Tag: WWF

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…

January 1, 2015 /

This final RAW of 2014 was fascinating, despite being pretty low key until the hostage situation at the end. There were no celebrations of Hulk Hogan or a holiday or a charity, just well-composed rising action and character development. The episode functioned as something of an airing of grievances, as is seasonally appropriate and a welcome change from the Christmas shenanigans of the previous week and the tired cliches of overall holiday season. It was…

December 29, 2014 /

We all, I think, come at wrestling with our own collection of references, noteworthy matches we saw live, caught as children when they aired on television, or special pay-per-views we saw back in the day when, because of price or cable TV limitations, you didn’t necessarily see every pay-per-view. These important moments in a wrestling fan’s career define the fan’s perspective at its core. They are foundational, just like the books and films that influenced…

April 18, 2014 /

A couple of months after 9/11, I lined up for over an hour in Times Square at “The World” (then WWF’s now defunct restaurant) to get Diamond Dallas Page’s autograph during a period when my markish zeal was burning particularly hot. Cute boy Christian (back then still working on his solo gimmick, trying to get over by throwing hissy fits in the ring if somebody kept kicking out of his pin) had actually been the…