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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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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
out of hours wrestling
out of hours wrestling

Out of Office: Wrestling

What's it like to combine a demanding sporting passion with regular employment? We spoke to Cieran Donnelly and Danny Duggan – a tag team duo who fight as DND – about balancing a professional life with professional wrestling.
Ben Halls
3.31.17
pro wrestling as discussed in literary circles
pro wrestling as discussed in literary circles

The Spectacle of Excess: Pro Wrestling and the Concept of the "Perfect Bastard"

In 1972, the literary theorist Roland Barthes wrote an essay in which he called wrestling "the pure gesture which separates good from evil" and discussed the concept of "the perfect bastard". How much of that holds true today?
Liam Hainey
3.30.17
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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
FIGHTLAND
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)analysed.
Sarah Kurchak
3.6.17
FIGHTLAND
FIGHTLAND

Roots of Kayfabe: Why the Abdominal Stretch Is Not Just the Lamest Rest Hold in Wrestling

The abdominal stretch is a boring filler move in professional wrestling but its roots are a little more exciting. We talk twisters, rolling back takes, calf slicers, and Vaporisers.
Jack Slack
2.23.17
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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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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
WRESTLING
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
1.24.17
Young Bucks
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
12.15.16
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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