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Survivor Series Proved No One Cares about 'Raw' vs. 'Smackdown'

And people are tired of with the McMahons, too.
Ian Williams
11.21.17
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hulkamania

The Cult: Hulk Hogan

To a child of the nineties, the glorious circus of professional wrestling was viewed through guileless eyes. To the adult that child subsequently became, that innocence fell away, not least in the case of the mustachioed ringmaster, Hulk Hogan.
Will Magee
3.14.17
WRESTLING
WRESTLING

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

WWE is one of the most unlikely entertainment empires in U.S. history, but CEO Vince McMahon’s ambitions and management style have left many wondering if the company can continue to grow.
Ian Frisch
12.9.16
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bruiseday

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
WRESTLING
WRESTLING

If Raw Is In TV Ratings Trouble, Can Pro Wrestling Be Far Behind?

Pro wrestling is at a creative and cultural high point, yet television ratings for the WWE's flagship show are in the toilet. Does that bode ominously for the future?
Ian Williams
10.4.16
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bruiseday

Kevin Owens Is WWE's Universal Champion, And So Are You

Kevin Owens doesn't look like a WWE champion, and doesn't have the pedigree or push champions usually enjoy. But he's a champion, all right, and it's great.
Ian Williams
8.30.16
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bruiseday

WWE's Weirdly Flat Draft Was Haunted by the Past

WWE wanted to do a NFL-style draft to kick off its recent brand split. Smackdown and Raw got their wrestlers, but a looming lawsuit made it too NFL-like for comfort.
Ian Williams
7.20.16
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bruiseday

WWE's Bizarrely Bland Brand Split Needs Some Hype

WWE's rivalry between Raw and Smackdown had promise, but it's been undone by a sleepy boardroom feud between Shane and Stephanie McMahon. Where's the heat?
Ian Williams
7.12.16