Performing acrobatic moves in the course of a professional wrestling match is risky and — in some cases — dangerous, but to some wrestlers it’s a second-nature thing. Now, think about performing a move like the moonsault, which involves flipping backwards from the top rope onto your grounded opponent while landing chest first. Now, think about doing a moonsault while dressed in a full mascot costume; those things make everyday tasks like walking and running difficult, and you’ll do/see these tasks in EVERY wrestling match. Well, nobody told that to this guy dressed as Pikachu… Continue reading Who Wants to See A Pro Wrestler Dressed as Pikachu do a Perfect Moonsault? (It Should be EVERYONE…)→
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the popular, and often very humorous, independent professional wrestling promotion, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
To celebrate the release of Rowdy, the new biography of the late WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by his children Ariel and Colt Toombs, Penguin Random House Canada put together a pretty awesome wrestling name generator. All you have to do is enter your real name and find out what your in-ring name would be if you were a professional fisticuffer/grappler-performer-person. This is because wrestling names are important and need to be memorable, whether you’re “The Great One,” “The Beast Incarnate,” “The Cleaner,” or even “The (former) Doctor of Thuganomics.” Here’s mine:
We’re practically halfway through October, which means Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are selling like hotcakes (I swear, I NEVER say that), our North American cousins in Canada are celebrating their Thanksgiving while we Americans have to wait another month-and-a-half, and the Halloween season is in full swing. If you don’t have a costume for your wee wrestling-loving children yet, don’t worry — WWE has you covered. They’ve provided a bevy of costumes, each more uncomfortably terrifying than the last, to make sure that your little munchkins can dress up as their favorite Superstars. Or, well, a significantly more terrifying version. So, enjoy that upcoming options; or just run away screaming, because I wouldn’t blame you… Continue reading WWE’s Brock Lesnar Halloween Costume is Scarier Than THE REAL Brock Lesnar…→
Back on July 19th, the WWE held its first Brand Draft since 2011, creating two different and exclusive talent rosters for Raw and SmackDown. However, back on July 7th, a Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match was announced for this year’s WWE SummerSlam, and what makes this match very interesting is the fact that Lesnar and Orton haven’t worked a televised match together since 2002. Back in 2002, after the first WWE Brand Extension Draft in April, both superstars were on SmackDown for a brief period of time and first worked a match together on the main roster on September 5th.
This past Monday night on WWE Monday Night RAW, the WWE produced a heartfelt and emotional tribute to “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, who passed away late Friday night, June 3rd 2016. The WWE took a look back on Ali’s groundbreaking career, as he left an indelible mark on the worlds of boxing and sports-entertainment. Continue reading Let’s Check Out Muhammad Ali’s Involvement with WWE…→
It’s no secrete that Wale is a huge fan of pro wrestling, and now he’s recently put together an audio love-letter/shout-out praising one of the best and hottest (as in BOTH talent and looks) women wrestlers — and cousin of the Snoop D-O-double G — Sasha Banks. Folarin’s “Legit Boss” freestyle borrows the WWE Diva’s nickname for its title, then takes her entrance music and chops it up like I’m in Houston, Texas in the mid-2000’s as Wale spits his hot fire. He keeps it 100% complimentary, as well as admitting “every week I spend at least 180 minutes looking for her.” But to be honest, he’s DEFINITELY not the only one doing that. Guilty.
We here at The PractitioNERD enjoy when the worlds of art meet professional wrestling (see HERE and HERE), and this story is no different. Al Creed, a Canadian artist, uses a minimal, old-school (and very 8-bit) design technique to create unique, classic video-game inspired images of WWE and NXT Superstars. Here’s Al to tell you a little more about himself after the break. Also, yes, that IS Macho Man Randy Savage as Bonesaw from 2002’s Spider-Man on the top row, 2nd from the right. OOOOOH YEEEEEAH!!!! Continue reading Check Out this Awesome WWE Old School 8-Bit Fan Art!!→
If you ask me why I watch wrestling, I have a lengthy, passionate response, but the gist is a little simpler: I find pro wrestling to be a great form of performance art that tells stories through the performances of real people playing fictional characters. Wow, that sounds a WHOLE LOT like television, stage plays and movies! Exactly. Anyway, the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University Of Kansas wanted a more psychologically-valid answer, so they conducted a research study to find out why people watch pro wrestling (specifically the WWE), cheer the heroes, and boo the villains.
In pro wrestling, there’s an art in delivering strikes that involves finding the balance between a complete non-contact whiff and a broken jaw from a stiff punch. Punches and kicks need to be made with the right amount of contact to add excitement to a match, since pro wrestling is inherently theater, not combat. Often, the wrestlers ARE (in fact) hitting each other, just not at full strength; while the blows are glancing, they’re not concussive. Long story short on wrestling, the violence is restrained but not non-existent.