Billy Graham Went From Superstardom to Immortality
The man whose paradigm-shifting work in the 1970s served as the prototype for Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon’s entire 1980s WWF spent most of his last decades struggling with health problems.
Jerry Jarrett Created Pro Wrestling as We Know It
The hyper-creative Memphis promoter left an indelible stamp on the sport, helping to bridge the gap from the territorial era to the present
Lanny Poffo Was a Wrestling Genius
Linked forever to his famous brother, Randy Savage, and trailblazing father, Angelo Poffo, Lanny carved out a unique legacy of his own
Sting and the Great Muta Bring It All Back Home
Born in WCW to fight the Stinger, the Great Muta’s final act will see him battling alongside his old rival in a six-man tag match drenched in history
Jay Briscoe Was the Foundation Ring of Honor Was Built On
The 38-year-old wrestler’s death brings a tragic early end to one of the most storied tag team pairings of the past two decades
Antonio Inoki Changed the World
The granite-jawed Japanese star sought to prove that pro wrestling was the strongest sport while remaking it in his image
Exclusive: WWE ‘Survivor Series’ 2022 Will Feature Two WarGames Matches
For the first time on a main-roster show, the iconic cage match concept comes to WWE at ‘Survivor Series WarGames.’ The Ringer spoke with Triple H about the legacy—and future—of WarGames.
Gene LeBell Did It All
Over a legendary career as a judoka, pro wrestler, and Hollywood stuntman, LeBell was a pioneer in mixed martial arts and choreographed violence—and one of the toughest guys in the business
Theory Is WWE’s Next Big, Bad Bodybuilder
The wrestling-obsessed 24-year-old wunderkind has evolved into the most vicious (and shredded) bodybuilding bad guy since "Ravishing" Rick Rude swiveled his hips in the late 1980s
Dave Hebner and Tim White Brought Order and Chaos to the Wrestling Ring
The lives of two of the sport’s most famous referees remind us of the enduring importance of the "third man in the ring"