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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, analyzes wrestling shows, explicates promos, examines social issues, and shares personal stories about pro-wrestling's cultural merit.

Feb 23, 2015

Host Tim Kail's mother drops by to live-commentate the January 1st 2015 episode of WWE's NXT. What begins as an analysis of the Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens' rivalry gradually transforms into a soul-bearing discussion about loss, loneliness, and how human beings can find relief in art (pro-wrestling). The flow of the conversation naturally follows the three-act structure of The Work of Wrestling podcast; a review, an artistic analysis, and then a personal story. The Lock-Up (10:00) offers Tim & his mother's immediate reactions to various NXT performers & stories, The High Spot (20:40) is an examination of our need to believe in fictions, our desire to place faith in the idea of good triumphing over evil (including a snippet of Tim Kail's call-in conversation with Steve Austin on The Steve Austin Show), and then, in The Finish (24:46) Tim's mom shares her story, detailing what life is like for a widow, and she offers some words of wisdom for all those who are searching for a purpose. And, true to the form of the show, Tim ties it all back in with professional wrestling. Follow Tim on Twitter @MaximusWrestler. Go to for the latest Raw Reviews, NXT Reports, and Editorials. If you would like to have your story on the show submit to Thank you for listening! Have a nice day!