Little Girls and Iron Women: NXT TakeOver Makes Women's Wrestling History

Wednesday’s NXT TakeOver: Respect was the site of two firsts: for the first time, two women competed in an Iron Man match, and for the first time, two women closed the show at a WWE special event. It was not the first time, however, that women proved their abilities to a sport (and a company) that for too long refused… »10/09/15 9:16am10/09/15 9:16am


Seven Habits Of Highly Awesome Middle School Runners

We’re trotting along, arms uptight and locked, kneecaps clanking, when one of the sixth-grade harriers pulled up short. In this group, sudden cessation of movement indicates either a haphazardly attached body part has fallen off, or the stalled vehicle has decided he hates cross country and is dropping out of the… »10/02/15 1:43pm10/02/15 1:43pm

The Short, Spray-Tanned History of Women's Wrestling at SummerSlam


This Sunday, the factions formed by WWE’s now-branded #DivaRevolution will face off in a three-team elimination match at SummerSlam, professional wrestling’s “biggest party of the summer.” The event is one of WWE’s Big Four pay-per-views, second only to WrestleMania in hype and bombast; the collision of this annual… »8/18/15 12:23pm8/18/15 12:23pm

Daniel Bryan's Yes! Is The Worked Shoot Of Wrestling Books

Late in Yes!, the new memoir from the great pro wrestler Daniel Bryan, there’s a moment where Bryan comes to an epiphany about what he’s doing in the WWE—the place where he’s been employed since 2009: “I came to the realization that what we were doing in WWE was no longer pro wrestling,” he writes. “Instead, what most… »7/30/15 7:00pm7/30/15 7:00pm

Twilight of the Divas: The NXT Revolution in Women's Wrestling Is Here


A revolution began Monday night in the world of women’s athletics. To be fair, the women involved are called divas, this particular realm of athletics goes by the winking nom de plume of sports entertainment, and the revolution was sanctioned—orchestrated, even—by those called, without a dash of irony, The Authority. »7/14/15 12:12pm7/14/15 12:12pm

Wild Last-Second Comeback Wins 174-Lb. DI Wrestling Title For Penn State

You don't need to know much about wrestling to get what happened here. We start with six seconds left in a match for the 174-lb. Division I national championship, with Penn State's Matt Brown down by a point to Pitt's Tyler Wilps and rules about how you're not allowed to delay the match or lock hands around your… »3/21/15 10:06pm3/21/15 10:06pm

Openly Gay WWE Wrestler Blasts Company For Abu Dhabi Shows

Today marks the first of three WWE house shows in Abu Dhabi, and Darren Young is very notably not among the wrestlers making the trip. Young (real name Fred Rosser) came out as gay in 2013, and the United Arab Emirates doesn't have the best human-rights record. WWE says it left Young behind for his own safety, but… »2/11/15 1:27pm2/11/15 1:27pm