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EPISODE #11: Oliver Bateman

Oliver Bateman explains how the pumped-up wrestlers of the 90s negatively affected a generation of men.

Oliver Bateman Explains How The Pumped-Up Wrestlers Of The 90s Affected A Generation Of Men

Welcome to another episode of “Not About Wrestling.”

This week, I’m talking to journalist, lawyer, historian, and strength athlete, Oliver Bateman.

Oliver has produced content for a wide range of publications, including VICE, Vox, and The Atlantic, as well as wrestling-focused content for The Ringer.

When he’s not covering professional wrestling, Oliver is the co-host of the popular political podcast, “What’s Left?”

In this episode, Oliver and I discuss his early days as a wrestling fan, how he got involved in bodybuilding and powerlifting at a young age, the recent issues with wrestlers threatening to unionize, and his work on a cultural study about the hyper-real male bodies of the 20th century and their effects on the average guy.

Oliver is incredibly articulate and well-read and I really enjoyed talking to him about the long-term mental effect our gassed-up, greased-up wrestling heroes had on men our age.

So let’s jump right in.

Ladies and gentleman, entering the podcast, originally hailing from Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, this is Oliver Bateman.

Chris Illuminati is a freelance writer and published author. Follow him on Twitter (@chrisilluminati), Instagram (@messagewithabottle) or email him at cilluminati@gmail.com.

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