“Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling”

Passages from "The operational aesthetic in the performance of professional wrestling" by William P. Lipscomb III In “Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling,” Leland observes that the popularity of wrestling extends beyond the live and televised events to consumer merchandise:   The WWF’s home videos routinely rank No.1 in sports, its action figures outsell Pokemon’s and … Continue reading “Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling”

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Nylons and Midriffs: Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse (September 9, 2019)

A backstage photo of the Four Horsewomen at WWE Evolution. Image credit: jimdrugfree.tumblr.com. Well, well, well. The more some things change, the more they stay the same. The Four Horsewomen are finally clashing all at once on WWE TV, and I, like many fans, feel like a kid in a candy store. The four most … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse (September 9, 2019)

Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Professional wrestling studies has yet to fully engage the turn toward disability studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Publications like Disability Studies Quarterly and professional organizations like the Society for Disability Studies do broad-based research in disability studies.  Many disciplines engage subcommunities of scholars who do research in disability studies -- for example, colleagues of … Continue reading Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions As perhaps a derivative of being confrontational, manhood also entails taking responsibility. The message revealed was that real men take responsibility for their actions. Both the … Continue reading Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

The Problem with “Indie Wrestling” (hint: it’s not the wrestling)

For the last couple decades, wrestling fans have been used to a wrestling universe divided into two categories of promotions: (1) the so-called “indies” (or “independent wrestling” or the “indie circuit”); and (2) the nameless other category, which is not really a category at all since it only includes a single promotion, the WWE. So … Continue reading The Problem with “Indie Wrestling” (hint: it’s not the wrestling)

Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems A further message revealed through the programs was that men are confrontational. To express this less violent form of aggression, male performers confronted each other and … Continue reading Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems