November 10, 2022

RI Podcast 24: Michael “Q.T. Marshall” Cuellari – Lessons Learned from Professional Wrestling

Michael Cuellari made his debut as a professional wrestler in 2004. In-ring career includes Ring of Honor, World Wrestling Entertainment and Impact Wrestling. Michael is currently Head Couch at 1 Fall Power Factory and Associate Producer for All Elite Wrestling.

Cuellari is more widely known by the ring name Q.T. Marshall. He was also the subject of a documentary released in 2017. The Wrestler – A Q.T. Marshall Story. It won the Best Documentary at the San Diego Comic-Con Film Festival that same year.

Adam and the Remotely Interested podcast visited Michael at his training facility – 1 Fall Power Factory. They sat down and discussed his life in wrestling: as a fan, performer and teacher. The interview also explores new media and connecting with a fan or supporter base.

One Fall Power Factory- 1FW Training Facility

The Wrestler – A Q.T. Marshall Story

From Wrestler to Coach

Q.T. Marshall vs Bryan Danielson (Danial Bryan WWE)

AEW - The Road to Fight for the Fallen - Episode 01 (3 minutes to 3 minutes 54)

Professional Wrestling and Sociology
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(last accessed August 12th 2019):

Smith, R. T. 2008. ‘‘Passion Work: The Joint Production of Emotional Labor in Professional Wrestling.’’ Social Psychology Quarterly 71:157–76. (2019 Thompson Reuter Impact Factor 1.54)

Smith, R.T. 2014. Fighting for Recognition: Identity, Masculinity, and the Act of Violence in Professional Wrestling, London: Duke University Press.

History of Professional Wrestling

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Beckman, S. M. 2006. Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America. Westport, CT: Praeger (last accessed August 12th 2019):

Morton, G.W. and O’Brien, G. M. 1985. Wrestling to Rasslin’: Ancient Sport to American Spectacle. Bowling Green, MI: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

Wigan Snake Pit

Beyond The Mat

Rick Rubin and Smoky Mountain Wrestling

Billy Corgan and the National Wrestling Alliance

Why the News Media is stealing from the Pro Wrestling playbook | Eric Bischoff | TEDxNaperville

All Elite Wrestling

Matt and Nick Massie explaining the formation of All Elite Wrestling

Being The Elite (9 minutes 30 seconds to around 16 minutes 30 seconds – fan interaction segment)


The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast
Two wrestlers that are primarily known for their work with World Wrestling Entertainment turn their love of collectables into a brand and internet-based series

Full Sail University and its ties to professional wrestling / sports entertainment

World Wrestling Entertainment as a publicly traded company

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