Doudrop on Raw: Subtle, Effective, and Fun

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When Monday Night Raw began advertising the return of Eva Marie, reaction was mixed. Shortly after the release of several more athletically credible female talents, bringing Eva back seemed like a tone deaf move on the part of World Wrestling Entertainment. When her June 15 debut came, Eva Marie had unadvertised accompaniment: wrestler Kimberly Benson, […] READ MORE


NXT TakeOver 36: NXT at Its Finest

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At its finest, pro wrestling satisfies an ancient urge in its audience, hearkening back to human history’s first entertainments. The broad but morally tinged comedy of folklore’s tricksters, the blood sports of gladiators, the death-defying risks of bull jumpers, the archetypes of heroes and villains, all live in the art form. Pro wrestling is very […] 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


A Case of Missed Opportunities: Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair

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On July 5’s Monday Night Raw, the rivalry between current Raw women’s champion Rhea Ripley and former champion Charlotte Flair reached something of a critical mass of incredulity. The dishonesty and sniping between the two has defined not only their rivalry, but Ripley’s time so far on the Raw roster. When Charlotte came out on […] READ MORE


MVPs of WWE’s Pandemic Era

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With World Wrestling Entertainment’s return to live tapings from venues across the country beginning July 16, a short but distinct era in its history ends. The Pandemic Era saw WWE pivoting quickly to crowdless shows filmed first at the WWE Performance Center, and finally the technologically sophisticated Thunderdome at Amway Center. The COVID19 pandemics demands-eliminating […] READ MORE


Preview: WWE – Monday Night RAW (12/14/2020)

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Monday Night RAW returns with yet another WWE ThunderDome edition of the red brand in action.  In what is perhaps rare fashion during the lock-down era, WWE have announced a number of segments in advance.  This means that we actually have segments to preview! How great is that? Good thing, too, as WWE TLC is […] READ MORE