Tag: character

September 23, 2016 /

You might have noticed I haven’t posted to this blog in like three months. AJ Styles has upended my theoretical stance on everything and thus, my affairs are a shambles. I’ve had to completely rebuild my worldview and it’s taken some time. I mean, I have been doing other things and not blogging, it’s true. Life has been on an extreme trajectory as of late. But in fact this hasn’t been writer’s block, I’ve written plenty,…

March 19, 2015 /

Max Landis took the Internet Wrestling Community by storm this week with his brilliant short film Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. I can’t imagine anybody who reads this blog hasn’t seen it, but I’ll link it here in case you want to have a second or third or fifteenth watch. Wrestling is about narrative and story on quite a few levels: there are skits, promos, contract signings and assorted skirmishes that make up the storyline that leads…

December 21, 2014 /

I contend that we may be witnessing an era of missed opportunity. In these post-Authority times, there is a chance for the WWE to turn a corner – start a new chapter, head down a new storyline. The Authority’s departure is an opportunity for the WWE to experience a true period of lawlessness. Oh, we’re told things are lawless right now by Seth Rollins because he for one has been a marked man. But they’re…

December 18, 2014 /

I have precious little to say about TLC which is a shame, because I think so fondly of the days when tables, ladders, and chairs meant something huge. A ladder match used to fill me with fearful excitement, and the crunch of a split table would stir in me a primal thrill. I used to try to write poetry about the iconography of hardcore, hardcore being a kind of revolution, a period of anarchy in…

December 13, 2014 /

Look, I like Erick Rowan just fine. His face turn was alright by me. But the overwrought story forced on him undermines the character he naturally seems to be. The Wyatt Family had a certain authenticity about it, and within that world he was a mute weirdo. I could buy him as a sort of autistic genius specializing in chess, Rubik’s Cubes, bomb building, that sort of thing. But really, it took him a little…

September 20, 2014 /

JBL was in rare form tonight. Some highlights: “He comes out with a dancing cheese burger, and there’s nothing wrong with him?” “The bunny’s taken out The Gator! Titus used to be tough!” “How does a referee ignore a bunny hopping across the ring?” “A flying bunny!”   And the rest of my Evening Notes: #Bunnymania was an satire on the legendary blind spots of wrestling’s referees. Adam Rose has reintroduced a Fellini-esque element into…

August 30, 2014 /

I’m struggling to read wrestling these past couple weeks. Sure, one week I was out in the sticks without even a viable internet connection, so that threw me off my rhythm. But the more pressing problem is the shite state of affairs in the current threads of WWE’s narrative. I’ve been listening to some podcasts. It’s not just me. I’m feeling stagnant, and the smarks are getting ticked off. We’re all starting to balk about…