Forget Hipster Wrestling, This is Something Much Bigger

Daniel-Bryan

(note: This is a response to David Shoemaker’s Hipster Wrestling column published in July 2013)

When it comes to professional wrestling, perspective changes everything.

For example: Daniel Bryan wasn’t seen as a bona fide superstar. Until he was. And then, when he was saddled with a gimmick so bad that everybody thought it might spell the end of his main-event career, he proved that being bff with The Big Red Machine was precisely the platform he needed to break-through Vince McMahon’s glass ceiling. His meteoric rise stopped short of a lengthy WWE championship run (to which internet fans, including myself, cried foul), but left us with a severe case of ‘Daniel Bryan deserves more’ syndrome, “Yes!” chants and all. [Read more...]

David Shoemaker On His Book ‘The Squared Circle’, Survivor Series and the Future of WWE

squaredcirclebookDavid Shoemaker of Grantland.com talks about his new book “The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling” (which you can get on Amazon.com), how the mainstream press looks at wrestling, changes in wrestling over the years, why the WWE is still so reliant on big guys, this weekend’s Survivor Series PPV, the future of the WWE, Triple H in his current role with the company and more.

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Between The Ropes | David Shoemaker – July 24, 2013

David Shoemaker (AKA The Masked Man) of Grantland.com talks about his latest column “Hipster Wrestling“, if wrestling is cool again, the new type of wrestler and connected with today’s society, the rise of Daniel Bryan in the WWE and whether or not he can be the face of the company, having the McMahons on television, WWE being PG television these days and making that work, what he thinks will happen at SummerSlam between Bryan and John Cena and more.

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