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

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

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
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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

The Cult: Hulk Hogan

To a child of the nineties, the glorious circus of professional wrestling was viewed through guileless eyes.
Will Magee

Watching Mack Beggs Make History Hits Home for Former High School Wrestler in Texas

Last month, Mack Beggs made national news by becoming the first trans wrestler in the Class 6A division to win a state title in Texas. The story was all too familiar for former high school wrestler Rayne Bray.
Asa Merritt

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

Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Gets Booed After Winning Texas State High School Girls Title

This is a 17-year-old kid.
Liam Daniel Pierce

The Street Fighting Life of Abraham Lincoln

Before changing the course of American history and saying things like "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves," Honest Abe was picking street fights and declaring: “Any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns!”
Sarah Kurchak

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

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
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Citing Trump's Immigration Policy, Iran Bars U.S. Wrestlers from Freestyle World Cup

The Men's Freestyle World Cup is scheduled to take place February 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran. Thanks to Donald Trump's recent policy announcements, U.S. wrestlers won't be welcome.
Brian Blickenstaff