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?
Last month, Mack Beggs made national news by becoming the first trans wrestler in the Class 6A division to win a state title in Texas. The story was all too familiar for former high school wrestler Rayne Bray.
Before changing the course of American history and saying things like "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves," Honest Abe was picking street fights and declaring “Any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns!”
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.