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 […]

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 […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Streaming Services – Too Many Options, Not Enough ‘Fans’

As the venerated National Football League (NFL) is discovering, even the most diehard fans grow tired of over-exposed product. In the NFL’s endless search for market dominance, Thursday night football emerged, likewise international games at odd times. Ratings fell and fast. Of course, the over-politicizing of the League certainly did not help. (Fans turn to sports for […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Wrestling Road Diaries III, Colt Cabana Embraces his Significance

Having watched the first two iterations of the Wrestling Road diaries documentaries and been impressed, I have to say I was not prepared for just how compelling Volume 3 is to the series and ultimately to the story of the man, himself, Colt Cabana. If you haven’t seen these movies and are an indie wrestling […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Giving ‘Thanks’ for 2016

Love it, hate it, Columbus or no Columbus, there’s many things to be pro wrestling thankful for this upcoming Thanksgiving. For us here at WrestlingInFlorida.com, here’s (20)16 things what we’re thankful for: Another year! WordPress just reminded us it’s time to renew our Premium Membership. Meaning, it’s been 365 days of gathering 1000+ followers on Twitters, 500+ […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Fans Pay the Bills – A Lesson for ‘The Wrestling Renaissance’

In the early 15th Century, Cosimo Medici, patriarch of his famed Italian family, rose to prominence in Florence. He did so via his skills as its preeminent banker, a gift equaled only by his savvy in politics. What Medici is arguably best known for is how he spent much of his wealth. His love and patronage […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Putting the WWE Cruiserweight Classic into Perspective

With the first WWE Cruiserweight Classic in the books – congratulations again to T. J. Perkins and the rest of the stellar 32-man lineup! – now is as good time as any to frame the whole event within a wider global wrestling lens. To begin, it’s almost unfathomable to assemble such a diverse, global roster […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Where Have All the Managers Gone?

As I introduced Huracanrana to a childhood fave in Greg Valentine, something peculiar occurred to me: what the heck happened to all the great managers in professional wrestling? Sure, there are the occasional valets, but when’s the last time a truly great manager…other than perhaps Truth Martini…was expected to play a prominent role in every […]