Author: Nick Meyer

AEW

Photo credit – BodySlam.net I love old school wrestling. Despite being born in the 90’s, old school wrestling is my favorite style of all time. One of my favorite features of old school, 80’s NWA-type wrestling is the lost art of the squash match. Big star showcases their move set against a local talent. It’s a lost art in today’s era of 50/50 high spot-focused work. When AEW Dark began to transition to squash match focused, I was delighted. Finally, a mainstream company was making a concerted effort to revive this terrific feature of old. But then, the hard truth…

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Photo credit – Sportskeeda Recently, a colleague of mine here at Wrestling Republic (shout out Joseph Rivera) wrote an article detailing their belief that the onus of being a top star in WWE should chiefly belong to the talent. At first, I didn’t agree. Sure, in theory, a true draw can make chicken s*** into chicken salad… But surely they are only going to get as big as the pencil allows them. Right? This got me thinking. What makes a top star? Who’s responsibility? What changed from the days of the Hogan’s, the Austin’s, the Rock’s, and even the Cena’s…

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Photo Credit – Inside Sport It was not so long ago Roman Reigns was looked at by many wrestling fans as a blight on the product. Too heavily featured, given poor dialogue and weak opponents combined to create one of WWE’s weakest top acts since the mid-90s. Yet now, Roman is without a doubt THE top act in WWE with no one near striking distance. How can such a radical shift occur in less than 10 months? The answer is character development. In case you don’t realize by now, professional wrestling is akin to a live stage show. While they…

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AEW

Photo Credit: Slam Wrestling Have you ever watched a cheesy sitcom with no laugh track? Eerie, right? Sure, technically, the jokes are good. They have fine structure, the word layout is well placed, but something is just…off. A laugh track guides the audience into the proper emotion. Is this an uproarious cackle? A small chuckle? A tender moment? A shocking revelation? A sitcom can be terrific, but a laugh track adds that extra oomph needed to take a show over the top. Wrestling for the last year has been a sitcom without a laugh track. With COVID-19 lockdown’s worldwide forcing…

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