Scott Steinhardt

Brooklyn, NY

How to Start Watching WWE: Spring Edition

There’s never a bad time to get into pro wrestling. Sure, there are the weeks months years times when the product is less than stellar, but such is the nature of all serialized fiction. And like comic books, you can’t conceivably start from the beginning and work your way through every individual match, episode, and pay-per-view without going mad.

Luckily, if you’re just starting to watch WWE for the first time or picking it up after a lengthy absence, you couldn’t have picked a better time to do so. First, WrestleMania is a little over a month old, meaning most storylines have ended and the WWE is theoretically on the start of its “next season.” Second, there are big changes going on in the WWE, including the addition of new wrestlers and a bigger spotlight on women’s wrestling.

I wrote a primer on how non-wrestling fans can actually catch up with the current product. It’s easily the most fun I’ve had writing about wrestling (and my favorite piece on AiPT) so far.

Read more here.

Feed Me More: The Wrestler as a Human Being

Wrestling is a lot like comic books. It has characters and tropes that stick around for decades. It works in the confines of dated rules that would be pointless to break. Most importantly, it has a seemingly never-ending narrative that uses said characters to tell compelling and hyper-stylized stories on a regular schedule.

Unlike comic book characters, however, the wrestlers telling a story in and around the squared circle are real human beings. They act as characters completely separate from their real-world identities, putting their bodies on the line night after night for the advancement of a story and the crowd’s amusement. They experience actual pain, real injuries, and often tragic events.

I wrote for AIPT! again, this time about the (mis)treatment of wrestlers and common misconceptions about the business.

You can read my article here. If you haven’t read Ryan Reeves/Ryback’s post on the subject, you should do so here.

 

How I learned to ride a bike for the first time (at age 27)

The idea of getting back onto a bike came to me five years later, when I lost my editing job in the summer of 2014. All my newfound free time as an unemployed adult came with a new determination to check off some major to-do’s in my life: applying to grad school, finishing The Wire, and, of course, learning how to ride a bike.

The first two proved to be particularly soul-crushing, while the latter seemed rather silly at the age of 27. I could do my own taxes and had taught myself guitar, but I still couldn’t get on a bike.

I finally wrote about how I learned to ride a bike as an adult for Brokelyn. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of years now.

Read more here.

R.I.P. Supercollider, another spot for weirdos that closed to make way for condos

If you’ve ever stepped off the train in South Slope/Greenwood Heights/whatever, you passed Supercollider and probably didn’t even realize it. Their signs in front of its location on Fourth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets were always barely lit and hard to read. The adjacent buildings were all but vacant and plastered with poison warnings. Even when compared to the mostly-desolate stretch of Fourth Avenue north of the bar, it still seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere.

But hidden behind its humble entrance was a large, friendly place that served as an offbeat hangout for people looking to get more than a few drinks in them, creative types looking to hone their craft and everyone in between. They were all strangely drawn to the allure of a lonely little bar in a part of town where places with more notoriety were only a block away on Fifth Avenue.

I wrote on Brokelyn about the closing of Supercollider, a neighborhood bar where the fabulous Christy Hall worked at and frequented.

Read more here.

WWE Debuts: Meet Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (Again)

Now, Anderson and Gallows have finally debuted on Raw, apparently with an invasion angle in the vein Scott Hall and Kevin Nash’s 1996 WCW debut. But while we still know little about what storylines the two will take part in, let’s take a look at how they got to WWE, and where they could potentially go from here.

I wrote another post about wrestling for AiPT, this time about the debut of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.

Read more here.

Life After ‘Mania: Meet the WWE’s Newest Superstars

This week, six wrestlers, including two tag teams, were called up from WWE’s developmental system and made full-fledged WWE superstars. While some WWE Network subscribers and the more hardcore fans might already be familiar with these men through NXT, many fans are seeing them for the first time. So before they become deeply entrenched in WWE programming, take a second to get to know the latest additions to the WWE main roster.

My first post for AiPT is up. I’m writing about pro wrestling for them on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for more features and PPV recaps.

Read more here.

Housekeeping

In the last couple of weeks, my site crashed, a bunch of backups failed, and I lost a lot of work. Since then, I’ve moved ScottSteinhardt.com between two hosts, transferred what remained of the site’s archive to Tumblr (yes, Tumblr), and I’m now essentially starting from scratch.

The good news is that I’m in the midst of starting a new project, which will be my main concentration (and something I’ll elaborate on in the coming months). I’ll still be updating this site, hopefully on a more frequent basis, and talking about all things music, wrestling, and other interesting things in the entertainment world. There’s a lot of work to be done, but now that I’m blogging on a semi-regular basis — as opposed to taking month-long sabbaticals — I look forward to re-making this personal blog more personal again.

That’s about it for now. To be honest, I had to write a post on WordPress or else they would stick me with a sample or 404, and nobody wants that, right?

-Scott

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