A few weeks ago, Impact Wrestling—formerly known as TNA—announced the launch of its own subscription video streaming service, the Global Wrestling Network. The announcement follows on WWE and numerous other wrestling promotions having launched their own over-the-top services in recent years. The hook appears to be…
A few months ago I attended a Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling show at the 2300 (née ECW) Arena in South Philly. When a Japanese ref entered the ring, someone in the stands yelled “Mr. Miyagi!” The crowd immediately booed, then began chanting “That was racist!” (That one of the wrestlers in the match began it by…
The Bobby Heenan that most of you are familiar with is the ‘80s WWF version. Naturally, in the immediate aftermath of his death, much of the reminiscing about his career focused on the funniest moments.
Vince McMahon is 72 years old. Back when he was a spry 50-something, McMahon took constant beatings from wrestlers. But in the last six years, he’s only made sporadic appearances on WWE television.
One of the biggest stories in professional wrestling this summer came out of last Saturday’s TripleMania event, the biggest show of the year for AAA, one of the top lucha libre promotions in Mexico. Going in, one would have expected the buzz to be the result of the main event, where, as expected, living legend Dr.…
Tell ‘em, Nature Boy:
The first time I remember consciously turning on the TV to watch wrestling, I saw the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, squaring off against Mike Tyson.
There’s so much talking on WWE Raw. It always opens with a promo and sometimes they just talk talk talk. For every great Paul Heyman promo there are two segments that just drone on and on and on. It happens. The show’s three hours! What else are you going to fill time with, wrestling?
Sexy Star, best known in the U.S. for her appearances on Lucha Underground, is being accused of intentionally injuring the arm of another wrestler, Rosemary, in an apparent shoot at a major Mexican wrestling card over the weekend.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is boxing Conor McGregor this weekend, and the whole thing is completely awesome. While the traditionalist fight press sees this simply as a capitalist exercise with an inevitable result and no titles on the line, that’s not exactly the case—at least not officially, that is.
They’ve held almost every kind of wrestling at the building formerly known as the ECW Arena. But according to the guy who sold me my ticket, Friday night was the first time the 2300 Arena was hosting Micro Championship Wrestling.
At last check in July, indie wrestler the “Progressive Liberal” Daniel Richards won his match against a Trump supporter but still had to wear a diaper and drink gross milk out of a baby bottle. A couple of weeks later at Dukes Fest, a Dukes of Hazzard-themed festival in Virginia, Richards wrestled again and used the…
Update (5:15 p.m. ET): A rep for WWE tells TMZ Flair is out of surgery; his family is with him. “It’s good that he’s out of surgery,” Dave Meltzer wrote on the Wrestling Observer messageboard. “It’s still real bad.”
The crowd heard “Enter Sandman” and immediately knew what was coming. It didn’t matter that it was 2017 instead of 1997. The Sandman was going to enter the ECW Arena and save the day.
When you hear the phrase “indie wrestling,” what exactly does it make you think of? You may be picturing a show in a high school gym, rec center, Knights of Columbus Hall, or something like that. Some promotions might be lucky enough to make a deal with the local minor-league baseball park and pack in a few thousand…
The first reaction a lot of people had to the news that Shinsuke Nakamura would face John Cena in a number one contenders match on WWE SmackDown was anger. “Why are they fighting on free TV?” people asked.
When you’re around pro wrestling fandom for a long time, you become familiar with various talking points that have, over the years, become groupthink. One, specifically, has bordered on self-parody at times: “Push the cruiserweights.”
Last night, WWE champion Jinder Mahal faced Randy Orton in the third-ever Punjabi Prison match. It did not go over well with the crowd in South Philadelphia. Fans chanted for CM Punk. Fans chanted “delete” for Matt Hardy. Fans chanted “Trust the Process.”