Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of Weird of Sport where J Onwuka (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf) find new ways to tell stories through pro wrestling. This week it's the most direct line: action movies! Are flippy dives the wrestling equivalent of action movie explosions? Who'd be a better John McClane: Steve Austin or Randy Orton? Major topics of the episode are what exactly makes an action movie, what "star power" or "It factor" mean and how they're important to action & to wrestling, and a discussion about whether westerns are action movies (answer? they can be). Tune in for a really good investigation of how these two story forms can meld together!
Have you ever thought to yourself, "What if WWE did a princess storyline?" or "How would a happily ever after work inside the squared circle?" I hope you didn't doubt us cause J Onwuka (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf) have got you covered as usual! In this episode, we try to parse out the interesting aspects of Disney-type movies, what gives them wide appeal, and how that can be translated to the wrestling ring.