“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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Who Really Loses When “Winner Takes All”?

I thought this year would be the year. The year when finally, I thought to myself, WWE would give us what we want. For the first time to my knowledge, we were going to have three women's matches on the WrestleMania card, and we were going to see women of color competing for or defending … Continue reading Who Really Loses When “Winner Takes All”?

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

What the Audience Wants and What the Audience Gets: Clash of Champions and WWE’s Hindered 2017

There is a popular meme within circles of the Internet Wrestling Community showing a still of Vince McMahon during the Stone Cold Podcast that aired on December 1st, 2014. Unlike most memes, this one’s humor is not placed in the image’s matching with a silly, unattributable quote, but in its attribution of a direct quote … Continue reading What the Audience Wants and What the Audience Gets: Clash of Champions and WWE’s Hindered 2017