Dead Wrestler Of The Week: “Maniac” Matt Borne, AKA Doink The Clown

When Matt Osborne died on Friday, the news rang out far and wide. Fox Sports: "Report: Doink the Clown dead at 56." TMZ: "Doink the Clown Pro Wrestler Dies at 55." New York Daily News: "Ex-WWE wrestler Doink the Clown dead at 55." The implication was that the role had overtaken its actor. As this site's Barry Petchesky » 7/03/13 1:27pm 7/03/13 1:27pm

How One Man's Hard-Luck Journey Through The Indie Wrestling Circuit…

During his 10-plus year career, Nigel McGuinness, the former Ring of Honor World Champion, wasn't recognized much away from wrestling. There was that one time on the New York City subway, but he was commuting to a match and there were wrestling fans on the train. Being spotted in the Tampa delicatessen where he sliced … » 2/14/13 2:15pm 2/14/13 2:15pm

The Latest Sports Stars To Show Up As WWE Raw Spectators: Steffi Graf…

Hot on the heels of Jon Gruden's appearance at a WWE event in Tampa, here's famed tennis love couple Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi catching last night's Raw from Agassi's hometown of Las Vegas. Graf doesn't seem so sure about the whole enterprise, while Agassi is especially excited to catch a glimpse of The Rock (who… » 1/29/13 9:00am 1/29/13 9:00am

2012 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Virgil, Pro Wrestling's Saddest…

It all began when we stumbled upon Lonely Virgil, after which we learned that many of you had your own Virgil story to share. In time, those stories also included run-ins with other has-been ex-pro wrestlers. And soon enough, Virgil learned that the Virgilbag was a thing. But then, just as quickly as it all began, the… » 1/04/13 10:15am 1/04/13 10:15am

Jerry "The King" Lawler Returned To WWE Tonight, Two Months After…

Two months after suffering a shocking on-air heart attack that led the WWE to assure viewers that "this is not part of the show," wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler returned to Raw tonight to deliver a heartfelt message to fans—though exactly how heartfelt we'll never know, because his speech was interrupted by the… » 11/12/12 9:35pm 11/12/12 9:35pm

Nikolai Volkoff Taught Me How To Build A Fart Machine: More Wrestler…

Inspired by the saga of "Wrestling Superstar Virgil," we continue with readers' encounters with the titans of the squared circle. If you've had your own run-in with pro wrestlers past or present, e-mail us, subject line "Virgilbag." » 10/10/12 12:45pm 10/10/12 12:45pm

The Honky Tonk Man Will Not Sign Your Corn Dog Napkin: More Wrestler…

Inspired by the saga of "Wrestling Superstar Virgil," we continue with readers' encounters with the titans of the squared circle. If you've had your own run-in with pro wrestlers past or present, e-mail us, subject line "Virgilbag." » 10/03/12 12:00pm 10/03/12 12:00pm

Idiots In The Ring Try To Wrestle On WWE Raw, End Up In Dark Match…

Two weeks after Jerry Lawler's on-air heart attack led to a breakdown of kayfabe on WWE Raw, unscripted events again found their way to air as two idiots broke the barricades in Albany and headed onto the mat during a match between Ryback and the Miz. » 9/24/12 10:02pm 9/24/12 10:02pm

The Iron Sheik And Jose Canseco Had Twitter Beef Last Night

Pro wrestler and occasional Deadspin contributor The Iron Sheik went after more-than-occasional Deadspin subject Jose Canseco last night, calling the steroids proponent a "dumb Mexican" who is, additionally, "dumber than dead dog." » 9/16/12 9:00am 9/16/12 9:00am

Jerry "The King" Lawler May Have Brain Damage After Suffering Heart…

Following a collapse during Monday's live broadcast of Raw from Montreal, WWE legend Jerry "The King" Lawler now may be facing permanent brain damage, according to the L.A. Times. » 9/12/12 11:30am 9/12/12 11:30am