Pro Wrestling

6.19.19

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

The new VICE on TV series investigates the time when what happened in the ring bled into real life drama.

4.29.19

Life Lessons from Three of the World’s Most Brutal Sports

Pain is a teacher for Eric Spicely, pro-wrestler, skateboarder and MMA fighter.

6.28.18

The Real Women of 'GLOW' Told Us About the Sexism They Dealt with in the 80s

Season two of 'GLOW' on Netflix tackles the issues the real 'Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling' battled beyond the ring.

5.3.18

WWE's Kane Might Actually Be the Next Mayor of a Tennessee County

He just won the Republican primary in Knox County's mayoral election, and he's set to chokeslam his Democratic opponent into oblivion.

8.29.17
6.14.17

Kazuchika Okada Is the Best Wrestler in the World

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Okada has an intangible quality that recalls what made Ric Flair so good in his prime.

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4.4.17

WrestleMania 33 in Review: Packed with WWE Moments to Remember

WrestleMania 33 was, by most measures, a really enjoyable show, with some truly classic moments. It wasn't much more than those moments, but that's the point.

3.31.17

Out of Office: Wrestling

What's it like to combine a demanding sporting passion with regular employment? We spoke to Cieran Donnelly and Danny Duggan – a tag team duo who fight as DND – about balancing a professional life with professional wrestling.

3.30.17

The Spectacle of Excess: Pro Wrestling and the Concept of the "Perfect Bastard"

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?

3.14.17

The Hardy Boyz' Broken Legal Woes with Impact Wrestling

The Hardy brothers are the latest to run afoul of the push and pull over creative control in pro wrestling, and theirs is shaping up to be a particularly ugly clash.

3.6.17

A Collection of Pro Wrestling Moves That Deserve Serious Analysis

In light of Stone Cold Steve Austin's recent breakdown of his most famous finishing move, here are some other ridiculous professional wrestling attacks that we'd like to see similarly (over)analysed.

2.23.17

Roots of Kayfabe: Why the Abdominal Stretch Is Not Just the Lamest Rest Hold in Wrestling

The abdominal stretch is a boring filler move in professional wrestling but its roots are a little more exciting. We talk twisters, rolling back takes, calf slicers, and Vaporisers.

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