As a sport, wrestling is one of the most demanding professions in world. It requires constantly being on the road, improving your skills and putting your body on the line for the entertainment of others. The men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to doing it are extremely gifted and their passion is admirable.
WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan gave his all to doing what he loved, and when he was forced to retire a couple of years ago, it was a blow to the industry. For Bryan, it caused him to sink into depression, which he’s been vocal about in the past. So when it was announced Bryan was medically cleared to wrestle again, fans around the world gave a collective ‘YES, YES, YES.’ But it also shed a light on depression and how it can be overcome by surrounding yourself with positive experiences and never giving up.
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Pop culture is an exciting phenomenon that connects people all over the world through a love of fictional worlds and characters. Some of the best places to experience it are comic cons, which is why I was excited to attend two in March: Liverpool Comic Con and Birmingham Comic Con. Both events were carried out back to over two weekends. I was at Liverpool Con on the 10th Match and Birmingham Con on the 17th March. Both events were different, with each being enjoyable for different reasons. Here are my thoughts on both and why I think everyone who loves pop culture should attend a comic con.
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In recent years, podcasts have become a popular form of entertainment. They’re convenient and easy to listen to at any time of the day. One of my favourite podcasts to listen to is Talk Is Jericho, hosted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho. What makes Y2J’s podcast so entertaining is the range of guests that he has on the show. One of the most interesting I’ve heard recently is the Marvel vs DC Megawar edition with special guest Reed Tucker. Tucker wrote a book called Slugfest: Inside The Epic, 50 Year-Battle Between Marvel and DC about the rivalry that exists between the two biggest comic publishers in the business and the stories are hilarious.
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When it comes to wrestling, the key to success is creating strong characters and memorable storylines. It’s also about being talented at what you do and there are plenty of entertaining wrestlers in the WWE and on the independent circuit. But as good as the likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens are, it’s the women’s division that feels red hot right now. The hunger and passion on display is a throwback to the glory days of the Attitude Era and I’m looking into why the women’s division is currently outclassing the men’s in WWE.
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There have been plenty of talented wrestlers over the years, and Chris Jericho is one of the greatest of all time. But his talent extends beyond the ring, as he’s a bestselling author, podcast host and musician. Jericho’s wrestling career speaks for itself, but his work as a singer and the front man of Fozzy is underrated. I recently saw Fozzy in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Here I discuss what makes Jericho a phenomenal entertainer and what makes Fozzy a band you need to listen to.
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As a wrestling fan, I’ve enjoyed watching WWE for a long time, even during it’s more frustrating periods. In recent years, the company has been able to listen to their audience more by bringing in independent wrestlers from all over the world, and the independent scene in England has never been hotter. At the start of 2017, WWE introduced the UK Championship and it’s opened up the door for many British wrestlers to get the attention they deserve. British strong style is alive and well and here’s why you should be paying attention to the British indie scene.
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The amazing thing about popular culture is that it never stays the same. It’s always changing, with new ideas catching on every day. Something that’s been part of pop culture for as long as I can remember is wrestling. Over the years, there have been many famous names to come out of the business: Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Triple H, Edge, CM Punk. But what makes them memorable? Why do people who’ve never watched a match know who they are?
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