Episode 128: Eminem Spits Anger, Tyrese is a 14 Year Old Girl, and a Mission To Conquer PTSD Depression

This week, Dom Vitalli recaps the week that was, including wrestling show cancellations, an unexpected trip to the Southwest Cannabis Conference, and wedding nuptials. He also covers the now famous Eminem cypher on Donald Trump, the problem with pride and ego in society, the high school beef between the Rock and Tyrese, and that sleazeball Harvey Weinstein. In our “Words of Wisdom” segment this week, we get paid a visit by former guest Jose Belen, as he speaks about his organization, “Mission Zero” and their quest to battle PTSD and depression in veterans and others. Some great advice for anyone suffering from these. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 127: Smother Hate with Love, Bloodthirsty Fans, and Reaching Out

In the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas last week, host Dom Vitalli tries to focus on what we can do moving forward to not live in fear and get to common ground on the gun control debate. Dom also covers a disgusting display from some pro wrestling fans in attendance at WWE “Hell in a Cell” on Sunday night. Listen in as he explains the pitfalls and dangers of bloodthirsty fans. Our “Words of Wisdom” segment this week looks into the physical chemistry of what we are made of and how our thoughts can have an affect on our makeup. Definitely an interesting take. The“Assignment of the Week” is one that can really help some people out and will cost you nothing, but in turn, give you so much. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 126: Love For Puerto Rico, Hef Passes Away, and Battling Depression Together

This week, Dom expresses his thanks and gratitude to the great people all over the world who are lending a helping hand to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Listen, as he calls to attention what is really important; human lives. We also discuss a pro wrestling hold being used to win an MMA fight, O.J. Simpson being set free, and the fallout from the death of Hugh Hefner. Was he a good guy, or a bad guy? Be careful who’s story you listen to. Our “Words of Wisdom” segment gets personal, as Dom shares his recent struggles with depression in hopes of inspiring others to keep fighting and reach out for help if needed. The“Assignment of the Week” asks you to choose your battles wisely. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 125: To Kneel or Not to Kneel, Missing the Point, and Lack of Perspective

President Trump grabs the headlines again, this time, calling out sports and athletes. Host Dom Vitalli covers all angles of the controversy this week from every viewpoint. From kneeling, standing, firing players, disrespecting the flag, Dom sheds some logical insight. We also cover Aaron Hernandez’ CTE diagnosis and litigation fallout, as well as the Berkeley hot dog vendor coming into some serious cash. Our “Words of Wisdom” this week give you some simple, everyday tips to live a happier life. Nothing too crazy this week. The“Assignment of the Week” asks for your helping hand if you are able to. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 124: Farewell to the Best Ever, White House Priorities, and Hitting the Reset Button

This week we pay tribute to one of the greatest pro wrestling performers of all time, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Listen as to how he transcended the world of pro wrestling and lived a thousand lifetimes. We also re-visit the GGG/Canelo fight and the controversial decision following the bout? What is the solution to this ongoing problem? Dom discusses Jemele Hill’s tweets and wonders why ANYONE’s tweets are of any importance. This week’s “Words of Wisdom” provide the framework for you to hit that reset button and start over. The time is NOW! The“Assignment of the Week” challenges you to stop caring what others think of you. Are you up for it? All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.


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Episode 123: Pussycat Irma Means BIG Trouble Later, Leaving Help on the Table, and Feeding Your Fears

Fresh off the heels of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Hurricane Irma rears it’s ugly head in Florida. Listen as Dom Vitalli explains how Irma not being as catastrophic as first thought may be big trouble in the future. He also breaks down how the idiots came out to platy during this disaster. Dom also offers a helping hand to anyone that needs it. If you are one of them, are you willing to take action? This week’s “Words of Wisdom” are inspired by the movie, “It”. Learn how our failure feeds off of our fears. We need your input for this week’s “Assignment of the Week”. Please listen carefully and let’s hear what you think. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Wrestling with Art

Wrestling with Art

Bob Ross; artist, pro wrestler, or both?

Historically, wrestling has always been considered wrestling, while calling it art is a very recent trend. I consider the debate behind whether or not wrestling is art to be a dead end. This is due not only to the two conflicting philosophies behind wrestling (old school/new school), but because the definition of art is itself up for debate.

Via Meriam Webster, the definition of art:

  1. 1: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation the art of making friends
  2. 2a : a branch of learning: (1) : one of the humanities (2) arts
  3. 3: an occupation requiring knowledge or skill the art of organ building
  4. 4a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects the art of painting landscapes; also : works so produced a gallery for modern art (1) : fine arts (2) : one of the fine arts (3) : one of the graphic arts
  5. 5a archaic : a skillful plan : the quality or state of being artful (see artful 2a)
  6. 6: decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

The argument behind what art is gets even deeper than that. People within the art community don’t even agree on what art is. Try googling “Is Art Art” or “What is Art” and you’ll receive a wide array of opinions which confuse the topic more and more. If the art community doesn’t know what art is, should we really be comparing wrestling to art?

As far as art goes, I personally prefer the Oxford Dictionary definition for Art:

  1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

This definition, as well as those above it, make room for physical performances such as plays, musicals, operas, and even stand up comedy. These definitions could also easily be applied to wrestling. But if we are going to seriously consider whether or not wrestling is art, we need to look at where wrestling is in relation to art.

There are exceptions, but Contemporary/Modern Art tends to be completely devoid of beauty and emotional power, unlike the prior periods in art history. Contemporary/Modern Art also allows for anything to be art and anyone to be an artist because the outcome, or piece of art, is not judged in any meaningful way. It’s just a thing. There is no beauty, nor emotional power involved during any point of it’s creation. It has just as much value as anything else. If anyone and anything can be art, then art is either dead, or irrelevant, as quality and skill are no longer important factors. Just consider what has been passed off as art in the past few years:

Glasses passed off as art

Starving dog in museum

The Invisible Art

Can wrestlers call wrestling “art” if artists don’t know what “art” is?

Discussing wrestling in terms of art may be more appropriate than some think, but it does the same thing to wrestling that Contemporary/Modern Art has done to art, it intellectually allows for everyone to be a wrestler and everyone with a ring to be a wrestling company. Is this really where “wrestling is art” supporters want wrestling to go?

If so:

  1. This allows for untrained backyard wrestlers who don’t have a clue what they are doing to put themselves on par with some of the greatest wrestlers ever.
  2. This provides an excuse for the lack of talent in these “everybody is in on the gag” wrestlers to continue doing what they are doing without getting better, or even wanting to.
  3. Why should anybody pay more money to go see a show you’re on, when the place right down the street is cheaper and there’s no difference between what the yard tard does, and what you, the professional wrestler, does?
  4. Then anybody can claim to be a wrestler, and run a wrestling company, then the product as a whole (every wrestling company taken into account) becomes diluted.
  5. There should be no issue with a random person putting up a ring in a building, putting on a show, charging for tickets, and then letting the audience members be the wrestlers, or even telling the audience to imagine the wrestling taking place. After all, it’s just art.

This dilution is preventing everyone from making more money because the floodgates are wide open. We are at the point where there are now too many shows and too many wrestlers. Additionally, thanks to the massive influx of companies, why would someone who is running their own company pay more money for better wrestlers when these other wrestlers will do it free? This is where “wrestling is art” winds up. Everyone working for less money, or for free, and those who wrestle for free drive down the rates of the better talent in the area.

Ultimately, I think the discussion of whether or not “wrestling is art” is framed wrong. The discussion has been about the form known as wrestling, rather than the quality of the in-ring product and what it inspires in the audience member.

If we narrow the discussion down to the in-ring product, then the modern day version of wrestling has to reconnect with its historical roots; fixed fights meant to con people out of their money. To do this, it needs to revert back to being based in reality, which is nothing more than putting in place a standard for this “art form”.

That standard should be along the lines of replicating a fight close enough for those in attendance to be unsure as to whether they are watching wrestling, or a fight. Being able to put the fan in such a position is how wrestlers have historically been able to emotionally manipulate audiences into “emotionally powerful” states.

One may “oh” and “aw” at some of the things “wrestling is art” wrestlers do in the ring these days, but fans aren’t being driven into a murderous frenzy by the actions of a heel, nor finding themselves relentlessly devoted to the babyface to the point they want harm to come to the heel. Instead they try and get the audience to react by no-selling power bombs and and doing penis suplexes. The audience is without passion.

The reality that used to accompany the in ring product has proven sustainability (wrestling is still here). On the other hand, “wrestling is art” only provides very fleeting moments of disbelief, while abandoning the very foundation of wrestling, creating emotionally powerful states in fans that allow those fans to be manipulated.

The “wrestling is art” philosophy also leads in a direction that it is self-defeating, as there will come a point when everything that can possibly be done with the human body will have been done in a wrestling ring. If, but most likely when, we do get to that point, the “art is wrestling” crowd will find itself lacking an audience because no one will care since it has all been done and seen before, and there is no substance to the in-ring product, such as stories.

Do we want fans addicted to moves? Or do we want fans addicted to stories?

The “wrestling is art” side of the argument seems to want fans addicted to moves. The other side wants the fans addicted to stories. There is plenty of room in the middle for both sides to meet and make tons of money, but this requires a certain minimum standard to exist that both sides can agree to, and both sides will have to be flexible in their thinking.

-Chris Marshall

*Editors Note:  Chris Marshall is a contributor, professional wrestling referee, and producer of the Nothing To Prove Podcast.  You can follow Chris on Twitter at @Zentriphied.

 

 

Episode 122: Is Osteen REALLY the One to Blame, Nurse Lives Matter, and No Sympathy For Your Sucky Job

This week, host Dom Vitalli gives a quick re-cap of his hosting duties at PCW’s “Young Guns 2” event this past weekend in Long Beach. He also sheds some light on the Joel Osteen/Hurricane Harvey controversy. Listen in as Dom’s brings on a special guest that provides some solid facts on what went right/wrong in that situation. Dom also covers the situation with the nurse in Utah being strong-armed by a police officer to break the law. This week’s “Words of Wisdom” is an attempt to work on consistency to overcome future obstacles. Our “Assignment of the Week” asks you to re-evaluate your labor on this Labor Day. How’s that job going, anyway? All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 121: Chaos in Downtown Phoenix, Hurricane Humanity, and Floyd & Conor Both Win Big

On the show this week, we are joined by a loyal listener who shares his first hand, unbiased account of what went down in Downtown Phoenix during the Donald Trump rally/protest. Hear what he saw and experienced to get the most realistic perspective out there. Dom also covers Hurricane Harvey and the actual good that has been coming out of people because of it. He also discusses the fallout of the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. This week’s “Words of Wisdom” come from Wesley Snipes, yes, THAT Wesley Snipes, himself. Time to get off the bench and into the game! Our “Assignment of the Week” may be a bit scary or abrasive for some, but overall, will improve your health and general well-being. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 120: Should It Stay or Should It Go, Speaking Up, and Tidying Up Your Side of the Street

The chaos continues, but not for us. Join host Dom Vitalli this week as he covers the latest on the “War on Statues”. Should they stay or should they go? Where does Missy Elliott and the Runnin’ Reb fall into this argument? Dom also chats about the “dangers” of this week’s total eclipse, a singer calling out a dirtbag, Cleveland’s pleas to make Lebron James stay, as well as a “POS of the Week”. This week’s “Words of Wisdom” give you the tools you need to keep your side of the street clean. For our “Assignment of the Week”, we are asking our listeners to help out a friend of the show in need during a tough time. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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