by Brandy D. Anderson
Kevin De Luca, Mick Foley, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper… these are just a few of the coolest wrestlers in the universe. Wrestling is an entertaining and physically challenging sport and piece of performance art that has one of the most rabid and loyal fanbases out there. Max Landis and his friends explain the power of the sport in the brilliant short film “Wrestling Isn’t Wresting”, which I highly recommend checking out if you haven’t seen it already. Which brings me to my next point: aside from attending matches in person, YouTube is the best place to get your wrestling fix. So snap into a Slim Jim while you check out these four awesome channels:
About: “WWE is a publicly traded media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. Our platforms include WWE Network, television programming, pay-per-view, digital media, magazines and films. WWE is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.”
WWE is one of the top spots for wrestling entertainment around the world and their YouTube channel does not disappoint. New content is constantly uploaded, like the recent match between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar from SummerSlam 2015. In the last twenty four hours alone they’ve also added matches between John Cena and Seth Rollins, Neville and Stephen Arnell vs. Stardust and King Barrett, Randy Orton vs. Sheamus, Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev, Ryback vs. The Mix vs. Big Show, and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. WWE has playlists where they “Rank the Best of the Best”, there’s another really cool one featuring wrestling artwork: “Canvas 2 Canvas – From the WWE Canvas to the Art Canvas”. “UpUpDownDown”, “First Look”, and “Extras and Sneak Peaks” are a few more examples of what you can find here. This channel has more wrestling content than just about any other YouTube channel.
About: “Official YouTube Channel of USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for Olympic Wrestling.”
If you’re more into competitive wrestling rather than “sports entertainment”, you’ll want to check out this channel. There are playlists for competitions around the world including the recent 2015 World Team Trials: Greco-Roman Trials, MFS Trials Matches, WFS Trials Matches, as well as videos featuring interviews from the Freestyle Trials. Videos of the U.S. Open Finals and Semifinals are here, including men’s freestyle, women’s freestlye and Greco-Roman wresting, which was held at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. There are a plethora of interviews from the likes of Jordan Burroughs, Whitney Condor, Jake Varner, Brent Metcalf, Adeline Gray, and Coach Bruce Burnett. There are well over five-hundred videos uploaded already, so this channel offers plenty of opportunity for grabbing some popcorn and binge-watching wrestling all day. Slater and Sporto would be proud.
About: “Beyond Wrestling is independent wrestling’s most watched YouTube Channel! “
This channel covers independent wrestling and it’s a great place to see some under-discovered talent. You can watch the XWA showcase featuring wrestlers such as Brian Fury, Julian Starr, Antonio Atama, ‘Bulldozer’ Matt Tremont, Stockade, Juicy Product, The Throwbacks, The Hooligans, Aeroform, Timothy Thatcher, and Jonathan Gresham. There’s a playlist for “Americanrana” featuring wrestlers Anthony Stone, Nicholas Kaye, Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins), Ryan Rush, and Jimmy Jacobs. More playlists include series for “Battle of New England”, “Thanksgiving Throwdown Hype”, “TFT2 Block B”, “Uncomfortable”, “Pinkie Sanchez Matches”, “Sugar Dunkerton Matches”, “Johnny Cockstrong Matches”, and “Secret Show”. Some of the videos on this channel are pay videos (it costs .99 cents to rent them), but many of them are free views.
About: “The MOST FUN Wrestling Action Figure Channel on the internet!! Figure reviews, toy store hunts, playing with figures by making GTS WRESTLING animated matches parody shows and more! Also awesome Pranks and a Hilarious Grandfather UNCENSORED SUPERPOP making this a channel of pure comedy and FUN!! Join Team NAILED IT and Subscribe now!!”
If you’re looking for “wrestling figure insanity!” this is the channel for you! One of the most popular features here is the GTS Wrestling series, celebrating its fifth season this year. GTS is fun and bizarre and certainly lives up to its boast as being “The funniest, raunchiest, most outta control and MOST VIEWED WWE wrestling figure matches on YouTube!” You’ll get to see “Stone Cold Bear Austin” (who is actually a big cuddly teddy-bear) wrestle various WWF action figures, and the latest episode even has Stone Cold Bear Austin repeatedly tossing “the GTS MF-ing champ” (Bork Laser) into a toy car. There’s also a hilarious series called “Uncensored Superpop: Crazy Angry Old Grandpa Really Funny” where you get to see “an 81 year old, obese grandpa that torments his son with his dementia, foul mouth, and ridiculous antics..Sure to be a viral video sensation.” One episode is called “How To Make Homemade Wine!” where you get to see Superpop argue with his grandson about how to make the liquor, and their bickering is chock full of flying expletives in every direction. Other series which are featured by sillySuperpop include “Prankasaurus!! Prank Wars”, “WWE Action Insider” (with product reviews done inside stores, complete with illegal unwrapping of products from the packages), and “Fighting Evil Mailman”: “Grims Mailman is caught stealing his WWE Figures out of his packages and throwing his mail on the roof! Action takes place as ambushes, beat downs, curb stomps and smashed televisions culminate in a match of EPIC proportions!”