“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)

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Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

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

“Ladies All Across the World!”: An Evolution Review

EDITOR'S NOTE: There is a spoiler here for NXT UK and is marked as such. This past Sunday night was WWE’s first ever all women’s pay-per-view called Evolution. While other promotions feature an all women roster (Shimmer and Shine most notably), this is the first time WWE has put all the focus on their women … Continue reading “Ladies All Across the World!”: An Evolution Review

Summer Slam 2018: Coronations and Contracts

Well, the “biggest event of the summer” has arrived, and WWE has taken over Brooklyn for the fourth consecutive year. WWE’s SummerSlam is one of the WWE’s “Big Four” (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Survivor Series) pay-per-views, and each year it’s being hyped as bigger and bigger, which is made evident as the show gets longer and … Continue reading Summer Slam 2018: Coronations and Contracts

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (June 14, 2018)

Hello, good wrestling fans! I'm back with another entry into the Nylons and Midriffs series. Not exactly the same time as I promised in my last post, but 'tis life sometimes. Due to circumstances out of my control, this post is one week later than I hoped it would be. Therefore, this week I'll discuss … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (June 14, 2018)

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (May 25, 2018)

Welcome to Nylons and Midriffs, PWSA’s new bi-weekly column on women’s wrestling in WWE. In this column, we’re going to magnify women’s wrestling on WWE’s two main brand shows, RAW and Smackdown Live. We’ll hammer out the ways the division develops in this so-called “Women’s Evolution.” When it comes to wrestling critique, male critics, bloggers, … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (May 25, 2018)

The Surreal Reality of Professional Wrestling: A Wrestlemania Reflection

Any WrestleMania weekend experience is going to be marked by surreal moments. From the shear spectacle of the WWE’s collection of events and activities, to the overwhelming amount of professional wrestling occurring over seven days, and to the breathtaking risks and frequently draw-dropping storytelling of the performers on cards all across the weekend’s host city, … Continue reading The Surreal Reality of Professional Wrestling: A Wrestlemania Reflection

WrestleMania 34 Rhetorical Recap: Golden Spotlights, Crimson Masks, and the (Unconscious) Race Politics of Smarks

Throughout the year, the Professional Wrestling Studies Association has offered a range of event coverage for WWE Pay Per Views as well as a host of vintage and indie shows and performers. Our goal is to cultivate an exclusive space for creative and scholarly writing, from close readings and fan perspectives. WrestleMania 34 offers the … Continue reading WrestleMania 34 Rhetorical Recap: Golden Spotlights, Crimson Masks, and the (Unconscious) Race Politics of Smarks