History of Wrestling Podcast #4 – The Dial-Up Age


Can you imagine a world in which you can’t live tweet Raw?

Can’t complain about iMPACT via Facebook?

Can’t Instagram your view from the Ring of Honor or NXT show?

Didn’t constantly know what was going on behind the scenes of your favorite promotion?

This week, The History of Wrestling Podcast delves deep into the early days of the consumer internet and its impact on the wrestling industry.

Graham Cawthon, Brad Stutts, and Dan McGinn share their personal experiences with dial-up internet in the mid to late 1990s and how it broadend their view of professional wrestling – from downloading photos of Sunny to downloading wrestler theme songs, reading spoilers to learning more about what happens behind the curtain.

Discussion points include: comparing internet in the 90s to cable in the 80s, WWF’s One Night Only, tape trading, RSPW, the Montreal Screwjob, AOL chat rooms, the WWF debuts of Chris Jericho and Taz, writing for wrestling websites, the WWF purposely spoiling taped title changes, WCW pay-per-listen events, and more.

Follow Graham, Brad and Dan on Twitter at @thehistoryofwwe, @stuttsy, and @DMacP2B and use the hashtag #HoWPodcast if you wish to send them comments or questions. You can also follow our mascot (Dan’s dog) on Twitter at @KingBasil1110.

Each week, the boys will present their Youtube Clip of The Week. This week’s offering takes a look at the culture of dial-up in the 90s, as remembered by the staff over at The Nerdist.