This weekend, the WWE Universe descends on the Superdome in New Orleans for WrestleMania XXX
, the annual pay-per-view* that serves as the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan
on Apr 5, 2014 -
At the WWE Performance Center
in Orlando, wrestlers-in-training (some of whom perform weekly on WWE's "minor league" show, NXT
) learn both the art of working within the ring as well as how to cut a promo and improvise in-character. The WWE developmental system has promoted numerous successful young talents to the WWE's main touring roster, most recently Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family
. Recently, the WWE uploaded a number of "performance evaluations" - promo practice routines by wrestlers in developmental - to Youtube in an account that was meant to be private. Unfortunately, they uploaded them publicly, and before they could close the account to the public, the videos had leaked across wrestling internet fandom
. [more inside]
posted by mightygodking
on Sep 20, 2013 -
Professional wrestling's relationship with homosexuality and non-heteronormative presentation has long been downright hostile: from Gorgeous George
in the 1950s, to "Pretty Boy" Pat Patterson
in the 1970s, "Adorable" Adrian Adonis
in the 1980s, Golddust
in the 1990s, the infamous Billy and Chuck
in the 2000s, and even Orlando Jordan
in the 2010s, wrestlers who present as effeminate or who "might be gay" have always been portrayed as heels
, drawing boos from the crowd. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the suggestion of female homosexuality
has been called upon only to titillate.
And although former performers like Patterson
and the late Chris Kanyon
publicly acknowledged their homosexuality after their active careers had ended, and though the WWE recently hired openly-gay
retired professional golfer Jane Geddes as VP of Talent Relations
, there hasn't been an active, out WWE Superstar until now, when Darren Young, asked if he thought there was a place for a gay wrestler, told TMZ
that he's "gay ... and happy."
posted by uncleozzy
on Aug 15, 2013 -
Frank Deford, a 50-year veteran of Sports Illustrated, once labeled Meltzer the most accomplished reporter in sports journalism.
“You could cover the Vatican or State Department,” Deford said recently, “and not do as good a job as Dave Meltzer does on wrestling.”
For nearly 30 years, Dave Meltzer has published the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
, featuring weekly behind the locker room door insight into the business of professional wrestling.
How far reaching has Meltzer's impact been? In one famous incident, Hulk Hogan, frustrated by what he perceived as consistently negative coverage in the publication, burned a copy
of the newsletter during a live Pay-Per-View event.
posted by The Gooch
on May 15, 2013 -
"Video Game Character Wrestling
is a Twitch channel
run by a guy named Bazza. He said earlier how when he first ran it like a month ago, he 'was happy he got 50 viewers, maybe he could get 50 the next time too', and it just fucking exploded, with an average of 2000-3000 viewers in recent matches," (Via this Something Awful thread
). Video Game Character Wrestling is an improbable live-action machinima
spectacle which pits AI controlled versions of major game characters (and some real-ish personalities) against one another in a brawl for it all. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Dec 17, 2012 -
'By most accounts, Bill Walton stands well over seven feet tall. But during his NBA career, Walton always insisted that he was 6'11" because he didn't want to be considered a freak. When I read that fun fact in David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game, it hit a chord. I've been doing the exact same thing as Walton for my entire adult life. I'm not as tall as Walton. I'm not even one of the less-than-70 seven-footers in my age bracket in the U.S. But I'm close. Another quarter-inch, and I'd pass the seven-foot barrier. But anytime anyone asks my height, I say that I'm 6'11". I don't mention the extra three quarters of an inch. People don't need to know about that.
In any case, I'm still pretty fucking tall. And being pretty fucking tall is a weird thing to wrap your head around.' [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Aug 17, 2012 -
RIP Mr Perfect
Former WWE star "Mr Perfect" Curt Hennig was found dead yesterday at the age of 44, joining a long list
of professional wrestlers to die
at an unnaturally young age.
It's no secret to participants and fans of the pro-wrestling industry that its performers live unusually stressful lives. With working schedules commonly encompassing upwards of 300 shows a year, their bodies take a constant beating that often leads to alcohol and painkiller dependency. Furthermore, despite the high-profile scandal of the mid-90s that eventually saw Vince McMahon acquitted of trafficking steroids to his employees, the abuse of performance-enhancing chemicals continues to be the rule rather than exception, driven by the endless quest for bigger and freakier physical size and proportions to wow audiences.
posted by plenty
on Feb 10, 2003 -
"The fight America has on its hands militarily is one thing. A fight our American intelligence and soldiery will not lose. Drunken, doped-up third world peasants paradise-bent on living as if it is still the stone age challenge us, now let them taste the full, unadulterated wrath of America's force. Let them drown in pools of their own blood." Call it "the ultimate pre-match promo:" the well-thought-out and eloquent political pundrity of The Ultimate Warrior
. Yes, that
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Sep 13, 2002 -