Yes, ladies. He's a wrestling historian. Restrain yourselves. Please, show some dignity.
Yes, ladies. He’s a wrestling historian. Restrain yourselves. Please, show some dignity.

In this special episode, David Shoemaker (@AKATheMaskedMan) of ESPN’s, originally known for Deadspin’s Dead Wrestler of the Week column, joins us to discuss his book – The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling. We talk about the current state of professional wrestling through the context of wrestling’s roots in the carnival days and the tragedy of several wrestlers who left us too soon. In addition, we dig a bit deeper into discussion about responsibility for wrestler deaths, the lack of a union for professional wrestlers, and what WWE is doing about drug and injury problems compared to the rest of the sports landscape – from the NFL to MMA.

Featuring: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag) and ‘A-Bomb’ Adam Hess (@ahess49).

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley.

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Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years.

Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us.

It's still real to me, dammit!