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MMWA JANUARY 10 2015 NEXT CHAPTER

Posted on December 28, 2014

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The Promotion Chapter 2 is released.

Posted on January 18, 2011

MWR fans have been raving about the local comic book The Promotion by Rob Schamberger based around professional wrestling in 1970′s Kansas City. For only .50 cents, that is only a half of a dollar you can get the second part in the story sent to you via e-mail. If you have not taken the […]

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Matt Murphy’s Chapter 27 Sharing Knowledge , XXVIII. The Finish and Acknowledgments

Posted on February 1, 2010

Chapter 27: Sharing Knowledge I loved training wrestlers. To me, developing a wrestler from the infancy stage of his career to success at any level was more rewarding than any of my own in-ring accomplishments. It’s important to know that not every good wrestler makes a good teacher and not mediocre wrestler makes a mediocre […]

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Matt Murphy’s Chapter 23-26: Connecting With the Audience, Backyard Wrestling, Burning Bridges, The Internet

Posted on January 28, 2010

Chapter 23: Connecting With the Audience The thing that separates the stars from the also-rans of professional wrestling is the ability to generate an emotional reaction from the audience. Whether they love you or hate you, they have to feel something more than indifference to buy a ticket to see you. No disrespect meant (funny […]

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Matt Murphy Chapter 20-23, When Things Go Awry, The Elephant in the Room, and Being Booked for WWE

Posted on January 21, 2010

Call me cruel, but I always kind of liked watching a match between two guys who’d planned every move, breath, and eye-blink in advance. If two grown men have the audacity to presume that they can control the hundreds of variables waiting to blow their plans to straight to hell, then God bless ’em. But […]

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Chapter 19: Wrestling on TV by Matt Murphy

Posted on January 11, 2010

By Matt Murphy Working with cameras rolling requires some instruction. We did a two-camera shoot — we had one hard (stationery) camera and one floor camera — so I will base everything I say on our two-camera shoot. Rule number one: don’t screw with the equipment. Never touch a camera or slam a microphone. The […]

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Chapter 17: Chain Wrestling and Chapter 18: Working the Crowd by Matt Murphy

Posted on January 4, 2010

Chapter 17: Chain Wrestling Before I get started in this short chapter, understand this: you probably won’t see a hammerlock used twice on WWE television this year. I don’t know how important it will be to know holds and reversals in five years — or how important they are Present Day, for that matter — […]

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Chapter 16: Wrestling Psychology By Matt Murphy

Posted on December 28, 2009

By Matt Murphy Wrestling psychology is perhaps the most-debated, most-criticized, and most-valuable component of a wrestler’s skill set. Nobody in the history of wrestling has ever had perfect psychology. I didn’t. Ric Flair didn’t, nor did Harley Race, Triple-H, Bruno Sammartino, Lou Thesz, Shawn Michaels, or Bill Mulkey. In the heat of performance, everybody’s had […]

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Chapter 15: Match Structure By Matt Murphy

Posted on December 23, 2009

The Basics Learn the basic match structure before you try to deviate from it. It pains me to see guys in the ring who don’t know how to work even a basic match. It’s like watching two guys play Raw vs. Smackdown on PlayStation—just a series of moves with no rhyme or reason. Here is […]

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Chapter 13: Believability and Chapter 14: Creating a Match By Matt Murphy

Posted on December 14, 2009

We all remember the moment we learned there really was no Santa Claus. It was a little traumatic, but by then we kind of knew anyway and just needed to hear it said aloud, right? Wrestling fans have that same kind of experience when they learn wrestling is a work. But just like we suspend […]

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