A 30 For 30 about Ric Flair breezes too quickly through pro wrestling’s most important era

Nearly every film about professional wrestling hits a crucial point, where the participants have to decide how fully they want to answer one of the oldest and most persistent questions about their entire industry: “Is wrestling fake?” It’s something wrestlers themselves are understandably sick of talking about, for…

The A.V. Club’s resident wrestling geeks talk WrestleMania

WrestleMania week is upon us, and for pro wrestling nerds, this is Valhalla. The A.V. Club will cover NXT TakeOver: Orlando and provide live coverage of WrestleMania 33 this weekend. But before those shows, our staff’s two biggest wrestling enthusiasts—Matt Gerardi and Kevin Pang—chatted about the buildup to…

Japanese wrestling has its own Donald Trump storyline, and it is getting extremely weird

By now, you’ve probably heard that, in addition to somehow being elected president of the United States, Donald Trump is also a member of WWE’s Hall Of Fame. He was a prominent player in the pro wrestling company during the late ’00s, a stint that included the “Battle Of The Billionaires” in which Trump came out…

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New Japan looks to the future, and the world, with Wrestle Kingdom 11

Emanating every January 4th from the Tokyo Dome, Wrestle Kingdom is one of the biggest pro-wrestling shows of the year. For New Japan Pro Wrestling, Japan’s most successful promotion, it’s the culmination of 12 months’ worth of story lines and grueling battles. Rivalries come to a close—or, as is usually the case, an…

For a behind-the-scenes documentary, Lucha Mexico doesn’t reveal much

Because any decent wrestling documentary ought to have a sense of showmanship, the poster for Lucha Mexico crows that the film will take you “behind the mask.” Maybe that’s an obvious angle, but many of the interviewees are quite concerned with their masks: wearing them, not wearing them, having them ripped off in the…