An Ode to Charles Barkley, Celebrity Wrestling Fan

It’s a shame the NBA Finals won’t feature TNT’s Inside The NBA analysts. Arguably TV’s best sports panel stars Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and two of pro wrestling’s more prominent celebrity fans, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. The former’s wrestling reputation is likely more well known to most fans, with…

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Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s Future Is as (Un)limited as the Wrestling Heel Itself

It has never been harder to be a heel in pro wrestling. Okay, maybe not in terms of life outside the ring — wrestlers no longer regularly deal with fans slashing their tires, throwing urine, and pulling guns on them. But in terms of accomplishing their in-ring job? Getting their…

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Interview: The Creators of “Rubber Match” Talk Wrestling, Romance, and Sports Manga

Every wrestling fan knows that wrestling has an element of homoeroticism, but their responses to that vary. Some ignore it, some joke about it, and some, like comics writer Elizabeth Brie and artist Kira Okamoto, are inspired by it. That’s why they wrote Rubber Match, a project described in its…

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Anarchy in the Arena Succeeded on the Strength of All-Time Greats

If “Wild Thing” played over the whole thing, it’s probably a perfect match. I couldn’t tell you how serious I am about that statement, but I can tell you that the Anarchy in the Arena ten-man tag between The Jericho Appreciation Society and Eddie Kingston’s cohorts absolutely rocked. It’s one…

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Eddie Kingston’s Gasoline Can: A Review

Wrestling is great, truly the highest form of art and most virtuous of sports. Paraphrasing every Wikipedia article on every wrestling show ever, it is a literal battle between good and evil, acted out by men, women, and non-binary people who have sworn blood oaths to the lighter or darker…

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Jon Moxley’s Theme Playing Twice During Anarchy in the Arena: A Review

Friends, I don’t normally do this, but I am writing about a wrestling match while the match is happening. That match is the Anarchy in the Arena match, which pit the Jericho Appreciation Society against the Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, and Santana and Ortiz. It is, as of the…

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