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The Story Of Wrestling is a podcast that examines the world of pro wrasslin through the lens of storytelling. The A.V. Club's crack team of wrestling writers (plus hanger-on Alasdair Wilkins) break down the week in wrestling by focusing on the stories WWE is trying to tell, why those stories work, and why they sometimes don't. Plus, we do our level best to keep it positive (in as non-obnoxious a way as possible), just to mix things up.

The Story Of Wrestling is a podcast that examines the world of pro wrasslin through the lens of storytelling. The A.V. Club's crack team of wrestling writers (plus hanger-on Alasdair Wilkins) break down the week in wrestling by focusing on the stories WWE is trying to tell, why those stories work, and why they sometimes don't. Plus, we do our level best to keep it positive (in as non-obnoxious a way as possible), just to mix things up.
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The Story Of Wrestling is a podcast that examines the world of pro wrasslin through the lens of storytelling. The A.V. Club's crack team of wrestling writers (plus hanger-on Alasdair Wilkins) break down the week in wrestling by focusing on the stories WWE is trying to tell, why those stories work, and why they sometimes don't. Plus, we do our level best to keep it positive (in as non-obnoxious a way as possible), just to mix things up.

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Episode 75: April 14, 2018

4/14/2018
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It was a massive WrestleMania weekend, and Alasdair and Kyle are here to work through all of it. We save the perfection that was NXT TakeOver: New Orleans for the end of the show, especially since the brilliance of that ladder match and that unsanctioned match have our brains still melted days later. In the meantime, we talk about what worked and what didn't from WrestleMania 34. We're here for the wrestling goodness of the Intercontinental Championship match, the great storytelling and...

Duration:01:22:33

Episode 74: April 7, 2018

4/7/2018
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Just in time for NXT TakeOver comes our big look at WrestleMania weekend! Alasdair has been going through a whole bunch of stuff lately and is fighting off a cold, so Kyle steps up to carry him much like we assume John Cena would carry the Undertaker if that matches actually happens. (It's going to happen, right? Right!?) We talk through all the matches for both TakeOver and Mania, and why Rusev should win all of them. Well, except the NXT North American Championship, where literally any...

Duration:01:12:45

Episode 73: March 24, 2018

3/24/2018
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Yes! Yes! Yes! That chant can mean only one thing: EC3 got fired on TNA! (What? There were three yeses.) FINE, let's talk Daniel Bryan and his big return to in-ring action. Kyle especially is over the moon about this, and we consider just what it means for WWE to suddenly have another bona fide main eventer at its disposal and the potential stories it can tell. Plus we talk about the Ultimate Deletion and what the future could hold for Bray Wyatt, which Alasdair is pretty convinced will...

Duration:00:55:58

Episode 72: March 10, 2018

3/10/2018
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It's Fastlane time! And... Alasdair and Kyle try to bring their trademark positivity and optimism to this, but even we have our limits. We discuss just why this whole main event feels like such a mess, throw out an alternative or two, and then try to drag ourselves away from Sunday's action as soon as possible. We talk NXT and future callups, and Alasdair checks in with a report from last weekend's Manhattan Mayhem event from Ring of Honor!

Duration:01:07:46

Episode 71: March 2, 2018

3/2/2018
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Alasdair and Kyle do something they have been putting off for far too long and turn their attention to SmackDown Live, whether SmackDown Live wants it or not. We start positive by looking at the fiery promo battle between the Usos and the New Day, and we're still insistent that, whatever else you might say about it, the actual match between Charlotte and Ruby Riott ought to be pretty good. Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton is the rare bout where somehow both faces need to turn heel. Is Shinsuke...

Duration:00:41:14

Episode 70: February 25, 2018

2/25/2018
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We're back from a week off to get you ready for this evening's Elimination Chamber. Kyle pays tribute to the glory of Seth Rollins, while Alasdair nods along sagely. We consider how that incredible gauntlet match has set things up for tonight, plus where Rollins can go from here on the road to WrestleMania. Honestly, we try to figure out where about half the roster could go on the road to WrestleMania, and it feels weirdly difficult at this point. At least Alasdair remains absolutely...

Duration:01:00:22

Episode 69: February 11, 2018

2/11/2018
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Alasdair and Kyle dive back into a couple classic Elimination Chamber matches to get ready for the big pay-per-view in two weeks. We look at the first ever such match at Survivor Series 2002, and how so much of it feels like a rough draft for what later iterations would perfect. Then we consider the match from 2014 featuring Randy Orton at his best defending the title against Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and more. When the matches feature 12 wrestlers, 11 of them are former world champions,...

Duration:00:49:22

Quick Preview for Episode 69

2/9/2018
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Kyle and I will be recording later this weekend, and we will be looking at a pair of past classic Elimination Chamber matches to get ready for the upcoming pay-per-view. If you want to watch ahead of time, they are the 2002 match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series and the 2014 match from the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view featuring Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and more!

Duration:00:02:12

Episode 68: February 3, 2018

2/3/2018
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With an incredible Royal Rumble weekend behind us, Alasdair and Kyle start preparing for the Elimination Chamber and Fastlane. But first, we try to figure out what's realistcally next for Kane, what could ideally be next for Kane, and just generally what purpose Kane could usefully serve in 2018. We feel like we owe him that much. We consider what the Miz and the Intercontinental Championship could be doing, as well as who else is likely to fill out the slots in the men's Elimination...

Duration:00:51:07

Royal Rumble Weekend, Part IV: Royal Rumble Reactions

1/29/2018
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We wrap up our weekend in Philadelphia with our emotionally spent, frequently hoarse reactions to Sunday night's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The handicap match was better and way more simply booked than we had expected, and the Raw tag team match furthered Jason Jordan's story in spectacular fashion. Beyond that, well, the other two non-Rumble matches didn't do a whole lot for us. But the Rumble matches, my goodness, those were both something very special. We try to break down all the...

Duration:01:00:32

Royal Rumble Weekend, Part III: NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia Reactions

1/28/2018
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Alasdair and Kyle are recovered from the incredible, emotionally exhausting draining experience of going to NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia! We have some spoiler-free praise for the pre-show matches set to air on next Wednesday's show that feature Roderick Strong, Tyler Bate, TM-61, and more. We then break down a card that has some all-time great stuff and some wonky stuff, with more of the latter early on. We look at how injuries affected the storytelling in the tag and women's title matches....

Duration:00:37:54

Royal Rumble Weekend, Part II: Royal Rumble Preview

1/27/2018
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We're coming at you live from Philly! Alasdair and Kyle are together in the same room at last to break down the Royal Rumble before they head off to NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia! We're excited about the tag title matches, confused about the heavyweight championships, and just generally prepared to be watching the two Rumble matches for hours upon hours. With so many open spots, who might show up? Who will emerge victorious, and why is it Rusev? We've got all your answers as we give you the...

Duration:00:40:32

Royal Rumble Weekend, Part I: NXT TakeOver Preview

1/26/2018
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It's Royal Rumble weekend, and Alasdair and Kyle are headed to Philadelphia! We'll have a bunch of episodes coming at you from our trip, and we run down the entire bonkers schedule that we have ahead of us. First up though we have to struggle through technical difficulties one more time to bring you this preview of NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, which might be the first TakeOver we can recall in which we're most excited about the championship match. But there's plenty to like about the other...

Duration:00:30:20

Episode 62: January 21, 2018

1/21/2018
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Kyle and Alasdair have another round of awesome listener questions. We consider whether the returns on Raw 25 will throw off the thrill of the legends who might be in the Royal Rumble. We look at just who we want to see show up in the first ever Women's Royal Rumble. We try to work out just how the WWE Championship match can work out that isn't just all Shane McMahon all the time. And we have take a look at what else we're getting excited about for NXT Takeover: Philly and the Royal Rumble!

Duration:01:07:11

Episode 61: January 14, 2018

1/14/2018
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Alasdair and Kyle are here to answer your questions as we continue on the Road to the Road to Wrestlemania, otherwise known as the build to the Royal Rumble. But first, we discuss the all-over brilliance of Jason Jordan, the most wonderfully annoying wannabe in WWE, and the incredible coolness of the Balor Club. We're asked to pay our respects to the Miztourage, all-time great stable. We debate who should win the inaugural Women's Royal Rumble. We wonder what Braun Strowman could do at...

Duration:01:01:36

Episode 60: January 6, 2018

1/6/2018
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We keep it simple for our first episode of 2018. Recording the night after New Japan's Wrestle Kingdom, we look at the most Canadian match ever (give or take the Harts, Edge and Christian, and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn), as the twin toasts of Winnipeg Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega went at it for 36 glorious minutes. Check out this match if you haven't, or give us a chance to explain why this is worth watching, as it fuses the best of WWE and New Japan, with a bit of old-school Ric...

Duration:00:59:21

Episode 59: December 31, 2017

12/31/2017
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We look back at the year in wrestling in 2017, which somehow -- because we're idiots -- means looking back on the Fastlane card and trying to convince ourselves that the Club and Bayley were champs on the road to WrestleMania. Then we look ahead to what's coming in 2018, including who we think could be a Braun Strowman-like breakout star next year, how ridiculously good the build for the next TakeOver is looking, what story it would take to push WWE back into the mainstream, how to fix both...

Duration:01:23:16

Episode 58: December 23, 2017

12/23/2017
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Never fear, listeners, Kyle is back to stop Alasdair from just talking to himself for another 42 minutes. We talk all things "Clash of Champions," including the shocker that was the United States Championship match being maybe the best of the night. Possibly? Kyle is ready to say so, but Alasdair doesn't want anyone discounting how Jinder Mahal (and A.J. Styles) wrestled a damn mat classic. We also grapple with the psychology of the tag team and women's matches, and segue into some...

Duration:01:07:29

Episode 57: December 17, 2017

12/17/2017
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With Kyle busy on a special project, Alasdair podcasts with a broomstick for a ridiculous 42 minutes of solo talking on Clash of Champions. He breaks down the title matches, including a lengthy discussion of the SmackDown women's division, whether Baron Corbin can continue his streak of shockingly good triple threat matches, how pretty much all the teams in the tag title match feel like fleshed-out people beyond how they function as faces or heels, and just what the story is with the Yep...

Duration:00:42:39

Episode 56: December 10, 2017

12/10/2017
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We're back after a week off with plenty to talk about, thanks to another fantastic round of listener questions. We look at the two new women's factions on Raw and SmackDown and how they look in their first few weeks. We're optimistic about Absolution and think the Riott Squad could be good, but the general state of SmackDown's women's division is so weird it's hard to say for sure. We take a closer look at NXT stars Velveteen Dream and Kassius Ohno and consider what their potential is in...

Duration:01:20:39