The eight-part A&E Biography series on WWE Legends has been excellent. This coming Sunday is the final documentary in this series: Bret Hart. And, it all started on Sunday, April 18 with one of Bret Hart’s greatest rivals: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Considering there have been so many “Stone Cold” Steve Austin documentaries over the years, is this one worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.Continue reading
DK Publishing is back with another WWE book, and this one is just in time for WrestleMania: WWE Superstar Handbook! Written by Jake Black, this 208-page paperback book is filled with stats and facts on more than 300 WWE Superstars. Alexa Bliss, The Rock, Roman Reigns, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Bret Hart, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch — they’re all in here! Check out my video review below to get a look at what’s inside and whether or not you should buy a copy of this new book. Enjoy!Continue reading
Right before I wrote this sentence a voice came through my computer and yelled, “Welcome to WWE ThunderDome!” I’ve been in the WWE ThunderDome before, and I’m very excited that I can be in the crowd for tonight’s Survivor Series because it’s The Undertaker’s Final Farewell, capping off a 30-year career in WWE.Continue reading
Hot on the heels of requiring its talent to deactivate their personal Cameo, Twitch, and OnlyFans accounts, WWE announced that fans can get one of 30 available Cameo videos from The Undertaker for a cool $1,000 a piece. Meanwhile, IMPACT Wrestling is supporting its wrestlers’ use of Cameo and promoting their channels, where you can get personalized videos for far less than what WWE and The Deadman are charging.Continue reading
While WWE is busy firing and threatening talent for trying to earn an honest living using various entrepreneurial platforms, such as OnlyFans and Twitch, and simultaneously promoting $1,000 Cameo videos from The Undertaker, IMPACT Wrestling is supporting its wrestler’s efforts to leverage Cameo as a way to increase their income by providing fans with personalized videos. Yet another reason why I’m such a big fan of IMPACT Wrestling! Below is the full announcement.Continue reading
This year marks the Undertaker’s 25th anniversary in wrestling, so it’s only fitting that DK Publishing should release a beautiful hardback book celebrating this occasion. Below is my review of Undertaker: 25 Years of Destruction.
I’ve been a fan of pro wrestling since I was a child. When executed effectively, this amalgam of theater and athleticism can suspend my disbelief and take me on a thrilling adventure – similar to other art forms. Unfortunately, pro wrestling doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. There are many uneducated people who approach wrestling fans and say asinine things such as, “You know it’s fake, right?” What these Neanderthals fail to realize is that wrestling fans are fully aware of the fact that it’s an intricately planned form of entertainment; so are television shows, movies and novels, but you don’t see these same myopic buffoons accosting fans of True Blood or Lord of the Rings saying, “You know vampires and hobbits aren’t real, right?”
Rather than dismissing it because you don’t understand it, I challenge those of you unfamiliar with pro wrestling to watch the match below. It’s arguably the greatest match in the history of pro wrestling. It features Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25. What makes it special is it tells a story from start to finish. From the opening video package to the match itself, there is a great deal to be learned from these two grizzled veterans. Like any skillful storyteller, they set a great pace, insert several calamities and end with a thrilling, and satisfying, conclusion.
Yes, there are plenty of terrible wrestling matches, the same way there are a multitude of dreadful television shows, films and novels. But the great ones are a spectacle to behold and, as writers, we can learn from them. We can learn that it’s important to know your audience and give them what they want, while at the same time keeping things unpredictable and fun. None of us want to produce something that is forgettable; we want to be known for drawing in our readers, having them fully invested in our characters and anxiously turning pages. Wrestling is the same. Companies like WWE seek to create compelling characters, insert them in precarious situations and let the drama unfold.
For authors, there is much to be learned from pro wrestling. Give the match below a shot and you’ll see what I mean. There are stories being told all around us; some are good, and some are bad. But if we aren’t open to experiencing all of the different mediums through which they are told (e.g., TV, movies, plays, books, music, pro wrestling, video games, etc.), then, as storytellers, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. There is a great deal to be learned, but only if we expand our horizons.