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Jinder Mahal's Nihilistic Run as a Top Guy is Over

Submissions don't work on Top Guys, and Mahal lost by submission to AJ. Styles at 'Clash of Champions' on Sunday.
Ian Williams
12.19.17
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Kurt Angle's WWE Documentary is as Real as Pro Wrestling Gets

WWE's wrestler documentaries create telling moments of hyperreality, where things become so real yet so obviously artificial that viewers can’t tell the difference.
Ian Williams
7.19.17
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WWE's Failed Double Turn Is a Loss for Everyone

Double turns are incredibly rare because they're so hard to pull off. Well, WWE pulled it off this week with Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman—and then the promotion threw their work in the trash.
Ian Williams
7.12.17
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The Progressive Liberal's Not-So-Neat Wrestling Story

Despite a healthy conservative bent in pro wrestling, liberal heels haven't historically been a go-to gimmick. So when Dan Richards emerged as a Hillary Clinton–supporting wrestler in Appalachia, he got a lot of attention.
Ian Williams
7.6.17
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Cody Rhodes Is Finally the Wrestler Everyone Wanted Him to Be

After a tumultuous career with WWE, the newly-crowned Ring of Honor champion might be on his way to being 2017's wrestler of the year.
Ian Williams
6.28.17
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Kazuchika Okada Is the Best Wrestler in the World

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Okada has an intangible quality that recalls what made Ric Flair so good in his prime.
Ian Williams
6.13.17
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Samoa Joe and a Last Gasp for Gen X's Pro-Wrestling Dominance

With his 'Extreme Rules' win on Sunday, Samoa Joe has a chance to be seen as a main eventer on a global stage. It may be his last.
Ian Williams
6.6.17
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Scott Hall's WCW Debut Changed Wrestling Forever

Scott Hall crashed Monday Nitro on May 27, 1996, and pro wrestling has obsessed over the element of surprise ever since.
Ian Williams
5.30.17
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Jinder Mahal Is WWE’s Latest “Evil Foreigner,” and Fans Still Eat It Up

When people are being shot for their turbans or the color of their skin, wrestling's continued reliance on xenophobic gimmicks feels worse than cynical.
Ian Williams
5.23.17
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All Of A Sudden, Braun Strowman Is The Best Thing WWE Has Going

Strowman's run with WWE started off slowly and predictably. Then he moved to Raw and began his feud with Roman Reigns.
Ian Williams
5.16.17
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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan Just Bought the National Wrestling Alliance

Despite all his rage, Billy Corgan just bought the NWA.
Ian Williams
5.9.17
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A Case for More Blood in Wrestling

The presence of blood holds something mystical for humans, even in our technological age. Pro wrestlers like Steve Austin know this instinctively.
Ian Williams
4.25.17