history lessons

bruiseday

Barry Windham and the Disappearing Cowboy Wrestler

Wrestling has always leaned on archetypes, but the country-strong badass that Barry Windham embodied in the 1980s and 90s has mostly vanished. It's a shame.
Ian Williams
9.6.16
dogs named pickles

​Nazis, Thieves, and a Dog Named Pickles: The Unsolved Mystery of the First World Cup Trophy

In 1930, FIFA President Jules Rimet commissioned a trophy for the first World Cup. Since then it has been stolen, hidden, hunted, and lost. If it even still exists.
Keph Senett
8.22.16
FIGHTLAND

Jesse Reid's Lessons, And The Man Who Beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In 1999, the legendary trainer Jesse Reid brought his fighter in to spar with Floyd Mayweather Jr. That day, Mayweather became another fighter to learn something from Reid.
William D'Urso
7.27.16
bruisedays with ian

What WWE Needs Most Is More Stories

When it comes to storytelling, WWE has always favored big heroes. Given the promotion's wealth of talent , it would be a waste not to tell some different ones.
Ian Williams
6.22.16
NBA Finals

How LeBron James Rewrote History In The NBA Finals

Last year, LeBron James willed an undermanned Cavs team to two wins. This year, he helped his team past a historically great opponent. This is how history happens.
​Jared Dubin
6.20.16
WWE

WWE Is Talking About A "New Era," And Actually Backing It Up

Pro wrestling loves to tell its own story and always has. That's what WWE's current "new era" talk is about. More importantly: the new era is pretty great so far.
Ian Williams
5.16.16
Wrestlemania

WWE Refused To Give Fans What It Knows They Want At Wrestlemania

Everyone knew that Wrestlemania would end with WWE pushing Roman Reigns, its chosen champion, over the top. The surprise was how defiantly unsurprising it was.
Ian Williams
4.5.16
Pro Wrestling

Sting and Taking the Last Bump

On Sunday night, in a WWE pay-per-view, Sting suffered a serious neck injury. What was the 56-year-old wrestler doing out there? Same thing he's always done.
Ian Williams
9.23.15