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
WRESTLING

​From London to Los Angeles: How British Wrestling is Taking On the World

British wrestling spent a few decades wallowing in the wilderness, desperately trying to replicate the success of companies in America and Japan. That has all changed, with the British scene currently experiencing an unprecedented revival.
Greg Evans
12.14.16
ryan lang

Darkness Before Dawn: A Fighter's Road to Recovery From Drug Addiction and Homelessness

In 2007, you couldn't touch Ryan Lang: Big 10 Champion, number two ranked wrestler in the nation, and an Olympic hopeful.
VICE Sports
12.14.16
WRESTLING

Breaking Kayfabe: An Inside Look at WWE’s Unlikely Business Empire

WWE is one of the most unlikely entertainment empires in US history, but CEO Vince McMahon’s ambitions and management style have left many wondering if the company can continue to grow.
Ian Frisch
12.12.16
FIGHTLAND

The German Language of Fighting

In the Middle Ages, the German ‘Masters of Defence’ developed new approaches to swordsmanship and wrestling that culminated in the creation of a new language.
L.A. Jennings
11.18.16
FIGHTLAND

The Italian Renaissance of Swordsmanship, Wrestling, and Boxing

The Italian 'Masters of Defence' taught sword fighting while the working classes played war games in the streets. Together, they ignited the Italian Martial Arts Renaissance.
L.A. Jennings
11.4.16
bruiseday

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
sport and the epic hero

Boxing, Wrestling, Defining A Hero: The Significance Of Sport In Epic Literature

As far back as the first known literature in Europe, sport has been a crucial narrative device. More than that, however, it has defined what it is to be a warrior, and what it is to be a man.
Will Magee
10.6.16
FIGHTLAND

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Wrestler Kyle Snyder Wants to Compete in MMA

This time a *real* wrestler wants to try his hand at MMA. Judging by Kyle Snyder's career so far, he could be the real deal.
Jake Hughes
9.14.16
bruiseday

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
FIGHTLAND

Munera: The Blood Sports of Ancient Rome

The ancient Romans relished violent entertainment, especially in their fighting sports. Boxing, Pankration, and gladiatorial contests were enjoyed by all, but practiced only by a few. The risks were too great.
L.A. Jennings
9.12.16
bruiseday

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