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WOW - EP188 - John Macy

The Work Of Wrestling

Release Date: 09/30/2019

WOW - EP199 - NXT TakeOver Portland Review show art WOW - EP199 - NXT TakeOver Portland Review

The Work Of Wrestling

Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail reviews NXT Takeover Portland! Topics include: Merging the TV-viewing experience with the live-audience experience. The spectacle of Keith Lee vs Dominic Dijokovic wearing off. The arrival of Dakota Kai, and why she's found her perfect attire. Finn Balor delivering his best WWE/NXT performance to date. Bianca and Rhea delivering, Charlotte accepting Rhea's challenge. The chemistry of the Broserweights. What tag team wrestling symbolizes. How Ciampa/Cole exceeded expectations, and delivered an excellent match. The parallelism of Gargano/Balor & Ciampa/Cole. ...

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WOW - EP198 - The Road show art WOW - EP198 - The Road

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The Road to WrestleMania has felt especially bumpy in recent years. Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail wonders why that is, and endeavors to find an answer. His search takes him into the past, beginning at the 1993 Royal Rumble and ending at WrestleMania 17.

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Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail returns to discuss a few of his favorite things about wrestling . Topics include: What does he genuinely enjoy about WWE today that has very little to do with the actual content they produce? Despite all his constructive criticisms of AEW, what does he love about Dynamite and what keeps him tuning in every week? What's his favorite thing about NXT at the moment? Who is his favorite wrestler and why? The importance of escapism; the purpose it serves and why it's okay for kids to play video games. Follow on Twitter and Thanks for listening!

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WOW - EP196 - Royal Rumble Review (2020) show art WOW - EP196 - Royal Rumble Review (2020)

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Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail is joined once again by friend, fellow pro-wrestling fan, and filmmaker Al Monelli to review WWE's latest Royal Rumble! Topics include: The good cinematography of the Roman Reigns vs Baron Corbin Match Bianca Belaire's superbly told Royal Rumble story Al's new arrival!!! What's wrong with Bayley's heel turn? The Fiend's pants Daniel Bryan's greatness Why Asuka vs Becky Lynch, for Tim, was a major disappointment Al loving Brock murdering wrestlers and why he could have watched him toss everyone over the top rope all night Why Tim is cautiously optimistic about...

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Drew McIntyre On Monday Night Raw   Seemingly overnight, Drew McIntyre became a guy you'd like to get a pint with. For the past month on RAW, he's been sauntering to the ring as a big, surly, sexy bastard, perpetually grinning, cutting funny promos, counting down Claymore kicks, and connecting with the crowd. If you're a WWE-fan his energy, at long last, is in alignment with your perception of his potential.  If you had the good fortune to watch Drew's work as Galloway on the indies from 2014-2017, then you've likely already had this experience. His excellence, for you, isn't merely...

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WOW - EP195 - Royal Rumble Preview show art WOW - EP195 - Royal Rumble Preview

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Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail previews the 2020 Royal Rumble. Topics include: Why Brock Lesnar's inclusion is a good thing Who should win the men's rumble Who should win the women's rumble Fantasy booking to WrestleMania Daniel Bryan vs The Fiend Becky Lynch vs Asuka How WWE can use The Rumble to get NXT over And more! Follow on Twitter @WorkOfWrestling and    

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WOW - EP194 - Never Ashes show art WOW - EP194 - Never Ashes

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This week Work Of Wrestling host, Tim Kail, unleashes his pent up response to CM Punk's "Return". Other topics include: David Starr vs Jordan Devlin for the OTT Championship Effective modern symbolism in pro-wrestling WWE Backstage and how it won't exist a year from now How pro-wrestling (and Tim) have moved on from CM Punk Tim's renewed desire to live "the art life" and find purpose through writing & podcasting And much more! Click here to watch Starr vs Devlin: Follow on Twitter @WorkOfWrestling and Thanks for listening! Return next week for a Royal Rumble preview!  

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Here's How AEW Can Change Wrestling (If It Really Wants To) show art Here's How AEW Can Change Wrestling (If It Really Wants To)

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Kenny Omega, Matt & Nick Jackson, Brandi & Cody of AEW   AEW's second Dynamite of the year featured back-to-back-to-back segments with The Nightmare Collective, The Dark Order, and The Butcher, The Bunny, & The Blade.  Short The Librarians joining in to shush an already silent crowd, it watched like a parade of wrestling's worst instincts. Bad timing, awkward delivery, flubbed reveals, cheap attire, hokey gimmicks, authority figures, unclear motivations, and labored narrative reasoning. As this played out, a word slowly came into focus in my consciousness, floating in...

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 The Dark Order Of AEW   "We're going to offer a sports-centric product that focuses on the athletes and work." With this , in May of 2019, Tony Khan set my expectations of All Elite Wrestling.  I wish I had interpreted that statement as broadly as possible rather than immediately invest in the deeper implications of "sports-centric". It set an impossible-to-meet expectation, ensuring dissatisfaction. So frustrated with WWE and so excited by the prospect of a new promotion destined to be its antidote, it wasn't hard to imagine Dynamite would be everything I ever wanted it to be....

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Work Of Wrestling starts The New Year with New Japan! In part two of the 5th anniversary episode of WOW, host Tim Kail critiques the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 14. Topics include: Jushin Thunder Liger and the bond all wrestling fans share A plot hole in a tag match featuring "illegal cups" New Japan's camera work The tangly genius of Zach Saber Jr. and Sanada The unexpected outcome of Juice Robinson vs John Moxley for the IWGP United States Championship What was missing from Kenta vs Goto (if anything) The brilliance of Kota Ibushi's performance The ever-reliable vile charm of Chris...

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Work Of Wrestling host Tim Kail is joined by his old friend John Macy to discuss the forthcoming exciting week in professional wrestling!

Topics include:

  • The significance of SmackDown moving to Fox and what it might mean for RAW's status as "The A Show"
  • What WWE can learn from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Jon Moxley and CM Punk being two sides of the same coin, with Moxley's contributions to pro-wrestling being judged more favorably by history
  • Women's Wrestling, and how to ensure WWE doesn't use the main event of WrestleMania 35 as window dressing
  • What John's looking for from AEW as he heads into Dynamite with a clean slate and a pure point of view
  • Why The Fiend may turn out to be WWE's greatest card to play in this game of wrestling with AEW

And much more!

Music by Ben Holland whose album "In Use Day And Night" is available on iTunes. Visit http://ben-holland.co.uk for more details and follow Ben on Twitter @BenBenHolland.

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