David Shoemaker, The Ringer

David Shoemaker

The Ringer

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by David:

Scott Hall Understood the Soul of Wrestling Fans

At a basic level, pro wrestling is about effortlessness, the art of making staged violence look smooth and natural. Nobody made it look easier than Razor Ramon. → Read More

How to Be a Sports Radio Host With Ryen Russillo

Bryan Curtis talks to the Ringer podcast about his career path → Read More

Roman Reigns Finally Shines

With his surprise return at ‘SummerSlam,’ WWE, at last, seems to be getting the wrestler right → Read More

‘WrestleMania 36’ Goes Outside the Box—and Ring—to Deliver

Without the roar of the crowd, WWE had to look to unconventional areas for their "WrestleMania moments." They found them in unusual places. → Read More

Gronk Is Reportedly Joining WWE. Will He Be an In-Ring Force?

Rob Gronkowski is reportedly joining WWE. The stakes for WWE are clear. But what’s in it for Gronk? → Read More

The ‘Royal Rumble’ Is the Battle for the Future of WWE

The event, featuring Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar, and other wrestlers, will set the stage for ‘WrestleMania 35’ and beyond → Read More

All Hail Thanos, Mad Titan of Nihilism and Memes

The genocidal purple alien from ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ isn’t just a dynamic comic book movie villain, he’s a stand-in for fascist idiots and an inspiration to internet geniuses. How 2018. → Read More

Why in the World Does Venom Have His Own Movie?

One of the most controversial, popular, and empty characters in Marvel history hits theaters this weekend. Venom’s history has a lot to say about how little there is to say about Venom. → Read More

Will the Roman Reigns Era Finally Begin? And Other Burning Questions ‘SummerSlam’ Should Answer.

The WWE’s second-biggest weekend of the year is always stacked with future-altering possibilities. But with the fates of Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, and the broadcast future of the promotion hanging in the balance, this year is especially loaded. → Read More

Remembering Bruno Sammartino, 1935-2018

Two wrestling fanatics—David Shoemaker and ‘Billions’ cocreator Brian Koppelman—email about the life, legacy, and career of one of the greatest pro wrestlers ever → Read More

How WWE Failed Roman Reigns

Vince McMahon’s supposed fave was a runner-up at ‘WrestleMania.’ Again. For five years, the promotion has failed to pull the trigger on its master plan for its golden boy. Is it too late? → Read More

The Beginnings and Endings at ‘WrestleMania 34’

In professional wrestling, we never want our icons to stop—and most of the time they don’t want to, either. But this year, figures like the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan, and Ronda Rousey will find themselves at a crossroads in their WWE lives. → Read More

Daniel Bryan Is Back! Now What?

After being medically cleared to wrestle again, Bryan is back and he’s more of an underdog, more of a triumph, more of a fan favorite than he was before. If WWE had meant to tell the story this way, it was a masterstroke. But this is real. → Read More

Reactions to ‘WarGames’ and ‘Survivor Series’

David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss Brock Lesnar’s win over A.J. Styles and more → Read More

WWE Is Desperate for a Great ‘Survivor Series’

And the fans are the beneficiaries of the bizarre, hastily assembled supercard → Read More

‘The Press Box’ — Lies, Damned Lies, and Locker Room Quotes

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and the age of new-media denial (03:00), the most groan-inducing headline puns (19:45), Tina Brown and the twilight of the magazine editor (22:30), and postgame locker room quotes (37:00). → Read More

How the Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. Scandals Are Affecting Journalism

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss how the Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. scandals have changed entertainment journalism (03:30), Disney versus the nation's film critics (21:30), and the Ric Flair 30 for 30 documentary, Nature Boy (37:30). → Read More

Ric Flair’s Life Is Too Real and Lies Too Big for a Documentary

A new 30 for 30 focuses on the sex, drugs, and pro wrestling life of the Nature Boy and finds a figure who has been living beyond reality. But it’s still real to him, damnit. → Read More

'The Press Box’ — Hedging for the Future

How did a Sports Illustrated writer predict the Astros’ World Series win three years ago? → Read More

2 Sweet 2 Furious

Recapping ‘TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs' and a look ahead to the ‘Survivor Series’ → Read More