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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
2.14.17
bruiseday

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.
Ian Williams
1.31.17
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

Diving Into Darkness: Remembering All of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

Jimmy Snuka died of cancer at the age of 73. The wrestler spent the last few years of his life facing criminal charges for the murder of his girlfriend more than 30 years ago.
Ian Williams
1.17.17
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The Invincible, Vulnerable Lex Luger Belongs In The WWE Hall of Fame

Lex Luger looked like a classic pro wrestling beefcake, but the ways in which he was weird, honest, and different were what made him great. He deserves recognition.
Ian Williams
1.3.17
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Sasha Banks and Charlotte Are WWE's Iron Women

The show-stealing firsts for Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair are coming so regularly at this point that they run the risk of becoming routine.
Ian Williams
12.20.16
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Party Next Door: How the Young Bucks Revolutionized Professional Wrestling

WWE has a larger stranglehold on professional wrestling than ever before. Two brothers found a way to beat the machine, and show how independent wrestlers can succeed on their own terms.
Mike Piellucci
12.14.16
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Feuding Brings Out the Best in A.J. Styles and Dean Ambrose

The feud between A.J. Styles and Dean Ambrose, which reached a crescendo in a wild match for the WWE World Championship Sunday, has brought out the best in both wrestlers all year.
Ian Williams
12.6.16
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Goldberg's Survivor Series Surprise

Survivor Series 2016 was fun, with a dash of the unexpected—and nothing was more unexpected than Bill Goldberg destroying Brock Lesnar in a minute and a half.
Ian Williams
11.22.16
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Pro Wrestling and the Art of Political Storytelling

Wrestlers on a global scale run for office, usually from the right, and it’s because they understand the value of the simple storytelling that permeates pro wrestling.
Ian Williams
11.15.16
#TBT

Throwback Thursday: WWE's First National Pay-Per-View, The Wrestling Classic

How one crappy wrestling show changed its most lucrative company, and maybe offers a blueprint into the future of how we consume sports.
Mike Piellucci
11.10.16
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What the Hell Happened to TNA?

TNA's recent history, capped by this year's collision between owner Dixie Carter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, is so crazy and convoluted that it’s almost refreshing.
Ian Williams
11.8.16