For The Little Boy in Me, There Definitely Were Kings of the Ring

As professional wrestling’s biggest yearly event “WrestleMania” approaches Sunday, Joe Rutland looks back fondly at a time where “sports entertainment” was a welcome diversion.

Why Didn’t I Look Like Ted Arcidi?

Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a forgotten wrestler who embodied the “80s style,” and whose enormous body proved impossible to replicate.

Requiem for a Warrior

“Jim Hellwig died years ago. He died so the Warrior could live.” Dan Friedman looks at the complexities of the man that didn’t just create a wrestling character, but lived the life of one.

R.I.P: WWE’s Ultimate Warrior

The world of professional wrestling has lost yet another icon. The Ultimate Warrior passed away on Tuesday, April 8. Just three days after he was inducted into the WWE’s hall of fame.

Wrestlemania XXX Preview (Special bonus: every Wrestlemania match of all time ranked!)

Wrestling expert and ESPN game show champion Jim Jividen previews Wrestlemania XXX.

When Unmanliness Was Manly: The Story of “Playboy” Buddy Rose

Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the unorthodox career of pro wrestler “Playboy” Buddy Rose.

Behind the Mask: The Amazing True Story of Masked Wrestling in the United States

Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a time when masked wrestlers ruled the American South.

Richard Sherman and the 2014 Royal Rumble

Jim Jividen explains how Richard Sherman’s amazing postgame promo made him the wrestling villain of the week…and previews the Royal Rumble, too.

Capitalism, Violence, and Male Bodies: The Strange Saga of Vince McMahon

Wrestling magnate Vince McMahon has earned untold millions by convincing people to pay him for the right to witness his own (possibly deserved) humiliations.

Ironic Masculinity: The Way Forward?

Oliver Lee Bateman comes to terms with conventional masculinity.

Mansplained: SummerSlam 2013

Wrestling expert Jim Jividen breaks down this weekend’s pay-per-view extravaganza and ranks every match in SummerSlam history.

Tomboy Tales

Erin Kelly on smashing stereotypes and using their shattered pieces to your advantage.

Male Bodies and the Lies We Tell About Them: The Making and Faking of Professional Wrestling

What can a “sport” built around fakery and deception teach us about the lies men tell themselves?

Why I Hate Wrestling Video Games

Oliver Lee Bateman laments the inability of game developers to produce a video game that captures the unique charms of professional wrestling.

The Royal Rumble: A 30-Man Pro Wrestling Brawl Turns 25 (Part 1)

In preparation for the most anticipated Royal Rumble in a decade, Jericho Ricardi reviews the highlights of its twenty-five-year history.

Your Marriage Isn’t Typical

Sadly, our most common criticisms of marriage reveal much more about the critics than the state of contemporary romance.