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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

Message 1: Real men are aggressive and violent

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere   Message 1: Real men are aggressive and violent One message that was clearly revealed through the programs was that real men are physically aggressive and violent. There were several examples in which male performers … Continue reading Message 1: Real men are aggressive and violent

Call for Proposals: PCA 2020 in Philly

From Paul Heyman to Mike Quackenbush, Philadelphia has given birth to some pretty amazing professional wrestling promotions. In the late 1990s, ECW brought a hardcore, grunge aesthetic to sports entertainment. Since 2002, CHIKARA has been bringing more focus to storylines, characters, and amazing matches. Cue Joey Styles: OH MY GOD! The Fun-Filled Super Lucha Show! … Continue reading Call for Proposals: PCA 2020 in Philly

“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

Nylons and Midriffs: Cards on the Table (June 3, 2019)

Image credit: sportskeeda.com It's time to lay it out, friends. This week, we're taking a step back for once to consider the women's and larger wrestling scenes at large. Because it would be nearly impossible not to in my opinion, we'll unpack the implications of AEW as a startup company -- what the brand's existence … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Cards on the Table (June 3, 2019)

Nylons and Midriffs: Checks and Championships (May 22, 2019)

I'll be honest with you all. My interest in the WWE product has dipped drastically since WrestleMania. As we all know, we were heralded into a "new era" several months ago, with promises of new matchups and roster changes sure to revitalize a bland product. We got this for a hot minute but, as expected, … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Checks and Championships (May 22, 2019)

Call for PWSA’s Inaugural Symposium

The President of the PWSA invites submissions for the association's inaugural PWSA Symposium: WrestlePosium I. This virtual symposium will happen online on Saturday, April 4th, to coincide with WrestleMania. That week has become a touchstone for all of professional wrestling, not just the World Wrestling Entertainment’s signature show. As such, the PWSA seeks to bring … Continue reading Call for PWSA’s Inaugural Symposium

Nylons and Midriffs: The More Things Change…. (May 7, 2019)

Greetings good wrestling fans. I hope the weather has started to warm up wherever you may be! In the post-Superstar Shakeup world of WWE, things in many ways are heating up. But, for some female Superstars, things are....well, a prolonged winter in May, to say the least. Unlike most weeks, we'll discuss how the Good, … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: The More Things Change…. (May 7, 2019)