Presents: A Preview of NXT TakeOver WarGames

Dearest, The cruel month of November has demanded much for those of us on the front lines, and I do not foresee an end to the bloodshed it has caused. Before we embarked on a battle for brand supremacy, our general manager appeared, chanting the word “WARGAMES” like a preacher…

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Wednesday Night War Week 7: The Curse of Full Sail University’s Parking Lot

I have a confession to make. I am one of the mythical lapsed fans AEW is always going on about capturing the attention of. Before the debut of Dynamite (and this column), the last major American wrestling event I watched live was WrestleMania 35. Before that, it was an NXT…

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Wednesday Night War Week 6: A Dialogue!

This week we decided to experiment with a different format: LB Hunktears and Colette Arrand typing paragraphs at each other in Google Docs. It’s kind of like a podcast, but for your eyes. You could get a computer to read it to you, if you want. We hope you like…

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Wednesday Night War Week 4: Finn is mean now :(

We’re roughly a month into the eternal war between WWE NXT and All Elite Wrestling, and something of a familiar pattern has emerged: AEW seems fresh by virtue of being new and different, and NXT is solid because it’s been solid for a very long time. It’s easy to hand…

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Pro Wrestling Schedule for the Week of 10/7/2019

Monday, 10/7 Tuesday, 10/8 Wednesday, 10/9 Thursday, 10/10 Friday, 10/11 Saturday, 10/12 Sunday, 10/13 New Japan Road (New Japan World 5:30 AM EDT) AEW Dark (YouTube 7PM EDT) NXT UK (WWE Network 3PM EDT) Uncharted Territory (IWTV 8 PM EDT) WWE SmackDown (Fox 8PM EDT) Beyond Sodom & Gomorrah (IWTV…

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Wednesday Night War Week 1: Arguing with Myself

My original plan for covering the dueling pro wrestling buzz factories of AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT was to compare the shows and definitively state who won the war that week. Here’s the thing though: it’s dishonest. That’s not how it works. Many things can be objectively true, but such…

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7 Things That Happened in WWE the Week of September 15, 2019

It was a big week in WWE! With NXT premiering on the USA Network in preparation for their ratings battle against AEW, and the main roster heading towards SmackDown’s big move to Fox, WWE was really firing on all cylinders. Like, Kevin Owens is suing Shane McMahon, Corey Graves called…

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7 Best Things in WWE the Week of July 14, 2019

While I may currently be on vacation in Washington state visiting my family, WWE doesn’t take breaks, so neither do I. Heavy rain may have ruined my plans to go on a nature walk yesterday, but it gave me an opportunity to catch up with the week’s TV. In a…

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