“Da Crusher” Celebrated in Milwaukee

Wrestling legend Baron Von Raschke, Larry Lisowski and "The Incredible" Kenny J stand with the life-size bronze statue of Reggie "Da Crusher" Lisowski at Crusherfest on June 8. (Photo from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, taken by Erik S. Hanley/Now News Group) Recently, the City of South Milwaukee designated June 8, 2019, officially, Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski Day, … Continue reading “Da Crusher” Celebrated in Milwaukee

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Killer Bees Comic Biography

This is the last of the Inverse Press comics biographies I purchased as a part of a Humble Bundle. In my last blog post, I nodded to the place of religion in the Bobby Fulton story;  this comic opens with the same theme: It's possible, though, that I am out of steam on these -- … Continue reading Killer Bees Comic Biography

Trump and Wrestling Rhetoric

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth, and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes from a recent project] We've been puzzling through the relationship between rhetoric and politics.  Everyone is.  Works like “How Professional Wrestling Explains American Politics (Especially Donald Trump)” by Oliver Willis make broad … Continue reading Trump and Wrestling Rhetoric

Wrestling Is Both a National Media Phenomenon and a Local Periodic Market

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes excised from a recent project] The wrestling industry is both a national media phenomenon (visible nationally on cable and soon, again, broadcast TV) and a periodic market (as national promotions appear … Continue reading Wrestling Is Both a National Media Phenomenon and a Local Periodic Market

Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

The story of Lanny Poffo, as told in the recent biography by Squared Circle Press, is a story of family. Poffo's first wrestling opponent, in this biography, was his father.  But the story starts earlier, with his father's record for situps, recorded in a single-panel newspaper cartoon.  Poffo also wrestled with his brother, Randy Savage. The … Continue reading Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius