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.
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.
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.
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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?
The Cult: Hulk Hogan
To a child of the nineties, the glorious circus of professional wrestling was viewed through guileless eyes.
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.
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.
Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Gets Booed After Winning Texas State High School Girls Title
This is a 17-year-old kid.
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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!”
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.
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.
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.
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