WRESTLING

entertainment

The Next Generation of Professional Wrestlers Is Out for Blood

The new crop of fighters are catering to the tastes of the internet age and pushing the sport to violent new heights.
Damian Abraham
5.23.19
right now

Is Wrestling The Purest Iteration of Camp?

A whole lot of Susan Sontag's 'Notes on Camp' feels like it was specifically written for...the world of wrestling.
Scarlett Harris
5.6.19
tv

'Dark Side of the Ring' Shows the Human Side of Pro Wrestling's Most Dangerous Era

The new VICELAND series investigates the time when what happened in the ring bled into real life drama.
Taylor Hosking
4.27.19
Quebec

80s Wrestling Is Alive and Well in Montreal

We spoke to the Spandex gladiators of the WTA and ICW about the past, present, and future of wrestling in Quebec.
Nick Rose
4.8.19
we saw this

Inside Open Mike Eagle's Wild, Sweaty Pro Wrestling Debut

The rapper travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, at the last minute to fight Shiloh Jonze, a professional wrestler and awful rapper who had been goading Eagle online. We saw it all from ringside.
Michelle Eigenheer
10.12.18
Photography

These Aren’t Your Typical Wrestling Photos

Gay Mexican American photographer Ken Castañeda uses Lucha Libre in his work to express his complex identity.
Clara Mokri
7.6.18
makes you think

Undertaker Choke-Slamming Post Malone Is Proof That the Late 90s Are Back

By merging with pro wrestling, this is rap's most nu-metal moment yet.
Phil Witmer
6.18.18
bruiseday

Jinder Mahal's Nihilistic Run as a Top Guy is Over

Submissions don't work on Top Guys, and Mahal lost by submission to AJ. Styles at 'Clash of Champions' on Sunday.
Ian Williams
12.19.17
Television

I Was a Professional Pillow-Fighter

'GLOW' helped me remember the good—and bad—times of my past.
Sarah Kurchak
8.14.17
bruiseday

Kurt Angle's WWE Documentary is as Real as Pro Wrestling Gets

WWE's wrestler documentaries create telling moments of hyperreality, where things become so real yet so obviously artificial that viewers can’t tell the difference.
Ian Williams
7.19.17
bruiseday

WWE's Failed Double Turn Is a Loss for Everyone

Double turns are incredibly rare because they're so hard to pull off. Well, WWE pulled it off this week with Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman—and then the promotion threw their work in the trash.
Ian Williams
7.12.17
bruiseday

The Progressive Liberal's Not-So-Neat Wrestling Story

Despite a healthy conservative bent in pro wrestling, liberal heels haven't historically been a go-to gimmick. So when Dan Richards emerged as a Hillary Clinton–supporting wrestler in Appalachia, he got a lot of attention.
Ian Williams
7.6.17
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