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.
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.
Brock Lesnar Has Officially Retired From MMA
Not that you thought any different, but the UFC have confirmed ex-heavyweight world champion and current WWE megastar Brock Lesnar has retired from mixed martial arts.
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.
Why Wrestling Fans Should Savor 2017's Royal Rumble
The 2017 Royal Rumble wound up being a predictable, perfectly solid main event, with an absolutely electric undercard that will be talked about for years to come.
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.
Every Year Is Remarkable in Wrestling, But 2016 Was More So Than Most
WWE's roster is more talented than maybe at any time in the promotion’s history – yes, even the Attitude Era or right after the WCW buyout – and indie wrestling has plenty going for it, too.
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