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.)
A Pro Graps Reading List That Hopefully Won't Overwhelm You:
- The Spectacle of Excess, probably my favorite wrestling blog
- @totaldivaseps, definitely my favorite .gif-centric Twitter feed (wrestling or otherwise)
- The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling, the book I leaned on most for the "history of wrestling slides"
- The Best Wrestling Matches of 2017, written by four formidable wrestling writers at Passion of the Weiss, all of whom you could learn a lot from.