LIVE EVENTS: 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: 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 […]

WRESTLING 101: Whose Line is it Anyway?          

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, than the pro wrestling community has a serious identity crisis. For the life of me, I simply cannot fathom the logic in WWE pointing a strong finger at the Young Bucks for a hand gesture, likewise (formerly) Impact Wrestling with respect to a Hardy character more […]

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: 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 – […]

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: 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 […]