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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.
Ian Williams

Conor McGregor's Mouth, Vince McMahon's Thirst, And The WWE/MMA Flirtation

When Conor McGregor made the decision to trash-talk WWE's entire roster, it seemed to telegraph yet another crossover between two sports that need each other.
Ian Williams

"I Mean, We Wrestle a Lot": Talking to Ring Of Honor's Joe Koff, Independent Wrestling's Independent

A conversation with Joe Koff, COO of the mega-indie wrestling circuit Ring Of Honor, about wrestling, business, the wrestling business, and the Kevin Owens Factor.
Ian Williams

WWE Could Have a Golden Age, If It Can Figure Itself Out

In Battleground, WWE nailed the introduction of NXT hero Bayley and delivered a solid triple threat between The Shield's stars. But they're still not quite there yet.
Ian Williams
weak in review

Beat That Wall, or "American Ninja Warrior" in Uneasy Times: David Roth's Weak In Review

What the best sports show on earth shows us about people, and sports, at a less-than-great time.
David Roth

With The Cruiserweight Classic, WWE Is Getting Outside Its Comfort Zone

In its new single-elimination Cruiserweight Classic, WWE is showcasing different wrestlers, and different styles, than its beefy usual fare. It's a good call.
Blake Murphy

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

The Hardy Boyz Renaissance Is Here, And It's Glorious

Matt and Jeff Hardy have had long, eventful careers in wrestling, but nothing that matches the pure batshit beauty and multi-level weirdness of their current TNA feud.
Ian Williams

The End Of Roman's Reign

When Roman Reigns lost clean in his Money In The Bank match, it was surprising. When he got suspended, it was more so. But this is how it's supposed to be.
Ian Williams
Pro Wrestling

Talking, Selling, And Wrestling: A Conversation With Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of wrestling for something like three generations of fans. Now he's the voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the wildest indie promotion out.
Ian Williams

With the Return of Shane, WWE Is the McMahon Show Once Again

Vince McMahon's son Shane crashed Monday Night Raw for the first time in years. Fans still love to hate him, but his return suggests changes ahead for WWE.
Ian Williams

Farewell to the Utterly Undeniable Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan was an indie wrestling grinder who became a beloved WWE champion because of how uniquely talented he was. His career is over, but his legend is secure.
Ian Williams