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It’s a sport! It’s theater! It’s just awesome! The resurgence of professional wrestling

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23:  New Day Vs. Lucha Dragons Vs. Los Matadores fight at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
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New Day Vs. Lucha Dragons Vs. Los Matadores fight at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City

For many guys growing up, pro-wrestling is something they watched and enjoyed but grew out of by the time they hit, say, 13.

For many guys growing up, pro-wrestling is something they watched and enjoyed but grew out of by the time they hit, say, 13.

But pro-wrestling is enjoying a renaissance of sorts in the US, led by the popularity of the World Wrestling Entertainment, a media company devoted to the sport. About 41 percent of WWE’s viewers are young men – the coveted 18-34 demographic that advertisers want.

Other indications also point to pro-wrestling’s slow but certain entry into the American mainstream. ESPN carried its first-ever live broadcast from a WWE event on Sunday, hosted by none other than funnyman Jon Stewart.

What’s bringing audiences back to pro-wrestling? What’s the history of the sport in the US? Are you a fan of pro-wrestling, call and let us know why.

Guests:

David Shoemaker, contributing writer covering pro wrestling for Grantland, and author of “The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Pro Wrestling” (Gotham, 2013) and co-hosts the pro-wrestling podcast “Cheap Heat

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