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?
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
One night while working on the Ciampa/Gargano slash project i.e. reading fanfic and luvin it), I realized how all these fanfics are not attempts to recode the Ciampa/Gargano (CG) NXT story (e.g. characters, plot points, facts) but to recode the emotions of the stories as those emotions play a role in how fans decode the stories. … Continue reading The Emotionality Behind Ciampa/Gargano: Part 1 Pre-Tag Team Titles
The first stop on the Road to WrestleMania is behind us, and as expected, we're left with more questions than answers leading up to the show of shows. In this post, I will revisit how the women's division has developed thus far this year, as well as run down the hills and valleys of last … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Between a Chamber and a Hard Place (February 18, 2019)
February 18, 2019 For More Information, please contact: Jack Karlis, firstname.lastname@example.org The Professional Wrestling Studies Association announces its inaugural Executive Committee and Editorial Board The Professional Wrestling Studies Association [PWSA] announces its inaugural Executive Committee, under the leadership of President CarrieLynn D. Reinhard. The PWSA also announces its inaugural Editorial Board for its blog and … Continue reading 2019 Inaugural Election Results
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
Squared Circle comics continues its wrestling biography series with a look at Bruno Sammartino. The story begins in Italy, and the bulk of the first issue of the series is set in Italy and then Pittsburgh. Taken together with the biography of Nicolai Volkoff, the first thing that this series of comic biographies teaches me … Continue reading Comic Biography of Bruno Sammartino
Welcome back to Nylons and Midriffs, good wrestling fans! I hope 2019 is treating you all well so far. I am ecstatic to rehash what went down at this year's Royal Rumble for you all, as I feel it encompasses all that is going on in the women's division as a whole -- good, bad, … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: All the Small Things (Royal Rumble Review, January 30, 2019)
It says something about the theater of professional wrestling that I did not know that Nikolai Volkov was not Russian. Volkoff was born Josip Hrvoje Peruzović (October 14, 1947 – July 29, 2018). He was born in Croatia, and from childhood, envisioned an escape to the West. The first issue of this new … Continue reading A Comic Biography of Nikolai Volkov
While it's a bit corny to say, there really isn't a better time to be a fan of women's wrestling in WWE. Through the ups and the downs, this year was truly unforgettable for the division and fans who have been clamoring for women's progressivism since the Attitude Era. Sure, there are some kinks to … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: The Year of the Woman (Year In Review, 2018)
This review of NXT from 2018 comes from more of a fangirl perspective than an academic one, and it is meant to reflect only my own preferences for the best part of the WWE Universe. I would love to hear any other NXT fan's reactions to this past year, and for a second opinion, and … Continue reading The Best of NXT in 2018
From "Where Has the Jesse Voter Gone?" by Andrew Grossbach, Rusty Kath, Alicia Spencer, & Danielle Stuard So we now ask if there in fact is a “Jesse Voter?” We argue no. Ventura appealed to a number of different demographic groups. Granted, though there was support from the youth, particularly males, Ventura could not have … Continue reading Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?