Professional Wrestling

Professional Wrestling

Also the book explores professional wrestling's carnivalesque presentation of masculinities and the question of the "real" and the "fake" as the fans themselves confront it. 30 photos.

Author: Sharon Mazer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578060214

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 191

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Author Sharon Mazer looks at the world of professional wrestling both from the fan's-eye-view and from the wrestlers' gym. It begins with how performances are constructed and sold to spectators. Also the book explores professional wrestling's carnivalesque presentation of masculinities and the question of the "real" and the "fake" as the fans themselves confront it. 30 photos.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

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: 867

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

Professional Wrestling Rosters

Professional Wrestling Rosters

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

ISBN: 115525368X

Category:

Page: 272

View: 374

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 49. Chapters: List of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling alumni, List of World Wrestling Entertainment personnel, List of World Wrestling Entertainment alumni, List of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling employees, List of Juggalo Championship Wrestling alumni, List of World Championship Wrestling alumni, Asistencia Asesor a y Administraci n roster, List of Ring of Honor employees, List of Juggalo Championship Wrestling employees, List of independent circuit, non-affiliated or retired professional wrestlers, Combat Zone Wrestling roster, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre roster, List of Jim Crockett Promotions alumni, List of Universal Wrestling Association Alumni, List of Real Quality Wrestling employees, New Japan Pro Wrestling roster, List of Extreme Championship Wrestling alumni, Pacific Northwest Wrestling alumni, List of Continental Championship Wrestling alumni, List of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla employees, List of International World Class Championship Wrestling alumni, List of World Xtreme Wrestling alumni, List of American Wrestling Association alumni, All Japan Pro Wrestling roster, List of NWA Shockwave alumni, List of East Coast Wrestling Association alumni, World Wrestling All-Stars roster, IPW: UK roster, List of professional wrestling rosters, Pro Wrestling Zero1 roster, Kaientai Dojo roster. Excerpt: Connection Timeout WWE is a professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut. Employees in WWE consist of professional wrestlers, managers, play-by-play and color commentators, ring announcers, interviewers, referees, trainers, road agents, script writers and various other positions. Executives and board of directors are also listed. WWE employees' contracts range from developmental contracts to multi-year deals and they appear as independent contractors. Employees on the main roster appear on specific brands (Raw and...
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Job Man

Job Man

In Job Man, Multerer, along with his friend Larry Widen, shows what life was like for wrestlers outside the spotlight.

Author: Chris Multerer

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

ISBN: 9780870209260

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 152

View: 104

Milwaukee-native Chris Multerer wrestled for more than a decade, starting in 1978, on professional circuits around the United States. As a “job man,” Multerer made the superstars of wrestling, such as Mad Dog Vachon and Hulk Hogan, shine. In cities around the country, thousands of screaming fans cheered when their favorite wrestlers pinned and punished Multerer in a variety of painful ways. In Job Man, Multerer, along with his friend Larry Widen, shows what life was like for wrestlers outside the spotlight. Long nights on the road, thoughtful takes on some the biggest personalities in the business, and, perhaps most of all, a love for the sport, are as much a part of Multerer’s revealing and remarkable story as his time in the ring.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Professional Wrestling Sport and Spectacle

Professional Wrestling  Sport and Spectacle

This book looks at the world of professional wrestling both from the fan's-eye-view high in the stands and from the ringside in the wrestlers' gym.

Author: Mazer, Sharon

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604736550

Category:

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The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

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.

Author: Aubrey Sitterson

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399580505

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 184

View: 456

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

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: 427

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

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 wrestling)
bears ...

Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476667287

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

View: 127

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 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

View: 677

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

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling 2d ed

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling  2d ed

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. Hunter, Matt. Ric Flair: The Story of the Wrestler They Call 'the
Nature ...

Author: Harris M. Lentz III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476605050

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

View: 875

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 Magazines Pro Wrestling Illustrated Wrestling Observer List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards

Professional Wrestling Magazines  Pro Wrestling Illustrated  Wrestling Observer  List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards

Excerpt: This is a list of both active and inactive Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards created by professional wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer.

Author: LLC Books

Publisher: Books LLC

ISBN: 1157919480

Category:

Page: 112

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Wrestling Observer, List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, Power Slam, Dave Meltzer, Bryan Alvarez, Wwe Magazine, Wow Magazine, Fighting Spirit Magazine, Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter. Excerpt: This is a list of both active and inactive Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards created by professional wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer. The first fourteen awards were created in 1980 as an informal poll between Meltzer and his friends and others he corresponded with on the subject of professional wrestling at the time. After starting the Wrestling Observer in 1983, the awards took on a greater life, with an increasing number of awards given out every year. The awards were created to recognize the individual achievements of a select few wrestlers who exemplified in a specified criterion. The awards are given on a yearly basis in various categories such as Best Overall Wrestler, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Tag Team, Most Improved, Match of the Year, etc.; there are also a handful of awards to recognize the dubious distinctions in the business during that year such as Most Overrated and Worst Worked Match. Currently, there are thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year and ten that are no longer active. The awards are voted for by the readership of the newsletter, which includes various insiders of the industry, such as promoters, agents, and performers, as well as journalists, historians, and fans. The awards are organized into two classes. For class A awards, voters indicate their top three choices. First choices are awarded five points, second places three points, and third places two points. The choice with the most points overall wins. For clas... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=5656992
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Carpenter

Carpenter

As a Carpenter or "opponent," Don's job is to build wrestling talent into wrestling superstars, providing numerous anecdotes about the business and the people associated with pro wrestling.

Author: Don Savage

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475907025

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 642

Journey with Don Savage, pro wrestler and high school teacher, as he experiences the ups and downs in the world of professional wrestling. As a Carpenter or "opponent," Don's job is to build wrestling talent into wrestling superstars, providing numerous anecdotes about the business and the people associated with pro wrestling.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Professional Wrestling the Myth the Mat and American Popular Culture

Professional Wrestling  the Myth  the Mat  and American Popular Culture

According to Leverette, a student of media studies at Rutgers University who teaches courses in media and popular culture, this study of professional wrestling seeks "(1) to explore how popular culture has been evaluated and understood in ...

Author: Marc Leverette

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: 0773466258

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 211

This work aims to provide answers as to why wrestling is so popular, and shows the symbolic functions of wrestling as an act of social meaning. Through analyses of past matches and storylines, it is shown that wrestling acts as myth in the same way that other genres such as westerns have done.
Categories: Social Science

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

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.

Author: Tim Corvin

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 9781480804586

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 124

View: 462

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 or 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
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Heroes and Icons

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame  Heroes and Icons

Theagood guys of professional wrestling take the spotlight in this comprehensive examination ofathe memorable characters who inspired fans, aproviding insight into what makes a great hero.

Author: Steven Johnson

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781770902695

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 550

View: 987

Theagood guys of professional wrestling take the spotlight in this comprehensive examination ofathe memorable characters who inspired fans, aproviding insight into what makes a great hero. Compiled using firsthand interviews with hundreds of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, these entertaining profiles document wrestlingOCOs golden boys from the 1930s to today. It discusses the roles of wrestling superstars that include Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, and The Rock as well as lesser-known figures, including Tiger Jeet Singh and Whitey Caldwell. With more than 100 action-packed photos, this engaging and informative book invites both devoted fans and newcomers to the sport to appreciate the rich history of these esteemed performers."
Categories: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Kayfabe in Professional Wrestling

Kayfabe in Professional Wrestling

The wrestling world is more than seeing the athletes in the ring, it is the outside of the squared circle that fans are also interested in hearing about.

Author: Princess Blough

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798700911122

Category:

Page: 198

View: 906

The wrestling world is more than seeing the athletes in the ring, it is the outside of the squared circle that fans are also interested in hearing about. Wrestling entrepreneurs over the years have found ways to make money by catering to the public's need for information on their favourite stars, be it through books, magazines and the occasional documentary. In the 1990's, the widespread use of videotapes allowed the creation of the shoot interview concept, where the wrestlers are sat down in front of a camera and interviewed on their career and perhaps occasionally their non-wrestling lives. These interviews were excellent vehicles in hearing about the athletes but some of them were quite poorly produced and rarely could the word 'investigative" be used to describe them. Allowing fan interaction through the submission of questions was not new (it has been done over the phone in the late 1990's by another company) but here we get that bit more. We actually see the wrestlers pushed a bit for more meaty responses at times.
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Wwe

 Wwe

By examining various sites of struggle and negotiation between WWE executives and in-ring performers, between the product and its fans, and between the company and the rest of the wrestling industry, the contributors to this volume ...

Author: Dru Jeffries

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253044945

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 703

The millions of fans who watch World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) programs each year are well aware of their role in building the narrative of the sport. #WWE: Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age explores the intersections between media, technology, and fandom in WWE's contemporary programming and business practices. In the Reality Era of WWE (2011 to the present), wrestling narratives have increasingly drawn on real-life personalities and events that stretch beyond the story-world created and maintained by WWE. At the same time, the internet and fandom have a greater influence on the company than ever before. By examining various sites of struggle and negotiation between WWE executives and in-ring performers, between the product and its fans, and between the company and the rest of the wrestling industry, the contributors to this volume highlight the role of various media platforms in shaping and disseminating WWE narratives. Treating the company and its product not merely as sports entertainment, but also as a brand, an employer, a company, a content producer, and an object of fandom, #WWE conceptualizes the evolution of professional wrestling's most successful company in the digital era.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Squared Circle

The Squared Circle

Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for.

Author: David Shoemaker

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101609743

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 180

Grantland and Deadspin correspondent presents a breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal. The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week” (which boasts over 1 million page views) -- a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to -- and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up worshipping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world. Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminent wrestlers, and the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art. Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Theater in a Squared Circle

Theater in a Squared Circle

Tries to explain the attraction of professional wrestling, offers profiles of notable wrestlers, and describes modern wrestling fans.

Author: Jeff Archer

Publisher: Colin White & Laurie Boucke

ISBN: IND:30000067550545

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 446

View: 613

Tries to explain the attraction of professional wrestling, offers profiles of notable wrestlers, and describes modern wrestling fans.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The King of New Orleans

The King of New Orleans

The King of New Orleans recounts the story of how an area known for racial injustice became the home of wrestling's most adored African'American idol.

Author: Greg Klein

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781770902244

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 873

A Big Easy legend returns to the limelight New Orleans was once one of the hottest cities for pro wrestling because of one man ' Sylvester Ritter, better known as the Junkyard Dog. JYD became a legend in the Big Easy, drawing huge crowds to the Superdome, a feat no other wrestler ever came close to. In 1980, he managed to break one of the final colour barriers in the sport by becoming the first black wrestler to be made the undisputed top star of his promotion. This biography aims to restore JYD to his deserved place in the history books by looking at his famous feuds, the business backstories, and the life of the man outside the ring. The King of New Orleans recounts the story of how an area known for racial injustice became the home of wrestling's most adored African'American idol. A remarkable tale of a man still remembered on the streets of New Orleans and in the hearts of pro wrestling fans.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography