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Professional wrestling is an art. The Work of Wrestling Podcast is dedicated to exploring that simple truth. Host Tim Kail, Editor In Chief at www.workofwrestling.com, analyzes wrestling shows, explicates promos, examines social issues, and shares personal stories about pro-wrestling's cultural merit in over 100 episodes of thoughtful arts criticism.

Apr 24, 2017

Jinder Mahal recently became the no.1 contender for the WWE Championship on SmackDown Live - a surprise victory that inspired a lot of debate in the pro-wrestling community. Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail dives headfirst into the depths of that debate. First, he explains why Sami Zayn (the favorite to win this match) definitely should not have won this match, and shouldn't even go near the World Championship for a full year. Secondly, Tim untangles the booking web that stems from the decision to push Jinder into a one-off main event match against Randy Orton; a complex yet logical puzzle that binds and simultaneously builds Jinder, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and AJ Styles. Lastly, Tim answers some of YOUR question about Jinder's victory, particularly as it relates to the WWE's "conservative" perspective, and how the company demonizes diversity.

Shout-outs & thank yous in the open to Kevin Avery & W.Kamau Bell of Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period podcast, and all the Denzealots for their hard work, inspiration, good humor, and kindness.

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