“Irv Muchnick says goodbye to pro wrestling … for now” — at SLAM! Wrestling

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Irv Muchnick is no stranger to SlamWrestling.net. He’s contributed numerous pieces to the site, as well as co-authored the book Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror that Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport with the site’s co-founder Greg Oliver, Steve Johnson and Heath McCoy. Muchnick is a muckraker of the first order. Since the late 1980s he’s been shining a bright light into wrestling’s dark corners. He’s taken on murder investigations, steroid scandals, and unscrupulous legal and political maneuverings with an unyielding zeal.

.His work is driven in part by a horror at the human toll paid by the men and women who work inside the wrestling ring, as well as a terrifying notion that the cynical and largely unchecked growth of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chairman Vince McMahon over the last four decades speaks to something rotten inside the American way of life that we ignore at our own peril. Muchnick once called McMahon “our cheerful guide to the dark side of the American soul.” Recent events in this country have done nothing to dissuade him of this fear.

We met for coffee and a doughnut on a very cold San Francisco morning.


The full, very generous article about me, by Jon Langmead, is at https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/06/22/irv-muchnick-says-goodbye-to-pro-wrestling-for-now/.

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