Pro Wrestling

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Where Does CM Punk Go From Here?

CM Punk has burned his bridges with not just WWE but much of pro wrestling, and was embarrassed in his UFC debut. Now a great champ faces an uncertain future.
Ian Williams
9.13.16
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Barry Windham and the Disappearing Cowboy Wrestler

Wrestling has always leaned on archetypes, but the country-strong badass that Barry Windham embodied in the 1980s and 90s has mostly vanished. It's a shame.
Ian Williams
9.6.16
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Kevin Owens Is WWE's Universal Champion, And So Are You

Kevin Owens doesn't look like a WWE champion, and doesn't have the pedigree or push champions usually enjoy. But he's a champion, all right, and it's great.
Ian Williams
8.31.16
WRESTLING

WWE Made SummerSlam 2016 Burn Too Bright, Too Fast

A good wrestling show needs ebbs and flows, but SummerSlam's crescendo was reached early on, with one spectacular match and one appallingly dangerous one.
Ian Williams
8.24.16
FIGHTLAND

Conor McGregor's Mouth, Vince McMahon's Thirst, And The WWE/MMA Flirtation

When Conor McGregor made the decision to trash-talk WWE's entire roster, it seemed to telegraph yet another crossover between two sports that need each other.
Ian Williams
8.10.16
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"I Mean, We Wrestle a Lot": Talking to Ring Of Honor's Joe Koff, Independent Wrestling's Independent

A conversation with Joe Koff, COO of the mega-indie wrestling circuit Ring Of Honor, about wrestling, business, the wrestling business, and the Kevin Owens Factor.
Ian Williams
8.3.16
FIGHTLAND

Vince McMahon: Pro Wrestling's Master of Storytelling

Mastermind, psychopath, megalomaniac, genius, dictator. Vince McMahon is the most infamous member of the McMahon family and the storyteller behind the WWE phenomenon.
L.A. Jennings
8.3.16
FIGHTLAND

Vince McMahon Sr. and the Dawn of Television

Vince McMahon Sr. followed in his father’s footsteps to propel professional wrestling beyond the local arena and into the house of every American in the 1950s.
L.A. Jennings
7.28.16
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WWE Could Have a Golden Age, If It Can Figure Itself Out

In Battleground, WWE nailed the introduction of NXT hero Bayley and delivered a solid triple threat between The Shield's stars. But they're still not quite there yet.
Ian Williams
7.27.16
FIGHTLAND

Jess McMahon: Boxing Promoter and Sire of the WWE

Before there was the WWE and Vince McMahon, Jr., there was Roderick “Jess” McMahon – the paterfamilias of the McMahon family enterprise who crossed the ‘color-line’ as a legendary boxing matchmaker and promoter in the early 20th century.
L.A. Jennings
7.25.16
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WWE's Weirdly Flat Draft Was Haunted by the Past

WWE wanted to do a NFL-style draft to kick off its recent brand split. Smackdown and Raw got their wrestlers, but a looming lawsuit made it too NFL-like for comfort.
Ian Williams
7.21.16
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WWE's Bizarrely Bland Brand Split Desperately Needs Some Hype

WWE's rivalry between Raw and Smackdown had promise, but it's been undone by a sleepy boardroom feud between Shane and Stephanie McMahon. Where's the heat?
Ian Williams
7.13.16