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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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