David Bixenspan

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

David Bixenspan has been writing professionally about WWE, UFC, and more since 2009.



The Great Wight Hope

Note: All quotations are either from original interviews or from deposition testimony in SoBe Entertainment International, LLC v. Paul Wight, Bess Wight, and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., an ongoing civil lawsuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida. One day in late October 2007, professional wrestling superstar Paul "The Big Show" Wight found himself growing increasingly terrified by the second.

Without the VCR There Would Be No YouTube - MEL Magazine

With the VCR being discontinued this year, what happens to the tape collectors who have populated the internet? While you may not know Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric by name, you surely know its products: Funai holds the rights to marketing electronics under the Magnavox, Emerson, Sanyo and Kodak brands.

Ex-WWEer On Announcer JBL's Bullying: "This Stuff Is Encouraged"

When former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts started writing his new book, Best Seat in the House, he had no idea what part of his autobiography would end up getting attention and coverage from wrestling fans. After all, the Instagram teaser post he put up in November is almost unwaveringly positive, even if it does hint at some potential issues beneath the surface.

The Next Trick for IBM's Watson? Composing Music

More than anything else, IBM's Watson supercomputer is probably best known for one thing: Appearing on Jeopardy!, the legendary TV game show, in 2011. With an internet connection and the ability the buzz in quicker than a human opponent could, Watson destroyed Jeopardy!'s longest-tenured champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in devastating fashion throughout a week of games at the IBM campus.

Impact Wrestling Ruins Everything: Losses Lead to Journalist Layoffs

Thirteen months ago, one story had the hardcore wrestling fan community rapt for several weeks: The seemingly impending demise of Impact Wrestling, formerly known as Total Nonstop Action or TNA (yes, really). At that point, the promotion was running on fumes, to the point that it was unclear, even days before the event, whether they had the money to stage their equivalent to WrestleMania.

Vince Russo, One Of Pro Wrestling's Biggest Bullshit Artists, Is Back Where He Started

Hard as it may be for long-time fans to believe, this month marks 25 years since Vince Russo first emerged as a presence in pro wrestling. All these years later, the former WWE, WCW, and TNA storyline writer and television personality is best known for his role behind the scenes in the Attitude Era and for having created some of the worst wrestling TV to ever air.

People Watching at the Galaxy S8 Event Was More Fun Than Playing With the Phones

On Wednesday morning, I trekked from my apartment in Brooklyn to Lincoln Center for Samsung's Galaxy S8 launch event at David Geffen Hall. The opulent concert hall was packed except for the balcony, which was full of journalists from all of over the world who were there to take in the second biggest mobile phone manufacturer event of the year.

Jimmy Snuka's Lies And A Murderer's Legacy

If you keep up with pop culture and sports news, then you may have seen that professional wrestling legend "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka passed away last week. Unless you found out by watching World Wrestling Entertainment's TV shows, in which Snuka was lionized, then you most likely saw something in the coverage about how he had been charged with causing the death of his then-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in 1983.

FBI Records Show Vince McMahon's Dad Caught On Tape Bragging About Threatening A Wrestler

It's officially WrestleMania week, the biggest of the year in professional wrestling. The major events really get going on Friday night with the annual WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A mix of mainstream-sports hall of fame ceremony, Kennedy Center honors, and crass branding exercise, it's one of the most anticipated nights of the year in pro wrestling.

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The Funniest FCC Complaints About Logo TV

Logo TV, part of the the MTV family of networks, was launched as a home for LGBT-centric programming. While much of the programming day is not as, well, gay as it used to be, the network's signature programming, like RuPaul's Drag Race, still is. So it seems only...

The last wrestling hotline still worth calling

If you were a fan of WCW, there's a phone number likely burned into your memory: 1 (900) 909-9900. For a price, usually something like $1.99 for the first minute and 99 cents for each additional minute, fans could call WCW's hotline, which, depending on the era, featured everything from legitimate wrestling news to special messages from stars who had their own segments.

Training Ground with Ricky Steamboat (FSM 122; Aug 2015)

FSM: What are some good ways for wrestlers to become more expressive with their selling?Ricky Steamboat: When I went to the WWF [to coach] around 2005, I taught Rey Mysterio a little secret, and that's using your hands because you're wearing a mask.

Why Developers Are Flocking to Amazon's Alexa

Image: Amazon One of the best things about the internet is the sense of community that exists around your niche interests. Hobbies and fandoms are uniting forces, bringing together people from across the world who wouldn't have otherwise known each other.

Why US Greco Roman Wrestling Turned to an 'Audio Brain Stimulation' App

The United States Olympic Wrestling Team deserves some time to chill. Just look at what it's been through. Three years ago, there was a brief period where it looked like this year's games would be the last to feature wrestling, one of the original ancient Olympic sports.

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Vinyl's Back, But Vinyl Presses Are Scarce

It's not a secret that for the last several years, vinyl record sales have been trending upward - with sales in 2016 reaching their highest point since 1988. Estimates vary a bit, but at bare minimum, the number of records manufactured annually is well into eight figures.

How One Visual Search Startup Plans to One-Up TinEye

Clarifai's UI. Image: Clarifai When you have a photo and want to find a higher resolution copy online, you can use tools like Google Image Search and TinEye. They work in a very specific way extracting specific patterns and how they contrast with their surroundings.

The Three Goals of WWE's UK Championship Tournament

This past weekend's WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament events that aired live on WWE Network from Blackpool, England, had a few goals, some more obvious than others. Let's see if it hit them. 1. Launching a UK-based WWE brand to counter the booming local indie scene.

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Donald Trump's corporate romance with WWE

At various times throughout Donald Trump's presidential campaign, we have heard his theatrics compared to that of professional wrestling. It's not a first for politics, but with Trump, it comes naturally thanks to his on-again, off-again relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, formerly Titan Sports doing business as the World Wrestling Federation) over the past 28-plus years.

News Reporting

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LISTEN: Audio of Hulk Hogan's N-word rant

In the months after The National Enquirer broke the story that one of two Hulk Hogan/Heather Clem sex tapes not sent to Gawker revealed the Hulkster going on a bizarre, racist tirade, I often wondered: Why did Hogan continue to be so protective of the FBI records of the investigation into the people who tried to extort him for said tapes?

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BET Awards needed special permission from judge for Prince tribute

This past weekend, the annual BET Awards were highlighted by an all-star tribute to the recently departed Prince, featuring Sheila E., Janelle Monáe, Wonder and Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson,The Roots, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Maxwell. It was the talk of the event and was, other than the "Game of Thrones" finale, pop culture's weekend highlight.

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TMZ founder calls Hulk Hogan sex tape 'invasive,' forgets he paid for it

On Thursday, Harvey Levin, the founder of TMZ, was one of many guests at Code Conference, which is Recode's "invitation-only event where top industry influencers gather for in-depth conversations about the current and future impact of digital technology on our lives - at home, at work, in our communities and the world."

The 'Robots Replacing Foxconn Workers' Story Is Less Sexy Than You Think

On Sunday, the South China Morning Post reported that Foxconn is "culling" 60,000 workers from its factory in Kunshan, with robots taking over much of the workload. Other outlets, like , characterized the move as layoffs in preparation for the reign of our new robot overlords, but the truth is that the reality is less sexy, much less an indictment of Foxconn.

Breaking News & Media

Donald Trump Claims 'Some' Racist Supporters Are Democratic Agitators

The next to last question at Thursday's wild news conference from President Donald Trump dealt with racism and anti-Semitism from Trump supporters, moments after Trump had brushed off a previous inquiry about the topic by calling himself "the least anti-Semitic person" one could find.

Al Franken Calls Out Ted Cruz During Jeff Sessions' Confirmation Vote

WATCH: Tensions flare between Sen. Franken and Sen. Cornyn during hearing on AG nominee Sessions - @MSNBC https://t.co/RHjwMGLW7P - NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 1, 2017 On Wednesday, as the confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General was ongoing, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) took some of his time speaking to make a point.

Misc. Sports & Entertainment

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Prince gave us the last great Super Bowl halftime show

One of the hottest topics coming out of 2016's Super Bowl was how the halftime show, featuring Coldplay and special guests like Beyonce, completely sucked. The halftime show has always featured the most sanitized possible acts that could justifiably perform for a stadium crowd on the biggest television event of the year, but that got more pronounced after 2004.

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The Funniest FCC Complaints About Pro Wrestling

In the United States of America, there's a time-honored tradition for crotchety television viewers and radio listeners to voice their dissatisfaction over what they deem excessive sex and violence: complaining to the Federal Communications Commission. Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., the public airwaves cannot be used to broadcast "indecent" and "profane" material.

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RIP, Kimbo Slice: The brawling sensation who made his mark on porn sites

Before YouTube, internet videos generally couldn't go viral overnight. They had to have something special to pick up steam. They needed a transformative figure, someone like backyard brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, who, on Monday night, passed away at 42 years of age of an apparent heart attack.

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Judge rules remastered songs are actually completely new recordings

Music buffs are intimately familiar with "remastered" versions of their favorite artists' catalogs being released time and time again. The implication is that the sounds are much improved (even if it's not said outright), and they're often bolstered by the inclusion of bonus tracks, whether non-album tracks or previously unreleased recordings.

Bleacher Report
Joe Manganiello on Being WWE Fan, Sabotage

Hunk. Beefcake. That actor who always gets groped when he does interviews. These are all common descriptions of Sabotage actor Joe Manganiello. Even though he's a serious performer who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in acting and even directed a documentary about Pittsburgh Steelers fans, he's rarely given the respect he deserves.

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UFC president addresses Republican National Convention: 'WHAT'S UP GOP!?!?'

I've been a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship since almost the beginning, going back to the evening in 1994 when my dad came home from work with a screener copy of the UFC II pay-per-view event from a few months earlier. I was immediately transfixed, and while occasionally my fandom would dip, I'd always come back.

Meme & Video Explainers

Magic Leap Enlists Star Wars to Show Off Its Mixed Reality Prowess

For a while now, one of the most secretive projects in tech has been the work of Magic Leap, the Florida-based augmented reality startup. They haven't shipped anything: there's no dev kit, no nothing... but it's raised $1.4 billion. There was clearly something special being worked on, but it hadn't been seen publicly until today.

MIT Researchers Taught An Algorithm to Generate Sound Based on Silent Videos

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) announced quite the impressive invention on Monday: Artificial intelligence that can generate the appropriate sound when fed a silent video. While there are limitations to the software, the results indicate yet another advance in the rapidly developing field.

Snake Gets Stuck In Its Shed Skin for Three Hours, Is Kind of Mesmerizing

Everyone loves videos of animals being wacky. Especially kittens. The latest viral video of an animal being wacky is completely unlike any you've seen before, though. The Alice Springs Reptile Center in Australia's Northern Territory posted a video that the staff felt "deserves to go viral" in the form of a snake shedding its skin, "accidentally enter[ing] its sloughed skin," and getting stuck, repeatedly going around and around in a perfect circle.