SPOTLIGHTS: Where’s the Humor Gone?

I confess: the main reason Huracanrana and I watch WWE programming each week is to literally laugh out loud at the ‘Fashion Files.’ It’s the same reason we are fixated on Dalton Castle’s antics, love Famous B’s failed attempts at stable building, and consider Gary Jay a personal favorite when he comes through our humble […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Race and Pro Wrestling – Bigger Questions

The very nature of professional sports – athletic achievements designed to encapsulate an array of un/known emotions and allegiances – only naturally produces self-reflection. Ergo, the professional athlete – to fans – stands as a mirror of what we’d like to be and/or idealize. Or, conversely, what we perhaps subconsciously loathe. The Colin Kaepernick situation, […]

LIVE EVENTS: Dear Mae Young Classic – Please Learn from Cruiserweight Classic Missteps

As the curtain about to lift on the inaugural Mae Young Classic, it’s important to realize how important this event truly is. And not for reasons you might think. This isn’t about participant list. The WWE assembled a virtual ‘who’s who’ in the indy wrestling women’s circuit (sans those with firm commitments to other promotions). […]

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM: Are You Living a Caffeine Reliant Lifestyle?

It’s time for an intervention moment, brought to you by angry looking gym equipment. If you’re finding yourself incredibly aggravated at the gym by stupidity of others, craving consumption of large quantities of animal meat post-workout, bridging fitness sessions with sugar free energy drinks, and sleeping horribly at night…you’re living a caffeinated life. Don’t get […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Ten Reasons to Love Bobby Fish

For two anonymous people writing an indy wrestling blog uniquely geared toward its athletes and talent, it’s not uncommon for Huracanrana and I to get asked “who’s your favorite wrestler?” Of course, that’s an incredibly difficult if not impossible question to answer. Do you mean growing up (ergo had the greatest influence on subsequent, reinvigorated interest in the […]

ATHLETE APPRECIATION/WHAT PRO WRESTLING MEANS TO ME: LuFisto

Editor’s Note: While we’ve rightly celebrated a fair number of outstanding athletes and talent on this site, I confess to holding off writing this most overdue spotlight. Specifically, I didn’t even know where to begin in telling the story of arguably the most important woman in the modern wrestling era. Yes, I understand this a […]

WRESTLING 101: Ten Steel Cage Match Improvements Sorely Needed

Look, I get it: steel cage matches are staple of all things extreme wrestling. The dramatic leaps, unrelenting grasp of chain link, a sense of hopelessness that comes with seemingly no escape. Some of the greatest moments in wrestling history took place inside the steel cage, to include title changes, stunning heel turns, and – […]

LIVE EVENTS: Re-Appreciating Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s ‘Battle of Los Angeles’

Re-invigorated by a terrific Shine Wrestling 42, Huracanrana and I found ourselves revisiting our proud and always growing collection of independent wrestling DVD/BluRays. That monthly PayPal statement; ouch! To us, there’s arguably no live experience more invigorating than indy wrestling, mainly closeness to action and symbiosis between performer and observer. There’s something truly intoxicating in knowing […]

WRESTLING 101: Reinventions and the Grey Area

Every pro wrestling fans appreciates the classic heel or face turn. Ones seemingly inevitable when unexpected injuries throw storylines into the mix, likewise an opportunity for a promotion to reward an athlete needing a new character lease on life. Some, of course, do this better than others, with it arguably directly attributed to his/her ability […]

LIVE EVENTS: WrestleMania 33 Weekend – The Morning After

So check off a bucket list item: I’ve officially attended a WrestleMania. I’d have little excuse (in exception to a pregnant Huracanrana) to skip said event, as it was literally held 90 minutes away just outside of downtown Orlando, Florida. As stated in the previous story, I likewise used this weekend as an excuse to catch […]