Wrestling's portrayal in popular media is always a dicey subject, but when WCW took matters into its own hands, the results were more disastrous than anyone could have expected... except perhaps those who know anything about WCW in the year 2000. In this first episode of Smarten Up At The Movies, we dive deep into a 107-minute advertisement that pushed away more fans than it brought in and led directly to arguably the most infamous moment in WCW history.Read More
A wrestler's entrance music announces his or her presence to the world, providing valuable information about character and priming the audience for what its about to see. But there are downsides to entrance music as well as upsides, and while some wrestlers thrive with their personal soundtrack, others are hindered or even crippled by the tune that plays as they make their way to the ring. Join us as we explore the world of entrance music, from its inception in the Golden Age of Wrestling to its evolution through the 1980s and 1990s to its spread across the American cultural landscape.Read More
A quick note from Stefan on the forthcoming tenth episode of Smarten Up.
In this episode: Drew waits for Stefan's hot tag.
The tag team is a tried-and-true wrestling tool for adding attractions to a card and allowing wrestlers to build on their strengths, hide their weaknesses, and engage with the audience in a different context. But the art of storytelling in a tag team context is radically different than in a one-on-one match, and success or failure depends on a number of factrs beyond the capabilities of any individual performer. Great tag teams elevate both members to heights that they may not have been able to reach individually, and have served as both critical components of wrestling's variety shows and incubators of stars that have yet to reach their full potential.Read More
Although we recorded this a while ago, sometimes its worth going into the vault to dig out a classic. Drew walks us through his experience at Lucha Underground live, and what an experience it was!Read More