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Grit


“There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.” — Christopher Morley

There’s this podcast out there that used to be called Quit. It’s run by Dan Benjamin, and for 50+ episodes he’s talked to his co-host Haddie Cook and guests about the subject of quitting their crummy, corporate-stooge jobs. Well, not quitting exactly, but…


Authorial Intent and Wrestlemania XXX


Wrestlemania XXX was either four hours or 46, depending on how you wanted to go. I watched the press conference, the first Wrestlemania Today, the 2014 Hall of Fame, Wrestlemania XXX proper, and Journey to Wrestlemania, a one-hour doc exclusive to the WWE Network, totaling roughly 11.5 hours. That 46 hour total includes a few reruns of previous…


The Heart is Raw: The Troph


I’ve had access to the WWE Network for a little over a week now, and I have a few quick things I’d like to touch on before getting to the meat of the article. The first thing you have to know about this thing is that there is no dearth of content here. There are several weeks’ worth of old shows to watch, and the “channel” that is constantly running is far more…


The Heart is Raw: The Question


At some point in The Harder They Fall, Humphrey Bogart’s last movie, we hear an announcer speak to a small but passionate boxing crowd. He thanks them for coming, and mentions that there will be a wrestling show coming up which they can stay to watch. The crowd boos, presumably because they’re here to see the real stuff, not that phony wrestling garbage. The…


The Heart is Raw: Empire by the Sea


I don’t mean to be opaque; take that as an apology. When I first wrote this essay, I opted for plain speaking and clear understanding[1], and what I saw was a dry truth. Laid bare, easily understood and comprehended, it was forgettable. Obvious. This is the kind if thing that breathes the muddiness of metaphor, whose truth us only comprehended when the…


A contrast

Blair Braverman, writing for Buzzfeed:

Because apart from a few specific occasions — namely, at the Gay Games — pairs and ice dance are a mandated heterosexual performance. The rules are grounded in tradition, but perhaps also fear; it’s easy to imagine how threatening same-sex partners, displaying this level of…

The Heart is Raw: First and Last

For being a fake sport, wrestling sure does have a lot of statistics. You can chart wins and losses, ratings, buyrates, social media impressions, and merchandise sales. You can put all of these metrics to startling work, revealing truths simple assumptions can’t properly measure. Through these statistics, we have a good idea who is really in favour, who is…


Daniel Bryan is winning the 2014 Royal Rumble

Given the evidence, general momentum, and recent plot developments, I have to give my official prediction as Daniel Bryan. If he doesn’t win, I’ll be the first person to say I’m wrong. But he’s going to.

There are three candidates to win the 2014 Royal Rumble: Bryan, CM Punk, and Batista. There are going to be 27 other…


The WWE Network

The WWE Network has been a long time coming. You can say it’s been over two years, since the original commercial aired in late 2011. But really, it’s been coming for much longer than that. It’s been coming ever since the Monday Night Wars, when nearly every night of the week had wrestling on national airwaves. It’s been on its way since the beginning of television, when every…


How well did I predict the WWE Network?

Back in June of 2012, I wrote an article detailing why I thought WWE’s plans of making a “channel” was a mistake, and that they should instead think about making an over-the-top platform. I’ll have a longer article later today detailing the actual setup, but first I want to see how my predictions fared.

Announcing compatible…