May 12, 2019
- INTRODUCTION -
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...
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...
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,...
Feb 10, 2019
Note: This article was originally published on January 24th, 2016. It is being reposted following www.workofwrestling.com switch from Squarespace to Libsyn.
The Attitude Era wasn't great because it was raunchy, sleazy, blood-soaked, extreme, and testosterone-fueled. In fact, all those segments, matches, and angles...
Jan 6, 2019
Note: This article was originally published in march of 2018.
Everything I Ever Wanted
The opening segment of the March 12th, 2018 episode of Monday Night Raw is like a beacon guiding us into the future, illuminating what the WWE could (and hopefully will) become one day.
In it, Roman Reigns, yet again irate...