PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

A collection of freelance articles published in various media outlets.

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DAK DRAPER HAS NO SHAME (ON YOU), ONLY A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER

March 26, 2021

Dak Draper was excluded from last year’s Ring of Honor anniversary show in Las Vegas, making his match Friday at the 19th Anniversary pay-per-view against Jonathan Gresham for the Pure Championship that much more important. READ MORE.

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RENEE PAQUETTE MANIFESTS ‘MESSY IN THE KITCHEN’

May 18, 2021

Manifestation is real. And for Renee Paquette, formerly Renee Young with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), believing that – and putting into the ether her dream of writing and publishing a cookbook – led to Messy in the Kitchen: My Guide to Eating Deliciously, Hosting Fabulously and Sipping Copiously.  READ MORE.

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'A VICTIM OF SUPPORTIVE PARENTS': THE RJ CITY STORY

August 2021

RJ City has been blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump, became friends with David Arquette and has a non-wrestling role on WWE’s digital platforms. All because he was the “victim of supportive parents.” READ MORE.

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BOWTIES AND BUMPS: QUINN MCKAY’S JOURNEY FROM INDEPENDENT WRESTLER TO ROH INTERVIEWER

July 2020

Quinn McKay, Ring of Honor’s resident bowtie wearing interviewer, has done just about everything in wrestling – from being in the ring to managing to interviewing and commentary. And after one year of being exclusive to ROH, she can start taking independent bookings again. But before ROH, her match count hadn’t even reached the double digits. READ MORE.

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LEE’S SUMMIT NATIVE ANTHONY “SHARKBAIT” GUTIERREZ FIGHTS THROUGH MMA

March 23, 2020

Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez had his first fight while studying at Lee’s Summit West High School. It lasted eight seconds. “We ended up kicking each other at the same time,” Gutierrez said, “and our shins collided, and his shin snapped in half. Then I ended up knocking him out.” Those eight seconds set a trajectory for his future. READ MORE.

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WRESTLING WITH THE WINE INDUSTRY

July 30, 2019

Wrestler Niles Plonk makes his way through Kanza Hall, serenaded by a chorus of boos, telling fans they lack class. He preaches “classy commandments”as he waits for an opponent to accept the “Niles Plonk Challenge.” READ MORE.

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CONSCIENCE CLEAR: PSYCHO MIKE DEBUTS IN JAPAN

June 3, 2019

Psycho Mike Rollins' conscience has been making its presence felt during Rollins' matches as of late. And while the man himself said it could look like the voice -- heard by the crowd and himself, but not his opponent -- is the "devil on his shoulder," he insisted that's not the case. READ MORE

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JIMMY JACOBS NO LONGER 'BEHOLDEN' TO CHILDHOOD DREAM

Dec. 7, 2017

When Jimmy Jacobs returned to in-ring action after sitting on WWE's creative team for two-and-a-half years, he questioned whether fans would remember him. "Are they going to care? Are people going to be happy to see me?" Jacobs recalled. READ MORE.

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AMERICAN ALPHA: 'LIKE BROTHERS FROM DAY ONE'

Aug. 10, 2017

Chad Gable and Jason Jordan started their amateur careers with a passion for professional wrestling in their blood and -- despite not teaming until their days in NXT -- took similar paths to the squared circle. READ MORE.