Topic: pro wrestling

October 9, 2014

It's been a while, but we're already working on the next issue of The Classical Magazine. It's about wrestling, and eventually you will be able to read it.

April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior was a memorable wrestler and a grandiose homophobic jerk. But for a generation of fans, some of whom happen to be gay, Warrior was our grandiose homophobic jerk.

January 27, 2014

Talking about autobiographical ultra-violence -- and The Shield, and feuds, the Nope phenomenon, and other important topics -- with one of the WWE's premier practitioners of the form.

January 20, 2014

A conversation about finishing moves, dating on television and the DNA wrestling shares with MMA, with one of the most interesting humans in the World Wrestling Federation? Yes!

December 31, 2013

As a surrogate for the Tea Party, WWE's Zeb Colter has railed against immigration -- Mexican, British and otherwise -- and incited a well-publicized beef with Glenn Beck. That this is all might be an elaborate allegory for the righteousness of the McMahon family's business-class brand of Republicanism tell you know all you need to know about why professional wrestling is the greatest show on earth.

October 15, 2013

In the days of kayfabe, wrestling journalists always kept up the ruse, treating the act like a sport. But as public perception of the medium shifts from an athletic contest to high-impact theater, it's time for the people writing about it to follow suit.  

August 16, 2013

Darren Young is the first openly gay wrestler in the long, checkered history of WWE. And because Darren Young works for WWE, what his courageous decision will mean for him and his career depends on how WWE decides that story plays.

June 26, 2013

No wrestling organization leverages the yet-unfulfilled dreams of their competitors for more entertainment value than Pro Wrestling Guerilla, and none of its independent contractors deliver more than Kevin Steen, “Mr. Wrestling.” He's a 250-pound Canadian, part lumberjack and part bear, with a knack for safely dropping guys on their heads and complex suplexes. And he really, really wants this.

April 10, 2013

WrestleMania 29 was the biggest event in the history of the WWE, bringing in $12.3 million in one night for the billion-dollar sports entertainment company. While it's cliche -- and factually inaccurate -- to say that what we got in return was "priceless," it's clear that if you didn't get your money's worth, you were doing it wrong.

March 4, 2013

Pro wrestling demands an unusual suspension of disbelief, but Efedding—online, role-playing virtual wrestling—requires something more profound of the people who are obsessed with it: actual, total belief in the wrestlers and rivalries that they've collaborated in making up.