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: 693

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

Professional Wrestling

Professional Wrestling

“Actors on the Canvas Stage: The Dramatic Conventions of Professional Wrestling.” Journal of Popular Culture 6, no. 2 (Fall 1972): 325–36.

Author: Sharon Mazer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496826602

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

View: 170

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.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

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 ...

Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476667287

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

View: 603

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

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Performance and Professional Wrestling

For many fans of professional wrestling, an oft-heard reply to revealing one's fandom is “Wrestling? You like that? You know that's fake, right?

Author: Broderick Chow

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317385073

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

View: 740

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

Professional Wrestling

A third case involved Brian Adams, who had wrestled in the pro circuit until 2003 under the name “Crush. ... Millions of dollars ow into pro wrestling.

Author: Jeri Freedman

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781435853058

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 674

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

Professional Wrestling Historical Society. Accessed May 20, 2019. www.prowrestlinghistoricalsociety.com/. Professional Wrestling Studies Association.

Author: Eero Laine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351134378

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 148

View: 636

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

Pro Wrestling's Greatest Tag Teams. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. Hunter, Matt. Ric Flair: The Story of the Wrestler They Call 'the Nature Boy.

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

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Through the advent of television in the 1950's, and cable in the 1980's, professional wrestling gained powerful media outlets and reached peaks of ...

Author: Tim Corvin

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 9781480804586

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 124

View: 951

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

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Professional Wrestling Historical Society. ... Rippel's “Wrestling” section in chapter 8 mentions—along with Verne Gagne—Ted Thye, Jesse Ventura, ...

Author: Steven Verrier

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670027

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 662

"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"--
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

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Author: Aubrey Sitterson

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399580505

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 184

View: 734

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

I m Sorry I Love You A History of Professional Wrestling

I m Sorry  I Love You  A History of Professional Wrestling

professional wrestler. He tried unsuccessfully to popularise the hybrid of wrestling styles that he had seen in the States back in his home nation, ...

Author: Jim Smallman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472254214

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 816

'Clever, funny, authoritative and illuminating' - Times Literary Supplement 'Filled with passion, humour, and a little bit of welcome weirdness. A must-read for every die-hard wrestling fan' - Mick Foley For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. 'We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.' - Jim Smallman, 2016 Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro-wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century to the pop-culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today. Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi-sport means so much to so many people.
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: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317385066

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

View: 820

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

Pro Wrestling

Pro Wrestling

... matches as regular Saturday night specials — the first time network television had featured professional wrestling since the days of Gorgeous George .

Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822533324

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 206

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.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The History of Professional Wrestling

The History of Professional Wrestling

THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING St. Louis , Missouri : 1930-1959 Editor's Note by Scott Teal This is probably the most ambitious project I've tackled ...

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ISBN: PSU:000051572853

Category: Wrestling

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Categories: Wrestling

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 ...

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781617136276

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 124

(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.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Pro Wrestling Kids Style

Pro Wrestling Kids  Style

But between Charley and myself, we somehow came up with the concept for a kids pro wrestling show. It was going to be a TV show like the professional ...

Author: Shawn Crossen

Publisher: Crossen & Flink Services, Inc.

ISBN: 1879000121

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 147

View: 369

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

Independent Pro Wrestling Guide

Independent Pro Wrestling Guide

How To Become an Independent Professional Wrestler HowExpert, Matthew Soulia ... How to Book Your First Professional Wrestling Matches You have been beaten ...

Author: HowExpert

Publisher: HowExpert

ISBN: 9781647587680

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 60

View: 384

If you want to learn how to become an independent professional wrestler, then check out "Independent Pro Wrestling Guide." This guide is written by a former indie pro wrestler who will show you step by step to get started in the independent wrestling world. • Learn how to get your start in as a professional wrestler on the independent circuit. • Hear tales and get advice from someone who knows what it's like to wrestle as an independent wrestler • Find out how to find the perfect wrestling school as well as how to pay for your wrestling education. • Having trouble getting booked in your first match? This book lets you know what tools you need to get yourself between the ropes! • From the moves you perform in the ring to the timing of said moves, everything you do in the ring has meaning. This book helps to tell you what that meaning is, and how to improve your in-ring game! • Contains tips to help you when developing your wrestling persona, as well as useful suggestions for how to become a better talker on the microphone. • Learn what it takes to survive the long and perilous roads when traveling from show to show, and how to deal with troublesome situations with fellow wrestlers. About the Expert Matthew Soulia is a writer, former professional wrestler, and all-around nerd that lives in upstate New York with his wife, Sonja. While he had a short career in the ring, he still feels that the knowledge he gained should be passed on to the next generation of wrestlers. His other published works include contributions to various websites, YouTube channels, and the book "Video Games You Will Never Play". HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame

An auto accident in 1995 derailed his career. ... He has been inducted to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2004), the George Tragos/Lou ...

Author: Greg Oliver

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781554902842

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 129

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

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

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Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling 2d ed

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling  2d ed

" 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.

Author: Harris M. Lentz III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786417544

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

View: 350

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