Pro Wrestling

FIGHTLAND

A Collection of Pro Wrestling Moves That Deserve Serious Analysis

In light of Stone Cold Steve Austin's recent breakdown of his most famous finishing move, here are some other ridiculous professional wrestling attacks that we'd like to see similarly (over)analyzed.
Sarah Kurchak
3.4.17
bruiseday

Not Just Another Bad Guy: Bray Wyatt and WWE's Occult Heel

Bray Wyatt left Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as the WWE champion. He's also the latest specimen of a classic breed in pro wrestling: the occult heel.
Ian Williams
2.19.17
FIGHTLAND

Meet the American Pro Wrestler Who Plays a Trump-Loving Heel. In Mexico.

Sam Adonis just wants to make wrestling great again.
Jeff Harder
2.13.17
WRESTLING

Previewing the 2017 Royal Rumble, WWE's Most Unpredictable Rumble in Ages

Goldberg is the current favorite to win, but between WWE's aging stars, an influx of new blood, and the brand split, this year's Royal Rumble is wide open.
Ian Williams
2.4.17
bruiseday

Why Wrestling Fans Should Savor 2017's Royal Rumble

The 2017 Royal Rumble wound up being a predictable, perfectly solid main event, with an absolutely electric undercard that will be talked about for years to come.
Ian Williams
2.3.17
Young Bucks

Party Next Door: How the Young Bucks Revolutionised Professional Wrestling

WWE has a larger stranglehold on professional wrestling than ever before. Two brothers found a way to beat the machine, and show how independent wrestlers can succeed on their own terms.
Mike Piellucci
12.16.16
bruiseday

Pro Wrestling and the Art of Political Storytelling

Wrestlers on a global scale run for office, usually from the right, and it’s because they understand the value of the simple storytelling that permeates pro wrestling.
Ian Williams
11.15.16
bruiseday

What the Hell Happened to TNA?

TNA's recent history, capped by this year's collision between owner Dixie Carter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, is so crazy and convoluted that it’s almost refreshing.
Ian Williams
11.8.16
bruiseday

Hell in a Cell and the Limits of WWE's Feminism

Sasha Banks and Charlotte made history by wrestling in Hell in a Cell on Sunday, but for all the progress women wrestlers have made at WWE, there are still some questions.
Ian Williams
11.1.16
sportsflicks

'The Jesse Ventura Story,' the Perfect Election Movie for Our Times

The Jesse Ventura Story should not be the first place to turn to if you're looking to learn the story of Minnesota's 38th Governor. After some 17 years between viewings, it is even crazier than I remembered.
Tom Keiser
10.29.16
WRESTLING

Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt Search for New Directions on No Mercy

The two wrestlers, completely adrift, tried to find some footing in their match with each other this weekend.
Ian Williams
10.11.16
WWE

The WWE Legacy of Alberto Del Rio, Who Wasn't What American Audiences Expect

In the wake of Alberto Del Rio's second departure from WWE, it's worth examining why he never quite reached the heights expected of him in America.
Ian Williams
9.20.16