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Professional wrestling is an art. The Work of Wrestling is dedicated to exploring that simple truth. Host & author Tim Kail analyzes wrestling matches, explicates promos, reviews pay-per-views, and shares personal stories in an effort to provide pro-wrestling the in-depth arts criticism it genuinely deserves.

Mar 7, 2016

Was DX originally a couple of fun-loving pranksters who turned pro-wrestling into the Jerry Springer show, or were they a symbol of unfettered chaos, a testament to Shawn Michaels' mad genius? This week on The Work of Wrestling podcast host Tim Kail and special guest Al Monelli explore that question, offering a definitive answer that you won't get in Attitude Era or DX montages. This is an exploration of of DX's true nature under the leadership of Shawn Michaels, and how vicious and violent and unsettling DX-segments really were. Also, why do promos sound so different today? What was Shawn doing back then that few have been able to achieve since? It's not because promos are "scripted" today. Al & Tim offer a different explanation that further exemplifies Shawn's brilliance as a heel in 1997. Follow Tim on Twitter @MaximusWrestler and follow Al @MonelliFilms. Send your thoughts, questions, and stories to and go to for the latest RAW REVIEW and editorial on the art of professional wrestling.