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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
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
bruiseday

"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
bruiseday

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
bruiseday

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
bruiseday

The Hardy Boyz Renaissance Is Here, And It's Glorious

Matt and Jeff Hardy have had long, eventful careers in wrestling, but nothing that matches the pure batshit beauty and multi-level weirdness of their current TNA feud.
Ian Williams
7.6.16
bruiseday

The End Of Roman's Reign

When Roman Reigns lost clean in his Money In The Bank match, it was surprising. When he got suspended, it was more so. But this is how it's supposed to be.
Ian Williams
6.29.16
bruisedays with ian

What WWE Needs Most Is More Stories

When it comes to storytelling, WWE has always favored big heroes. Given the promotion's wealth of talent , it would be a waste not to tell some different ones.
Ian Williams
6.22.16
WWE

With the Return of Shane, WWE Is the McMahon Show Once Again

Vince McMahon's son Shane crashed Monday Night Raw for the first time in years. Fans still love to hate him, but his return suggests changes ahead for WWE.
Ian Williams
2.24.16
WRESTLING

Farewell to the Utterly Undeniable Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan was an indie wrestling grinder who became a beloved WWE champion because of how uniquely talented he was. His career is over, but his legend is secure.
Ian Williams
2.10.16
Pro Wrestling

Working, Fighting, and Bret "Hitman" Hart

Even among his pro wrestling peers, Bret Hart has suffered a great deal, in the ring and out. His cancer diagnosis is sad, but Hart doesn't go down easily.
Ian Williams
2.3.16
WWE

With Royal Rumble Looming, WWE Has Never Seemed Less Ready

Injuries have backed WWE into a corner, but the promotion has never felt less creative or more predictable than it does in the run-up to this year's Royal Rumble.
Ian Williams
1.22.16
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