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  1. The Plate-Glass Ceiling: Marty Jannetty, Paul Orndorff, Arn Ander...

    The Masked Man

    When the Rockers debuted on WWF television in 1988, there wasn't much distinction between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. Michaels was two inches taller, but Jannetty was more mature - steadier in the ring and much looser in pr...

    Blog | February 26, 2015
  2. Selling Reigns: Predicting the Matchups on the ‘WrestleMani...

    The Masked Man

    The WWE propaganda machine would have you believe that WrestleMania is the "grandest stage of them all," and really there's no reason to disagree - WWE is pro wrestling, and the biggest stage is whatever it say...

    Blog | February 25, 2015
  3. Ask the Mask: On ‘WWE Fastlane,’ ‘NXT,’ a...

    The Masked Man

    Sunday, while most regular human beings will be watching the Oscars, WWE brings us Fastlane, or, as we hard-core fans call it, the PPV in between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. It's the spot previously occupied by Elimination Chamber, a...

    Blog | February 18, 2015
  4. Grimaces, Sweat, and Screaming Spouses: The Joys of Televised Arm...

    The Masked Man

    "Take everything!" screams the wife of arm wrestler Devon Larratt. "Take his soul, Devon!" Welcome to the World Armwrestling League 2014 Championship. Larratt is a Canadian special forces veteran who has tak...

    Blog | February 13, 2015
  5. Pop History: A Deep Dive Into the ‘Royal Rumble’

    The Masked Man

    When it started in 1988, the Royal Rumble was a gimmick - a battle royal slightly reconfigured to create a trademarked event that would sell tickets regardless of its participants. Today, of course, the men (and occasional women) are what t...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  6. The Best Wrestling Show of the Year Wasn’t WWE’s &lsq...

    The Masked Man

    Monday's Raw ended with John Cena versus Seth Rollins, a rematch of the previous night's TLC pay-per-view. To underscore the significance of the rivalry, this time they fought in a steel cage. It was a very good match, better than...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  7. An Elegy for the Authority. Plus: The Maskies!

    The Masked Man

    It feels like just last week, the Authority was domineering the WWE and persecuting our beloved heroes under the pretense of doing what's "best for business." Led by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the group was ruthless...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  8. UFC Goes Punk

    The Masked Man

    Well, I guess we can officially stop fantasy booking CM Punk's reappearance at WrestleMania. The shocking announcement came Saturday night during UFC 181: Punk is going to the UFC, to fight sometime in 2015. It's an odd match, bec...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  9. WWE ‘Survivor Series’: Sting! WTF?

    The Masked Man

    Sunday night in St. Louis, the Authority - the nefarious onscreen embodiment of the real-life WWE power structure - was in a tough spot. Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, had been running Monday-night Raw with two iron fis...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  10. The Future Is Now: Q&A With Seth Rollins

    The Masked Man

    Before Survivor Series weekend, we talk with WWE superstar Seth Rollins about his journey from the indie wrestling circuit to the big time. *** I know you guys live busy lives. What would you be doing right now if not for this int...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  11. The Hell With It

    The Masked Man

    Hell in a Cell - featuring the giant, five-ton cage that was built by mystic metalworkers and encloses the ring and the ringside floor - has a place in the history of WWE gimmick matches behind...

    Blog | October 23, 2014
  12. The Replacements: Punk’s Gone. Bryan’s Gone. Reigns I...

    The Masked Man

    At SummerSlam, WWE announced that next year's event would be moving from Staples Center, where it has spent the past six years, to "New York and New Jersey." It was intentionally vague, because WWE seems to be u...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  13. There’s a Monster at the End of This Column

    The Masked Man

    Midway through Monday's Raw, John Cena confronted Paul Heyman in the ring, determined to threaten him to the point that Heyman's client, Brock Lesnar, would appear to defend his advocate. When it seemed that Lesnar wouldn...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  14. Thank You, Lesnar. Thank You, Lesnar? Thank You, Lesnar!

    The Masked Man

    When I started watching wrestling, my favorite part of the week was the Saturday-morning Continental Wrestling Association show that aired out of Memphis, and Jerry "The King" Lawler was CWA wrestling. They had a handful...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  15. What’s at Stake When John Cena Wrestles Brock Lesnar at &ls...

    The Masked Man

    S ummerSlam is WWE's second-biggest event of the year, although it hasn't always been. It was the fourth-most-important of the four original pay-per-views, and it was initially envisioned as a way to extend the Hulk Hogan...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  16. Grantland Dictionary: Pro Wrestling Edition

    The Masked Man

    "You call it wrestling, they term it 'working' ... As Shakespeare once said: 'A rose by any other name,' etc." So Marcus Griffin began his groundbreaking 1937 book on the ins and outs of the...

    Blog | August 13, 2014