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 […]

LIVE EVENTS: Happy WrestleMania Week!

Friends, Roman’s (, Rollins), and Countrymen, welcome to Orlando! Checking the schedule of events for Wrestlemania Week makes 2017 arguably the most stacked roster (93 events) to date! I would go so far as to state that even those ignoring the Big Show…well, the ‘Big Show’…will find 2017 the year that independent wrestling is perhaps […]

SPOTLIGHTS: The Confusing Configuration of the Modern Wrestling Scene

It used to be simple. Independent wrestlers join regional promotions, work through the ranks, potentially go overseas, to subsequently sign on with nationally televised organizations. Garner enough positive buzz, earn WWE tryout…cross fingers. Make the cut, work developmental, and hope for the big show. And maybe the Big Show, if you’re large enough. It’s unfortunately […]

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM: Fighting the Good Fight While Fighting Illness

One of the greatest dilemmas any committed athlete faces is what to do when the always unwanted cold or flu bug takes hold. We all know that feeling well: the excessive soreness during what is typically a challenging but not stressful cardio routine. The unusual sweat odor after a barbell set. Then the dreaded tickly […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Do We Expect Too Much of Legendary Performers?

Before I get lambasted for writing this piece, let me make one thing clear: it’s pro wrestlers and talent I grew up with who inspire me most. I can’t but smile watching their older matches, likewise putting on a vintage style t-shirt celebrating their exploits from decades earlier. Our house is literally adorned with snippets […]

WRESTLING 101: An Homage to the Lucha Mask

Thanks to the creative genius of Lucha Underground and terrific Lucha Loot crates, I’m bombarded monthly – in the best of ways – with an array of wonderful luchadors and luchadores. Of course, a key cog in the greatness of the lucha libre tradition are the unique masks its athletes adorn. The very image of a […]