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CFP: Professional Wrestling Studies Journal

The Professional Wresting Studies Association invites submissions for the inaugural issue of the Professional Wrestling Studies Journal, an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal. We welcome scholarly work from any theoretical and methodological lens that is rigorous, insightful, and expands our audience’s understanding of professional wrestling past or present as a cultural, social, political, and/or economic institution. … Continue reading CFP: Professional Wrestling Studies Journal

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Nylons and Midriffs: Boss of Who? (April 22, 2019)

It has been an interesting two weeks since WrestleMania for the women's division. I know the drama surrounding a certain female wrestler has filled the dirt sheets for the better part of that time (and don't worry, we'll get to that), but in the midst of that controversy, there was also a Superstar Shakeup. Title … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Boss of Who? (April 22, 2019)

Clash of Champions 2017: Jinder All the Way?

Clash of Champions 2017 Review December 17, 2017 TD Gardens, Boston, MA Announcers Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton US championship 3-way: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (c) The build: This match was set up two weeks ago on SmackDown when Ziggler interfered in a match between Corbin and Roode. Roode returned … Continue reading Clash of Champions 2017: Jinder All the Way?

Rhetorical Recap: SummerSlam & WWE’s Synergistic Spectacle at Barclay’s

Summer Slam 2017. Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY. Welcome to the inaugural event recap for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. In an effort to kick off our annual event coverage of prestige wrestling shows, our aim will be covering both “mainstream” and independent bookings, and one of the best ways we can welcome a broad audience … Continue reading Rhetorical Recap: SummerSlam & WWE’s Synergistic Spectacle at Barclay’s

Nylons and Midriffs: Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse (September 9, 2019)

A backstage photo of the Four Horsewomen at WWE Evolution. Image credit: jimdrugfree.tumblr.com. Well, well, well. The more some things change, the more they stay the same. The Four Horsewomen are finally clashing all at once on WWE TV, and I, like many fans, feel like a kid in a candy store. The four most … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse (September 9, 2019)

Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Professional wrestling studies has yet to fully engage the turn toward disability studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Publications like Disability Studies Quarterly and professional organizations like the Society for Disability Studies do broad-based research in disability studies.  Many disciplines engage subcommunities of scholars who do research in disability studies -- for example, colleagues of … Continue reading Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions As perhaps a derivative of being confrontational, manhood also entails taking responsibility. The message revealed was that real men take responsibility for their actions. Both the … Continue reading Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

Nylons and Midriffs: (Almost) Having It All (August 26, 2019)

With SummerSlam in the rear view, we are effectively entering the end of the year, folks. The last quarter of the year is usually when the wheels start to fall off for WWE, but with competition on the horizon in the form of All Elite Wrestling's weekly TV beginning in October, we may see the … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: (Almost) Having It All (August 26, 2019)

The Problem with “Indie Wrestling” (hint: it’s not the wrestling)

For the last couple decades, wrestling fans have been used to a wrestling universe divided into two categories of promotions: (1) the so-called “indies” (or “independent wrestling” or the “indie circuit”); and (2) the nameless other category, which is not really a category at all since it only includes a single promotion, the WWE. So … Continue reading The Problem with “Indie Wrestling” (hint: it’s not the wrestling)

Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems A further message revealed through the programs was that men are confrontational. To express this less violent form of aggression, male performers confronted each other and … Continue reading Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems

Nylons and Midriffs: Back to School (SummerSlam Review, August 13, 2019)

School is back in session, good wrestling fans! Well, for me, at least. After taking a must-needed break from WWE over the last several weeks, I am back to my old tricks -- giving you the good, bad, and thorny from Sunday's SummerSlam pay-per-view. For the most part, I've not sat and watched weekly WWE … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Back to School (SummerSlam Review, August 13, 2019)