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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: 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)

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

Professional Wrestling, Smarks, and Convergent Media

Some of the first presentations that led to the formation of the Professional Wrestling Studies Association.

It's Playing, Just With Research

As part of the project on understanding professional wrestling through the theoretical lens of convergence (i.e. convergent wrestling), I recently wrote out an explanation for how Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I see this concept of convergence being able to describe various aspects of professional wrestling.

Now, being that we are academics, one way we advance our scholarship and our knowledge is by attending and presenting at academic conferences. In order to test out this idea of “convergent wrestling,” we organized two panels that would bring together different researchers whose work on professional wrestling could be considered as using this theoretical lens. We presented the first such panel at the 2015 Central States Communication Association conference. At this panel, I presented this argument for seeing professional wrestling as an example of various convergences, as presented earlier on this blog. Along with my introduction to the…

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“Our Uncle Vanya”: Red Ladder’s production of ‘Glory” (April 2019)

By Claire WardenIn 1957 Roland Barthes famously said, “The virtue of all-in wrestling is that it is the spectacle of excess. Here we find a grandiloquence which must have been that of ancient theatres”. In fact the histories of professional wrestling and theatre are deeply intertwined, from the music hall where wrestling pioneers such as … Continue reading “Our Uncle Vanya”: Red Ladder’s production of ‘Glory” (April 2019)

Nylons and Midriffs: WrestleMania Review (April 11, 2019)

WrestleMania "weekend" has finally come to an end and whew! I am just about burnt out on wrestling content! As I discussed a little before WrestleMania, there were only two women's matches on the main card. And although they both were given decent time (certainly compared to the last few Manias), I still found myself … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: WrestleMania Review (April 11, 2019)