Welcome to Deadspin’s new irregular pro wrestling column, in which Tom Breihan and Ernest Wilkins will comb through the past month of superkicks, lariats, and 450 splashes in search of the greatest things that this most American of artforms has given us. »
On Monday Night Raw a few weeks ago, a loud contingent of pro wrestling fans found a new way to disrespect the women pro wrestlers in the ring.
Welcome to Deadspin’s irregular pro wrestling column, in which Tom Breihan and Ernest Wilkins will comb through the past month of superkicks, lariats, and 450 splashes in search of the greatest things that this most American of artforms has given us.
Brock Lesnar, fresh off a commitment to WWE that earned breaking news attention on ESPN, was denied a title rematch on tonight's WWE Raw. It sent the former UFC fighter into a rampage that left announcers, bystanders and even "cameramen" in a wake of destruction. Since Raw announcer Michael Cole was one of those who… »
It happens once a year. It's the perfect episode of TV for our times: a basic-cable version of the selfie, the Twitter @reply and the Facebook status update all rolled into one. The 2015 edition of this great, fascinating occurrence will happen tonight... on a pro wrestling show. It’s one you should probably tune… »
If you thought Brock Lesnar's main event appearance would be the only UFC in your WWE at Wrestlemania tonight, you'd be wrong. Reigning bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey showed up to join forces with The Rock in kicking the asses of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. It was, as The Rock stated himself, the biggest moment… »
Daniel Bryan's WWE Hall of Fame induction speech for child cancer victim Connor "The Crusher" Michalek not only brought the pro wrestling superstar to tears but also—to the shock of some viewers—tore down the façade of wrestling storylines multiple times, admitting that "everything I've done...is fiction. It's not… »
Brock Lesnar, who is scheduled to defend his WWE heavyweight champion title against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31 this weekend, went on SportsCenter today for an interview with Michelle Beadle. Once there, he announced that he had re-signed with WWE, and will not be returning to UFC. »
The advantage of a pre-determined sport like pro wrestling is that promoters can book the ideal storylines. Usually, that means you'll get a Wrestlemania main event the crowd is excited to see, though usually they're not supposed to be booing the good guy a few days before the big show. Good thing you can edit out… »
Bill Simmons's appearance on WWE Raw may have been a dud, but Jon Gruden taking a break from taping his QB Camp segments to gush about a man in a rabbit suit's flexibility and the fact that you can "watch a movie" on Ryback's back more than makes up for it. He seems to be legitimately amazed by the bunny! Jon Gruden… »
Bill Simmons joined Snoop Dogg as a special guest on tonight's WWE Raw, and if that sounds like the dumbest thing in the world to you, you'd be right. Simmons didn't even take a bump, which is some weak bullshit. Even worse, it appears Simmons may have broken kayfabe by inquiring about the of-late absence of "the… »
The fuzzy lines that divide pro wrestling from UFC got even more blurred tonight on WWE Raw when promoter Paul Heyman offered up a threat that his charge, Brock Lesnar, would return to UFC and "unify" the pro wrestling and MMA heavyweight belts. »
Bill DeMott, a former pro wrestler who got a job as the developmental trainer for WWE's branch NXT—think of it as a farm system—stepped down today after numerous allegations of abuse. »
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… »
Some wacky stuff is going down in the wrestling world tonight, reminding everyone of the number one rule of social media: only bad can come from it. »
You'd think that the first weather-related cancellation of an episode of Monday Night Raw in the show's 1000-plus episode history would be bad news for the WWE. But the many inches of snow aimed at Hartford, Connecticut, the location of tonight's now-scuttled Raw taping, are a sprinkle of luck that will spare WWE… »