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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
6.14.17
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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 colour of their skin, wrestling's continued reliance on xenophobic gimmicks feels worse than cynical.
Ian Williams
5.24.17
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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
4.27.17
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WrestleMania 33 in Review: Packed with WWE Moments to Remember

WrestleMania 33 was, by most measures, a really enjoyable show, with some truly classic moments. It wasn't much more than those moments, but that's the point.
Ian Williams
4.4.17
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The Hardy Boyz' Broken Legal Woes with Impact Wrestling

The Hardy brothers are the latest to run afoul of the push and pull over creative control in pro wrestling, and theirs is shaping up to be a particularly ugly clash.
Ian Williams
3.14.17
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WWE's Fastlane 2017 Made No Sense

The worst part of Sunday's Fastlane pay-per-view was the main event, between the champion Kevin Owens and the returning part-timer Bill Goldberg.
Ian Williams
3.8.17
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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
2.15.17
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What to Make of John Cena, WWE's 16-Time World Champion

After 2017's Royal Rumble, John Cena is now 16-time world champion, equaling Ric Flair's record – which is all but unthinkable for anyone who ever watched Flair. So it's worth considering the two men and the record.
Ian Williams
2.8.17
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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
2.1.17
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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
1.24.17
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Every Year Is Remarkable in Wrestling, But 2016 Was More So Than Most

WWE's roster is more talented than maybe at any time in the promotion’s history – yes, even the Attitude Era or right after the WCW buyout – and indie wrestling has plenty going for it, too.
Ian Williams
12.28.16
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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
11.2.16