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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.

Sep 7, 2015

This week's Work of Wrestling is all about how authenticity in performance stands the test of time, where "sports entertainment's" cartoonish fun inevitably fades into darkness. For the Lock Up (7:05) host Tim Kail reviews the Sept. 2nd 2015 episode of NXT, emphasizing how it might be better for certain performers to stick with the brand instead of coming to RAW and how Alexa Bliss has quickly become a standout in the Women's Division. For The High Spot (22:00) Tim discusses how the SummerSlam 92 match between Rick Martel and Shawn Michaels empitomizes Vince McMahon's perspective on "sports entertainment" - how his questionable taste undermines the good of pro-wrestling and how WWE has become a success despite his broad, inauthentic presentation on many characters. For The Finish (34:47) Tim goes over the SummerSlam 92 classic main event between British Bulldog and Bret Hart, discussing why the match is successful, why he thinks Bret Hart is better than Shawn Michaels, and how watching this match has allowed him to create a measuring stick by which he'll judge future pro-wrestlers. Follow Tim on Twitter @MaximusWrestler and go to www.workofwrestling.com for the latest RAW REVIEW. Have a nice day!