pro wrestling is a series of addendums and postscripts

The thing I like most about pro wrestling - and there are so many things I like about it - is that it's all history.

Every match, every promotion, everything is very aware of what has come before, and the reverence and irreverence of histories is what makes pro wrestling the weird addictive ouroboros that drags grown women and men to the same place - literally and emotionally - as six-year-olds.

I had the most wrestling-ass week of my life as January became February:

  • Hosted a Royal Rumble party - the fourth annual, the first time at a place I actually pay rent. I think I'm doing this forever now.
  • Recorded an episode of And Leslie about pro wrestling, mostly centering on Wrestle Kingdom 12
  • Presented the slide deck embedded below to a living room of like 15 people at this wonderful friend-hosted monthly event - kind of a salon, where people share stuff they're passionate about/well-versed in. (The presentation before mine was about centuries upon centuries of Japanese civil war. It was awesome and academic. I framed mine as a bit of a departure.)

And frankly, it wasn't enough - I regret that I didn't cap that seven days off by going to DEFY X at Washington Hall, which is my happy place.

A Pro Graps Reading List That Hopefully Won't Overwhelm You: