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Changing gears, it's time to talk some wrestling! Bill Hanstock, author of the great and comprehensive history of WWE, "We Promised You a Great Main Event," which published in October and can be found wherever you get your books. (If you can, pick a local spot!)
We start with a look at Vince McMahon, the WWE and how it has maintained staying power despite some legitimately sordid events in its history. What accounts for the staying power?
What has made McMahon so successful?
From there, we get into some of the characters. What has made certain people - Hulk Hogan, The Rock and so on - pop? Why are they so appealing?
Hanstock unpacks the infamous "Montreal Screwjob," in which McMahon undercut Bret "The Hitman" Hart, which led to his departure from WWF.
We move on to viewer questions, including Bill's opinion on the most influential wrestler of the last 50 years, and the worst gimmick of all time.