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After 18 Years Away, TNT Is Back In The Wrestling Business After 18 Years Away, TNT Is Back In The Wrestling Business

Last Wednesday, All Elite Wrestling and WarnerMedia made a longstanding wrestling rumor official when they announced that the startup promotion’s flagship show will air weekly on TNT beginning this fall. No financial terms were revealed in the initial statement or at the upfronts, and neither was a specific time slot…

WWE Is Bigger Than Ever, But Its Audience Is Definitely Dwindling WWE Is Bigger Than Ever, But Its Audience Is Definitely Dwindling

As Luis Paez-Pumar noted here last Thursday, WWE is currently flailing its way through a ratings panic. Two weeks ago, Monday Night Raw did the lowest non-holiday ratings number in its history, posting an average of 2,158,000 viewers across the three-hour show; hour three was at 1,898,000 viewers. The promotion got…

WWE Is Getting Back At The Revival for Wanting Out, And It Isn't Working WWE Is Getting Back At The Revival for Wanting Out, And It Isn't Working

On this week’s edition of WWE’s flagship television program, Monday Night Raw, viewers were treated to a segment in which the tag team The Usos, theoretically the good guys, revealed that they had invented “Ucy Hot,” their own sweat-activated version of Icy Hot, and secretly deployed it to the trunks of their rivals,…

Dean Ambrose Is Going To Be Bleeding As Jon Moxley Again Dean Ambrose Is Going To Be Bleeding As Jon Moxley Again

When we last discussed Dean Ambrose in this space a few months ago, news had just broken that he had given WWE his 90-day notice and would not be renewing his contract. That Ambrose was parting with WWE was, at bottom, a sound business decision; with All Elite Wrestling and other promotions bidding for talent, Ambrose…

Today's WWE Began With A Tragic Injury And A Devastating Legal Defeat Today's WWE Began With A Tragic Injury And A Devastating Legal Defeat

It’s a cross between a family value and a corporate one, but WWE is notorious for not settling lawsuits. They will when they have to, as in the fight over the rights to the gimmick of the Demolition tag team, but even then they dragged it out for just over a decade before finally making the call. They don’t settle…

CM Punk Got Back Into The Ring, But Does He Want Back Into Wrestling? CM Punk Got Back Into The Ring, But Does He Want Back Into Wrestling?

CM Punk has been back in the news—or, anyway, back on wrestling websites— this past week for two separate and very different reasons. One of those is fueling giddy speculation about a potential comeback. The other is a bit more complicated.

Sasha Banks And Luke Harper Want Out Of WWE, But That's Easier Said Than Done Sasha Banks And Luke Harper Want Out Of WWE, But That's Easier Said Than Done

On Tuesday, WWE wrestler Luke Harper tweeted a statement saying that he has requested his release from his contract. This was just a week after Sasha Banks, fresh off an abrupt end to her and Bayley’s storyline push as Women’s Tag Team Champions, reportedly asked for her own release from the promotion. On Monday Night…

Invisible Men, A Pizza Party, And Sexism: A WrestleMania Week Diary Invisible Men, A Pizza Party, And Sexism: A WrestleMania Week Diary

WrestleMania week is invariably a dizzying experience, and the one that recently sprawled over the course of a full week in and around New York City was no exception. There were way too many shows this year spread across too many locations, and even sleeping in my own bed every night, not attending any WWE events (a…

Here's What To Expect From An Exceptionally Overstuffed WrestleMania Here's What To Expect From An Exceptionally Overstuffed WrestleMania

It’s that time of year: Springtime, when casual wrestling fans return to the fold for WrestleMania and its many surrounding events. Perhaps this is happening to you, whether of your own volition or because you are being dragged into it by a friend or family member. If you’re rusty, this year’s overstuffed WrestleMania…

WrestleMania Week Is Testing The Limits Of How Much Wrestling One City Can Bear WrestleMania Week Is Testing The Limits Of How Much Wrestling One City Can Bear

As exhausting as WrestleMania week can be, especially with fans gladly taking on the growing second-shift slate of late night shows, last year’s Mania week in New Orleans was one of the most manageable in recent memory. It was good, too, but the surprising thing was how user-friendly and accessible it all was. Mania…

Lost Tape Of Bret Hart's Finest Artistic Achievement In WWE Has Finally Been Found Lost Tape Of Bret Hart's Finest Artistic Achievement In WWE Has Finally Been Found

There is just so much pro wrestling, spread over so many promotions and so many years. There is so much, in fact, that a great deal of it—not just forgettable Reagan-era bouts but legitimately legendary matches featuring iconic performers giving dazzling performances—is presumed lost. These matches might well be out…

Why Does WWE Honor The Ultimate Warrior? Why Does WWE Honor The Ultimate Warrior?

Few relationships in professional wrestling’s history have been more bizarre than the long-running and extremely fraught one between The Ultimate Warrior and Vince McMahon and McMahon’s wrestling promotion. Over the course of decades, the relationship featured multiple splits and just as many lawsuits, WWE producing a…

Indie Wrestler David Starr's Ring Of Honor Promo Trashes Sinclair, Pisses Off All The Right People Indie Wrestler David Starr's Ring Of Honor Promo Trashes Sinclair, Pisses Off All The Right People

The local television behemoth Sinclair Broadcast Group is infamous for its extreme right-wing politics and dedication to seeding those beliefs into its local news broadcasts. Ring of Honor, the wrestling promotion that Sinclair owns, has somehow avoided being stained by its parent company’s broader creepiness. The…

WWE Signing Stokely Hathaway Is A Sign That Wrestling Managers Are Back WWE Signing Stokely Hathaway Is A Sign That Wrestling Managers Are Back

When WWE announces a new class of signees for its Performance Center in the Orlando area, the notable names tend to go public in advance. WWE infamously instructs its incoming talent not to tell anyone, but those wrestlers still have to finish up their independent dates before joining the promotion, and that kind of…

Jushin Thunder Liger, Japan's Greatest Wrestling Export, Is Set For One Last Ride Jushin Thunder Liger, Japan's Greatest Wrestling Export, Is Set For One Last Ride

On Thursday, Jushin Thunder Liger, inarguably one of the most influential figures in the history of the global wrestling business, announced his retirement at a press conference in Japan. The 54-year-old masked wrestler, whose real name is Keichi Yamada, will travel the world on a farewell tour slated to end in…

Even With Chyna And The Honky Tonk Man In It, The WWE Hall Of Fame Is As Cynical As It Looks Even With Chyna And The Honky Tonk Man In It, The WWE Hall Of Fame Is As Cynical As It Looks

Last week, WWE announced that the D-Generation X stable would be the headline inductees at the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony over WrestleMania weekend in April. This week, The Honky Tonk Man was added to the lineup of honorees. If the WWE Hall of Fame is going to exist, it should have all those wrestlers in…

WWE Called Up NXT's Top Stars With No Buildup Or Apparent Plan WWE Called Up NXT's Top Stars With No Buildup Or Apparent Plan

For about as long as WWE has had a developmental system, that system has blatantly misused, if not outright squandered, tremendous wrestling talents. Steve Bradley was long considered the model wrestler in the farm system during its early days, the wrestler who everyone around him should aspire to be. Bradley was…

Thirty Years Ago, WWE Admitted It Wasn't A Sport To Try And Dodge Regulation Thirty Years Ago, WWE Admitted It Wasn't A Sport To Try And Dodge Regulation

It’s never been a secret that pro wrestling isn’t on the level, with plenty of stories on the subject going back all the way to the 1850s. The true reason it was a prearranged exhibition may have changed from fleecing gamblers to increasing entertainment value and maximizing box office revenue with more compelling…

40 Years Ago, Antonio Inoki Maybe Possibly Almost Wrestled Against Idi Amin 40 Years Ago, Antonio Inoki Maybe Possibly Almost Wrestled Against Idi Amin

As a mainstream athlete, Antonio Inoki is probably best known for battling Muhammad Ali to a draw in an actual on-the-level fight—albeit one restricted by last-minute rule changes—after The Greatest backed out of plans to lose a traditional entertainment wrestling match. But Antonio Inoki is not a mainstream athlete.…

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