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Watching Wrestling As A Fan (Not A Critic) In 2019

Dec 9, 2019

Rusev, Lana, and Bobby Lashley on Monday Night Raw


Since the middle of October, I’ve been watching wrestling as a fan. 

Not a critic.

No podcasts, Facebook posts, or articles on the subject. Just occasional Tweets, some of which get deleted as quickly as they’re unleashed because the old adage, “If you don’t...

WWE Is The Big Leagues, But That Doesn't Matter Anymore

Jun 5, 2019

During my formative years, I never watched WCW.
Today, that's something I regret. It represents a blind spot in my pro-wrestling fandom.
The main reason I didn't watch WCW was because it just didn't seem to be as good as WWE.
Not necessarily in terms of wrestling - unfortunately, I never gave it...

The Trouble With WWE's Opening Segments

May 12, 2019


Pattern recognition goes hand-in-hand with being a WWE fan. After years of consistent viewing, it’s easy to spot the various formulas, cliches, tropes, and unwritten “rules” of any WWE broadcast.

One of the more obvious formulas plays out in "opening segments": a character enters, cuts a...

In Defense Of WWE Live Crowds

Apr 10, 2019

In the four years I’ve been writing articles and producing podcasts for The Work Of Wrestling, I’ve written and talked a lot about “entitled”, “rude”, “obnoxious” pro-wrestling fans. From Full Sail disrupting NXT promos and matches to the infamous “Raw After Mania” crowds that appear more interested...

The Women Warriors Of NXT

Apr 5, 2019

Note: This article was originally published in January 8th, 2015.


Where the WWE main stage frequently reserves Divas segments and Divas matches as time to advertise the more popular, more successful Total Divas on E!, NXT presents a world of legitimate female athletes; complex characters who have aspirations,...