Host Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) is joined by Matthew Timmons of Kayfabermetrics for 90 minutes of discussion on the art and artifice of creating pro-wrestling statistics. We cover inspirations, the dataset challenges, inventing custom metrics, key learnings, great project names, overcoming hurdles and much more.
Matthew explains his novel approach for looking at "velocity" going into a PPV, what it means to be pushed (or buried) based on match length, how to rate opponents’ strength and more going far beyond the dull win-loss metrics that don’t really illustrate the full story. Also, we look at the weirdest keywords to gain readers, what tools we use, the mistakes that keep us up at night, the lonely life of making arguments using numbers and future goals.
You can see Matthew’s work at www.kayfabermetrics.com (@kayfabermetrics) and Juice Make Sugar. Mookie’s website is at indeedwrestling.com and indeedwrestling.blogspot.com (@mookieghana)