Royal Rumble 2020 and the WWE Disconnect

Perhaps the most simultaneously intriguing yet unsatisfying aspect of watching WWE’s Royal Rumble this Sunday was firsthand knowledge of the glaring disconnect between the Company and its fanbase. To explain, I’ve been a member of its ‘Fan Council’ for several years, one of thousands of individuals regularly asked to provide unpaid survey feedback on WWE […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Ten Wrestling Wishes for 2020

Time to ring in a new year and decade. And with it, here’s 10 professional wrestling wishes for 2020 (and in no particular order). Someone with business savvy buys Ring of Honor, and ideally merges it with another promotion into its own division. There’s simply too much talent and history associated with ROH: allowing it […]

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM: Jordan Myles and Wrestling In/Equality

This post isn’t here to defend or criticize Albert Christian Hardie, Jr., better known by his (past ‘ACH’ and/or) current moniker ‘Jordan Myles.’ Nor is to debate potential/actual offense (intended or otherwise) by the now infamous shirt depicted with this article. Rather, its purpose is to highlight a problematic reality of professional wrestling: Professional wrestling […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Can We Still Call It ‘Independent Wrestling?’

An epiphany occurred while watching the second televised episode of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Dynamite alongside Huracanrana. The conspiracy theorist in me remains of the opinion the show intentionally aligned against the seemingly other ‘independent wrestling’ juggernaut that is NXT. Or the reverse, just because. But that’s an article for another time and place. Watching […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Shhh! A Quiet Cultural Shift Is Finally Upon Us

Perhaps the most significant news story of the previous WrestleMania week/end was one that never happened. Specifically – and for the first time in a long time – pro wrestling’s biggest stage wasn’t buoyed down by gossip tales of cross-promotion wars and/or out-of-the-ring personality dramas. Instead, we saw indy wrestlers easily and capably bounce between […]

SPOTLIGHTS: The Tyranny of Distance: Indy Wrestling and the Baby Battle

Seven months and counting. That’s when our little Cruiserweight, baby Jerry, came on the scene. As anyone who’s done it knows, chasing around an infant is surprisingly time consuming for something that really can’t move all that much the first few months. Throw in serious weight and health issues, daycare illnesses galore, a hurricane evacuation, […]

SPOTLIGHTS: ‘Ring of Honor’ Stays the Course, Reaps the Rewards

Devoid of gender revolutions, cruiserweight and other non-classics, international/regional pushes, streaming service conundrums, controversial exclusivity agreements, developmental roster explosions, ownership infighting, and sex scandals galore, Ring of Honor (ROH) exits 2017 almost as it began. Which – in today’s chaotic pro wrestling environment – is an incredible feat. The most amazing aspect is that so […]

ATHLETE APPRECIATION: Aria Blake

It seems hard to fathom that (if Cagematch is preaching gospel) Huracanrana and I witnessed Aria Blake’s very first professional match. This surprisingly entertaining dark match at Shine 30 in Ybor City featured Blake squaring off a very game Aspyn Rose. Over the next couple years, and seemingly everywhere we went in the Tampa/Orlando wrestling […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Grabbing the Brass Ring Under a Glass Ceiling

Before there was a Neville, there was Cody Rhodes, Sami Callihan and CJ Parker (now Juice Robinson). Along a different vein, there was Ryback. There are also the confusing tales of Colt Cabana, Ivelisse Velez, and Chris Hero (since remedied as Kassius Ohno). These are all names of now independent wrestlers who either walked away […]