“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

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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)

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University of Minnesota Duluth, and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes from a recent project] We've been puzzling through the relationship between rhetoric and politics.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

The Emotionality Behind Ciampa/Gargano: Part 1 Pre-Tag Team Titles

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

2019 Inaugural Election Results

February 18, 2019 For More Information, please contact: Jack Karlis, jackkarlis@gmail.com 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

Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?

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?