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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. The Mouth of the WWE

    The Masked Man

    Monday on Raw, the show closed not with a match but with a promo. It's not unheard of, but it's a bold move - to rely on a statement instead of actual wrestling to advance the plot and leave fans eagerly awaitin...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  13. Sting Speaks as WWE ‘Battleground’ Approaches

    The Masked Man

    WCW and TNA legend Sting has finally come to WWE. Well, kind of. He's a preorder special feature in the new WWE2K15 video game, out October 31, and in a trailer for that game, he made his first appearance for WWE on Monday's Raw....

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  14. The 'Madden' Curse Comes to WWE

    The Masked Man

    Monday night, Raw opened with nefarious execs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon welcoming John Cena to the ring to commemorate his 15th WWE championship reign. Cena had claimed the belt in his trademark inevitable fashion by shrugging off the other seve...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  15. Ask the WWE Fantasy Booker

    The Masked Man

    Here we are at Money in the Bank, the uncrowned fourth major WWE pay-per-view. Every year, Money in the Bank is exciting if for no other reason than there are lots of moving parts and no insultingly obvious outcomes. If the WWE is the fabled place wh...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  16. Who Will Be the Shield’s Marty Jannetty?

    The Masked Man

    Last week on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's podcast, the host was interviewing Leon White, a.k.a. Big Van Vader, about his early days working in Vern Gagne's American Wrestling Association. Austin asked about the...

    Blog | June 04, 2014