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A.J. Styles's Weird Right-Wing Web TV Appearance Went About As Well As Could Be Expected A.J. Styles's Weird Right-Wing Web TV Appearance Went About As Well As Could Be Expected

On Monday, the self-described “conservative comedian” Steven Crowder tweeted out the guest list for his online talk show, Louder With Crowder, which streams on the Glenn Beck-owned BlazeTV. There is no reason any person should care about this beyond the fact that, among those guests, was the WWE star A.J. Styles.…

WWE Is Sexing Up Its Programming Again, But At What Cost? WWE Is Sexing Up Its Programming Again, But At What Cost?

WWE’s television programming has taken a sharp turn in the past week or so, or more precisely thrown it in reverse and slammed on the gas. The last time pro wrestling’s dominant promotion truly broke through to mainstream popularity was 20 years ago, and came largely on the back of vulgar, sexed-up mayhem. In that…

Cody Rhodes, The Khans, And Chris Jericho Made Their New Promotion Official, And It Could Be Big Cody Rhodes, The Khans, And Chris Jericho Made Their New Promotion Official, And It Could Be Big

The news officially arrived through a pair of statements, a rally outside TIAA Bank Field, and a subsequent press junket, but the Jacksonville Jaguars owners Shahid “Shad” Khan and his son Tony made their bold new foray into the pro wrestling business official on Tuesday. The name of the new promotion is All Elite…

"Mean" Gene Okerlund Was TV Wrestling Distilled Into A Single Human Being "Mean" Gene Okerlund Was TV Wrestling Distilled Into A Single Human Being

“Mean” Gene Okerlund, the most iconic interviewer and one of the most well-known announcers period in the history of televised pro wrestling, passed away at the age of 76, WWE announced on Wednesday morning. No cause of death was given by WWE, although Okerlund’s son Tor later told the Associated Press that his father…

Impact Wrestling Is Stuck In TV Purgatory And Facing A Bleak Future Impact Wrestling Is Stuck In TV Purgatory And Facing A Bleak Future

The long-beleaguered Impact Wrestling, which had been hunting for a new American TV deal, announcing a new destination last Friday. Starting on January 11, the two hour eponymous weekly Impact show moves from Thursday nights on PopTV (formerly the TV Guide Channel) to Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET on the Pursuit Channel.

How Did $5 Million Of Vince McMahon's Money Wind Up In The Trump Foundation? How Did $5 Million Of Vince McMahon's Money Wind Up In The Trump Foundation?

On Tuesday, the New York State Attorney General’s Office announced that they had reached a settlement in their suit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation over its (prolific) self-dealing and other assorted misdeeds. Beyond the usual Trump-scented malfeasance in which the foundation engaged, one detail especially…

As Ring Of Honor Closes The Book On 2018, A New Startup Wrestling Promotion Looms As Ring Of Honor Closes The Book On 2018, A New Startup Wrestling Promotion Looms

Ring of Honor’s year-end pay-per-view event, Final Battle, will air live on Friday night from the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s become one of the biggest events in independent wrestling, but there’s more intrigue around it than usual this year, as it looks likely that several of…

Dynamite Kid Leaves Behind One Of Pro Wrestling's Most Complicated Legacies Dynamite Kid Leaves Behind One Of Pro Wrestling's Most Complicated Legacies

WWE confirmed on Wednesday that Tom Billington, the former pro wrestler best known as Dynamite Kid of the British Bulldogs tag team, had passed away at the age of 60. He leaves one of the more hugely complicated legacies of just about anyone who has ever been a part of this hugely complicated business. In the ring, he…

WWE Is Preparing For Global Domination And Everyone Is Finally Noticing WWE Is Preparing For Global Domination And Everyone Is Finally Noticing

Over the course of the last few weeks, a crush of news on the WWE talent development front has changed how many fans look at the company. A Monday report from WrestleTalk revealed major changes to the contracts for WWE’s United Kingdom-based developmental talent; the new language specifically limited who developmental…

When the Internet Archive Forgets When the Internet Archive Forgets

On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic. Not necessarily in the way that something stupid like Verrit aspired to, but at least in confirming that you aren’t losing your mind, that an old post or article you remember reading did, in…

Seriously, How The Fuck Did Anyone Let Chuck Liddell Fight On Saturday Night? Seriously, How The Fuck Did Anyone Let Chuck Liddell Fight On Saturday Night?

Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya’s outfit, promoted its first mixed martial arts event on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Forum. It was built more like a boxing card than a traditional MMA one, with the main event getting almost the entire focus and the co-feature getting a polite bit of lip service. The…

"Broken Face" And All, Becky Lynch Is Suddenly The Biggest Star In WWE "Broken Face" And All, Becky Lynch Is Suddenly The Biggest Star In WWE

When last we discussed Becky Lynch in this space, she was already a star but still a few weeks removed from turning on Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam. This was a problem for WWE, even if they only sort of seemed to know it then. Becky was and still notionally is a heel, but fans stuck with Becky as their favorite as…

Ronda Rousey Basically Called Becky Lynch A Beta Snowflake Cuck On Raw This Week Ronda Rousey Basically Called Becky Lynch A Beta Snowflake Cuck On Raw This Week

Aside from its concessions to Saudi Arabia as part of a larger business deal with the murderous gulf autocracy, WWE’s recent programming has been as apolitical as it has been in ages. It’s the sort of thing that’s more notable in its absence, but the promotion’s classic xenophobic and jingoistic storylines are gone.…

WWE Released A Failed 1989 Wrestling Pilot And It's Awesomely Terrible WWE Released A Failed 1989 Wrestling Pilot And It's Awesomely Terrible

The WWE Hidden Gems section of WWE Network’s on-demand library is one of the more reliably enjoyable things that the promotion offers, a weekly release of unseen or rarely seen footage from their vast archives that offers a compelling look at weird days gone by in the sport. Not every week is a home run, and there…

Crown Jewel, WWE's Return To Saudi Arabia, Had Less Propaganda But More Irony Crown Jewel, WWE's Return To Saudi Arabia, Had Less Propaganda But More Irony

Once the call was made to go on with WWE Crown Jewel, the second event of WWE’s 10-year contract with Saudi Arabia, one question loomed larger than any other going: What would this thing look like? The promotion’s first Saudi show, April’s Greatest Royal Rumble, was unvarnished pro-Saudi propaganda, even exploiting…

Yes, WWE Wrote John Cena And Daniel Bryan Off Friday's Saudi Arabia Card Yes, WWE Wrote John Cena And Daniel Bryan Off Friday's Saudi Arabia Card

After a week of unconfirmed reports that both John Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to work this Friday’s WWE Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we have our answer. It wasn’t a straight one from the promotion itself, unsurprisingly—WWE had repeatedly refused to address whether Cena and Bryan had asked not…

WWE Is Officially Going Ahead With Its Creepy Saudi Propaganda Spectacular WWE Is Officially Going Ahead With Its Creepy Saudi Propaganda Spectacular

After days of rumors and weeks of faintly nauseated speculation, World Wrestling Entertainment announced on Thursday that the next show in their partnership with Saudi Arabia, next Friday’s Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, will take place as scheduled. The announcement came as part of guidance for their quarterly report…

More And More Wrestling Fans Are Wondering Why Wrestlers Don't Have A Union More And More Wrestling Fans Are Wondering Why Wrestlers Don't Have A Union

On Monday, one of the biggest non-WWE stars in pro wrestling—if not the biggest—tweeted something that could, if you squinted and tilted and hoped a little bit, be read as a call to arms.

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