North Korea Is Another Year Closer To Soccer World Domination

On the eve of the World Cup, North Korea's FIFA ranking is holding steady at 137, which sounds pretty bad until you remember that places the North Koreans ahead of fully 70 other countries, unincorporated territories, protectorates and, in the case of No. 177 Curaçao, even an overachieving liqueur. And yet Korea DPR… » 5/26/14 2:13pm 5/26/14 2:13pm

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

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

Wrestlemania XXX Box Score: Every Suplex, Chair Hit, And Top Rope Dive

In the depths of kayfabe, there's really no difference between a suplex, a top-rop dive, or a steel chair—every move, hold, and stunt is just a means to the dramatic end. You can't quantify a comeback or a domination when the comeback is part of the script. But: Who really cares? Here's your Wrestlemania XXX box score. » 4/11/14 3:23pm 4/11/14 3:23pm

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

Watch Your Super Bowl Highlights As Narrated By "J.R." Jim Ross

Look, tonight's Super Bowl XLVIII sucked. It lacked everything to which we were looking forward—from Omaha, to Beast Mode to, well, competitiveness. We made things a bit better, though, with the help of wrestling legend Jim Ross. Here's every big play from tonight's game as called by J.R. Enjoy. » 2/02/14 10:21pm 2/02/14 10:21pm

Dude Is So Pissed Batista Won The Royal Rumble

Batista won the Royal Rumble last night and, for a number of reasons, the crowd booed the outcome lustily. Pittsburgh was already pissed that Daniel Bryan was not included and even booed the harmless Rey Mysterio, Jr. when he came out as the last man and not Bryan. When Batista eventually won, they booed even more.… » 1/27/14 8:36pm 1/27/14 8:36pm