For an artform that requires so much movement just to try and tell the stories it's supposed to tell, wrestling is so often best defined by a single frozen moment captured in a snapshot.
Often by design and occasionally by chance, these were once the preserve of the DVD sleeves or magazine covers. In a post-print era, they light up social media profiles instantaneously, trading over-the-counter sales for retweets and shares.
WWE and NJPW capture so many of these incredible split-second shots by design and in glorious high resolution with the aid of a crack photography squad, but some of the best ever photographs come completely by chance. Some don't even mean anything in the moment itself.
And these are those. These are the shots that weren't necessarily designed to be as iconic as they ended up becoming. Praise be for the unexpectedly important captures that gain meaning and power by the minute and hour.
Wrestling remains loaded with pathos, and it's impossible not track at least an element of it all amongst the heartbreak and triumph of it all. Even if it's not known at the time.
Square eyes on a square head, trained almost exclusively to Pro Wrestling, Sunderland AFC & Paul Rudd films. Responsible for 'Shocking Plans You Won't Believe Actually Happened', some of the words in our amazing Wrestling bookazines (both available at shop.whatculture.com), and probably every website list you read that praised Kevin Nash.