In reading the account of Muchnick by Matysik, I definitely got wrapped up in some utopian, warm-and-fuzzy feelings about Muchnick-- here is a hero, a promoter who followed the tenants of integrety, audience-respect, concern for athletic truth. Sam engages in a masterful design process in which he weaves seamlessly the various interests and economies. He has incredible insight and the ability to build drama in a subtle, more delicate way than relying on 'hot shots'. Sam is unequivocally presented as a model for wrestling promotion.
Matysik builds the character of Sam much like wrestling characters are built-- in simple, heroic terms. There are very few pauses in the promotion of Muchnick's style and interactions, and a definite undertone of criticism of today's practice. By the time I reached the end of the "Sam & Me" readings, I guess I'd lost my suspension of disbelief in this utopian picture. If we hear so much about Sam's careful restraint in avoiding essentialism and singularity in wrestling promotion, Muchnick's treatment in the article falls exactly into these simple traps. He's simply too good to believe... we see him win too many matches in a row.
That said, even with the accumulated skepticism, I still feel pretty warm-and-fuzzy about the framework described, and I really enjoyed the anecdotes.