|Lovelace would be a wonderful addition to STARDOM in her post-WWE career.|
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Friday, June 4, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
|Scherr's tale should be a warning for wrestlers and all labor.|
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
|MV Young, above, putting Harlow O'Hara through a table off the apron was cool as hell, nerds|
Photo Credit: MV Young/@THEOnlyMVYoung
Monday, May 31, 2021
|Graphics Credit via AllEliteWrestling.com|
Friday, May 28, 2021
|Cena misspoke, and in the process, he showed what most wrestlers are made of|
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Nineteen years ago yesterday, Tom Carter and Mike Spillane ran their first show out of their newly-formed wrestling school. They chose the name "Chikara," which is a Japanese word that translates as "power." For 18 years, the company was a deeply-rooted part of the Philadelphia wrestling scene, and one that had live reach to locales like Chicago, North Carolina, and England. All of that went down the toilet when the extent of abuses perpetrated within the company was exposed during Speaking Out. Not only were individual wrestlers named, most graphically and specifically Kobald, but Spillane himself, who competed under the name Mike Quackenbush and carried on the company and school after Carter, also called Reckless Youth, left later on in 2002, was implicated in turning a blind eye to abuses by wrestlers and trainers to perpetrating mental abuse and short-shrifting on payments. The groundswell of, well, speaking out caused Spillane to close the promotion and for students and longer-tenured wrestlers, all the way up to Hallowicked, who had been there since day one, quit the company and resigned their posts as trainers at the Wrestle Factory.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
News broke yesterday that All Elite Wrestling and Turner Networks would be shaking things up. Firstly, Dynamite, the promotion's flagship show, will be moving from TNT to TBS starting in January of 2022. While this seems like a demotion at first, it should be noted that TBS was called "The Mothership" for a reason (or, if you remember it in Dusty Rhodes' voice, "Da Muddaship."). TBS is in roughly one million more homes than TNT. Second, a third hour of mainline cable programming, Rampage, was announced for TNT, although it is also moving to TBS in 2022 apparently. Right now, the first Rampage is set to air on August 13, a Friday, at 10 PM. Thirdly, AEW programming will remain on TNT in the form of four annual specials, which sounds like to me Cody Rhodes will have his own Clash of the Champions to play with, obviously with a different name given who owns the original trademarks. Finally, according to Dave Meltzer, there will be a "significant" increase in rights fees paid to AEW, although that number is not public at present time.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
|One dumb stunt should not condemn all of deathmatch wrestling|
There are two statements that are both true and that I think people would be best served to remember when talking about deathmatch wrestling:
- Deathmatch wrestling is not for everyone.
- Deathmatch wrestling is no less safe than any other kind of wrestling.
The worst damage the people who misunderstand the first statement do is maybe post a video on Twitter without an appropriate content warning for gore. Is watching someone get staked on the crown of their head with a bunch of wooden skewers gross for the uninitiated? Yes. Is it really hurting anyone long-term? My guess is no, but I also am not privy to what people talk about with their therapists. I also believe fullstop in content warnings and think everyone on Twitter should err on the side of caution when they think they should use one. Lesson learned.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
|Complicated legacy or not, New Jack was one of the all-time titanic figures in pro wrestling.|
Jerome Young, who competed for Extreme Championship Wrestling and other promotions under the name New Jack, died Friday evening of a myocardial infarction. He was 58 years old. He leaves behind a complicated and misunderstood legacy, but it was undeniable he embodied the manic and unpredictable energy that made pro wrestling great. Few wrestlers were as dedicated to the craft as he was, and few others paid a price with their bodies like he did.
Friday, May 14, 2021
|Tay Conti is out here exposing nerds; you love to see it.|
I don't really have a coherent topic I want to write on for 800-3000 words, but I do have quite a few thoughts on All Elite Wrestling that I want to put into the world. I don't know if this will be the first of such posts or the only one, but I think it's good to let a lot of this analysis I've had swirling in my head spoken into something a little more permanent than Twitter.
- One big reason, to me at least, why wrestling is seen as such a low-rent way to spend a couple of hours each week is because it is not produced like a television show, despite the protestations of one Vince McMahon that he doesn't promote pro wrestling but "entertainment." Kevin Dunn's production values are objectively terrible, but that hasn't stopped him from not only cementing himself as the longest-tenured wrestling television producer in America, but a growing figure of influence within WWE, the latter thought here which deserves its own longform post from someone who gives a flying shit about that damn company up North.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
|Ogogo and his finish were victims of AEW's fans lack of conditioning|
Anthony Ogogo already is looking like the breakout star from QT Marshall's new Nightmare Factory rudo offshoot. While Aaron Solow and Nick Comorato, aka Mr. Freakbeast are both nice prospects, few people have the look, the build, and the raw charisma as the Olympic boxing medalist. I expect that among he'll be among the Factory's success stories, along with Jade Cargill and Red Velvet at the least with several others looking like they have promise from that wrestling school. To say he got off on the wrong foot, or should I say fist, in his in-ring debut would be a contentious statement though. Last week on Dynamite, he had his first match on the TNT Network against a tomato can as one might expect. The match didn't last long, nor should it have, but it ended oddly as mainstream wrestling matches go. It would appear Ogogo's finishing maneuver is a body shot. This past week on Dynamite, Ogogo partook in a post-match fracas that saw him lay out Dustin Rhodes with the same finish.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
|Omega is at the vanguard of the marathon matches; should other companies follow his opposite?|
The best way to be noticed in wrestling, or in any medium of entertainment, is to stand out from the crowd. If everyone is zigging right, you zag to the left. It's common sense that isn't so common given how much copycat bullshit goes on in the wrestling business nowadays. Whether it's copying from yourself or shamelessly biting of some other promotion's ideas, matches, angles, moves, characters, or commentary tropes, there are few fresh ideas roaming around in the scene today, at least in America. While WWE is historically the biggest offender, that company has been stagnating for two decades and has still bilked several media outlets out of billions of dollars for broadcast rights. Where I think this pattern of malaise is most damaging is below the mainstream surface, below WWE and even All Elite Wrestling.