A documentation of aggressive arts. Written by Sawyer Paul.

The World Is Not Enough: A Chikara Road Diary

I stayed in the ocean for hours that day, until the tide was almost fully in, and the waves carried me past the sandbar and into the shoal. I ate Thai takeout from a restaurant housed in a fancied-up trailer, and fell asleep with a half-finished glass of PBR on the nightstand and Chopped on the dinky motel television. It’s been a long time since I’ve slept that well.

If you’re not already in love with Danielle’s writing, this’ll put a fine end to that.

The Mouth of the WWE

Two great things stuck out of Shoemaker’s newest article. The first was how he structured his critique of Heyman’s monologue from Monday. Through footnotes, he was able to commentate without superimposing himself on the text. This is where pop-out footnotes on a website would have given it layout perfection.

The second was the line that summed up the entire article.

A paragraph from Heyman is better than a match from most wrestlers.

No question.

Dean Ambrose's advice

How is Stephanie McMahon? Has anyone heard from Stephanie McMahon? She’s in jail tonight. Stephanie! I have a message for you. I hope you can hear me. I’m gonna try to get a hold of you tonight and get some phone numbers, some guys who have gotten me out of some similar situations. Their names are sneaky Pete and Fat Tony The Good Guy. They’re…good at what they do guys, and they’ve helped me out.

See exhibit A on why WWE.com exclusive interviews are 1000% better than the ones they actually air on Raw.

Summerslam 2014 “grindhouse” promo video

Played originally during Sunday’s Battleground PPV, the Summerslam 2014 promo video exhibits a certain grindhouse feel. I originally tweeted that 2013 had it as well, but then I looked up last year’s video and found something altogether not grindhouse. The video package that opened Summerlam 2013 was absolutely grindhouse-styled, but for some reason I remember them doing videos leading up to the event using the motif. I can’t find any, however, so obviously I’m nuts.

Either there’s some laziness on the part of WWE’s production team (I’ve seen very little evidence of this in history) or they’re deciding to coat this show’s show with the same aesthetic. Cool either way.

This malpracticing Doctor of Thuganomics is in for the beating of a lifetime.

Paul Heyman

Are we discrediting the entire school of thuganomics now, or just Cena’s upkeep on his licenses?

Ziggler def. Miz

Stealing the show? Check. And Dolph Ziggler stole the new Intercontinental Champion’s thunder to boot as well, knocking off The Miz in some well-deserved retribution after the underhanded Battle Royal elimination of The Showoff that returned the vaunted title to Miz’s clutches.

It’s been a running joke for a long time, but I think we can finally call it: being the Intercontinental Champion guarantees you will never win a non-title match.

I think I missed doing this

There’s a giant four-month hole here that won’t get fixed. A whack of links are broken, the podcast is on hiatus/hibernating, and a great deal of IO’s 4-year history is missing. Still, Tumblr feels like home like nowhere else.

International Object Podcast 106: Joseph Parking

Zach Domer (@puregristle) joins Rich Thomas and Sawyer Paul to discuss the WWE Network and a ton of other topics. I’ll update this as I have time today, but wanted to put the episode up so people could hear it as soon as possible.

International Object (IO) is a blog about theatre, combat, and politics. International relations, human rights, choreography, and steel chairs to the head.

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