Identity in Professional Wrestling

Identity in Professional Wrestling

By casting characters in clearly-defined roles, professional wrestling allows viewers to invest in matches with relatively little prior knowledge of wrestling. For this reason, professional wrestling (especially american professional ...

Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476667287

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

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Part sport, part performance art, professional wrestling's appeal crosses national, racial and gender boundaries--in large part by playing to national, racial and gender stereotypes that resonate with audiences. Scholars who study competitive sports tend to dismiss wrestling, with its scripted outcomes, as "fake," yet fail to recognize a key similarity: both present athletic displays for maximized profit through live events, television viewership and merchandise sales. This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport. Topics include cultural appropriation in the ring, gender non-comformity, national stereotypes, and wrestling as transmission of cultural values.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Professional Wrestling

Professional Wrestling

In addition to my growing collection of Hulk Hogan dolls— all gifts from amused friends and family—I have collected numerous souvenir programs and fanzines, and I still keep up with the rec. sport.pro-wrestling (RSPW) discussion on the ...

Author: Sharon Mazer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496826602

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

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Professional wrestling is one of the most popular performance practices in the United States and around the world, drawing millions of spectators to live events and televised broadcasts. The displays of violence, simulated and actual, may be the obvious appeal, but that is just the beginning. Fans debate performance choices with as much energy as they argue about their favorite wrestlers. The ongoing scenarios and presentations of manly and not-so-manly characters—from the flamboyantly feminine to the hypermasculine—simultaneously celebrate and critique, parody and affirm the American dream and the masculine ideal. Sharon Mazer looks at the world of professional wrestling from a fan’s-eye-view high in the stands and from ringside in the wrestlers’ gym. She investigates how performances are constructed and sold to spectators, both on a local level and in the “big leagues” of the WWF/E. She shares a close-up view of a group of wrestlers as they work out, get their faces pushed to the mat as part of their initiation into the fraternity of the ring, and dream of stardom. In later chapters, Mazer explores professional wrestling’s carnivalesque presentation of masculinities ranging from the cute to the brute, as well as the way in which the performances of women wrestlers often enter into the realm of pornographic. Finally, she explores the question of the “real” and the “fake” as the fans themselves confront it. First published in 1998, this new edition of Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle both preserves the original’s snapshot of the wrestling scene of the 1980s and 1990s and features an up-to-date perspective on the current state of play.
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Professional Wrestling

Professional Wrestling

A third case involved Brian Adams, who had wrestled in the pro circuit until 2003 under the name “Crush.” On August 13, 2007, Adams's wife ... Professional. Wrestling's. Steroid. Problem. A March 2004 USA Today article by Jon Swartz ...

Author: Jeri Freedman

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781435853058

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Describes the use of steroids in pro wrestling and its negative impact on wrestlers and their sport.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage

“Wrestling with Grief: Fan Negotiation of Professional/Private Personas in Responses to the Chris Benoit Double ... Pro Wrestling Doctor, June 2, 2011. www.pro-wrestling-doctor.robtencer.com/wrestling-injuries/bloods-arm-and-leg-are- ...

Author: Eero Laine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351134378

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 148

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Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage examines professional wrestling as a century-old, theatrical form that spans from its local places of performance to circulate as a popular, global product. Professional wrestling has all the trappings of sport, but is, at its core, a theatrical event. This book acknowledges that professional wrestling shares many theatrical elements such as plot, character, scenic design, props, and spectacle. By assessing professional wrestling as a neglected but prototypical case study in the global business of theatre, Laine argues that it is an exemplary form of globalizing, commercial theatre. He asks what theatre scholars might learn from pro wrestling and how pro wrestling might contribute to conversations beyond the ring, by considering the laboring bodies of the wrestlers, and analyzing wrestling’s form and content. Of interest to scholars and students of theatre and performance, cultural studies, and sports studies, Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage delimits the edges of wrestling’s theatrical frame, critiques established understandings of corporate theatre, and offers key wrestling concepts as models for future study in other fields.
Categories: Performing Arts

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Professional wrestling is decidedly and proudly ®lowbrow. ̄ It has been studied as a curiosity, a sideshow, and as a crude mirror to society ¥ all of which it certainly is. However, when considered as theatre, it presents the ...

Author: Broderick Chow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317385066

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

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Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this collection of essays offers a complete critical reassessment of the popular sport. Topics such as the suspension of disbelief, simulation, silence and speech, physical culture, and the performance of pain within the squared circle are explored in relation to professional wrestling, with work by both scholars and practitioners grouped into seven short sections: Audience Circulation Lucha Gender Queerness Bodies Race A significant re-reading of wrestling as a performing art, Performance and Professional Wrestling makes essential reading for scholars and students intrigued by this uniquely theatrical sport.
Categories: Performing Arts

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling 2d ed

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling  2d ed

Wrestling: A Pictorial History. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press, 200¡. Hogan, Hulk, and Michael Jan Friedman. Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Pocket Star, 2002. Hunter, Matt. Pro Wrestling's Greatest Tag Teams. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000.

Author: Harris M. Lentz III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476605050

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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Though professional wrestlers are usually ignored by sportswriters and entertainment reporters alike, the popularity of these gifted athletes and showbiz pros is undeniable. Few fans are concerned with whether the wrestling is “legitimate.” From Ace Abbott to Buck Zumhofe, this is the second edition of the first-ever comprehensive compilation of biographical information on professional wrestlers past and present, including major promoters and managers. Each entry is listed under the wrestling name most often used, with cross references to real names and other ring names. The ring name is followed by the grappler’s real name, hometown, height and weight, and birth and death dates when available. The biographical data provide the era in which the individual competed, wrestling associations, titles, tag team partners, major bouts and other highlights.
Categories: Social Science

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Professional Wrestling Historical Society. Website at www.prowrestlinghistoricalsociety. Joe Acton biography is at www.prowrestlinghistoricalsociety.com/acton-joe1.html. Last accessed 18 Oct. 2016. prowrestling.net.

Author: Steven Verrier

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670027

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 450

"This entertaining account of the wrestling industry in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia provides a comprehensive account of more than 130 years of events in the ring and behind the scenes. The author draws connections between developments in wrestling and the changing identity of the Pacific Northwest"--
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Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

As an athlete and an entertainer, becoming a fan of professional wrestling was a given. “Growing up in the outskirts of Los Angeles, I was first introduced to pro wrestling by a babysitter, who tuned the Tv to a regional station airing ...

Author: Tim Corvin

Publisher: ArchwayPublishing

ISBN: 9781480804593

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 124

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This historic collection explores the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling in the United States and features profiles of more than 30 mat stars of the era, wrestling in art, over 100 antique photos and more. There is perhaps no sport more primitive or more widely dispersed than wrestling. In its early days, many of the pros were Civil War soldiers who wrestled in camps, while others were lumberjacks, miners, and railroad men. In Pioneers of Professional Wrestling, author Tim Corvin takes a look at how mixed martial arts and today’s professional wresting began. He provides insight into this competitive, hand-to-hand combat sport from 1860 through 1899 by delving into the sport’s history; discussing the evolution of professional wrestling; describing the various wresting styles; and offering biographies of the sports’ pioneers. A reference guide on the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, This book contains detailed listings of all available match results, newspaper clippings, tobacco cards, lithographs, and many fun facts, such as: Abraham Lincoln was one of the American frontier’s fiercest grapplers William Muldoon and Clarence Whistler wrestled to a 7+ hour draw Farmer Burns had such a strong neck that he could drop six feet on a hangman’s noose to no effect, then whistle “Yankee Doodle” while hanging Evan “Strangler” Lewis was the dirtiest wrestler in the game and often maimed his opponents “The Terrible Turk” was so violent he caused riots
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Shooters

Shooters

From William Muldoon to Brock Lesnar, this history covers those who have divided themselves as tough guys on the professional wrestling circuit and legitimate confrontations.

Author: Jonathan Snowden

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781770902213

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

View: 534

From William Muldoon to Brock Lesnar, this history covers those who have divided themselves as tough guys on the professional wrestling circuit and legitimate confrontations. From catch wrestling master Billy Robinson to the Japanese professional wrestler who gave birth to the global phenomenon that is modern mixed martial arts (MMA), this investigation travels from the shadowy carnival tent and the dingy training hall to the bright lights of the squared circle and the Las Vegas glitz of the octagon. Billy Riley's legendary Wigan Snake Pit and the rigorous UWF Dojo in Tokyo are explored, revealing the secret history of both professional wrestling and the rising sport of MMA. Squared circle icons Strangler Lewis and Lou Thesz and Olympic heroes Danny Hodge and Kurt Angle are also featured.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

A Abdullah the Butcher, 65, loa Abyss, 152 Adams, "Gentleman" Chris, 77, 94 Adonis, Adrian, lo& Akeem, 122 Albano, Captain Lou, io9 Ali, Muhammad, 34, 89, lio all-in wrestling, 69–72 All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), 87–89, 92, ...

Author: Aubrey Sitterson

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399580505

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 184

View: 941

From the host of the critically acclaimed pro wrestling podcast Straight Shoot, this graphic novel history of wrestling features the key grapplers, matches, and promotions that shaped this beloved sport and form of entertainment. As a pop culture phenomenon, professional wrestling--with its heroic babyfaces and villainous heels performing suplexes and powerbombs in pursuit of championship gold--has conquered audiences in the United States and around the world. Now, writer/podcaster Aubrey Sitterson and illustrator Chris Moreno form a graphic novel tag team to present wrestling's complete illustrated history. Featuring legendary wrestlers like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, and The Rock, and modern-day favorites like John Cena, Kenny Omega, and Sasha Banks, the book covers wrestling's progress from the carnival days of the Gold Dust Trio to the dominance of the WWF/WWE to today's diverse independent wrestling scene, and it spotlights wrestling's reach into Mexico/Puerto Rico (lucha libre), the U.K. (all-in), and Japan (puroresu).
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels

Pro Wrestling

Pro Wrestling

20 Pro Wrestling character was the " wrestling plasterer , " a regular , hard - working guy , like the ones in the audience . When promoter Ed White told Theophelos his name was too difficult to pronounce , the wrestler picked an ...

Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822533324

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 735

A history of professional wrestling from its roots in legitimate sport to its days as a carnival attraction followed by the growth of regional rivalries and culminating as television-centered entertainment.
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Pro Wrestling FAQ

Pro Wrestling FAQ

Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006. Billington, Tom, and Alison Coleman. Wrestling Observer's Pure Dynamite: The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom. Etobicoke, Ont.: Winding Stair ...

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781617136276

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 157

(FAQ Pop Culture). Sport? Entertainment? Art form? Perhaps a bit of all three, with a certain intangible extra something thrown in for good measure, making professional wrestling a truly unique entity unto itself. From its origins in carnivals and sideshow attractions of the 19th century, right up to the multimillion-dollar, multimedia industry of the present day, and all the bizarre, wild, and woolly points in between, Pro Wrestling FAQ delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture's most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles. With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some its most memorable and important figures, this book will serve as the ultimate one-volume reference guide for both long-time wrestling nuts and initiates to the grappling phenomenon. Revisit the legendary 1911 "Match of the Century" pitting World Champion Frank Gotch against archrival George Hackenschmidt, "the Russian Lion"; experience wrestling's TV golden age in the 1950s, a time of such colorful personages as Gorgeous George and Antonino Rocca; relive the glory days of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, when WWF impresario Vince McMahon took the business mainstream; and get the lowdown on recent favorites, such as John Cena, CM Punk, and others who have taken the business boldly into the 21st century.
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Pro Wrestling Kids Style

Pro Wrestling Kids  Style

The Most Amazing Untold Story in Professional Wrestling History Shawn Crossen. In 1984 , a new wrestling league was created on a cable television channel in Minnesota . " The Kids Pro Wrestling Show " started out as fun and games ...

Author: Shawn Crossen

Publisher: Crossen & Flink Services, Inc.

ISBN: 1879000121

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 147

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Tells the story of the creation and success of The Kids Pro Wrestling League, started by the author in Minnesota when he was fourteen years old.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Encyclopedia of Professional Wrestling

The Encyclopedia of Professional Wrestling

The second edition of this entertaining retrospective of professional wrestling features one thousand new photographs as well as coverage of more than five hundred wrestlers, highlighting ring names, aliases, career highlights, and best ...

Author: Kristian Pope

Publisher: Krause Publications Incorporated

ISBN: PSU:000057823591

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 841

The second edition of this entertaining retrospective of professional wrestling features one thousand new photographs as well as coverage of more than five hundred wrestlers, highlighting ring names, aliases, career highlights, and best matches, as well as famous matches by Andy Kaufman, Muhammed Ali, and others. Original.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame

And before Gorgeous George, there was a cre- ative lad from Ohio who would become a British “lord,” hobnob with the Hollywood elite, land on the periphery of two murder cases, and revolutionize professional wrestling.

Author: Greg Oliver

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781554902842

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 618

From the critically acclaimed authors of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams comes the most comprehensive look ever at the colourful villains, heels, bad guys and rule breakers who give professional wrestling so much of its character. In The Pro.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Pro Wrestling s Greatest Matches

Pro Wrestling s Greatest Matches

SportsZone PRO WRESTLING'S GREATEST From good guys (“faces”) to bad guys (“heels”) and everything in between, Pro Wrestling's Greatest will give young readers a look inside the thrilling world of professional wrestling.

Author: Matt Scheff

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781680798241

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Find out more about the top matches in the wrestling world from yesterday and today. The title features informative sidebars, a glossary, and further resources. SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.
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Pro Wrestling s Greatest Secrets Exposed

Pro Wrestling s Greatest Secrets Exposed

SportsZone PRO WRESTLING'S GREATEST From good guys (“faces”) to bad guys (“heels”) and everything in between, Pro Wrestling's Greatest will give young readers a look inside the thrilling world of professional wrestling.

Author: Matt Scheff

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781680798265

Category:

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Find out more about the biggest secrets behind the scenes in the wrestling world from yesterday and today. The title features informative sidebars, a glossary, and further resources. SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.
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Chokehold Pro Wrestling s Real Mayhem Outside the Ring

Chokehold  Pro Wrestling s Real Mayhem Outside the Ring

for this description of the Zahorian trial are reports of David Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Alex Marvez's Three Count and Wade Keller's Pro Wrestling Torch Weekly. Zahorian's subpoenaed FedEx records show he shipped drugs ...

Author: Weldon T. Johnson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462811728

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 556

View: 948

This meticulously crafted and searing critique of pro wrestling is unlike any wrestling book published: Chokehold is a penetrating description of pro wrestlings dark side, a secret underworld of deception, exploitation and greed. The storyteller is Big Jim Wilson, All-American football player and survivor of seven years in the NFL, who was promised wealth and the world championship as pro wrestler. Instead, Jim Wilson found a surprisingly lucrative sports entertainment industry built on a pyramid of secrets that included abusive control of its performers and a long history of illegal business practices and corruption of politicians and state athletic commissions. Chokehold describes and documents the abuses that Jim Wilson witnessed and endured blacklisting, strong-arm tactics, homosexual blackmail, defiance of the U.S. Justice Department and bribery of TV executives and arena managers. Chokehold is an explosive indictment of the pro wrestling industrys business practices as well as a thoughtful proposal for pro wrestlings reform. This book is not a conventional expos of pro wrestlings orchestrated stunts, gimmicks and blade jobs. Instead, it is an unprecedented examination of pro wrestlings less visible cons outside the ring -- its hidden manipulation of wrestlers with broken promises and broken bones and a backstage power of the pencil that writes scripts for wrestler stardom or extinction. Chokehold describes a secret slice of the wrestling life where traveling troupes of heels and babyfaces understand how they got into the game, but cannot find a way up or out. This is the story of why and how the big guys almost always lose. Chokehold is part autobiography and part pro wrestling history. Written in wrestlespeak (the industrys insider argot), it is dedicated to the memory of the older boys whose broken bodies and shattered lives should have taught us something. In addition to Jim Wilsons experiences in The Business, this book reviews significant but forgotten episodes in the wrestling industrys long history of gangland tactics. The industrys infamous blacklist is revisited by revealing the dozens of wrestlers from the past whose names were on it. The industrys history of predatory promotional wars in California, Georgia, Texas and Virginia is told with FBI reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. From court documents, this book names compromised state athletic commissions, TV station managers and local politicians from wrestlings viewpoint, the best that money could buy. There are many famous wrestling names in this book --Gorgeous George, Lou Thesz, Jack Brisco, the Funk brothers, Dusty Rhodes, Bruiser Brody, Bill Watts and others. Another is The Sheik (Eddie Farhat), who says: There aint no nice guys in this business. There aint no people theres dollars! Another is Jim Wilsons tag team partner Thunderbolt Patterson who warned Jim, The wrestling business takes advantage of anybody who has any notoriety or ability. You got to understand that wrestlers are worse than whores. They are pimped. They use you as long as they possibly can or as long as you dont complain. When you complain, they get rid of you. Another is Jim Wilsons friend The Magnificent Zulu (Ron Pope) who summarizes his career this way: Its such a crooked business. The guys [wrestlers] are a bunch of crooks. They steal from the marks and the promoters steal from them. The guys [wrestlers] want to be stars! Theyll do anything theyll cut throats for it. Actually, wrestlers dont have to be paid. All they need is a couple of six packs of beer a night and a nice looking ring rat with a good body. Or, drugs and a ring rat. Its not the money. Its being a star! Its the glory and the pussy! This book confronts the wrestling industrys traditional practice of punishing wrestlers who refuse
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Pro Wrestling s Greatest Tag Teams

Pro Wrestling s Greatest Tag Teams

SportsZone PRO WRESTLING'S GREATEST TITLES From good guys (“faces”) to bad guys (“heels”) and everything in between, Pro Wrestling's Greatest will give young readers a look inside the thrilling world of professional wrestling.

Author: Matt Scheff

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781680798272

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Find out more about the top tag teams in the wrestling world from yesterday and today. The title features informative sidebars, a glossary, and further resources. SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.
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Performance and Professional Wrestling

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies.

Author: Broderick Chow

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317385073

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

View: 978

Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this collection of essays offers a complete critical reassessment of the popular sport. Topics such as the suspension of disbelief, simulation, silence and speech, physical culture, and the performance of pain within the squared circle are explored in relation to professional wrestling, with work by both scholars and practitioners grouped into seven short sections: Audience Circulation Lucha Gender Queerness Bodies Race A significant re-reading of wrestling as a performing art, Performance and Professional Wrestling makes essential reading for scholars and students intrigued by this uniquely theatrical sport.
Categories: Performing Arts