Meet the Man Who Makes WWE's Official Championship Belts in His Garage

In pro wrestling, the moves may be fake choreographed, but the glittering gold-and-leather championship belts are very real. And while most of what happens at the WWE comes out of an enormously wealthy corporate powerhouse, CNN Money shows us the humble origins of those testosterone-cherished waist trophies: Dave… » 5/24/14 3:28pm 5/24/14 3:28pm

Unedited, Unaired WWE Smackdown Broadcast Leaks Online


WWE Smackdown, set to air tonight, was filmed on Tuesday—that's no surprise. But for the first time, a pre-production broadcast of the show—with unedited crowd noise, missed cues and all—has made its way online. It is, like the Raw script that leaked last month, a genuinely fascinating look at how the spectacular… » 5/23/14 2:31pm 5/23/14 2:31pm

How Did UGA Recruit Bill Goldberg? Well, Bourbon Helped.

For a few years in the late '90s, Bill Goldberg was one of the world's biggest pro wrestlers. But before that, he was a pretty darn good football player, playing DT at Georgia and getting drafted into the NFL. (He would play in 14 games.) On Jim Ross's podcast yesterday, Goldberg shared stories of how he ended up a… » 5/22/14 11:35am 5/22/14 11:35am

This Is What A WWE Raw Script Looks Like

Pro wrestling is scripted in two senses. The first is, obviously, that match outcomes are predetermined, and that's the one that detractors, missing the point entirely, fall back on to taunt viewers. (Though WWE did have a problem with leaked outcomes last year.) The second is almost more important: All the planning… » 5/01/14 3:44pm 5/01/14 3:44pm

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin Gives A NSFW Defense Of Gay Marriage

WWE megastar "Stone Cold" Steve Austin made these comments on his podcast months ago, but they're just now making the rounds in wrestling circles, and they're more than worth highlighting. From the man who wrote his own chapter and verse, it's a very forceful and in-character stand in favor of gay marriage. » 4/23/14 12:34pm 4/23/14 12:34pm

The Ultimate Warrior Was An Insane Dick

In his last public appearance, not 24 hours before his death, James Hellwig made clear that there is a distinction between the Ultimate Warrior and the man beneath the facepaint. So it in no way detracts from the respect earned by one of the biggest and most unique characters in wrestling history to point out that… » 4/09/14 3:06pm 4/09/14 3:06pm

The Ultimate Warrior Gave His Own Eulogy A Day Before His Death

After a career built on death rumors, it's finally true. Jim Hellwig, who had legally changed his name to Warrior, died last night in Arizona at the age of 54. Fewer than 24 hours earlier, he appeared on WWE Monday Night RAW, and to celebrate his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, he addressed the fans one final… » 4/09/14 8:41am 4/09/14 8:41am

WrestleMania Gets New Orleans Newspaper's Front Page

Today's New Orleans Times-Picayune features five pages of coverage of last night's WrestleMania at the Superdome—an event which managed to bleed over into the public consciousness more than usual, thanks in large part to the end of the Undertaker's streak. Still, it's odd to see wrestling get the front page of any… » 4/07/14 2:14pm 4/07/14 2:14pm

The Glam-Sissy Wrestling Odyssey Of Exotic Adrian Street

Exotic Adrian Street is a former professional wrestler and incomparable icon of style, famous for his flamboyant ring antics and provocative fashion sense years before everyone wore capes and/or makeup. Born in Great Britain in 1940, Street ran away from home (and the coal mines of Wales) to find his fortune when he… » 4/04/14 12:41pm 4/04/14 12:41pm

Grand Jury To Investigate 1983 Death Of Jimmy Snuka's Girlfriend

On May 11, 1983, Nancy Argentino died in a Pennsylvania hotel room from traumatic brain injuries. An autopsy showed injuries consistent with a history of domestic abuse, and her boyfriend initially told the responding officer he had shoved her, causing her to hit her head. No charges were ever brought against the… » 1/28/14 6:03pm 1/28/14 6:03pm