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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.

Jun 8, 2015

What does it mean to be a WWE fan? That's the theme of the third and final part of Tim Kail's conversation with Alexander Monelli on The Work of Wrestling podcast. These two friends and passionate pro-wrestling fans devle into why they stick with WWE through all the ups and downs, regardless of how dissapointing Monday Night Raw can be. At 18:25 Al goes into detail about why he doesn't seek out Lucha Underground, NJPW, or other promotions despite his continued frustration with Monday Night Raw. At 23:00 the converstion transforms into how RAW would benefit from experimention - Al offering an intersting idea as to how the WWE can push their creative abilities, citing RAW Snow Day as a good example what what they're capable of. At 42:20 Tim asks Al (and himself) "Are you a WWE fan or are you a professional wrestling fan?" and what follows is a conversation that concludes this three-week dialogue - with Al & Tim arriving at a deeper understanding of their pro-wrestling fandom. Follow Al on Twitter @Monellifilms and follow Tim @MaximusWrestler. Go to www.workofwrestling.com for Tim's weekly reviews of Monday Night Raw & NXT. Submit your recommendations, stories, and thoughts to wrestlingworks@gmail.com.


Andrea Gregovich
two and a half years ago

I really enjoyed this three part conversation between Tim and Al about what's wrong with WWE, what makes for good television, and the difference between wrestling fans and WWE fans. They were very honest and unafraid to be controversial, which was an interesting change for this show. The Work of Wrestling is unique among wrestling podcasts in its classy NPR or Radiolab style, but Tim is also always experimenting and innovating, so it's a good show to follow regularly for new insights on the art of professional wrestling.