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WOW - EP151 - Royal Rumble Review (2018)

Tim Kail and Al Monelli return to review WWE's latest Royal Rumble! They cover every match and then some, waxing philosophic on all things wrestling and all things Rumble. What trend did this Rumble break? What has the WWE finally figured out about its main titles and the different audiences those titles service? Why might Tim stop watching all weekly WWE television and instead watch only the pay-per-views? Where might The Universal Championship be headed, and why does WWE even bother...


WOW - EP150 - Steve Austin vs The Rock At WrestleMania X-7

For the 2017 finale of Work of Wrestling podcast Tim Kail delivers his real-time commentary for the WrestleMania X-7 classic Steve Austin vs The Rock for the WWF Championship. Tim details how this match changed him as a 15-year-old kid, why he believes art can provide life-lessons in disillusionment and heartbreak in safe ways, and why he now sees the logic behind the Stone Cold heel-turn. Cue up the match on The WWE Network at 3:05:30, and then hit PLAY when Tim prompts you. The audio...


WOW - EP149 - 2017

Work Of Wrestling podcast returns to its original three-part format for this special retrospective on the year 2017. For "The Lock-Up", host Tim Kail reviews wrestling in 2017 (at least everything he's seen), covering Kevin Owens and The Festival of Friendship, Jinder Mahal's unexpected but welcome rise and what we can learn from it, the best WWE-match of the year (which just so happened to occur in January), the greatness of the Usos & New Day, WWE's mishandling of Bayley & Sasha Banks,...


WOW - EP148 - Hitman

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail is joined by resident Bret Hart-expert Al Monelli to finally discuss Bret's New York Times Bestselling autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. Tim & Al dissect the quality of Bret's writing, the one-of-a-kind nature of his story, his unparalleled devotion to the idea of being a Champion, his relentless commitment to the craft of wrestling, the true cause of the Montreal Screwjob, and the oddly life-affirming theme of the book...


WOW - EP147 - Survivor Series 2017

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail reviews Survivor Series! First, Tim wonders aloud if he's actually supposed to care which brand wins, why any of this is happening, and what the stakes really are beyond "bragging rights". Then he continues moving into specifics about the matches and why everything about this show existed on a spectrum of "just fine" and "fun" (except for the backstage segments, of course, which he lays into). Was Shield vs New Day everything it could've been? Did the...


WOW - EP146 - Still Got It

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail returns to answer your questions! You wanted to know what Tim thought about completely abandoning the idea that a pro-wrestling match is real, why he wasn't initially too keen on The Shield reunion, how big a problem sexual harassment and sexual abuse are in the pro-wrestling business, what other artistic medium professional wrestling could learn from and how that could be implemented into a current angle, what match or angle Tim knew was objectively bad...


WOW - EP145 - Is It Good?

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail asks of pro-wrestling "Is it good?" in an effort to create a more useful form of pro-wrestling debate and criticism. This episode is a companion piece to the article "But Is It Good?" The Only Worthwhile Debate In Modern Pro-Wrestling wherein Tim examines how the proliferation of pro-wrestling's phraseology (heel, babyface, work, shoot, buried, etc) has had an unexpected adverse affect on the fan's ability to accurately critique, interpret, and characterize...


WOW - EP144 - The Magic Way

This week on The Work of Wrestling podcast, host Tim Kail is joined by his friend and newcomer to the show, John Macy. Tim & John discuss the origin of John's pro-wrestling fandom, the differences between the first brand split and the current one, how the concepts of "ratings" and "television" have fundamentally changed and how & when cable will be replaced by a collection of streaming services, the specific reasons WWE's ratings are bad and why they should make a key change to programming...


WOW - EP143 - Hell In A Cell Review (2017)

#SDLive has now entered the darkest timeline - and Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail is loving it! In this detailed Hell in a Cell review, Tim Kail brings his passion and his analytical perspective to each match. He gives high praise to the Usos vs New Day, particularly Big E's star power and Xavier Woods' vulnerability. He offers some harsh, but necessary criticisms related to the preponderance of mediocrity "clogging up" the roster that continues to be heralded by a subset of complacent...


WOW - EP142 - No Mercy Review (2017)

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail takes no mercy on WWE's latest RAW-centric pay-per-view No Mercy. Tim analyzes every match with curt intensity, pay compliments to Miz, Jason Jordan, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt and then sharing some blunt observations about the state of Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins as well as the WWE's complete and total massive bag of LIES as it relates to #WomensWrestling and their continued failures with regard to better representation. Tim also shares his thoughts Roman...


WOW - EP141 - The Trials of Roman Reigns

On the August 28th, 2017 episode of Monday Night Raw, John Cena cut a promo on Roman Reigns that doubled as a form of intense creative scrutiny. Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail dissects this exchange in the tradition of WOW's promo explications, delving into the psychologies of both men to arrive at a deeper understanding of why John Cena would purposefully decimate WWE's modern heir to the Tog Guy Throne. Follow on Twitter @TimKailWrites. Visit for all the...


WOW - EP140 - Summer Slam Review (2017)

Tim Kail and Al Monelli join forces once again to review the latest blockbuster WWE pay-per-view, Summer Slam! To start off, Tim gives a brief summation of the kick-off show, breaking down the excellence of Neville vs Tozawa and The Usos vs New Day. Then, Al & Tim delve into the rest of the show, from Baron Corbin vs Cena to Finn Balor's demon to Braun Strowman's monstrous excellence; but they don't just think Bruan's excellent because he beats up Roman Reigns (like everyone else)! They...


WOW - EP139 - Upside Down

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail returns for a special Sunday edition of the pod to explain why there was no new article on this week, and why his #SummerSlam review will be pushed back to Tuesday rather than come out on the usually scheduled Monday. He also shares his brief thoughts on RAW & SDLive. Follow on Twitter @TimKailWrites and have yourself a very nice day!


WOW - EP138 - The Gift of Granny Franny

Granny Franny is back! And this time she's answering some of your questions! Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail apologizes to Granny Franny for yelling at her during their previous visit. He also tells the story of how a Montana congressional candidate bodyslammed a reporter a few months back (only Tim thinks it sounds more like a chokeslam). Granny Franny & Tim answer your questions about Neville, the best and worst aspects of professional wrestling, and what they'd like to do next on the...


WOW - EP137 - @PastaSauca (Justine Colla)

WWE fan-artist, podcaster, and Advocate for Neville, Justine Colla (@PastaSauca as you may know her) stops by The Work of Wrestling podcast to answer Tim Kail's questions about art, wrestling, and life. Justine recorded her answers in Melborne Australia, and Tim has cut them together (with his responses to a few) for your listening pleasure. What's it like being an Australian WWE-fan when the WWE decides to be uber-American? How is the WWE alienating its female fanbase? What are the...


WOW - EP136 - G1 Climax 27 - NJPW

New Japan Pro-Wrestling's G1 Climax tournament is underway, and Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail joins the fray! Tim gives his impressions of New Japan, summing up the first five tag matches in broad terms, and then moves into the four singles matches, paying particular attention to Kenny Omega, Juice Robinson, and IWGP Champion Okada. This is a great entry for new fans or those curious about New Japan (but Tim isn't trying to get you to watch it if you don't want to!) Tim also shares...


WOW - EP135 - The Podcast Awards

The Work of Wrestling has been registered for the upcoming Podcast Awards! Tim Kail tells you how you can vote for Work of Wrestling in the 'arts' category of the Podcast Awards, as well as his quick thoughts on New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins reuniting, great matches between Sasha & Bayley and Becky & Charlotte on the main roster, Lucha Underground, and 205 Live. Vote for Work of Wrestling in the podcast awards at: Thank you...


WOW - EP134 - Battleground Review 2017

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail returns to review the latest SmackDown Live pay-per-view Battleground. He covers every match with his usual blend of pro-wrestling enthusiasm and constructive criticism, calling it like he sees whilst enjoying most of the show. What was the best match of the night? How exactly should the WWE be presenting and booking Shinsuke Nakamura? What was great about the women's 5-way Elimination match, but what could have made it even better (hint - it's MORE TIME!)?...


WOW - EP131 - Believe In Bayley

It's happening again - WWE fans are starting to turn on a once-beloved babyface. This time, it's Bayley who faces a slowly mounting resistance. Are these Bayley-Booers simply the result of "bad booking"? Are they indicative of an actual, worthwhile argument or an intelligent, critical observation of the character & the performer? Or is something else at work here - something predictably grim that needs to be squashed before it gains even more traction? Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail...


WOW - EP130 - Extreme Rules 2017

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail returns to review the latest Raw-specific pay-per-view, Extreme Rules. The match was good, but did the finish to The Intercontinental Championship maximize the sympathy for Dean Ambrose and the heat for The Miz? What's the real reason Bayley is cutting promos about Wonder Woman instead of developing her own character, and why did the Women's Championship get so little time in the most gimmicky of the gimmick matches on the gimmick-match pay-per-view? Isn't...


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