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 […]

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 […]

WRESTLING 101: Bring Back the Ring Gear!

  Many eons ago – and as a child – I fell in love with 1980’s wrestling. The pageantry, the characters, the story behind the story pro wrestling was willing to tell in the ring. When Sgt. Slaughter donned Iraqi garb against the ‘Real American’ Hulkster, my emotions ran wild. The cognitive dissonance was simply […]

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: 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: Wearing Your Fandom – My TOP 3 Favorite Wrestling Shirts

Ah yes, the time honored tradition of wearing your favorite wrestling t-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, gloves, underwear(!), jacket, backpack, rubber bracelet, key-chain or hat. There is a lot of wrestling apparel available to the fan base…and a lot of places to purchase these items.  When I open my wallet, I prefer it to be face-to-face; I […]

SPOTLIGHTS: The Indy Wrestling FAN Road Diaries

Vacation planning for Hurancanrana and I contains four distinct elements: Locate a weekend, higher tier (eg PPV) pro wrestling event to attend, in A fun…ideally new to us…but not-so-distant city. Also, ID a terrific fight gym to get some work in (check out Jesse James Leija’s place in San Antonio!), Find a hotel sporting nearby […]

SPOTLIGHTS: Coming of Age – What Hogan, Piper, Bryan, Demott and Punk Mean to Independent Wrestling

This site isn’t concerned in determining divides between right versus wrong, nor passing personal or professional judgment on pro wrestling’s highest profile athletes. As stated time and time again: we are not a smark/fan site, rather a forum for appreciation of professional wrestling written for/by its athletes and talents. Still, it’s important to recognize the […]

SPOTLIGHTS: A Moveable Feast – The Wrestling Road Diaries Revisited

Instead of writing a review of the Wrestling Road Diaries, Colt Cabana’s two volume documentary of the independent wrestling scene, here is my interpretation: wrestling is a moveable feast.  Wrestling, like most sports, may be a “young” person’s game, but if you are fortunate enough to have the talent and courage to have taken the […]