With the new Reality Era of meta, multiplatform storytelling, professional wrestling has experienced a revolution. Not surprisingly, it involves a guy in a beard, a sea of t-shirts and the power of the people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The biggest money match in history -- last year's John Cena vs. The Rock "Once in a Lifetime" main event -- will have its Twice-in-a-Lifetime sequel. When you throw in a dancing sociopath, more than a few Jurassic Park parallels and CM Punk wiping the fake ashes of the actually-dead Paul Bearer on him in preparation for his match with The Undertaker, it's no wonder people are predicting that this will be the biggest show in the history of the event. Our interpid reporters Tom Breihan and Nick Bond will do their best to prepare you.