As he awaits a record-equalling second induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, Yaz Jung recounts talking to Scott Hall about a remarkable career marked by success, addiction and recovery.

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If Boxing is The Sweet Science then Wrestling may be The Misunderstood Art - enjoyed by millions globally as a multi-billion dollar industry that seemingly defies conventional rationale. In 1992, billionaire founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Vince McMahon Jr. chose Scott Hall to be at the forefront of what he called “ The New Generation”. …

On the passing of Darth Vader actor David Prowse, Yaz Jung remembers a rare interview with the star ten years before he died, reflecting upon the man behind the mask.

“He was much more than Vader.” said co-star Mark Hamill as original Star Wars actor David Prowse passed away aged 85. Prowse’s life was always a more interesting tale than simply that of the man who gave form to the timeless visage of Darth Vader and it is with this thought that I talked to him in 2011 while he signed copies of his autobiography Straight From The Forces Mouth…

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Yaz Jung shares an inspiring conversation with Drew “McIntyre” Galloway about a young lad from Scotland who became the first ever British face of America’s $6 Billion-dollar World Wrestling Entertainment franchise, and the life-changing faces of a performer’s dreams.

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Professional Wrestling is a much misunderstood art-form that draws upon the earliest traditions of Carnival, Vaudeville and Cinema. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that has spawned the biggest movie box-office attraction in the world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and is broadcast in over 180 countries in 28 languages. It is a pantomime world of…

Yaz Jung looks at the transformative power of cultural diplomacy at times of political and military upheaval

WWE in King Abdullah Stadium, Jeddah

Vince McMahon’s Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment has proven once again, the inescapable power of culture at times of political unrest. During sustained disquiet across the Middle East, WWE has produced a celebration of music, sports and entertainment that has surpassed politics, at the very heart of a cultural discourse unseen by many and understood by few.

For months, some of the world’s most viewed media sites have repeatedly questioned the decision to go ahead with a series of shows that were contracted over a year ago, as part of a reported ten-year deal worth nearly $500m dollars with the Saudi…

Yaz Jung

A Graduate of Law and History, Yaz Jung has previously written for Cereal:Geek, Varsity, Sportskeeda and on movies, music and entertainment

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