What’s Next for Bianca Belair?

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Throughout 2021, Bianca Belair has been one of the standout stars; a true gem of this “new era” of WWE being touted by the company itself. At WrestleMania 37, she made history and became one of only five women (Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch round off the list) in WWE history […] READ MORE


Banks vs Lynch: What the WWE Women’s Division Needed

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Dark Side of the Ring’s October 14 episode chronicled the troubled life of former WWE, Extreme Championship Wrestling, et al. performer Luna Vachon. A talented in-ring worker with a unique, edgy persona, Vachon’s career never reached the heights her talent merited partially because of profound struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. However, the limitations […] READ MORE


Supersized SmackDown Goes Head to Head With AEW Rampage

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The paradigm has shifted. World Wrestling Entertainment has finally stopped insisting that All Elite Wrestling is not competition, and are directly competing with the rival promotion on October 15’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown. The “middle child” of WWE television, having launched in 1999, SmackDown was long considered the “B” show to flagship program Monday […] READ MORE


Does Turning Becky Lynch Heel Hurt Her Appeal?

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In 2018, World Wrestling Entertainment’s women’s division was in the midst of an evolution, and with three words, Becky Lynch lit the spark of a revolution: “I’m the Man.” The plan was that Lynch’s feud with former best friend Charlotte Flair would lead to a heel turn for her character. What actually occurred was lightning […] READ MORE


Wrestling and MMA: What WWE Gets Wrong

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It is difficult being fan of WWE and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) whilst based in the United Kingdom. The largest MMA promotion in the world (UFC) is locked behind the BT Sport paywall. Fortunately, BBC airs the other big US promotion, Bellator, on their streaming service, BBC iPlayer. This is the main way mixed martial […] READ MORE