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)

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Call for Proposals: PCA 2020 in Philly

From Paul Heyman to Mike Quackenbush, Philadelphia has given birth to some pretty amazing professional wrestling promotions. In the late 1990s, ECW brought a hardcore, grunge aesthetic to sports entertainment. Since 2002, CHIKARA has been bringing more focus to storylines, characters, and amazing matches. Cue Joey Styles: OH MY GOD! The Fun-Filled Super Lucha Show! … Continue reading Call for Proposals: PCA 2020 in Philly

Special Edition for PCSJ on Pro Wrestling

The editors for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association are happy to celebrate this year's Wrestlemania week with the new special edition of the Popular Culture Studies Journal on professional wrestling. This special edition can be accessed for free here. The essays contain work from a variety of scholars on numerous topics related to professional wrestling … Continue reading Special Edition for PCSJ on Pro Wrestling

CFP MPCA 2018 Wrestling Studies

UPDATED: PROPOSALS NOW DUE MAY 15, 2018 Midwest PCA/ACA 2018 Area: Wrestling Studies Area Co-Chairs: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson The 2018 Midwest PCA/ACA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis in Indianapolis from Wednesday-Sunday, October 4-7.  Call: Indie Wrestling Since this year’s conference is in Indie-apolis, we are looking for papers … Continue reading CFP MPCA 2018 Wrestling Studies

SummerSlam Part One: Preparations

This SummerSlam article got away from me. It’s about eight times longer than I intended, so I’m releasing it in two parts. Part One is about my pre-SummerSlam preparations, including my reengagement with WWE after many years away. Part Two has my actual SummerSlam review, including my grades for each match, which, when tallied, will … Continue reading SummerSlam Part One: Preparations