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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)

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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Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth, and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes from a recent project] We've been puzzling through the relationship between rhetoric and politics.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)

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

Nylons and Midriffs: The End of the Road (April 5, 2019)

We are just about out of gas on the road to WrestleMania, folks, and how did we do on mileage? Well....well...... We're rolling on two flats, friends. While things certainly looked promising after Elimination Chamber, proceedings have gotten more than messy since then. So much so that, although I intended to write a shiny new … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: The End of the Road (April 5, 2019)