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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...

Duration: 01:38:11

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...

Duration: 01:34:11

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!

Duration: 00:40:29

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...

Duration: 00:58:28

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...

Duration: 01:04:18

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...

Duration: 01:01:01

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...

Duration: 00:20:43

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!)?...

Duration: 01:12:34

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...

Duration: 01:14:08

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...

Duration: 00:56:45

WOW - EP129 - All About Jinder

There are six common criticisms leveled at the push of Jinder Mahal. 1) He looks like he's using steroids. 2) The WWE is just pushing him to appeal to the Indian market. 3) He's bad on the mic. 4) He can't wrestle. 5) He was jobbing just a week before his push so there was no build. 6) He just doesn't deserve it. Do any of them hold water? Do these criticisms represent an earnest point of view on the part of angry pro-wrestling fans who want the shows to improve? Work of Wrestling host...

Duration: 01:00:11

WOW - EP128 - WWE Backlash Review

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail reviews the latest #SDLive-themed WWE pay-per-view Backlash. Tim covers everything from the lackluster to the sublime. He even offers up a couple good old-fashioned impassioned rants about the state of the Sami Zayn character and the state of Women's Wrestling (the "family friendly" streak of episodes has been broken!) He breaks down the minutest details of the remarkable United States Championship match between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles, and examines the...

Duration: 01:14:02

WOW - EP127 - WWE Payback Review (2017)

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail reviews the surprisingly entertaining, way better than it needed to be, WWE pay-per-view, Payback. From Kevin Owen's chin-lock to Jeff Hardy's tooth to Alexa Bliss' delightful evilness to the WWE's concerted effort to build sympathy for Roman Reigns, Tim breaks it all down, tackling all the important topics & perspectives for each match. He also feels like he's cracked the code for why Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe was (unfortunately) bland, not unlike Rollins...

Duration: 01:27:34

WOW - EP126 - The Art Of Booking: Or Why Jinder Should Have Won

Jinder Mahal recently became the no.1 contender for the WWE Championship on SmackDown Live - a surprise victory that inspired a lot of debate in the pro-wrestling community. Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail dives headfirst into the depths of that debate. First, he explains why Sami Zayn (the favorite to win this match) definitely should not have won this match, and shouldn't even go near the World Championship for a full year. Secondly, Tim untangles the booking web that stems from the...

Duration: 01:28:46

WOW - EP125 - Where Do Babyfaces Come From?

Tim Kail returns to The Work of Wrestling following WrestleMania just to "check in" with the listeners. He wonders whether or not the idea of fandom has fundamentally changed due to the fragmented nature of the world. He shares his impressions of the "Superstar Shakeup" which was entirely successful for SmackDown Live and not so much for RAW. He discusses at length why SmackDown Live is the stronger of the two shows. He also gives a mini-breakdown of a recent Seth Rollins promo, and asks,...

Duration: 00:55:16

WOW - EP124 - WrestleMania Review (2017)

Work of Wrestling host Tim Kail is joined by Al Monelli to discuss WrestleMania 33. They break down every match from the surprisingly excellent AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon to the somber, haunting farewell of The Undertaker. Rate & Review the podcast in iTunes. Follow on Twitter @TimKailWrites & @Monellfilms. Visit and Thank you for listening and have a nice day!

Duration: 01:09:16

WOW - EP123 - The Fire

In this "prelude" to WrestleMania, Tim Kail offers his thoughts on some of the upcoming Mania matches & feuds. He explains why he thinks this WrestleMania has been built far better than the past two years, questions whether or not that's because he's simply watching less, and concludes that it doesn't really matter! That he's excited for the show anyway! He also encourages readers & listeners to partake in his new Letters to the Editor program on, which is designed...

Duration: 01:00:21

WOW - EP122 - The Wrestling Fan's Guide To Happiness

Are you frustrated with the WWE? Do you hate how your favorite pro-wrestler never seems to end up in the main event of WrestleMania, even though they clearly deserve it! Do you feel like the WWE just isn't listening to you? Do you boo relentlessly at live-events in an effort to derail the proceedings and make your voice heard? Have you started your own blog and podcast, desperate for the company and for fellow fans to take your opinions seriously? Are you positively miserable as a...

Duration: 01:11:19

WOW - EP121 - Politics Kayfabe

Tim Kail is joined by the creator of @PoliticsKayfabe, Robert Bennett, to discuss the intersection between politics and pro-wrestling. Rob explains how pro-wrestling can be used as a means of understanding the inner-workings of the political system, which is remarkably similar to the inner-workings of the pro-wrestling industry. There are heel politicians, babyface politicians, rivalries, promos, catch phrases, cheap pops, worked-shoots, comebacks, and we, the people, are all being worked....

Duration: 01:12:36

WOW - EP120 - A Changed Mind

Robert Bennet (@PoliticsKayfabe on Twitter) stops by The Work of Wrestling podcast to discuss why he prefers SmackDown over RAW, whether or not the visual language of backstage segments will ever evolve to keep up with the evolution of the roster, why the UK Tournament was the best thing that's happened in wrestling in years, what it is about Vince McMahon that makes him a genius who also has bad taste, and Rob will change Tim's mind about the maturity of modern pro-wrestling fans. It's a...

Duration: 01:16:47

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