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A Big Screen Body Slam – The History of Professional Wrestling

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Title: A Big Screen Body Slam – The History of Professional Wrestling

Description: Steve is joined again by frequent contributor, Chris, to talk about the history, background and context of professional wrestling. Professional wrestling may not be a competitive sport in the traditional sense, but the punishment professional wrestlers put their bodies through is not fake at all. Let’s take a look at the surprisingly long and rich history of professional wrestling!

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[00:00:00] Today, we're joined again by Chris to talk about a topic of body slamming proportions. We're going to dive into the history and background of professional wrestling. Professional wrestling has been a staple of the big screen and small screen for decades. It is a theater, a type of ballet. If you will, you could almost say I'll be at a version with beer, swelling and trash talking this episode.
Help us understand and more deeply enjoy. Our next step is sewed on the 2008 film. The wrestler, you can enjoy these episodes separately, but they're an excellent pair as a tag team. And I know you're really excited to talk about this topic. Yeah. Because. I don't think people really understand just how deep wrestling history is and like how far back it goes and how, we're only going to be scratching the surface on this episode, but use this as a template.
If you, all of this sounds interesting, like there's, as [00:01:00] you know me and you've been talking about it for weeks, um, there's so many different roads to go down in terms of a wrestling history. So yeah, I'm pretty excited. Yeah. Uh, introduce your audience to a bit of a wrestling history.
We're, we're gonna be focusing mainly just on north American wrestling. There's a whole history in Mexico and Japan and different parts of the world. But, uh, in terms of, uh, just as using this as like a primer for the movie, the Russia. Just focusing on north America makes the most sense. Yeah.
That's a really interesting thing. You bring up the history of wrestling. It goes back much further than I expected it to, and you're breaking it down into four major areas. And so why don't we start off with this first, um, most ancient era of professional wrestling. Yeah. So yeah, so basically it PR professional wrestling started off as a.
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January 31, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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