Pro Wrestling shows are 'essential business' in coronavirus pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis orders

Oh, yes this is real. Florida has officially declared WWE pro wrestling shows an 'essential business' that must be allowed to continue to operate during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Read the rest

WWE minus the audience is even better with the music from "Twin Peaks"

A few days ago, I wrote about the transformation of WWE Smackdown into a beautiful work of Beckett-esque absurdist theatre once the audience was removed for coronavirus safety. I didn't think it could get anymore gloriously weird.

Then Twitter user @SIDEEYEmusic took it to the next level by adding the Twin Peaks score.

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WWE Smackdown without an audience is a like Beckett-esque absurdist theatre

Don't get me wrong — it's fun to be in the audience during a big, zany wrestling match, cheering on the drama both despite and to embrace the kayfabe. But this gloriously bizarre performance art satisfies a very different part of my brain.

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NYT: Saudi Arabia's Prince Charming was Mister Bone Saw all along

Everybody knows that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal killing and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (everybody, that is, except the Trumps, who coincidentally do a lot of business with the House of Saud) and the lurid brutality of that murder has prompted calls for western businesses to reconsider their increasingly cozy relationship with Mohammed bin Salman. Read the rest

WWE finds itself between a rock and a Saud place

The WWE has a self-created Saudi Arabia problem on its hands. Read the rest

WWE's Kane is the new mayor of Knox County, Tennessee

Is the WWE becoming a training camp for future politicians? WWE Hall-of-Famer Donald Trump is (sweet Jesus) President of the United States. Former WWF/WWE president and CEO Linda McMahon is the Administrator of the Small Business Association in the Trump Administration. And now WWE legend Kane (real name Glenn Jacobs) is the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

Jacobs ran as a conservative Republican and has dabbled in libertarian politics, writing for the controversial website He'll take office on September 1st and hasn't ruled out a return to the WWE. Jacobs previously wrestled as Isaac Yankem, DDS.

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