The catfished fan and the sucker-punched wrestler.

The interactions between pro wrestling fans and pro wrestlers is equal parts close and distant. When wrestlers compete in an arena, fans are encouraged to cheer or boo, to bring signs and take photos. What they’re not encouraged to do, however, is jump the guardrails and try to attack a wrestler, or to interfere in…

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You can have C.M. Punk returning. I’ll take the return of the IInspiration.

Earlier this year, one of professional wrestling’s most influential and inspiring stars, pro wrestler C.M. Punk, made a return to the ring. He signed with All Elite Wrestling, and immediately showed that seven years away from the squared circle put no ring rust on his body. In that time period, he’s had five-star matches with…

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The IInspiration just made my weekend.

As you may have known from reading my blog over any distinct period of time, I do enjoy a bit of professional wrestling. And two wrestlers that I really enjoy are Cassie Lee and Jessica McKay, who until recently worked in World Wrestling Entertainment as the IIconics (now known as the IInspiration). Their podcast “Off…

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Dark Side of the Ring returns next week, and man has it got some stories for Season 3.

The history of professional wrestling has evolved over time – from its early incarnations as strongman competitions in carnivals, to smoke-filled contests at arenas and armories, to its immediate acceptance in early television, to the advent of pay-per-views and whole dedicated television networks devoted to the sport. But during that history, there have been some…

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The dead names of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, courtesy of WWE

I got the message from one of my Facebook friends yesterday. It was short and to the point. “Your girl has been future endeavored.” To a professional wrestling fan, that can only mean one thing. That wrestler is no longer a member of the largest pro wrestling circuit out there, World Wrestling Entertainment. The company…

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The difference between fandom and stalking.

Cards up front. I enjoy watching professional wrestling. It’s a thing, I dig it. I also follow a few pro wrestlers on Twitter – Peyton Royce and Billie Kay from the WWE, Orange Cassidy from AEW. That’s how I roll. So yesterday, I saw this message on Peyton Royce’s Twitter feed. Aw, man. Here we…

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“Here’s my headshot, on the back, resume.”

I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy the fine art of professional wrestling. Part sport, part ballet, part storytelling, all action. At one point, the wrestling team that I most enjoyed watching were the IIconics (yes, it’s with two I’s), the team of Australian wrestlers Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. However, some diseased…

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