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Performance and Professional Wrestling

Performance and Professional Wrestling Author Broderick Chow
ISBN-10 9781317385073
Release 2016-08-12
Pages 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.

Professional Wrestling

Professional Wrestling Author Sharon Mazer
ISBN-10 9781578060214
Release 1998-02-01
Pages 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.

Steel Chair to the Head

Steel Chair to the Head Author Nicholas Sammond
ISBN-10 0822334380
Release 2005-01-13
Pages 365
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DIVThe People’s collection of cultural studies essays on wrestling./div


Slaphappy Author Thomas Hackett
ISBN-10 9780062029027
Release 2010-11-30
Pages 288
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Slaphappy is reporter Thomas Hackett's penetrating look at the world of professional wrestling, for those who love the spectacle and for the sport's skeptics and the uninitiated. Through interviews with wrestlers, promoters, and fans, Hackett explores the full range of issues that swirl around wrestling culture -- fame, masculinity, violence, aggression, performance, and play. Among the lessons of professional wrestling is that deceit is a fundamental fact of American life. And yet, paradoxically, the one thing wrestling isn't is dishonest. Although wrestlers play pretend, wrestling itself doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is -- fantastically absurd, a very American kind of madness. Celebrity-obsessed, pathologically narcissistic, murderously competitive, it both epitomizes and parodies the delusional egoism at the heart of the culture. More than that, wrestling provides its fans and performers a medium for thinking about "getting over" in America today. This spectacle of excess may be the apotheosis of American imbecility, but it is also defiant, hopeful, liberating, and unifying -- a throwback to the raucous pleasures of early theater. Fans aren't detached connoisseurs, looking satirically down on life, concealing their anxieties in the cold comforts of irony. They are total participants in a carnival of their own making, shouting epithets, throwing chairs, expatiating their worries in a crowd's triumphant foolishness. It is, Slaphappy concludes, all the stuff of human culture. Where does fantasy end and reality begin? Where does the performance stop and life take over? Writing with affection and discernment, Hackett gets deep into the culture, discovering that the make-believe competition of wrestling is indeed "real" for millions of young men -- real in the sense that something real and important is at stake: their worth as men.

Fighting for Recognition

Fighting for Recognition Author R. Tyson Smith
ISBN-10 9780822376408
Release 2014-07-21
Pages 240
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In Fighting for Recognition, R. Tyson Smith enters the world of independent professional wrestling, a community-based entertainment staged in community centers, high school gyms, and other modest venues. Like the big-name, televised pro wrestlers who originally inspired them, indie wrestlers engage in choreographed fights in character. Smith details the experiences, meanings, and motivations of the young men who wrestle as "Lethal" or "Southern Bad Boy," despite receiving little to no pay and risking the possibility of serious and sometimes permanent injury. Exploring intertwined issues of gender, class, violence, and the body, he sheds new light on the changing sources of identity in a postindustrial society that increasingly features low wages, insecure employment, and fragmented social support. Smith uncovers the tensions between strength and vulnerability, pain and solidarity, and homophobia and homoeroticism that play out both backstage and in the ring as the wrestlers seek recognition from fellow performers and devoted fans.


Ringside Author Scott Beekman
ISBN-10 027598401X
Release 2006
Pages 188
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Provides the first full-length history of professional wrestling in the United States.

Play Performance and Professional Wrestling

Play  Performance and Professional Wrestling Author Terry McNeill Saunders
ISBN-10 OCLC:41268740
Release 1998
Pages 460
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Play Performance and Professional Wrestling has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Play Performance and Professional Wrestling also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Play Performance and Professional Wrestling book for free.

The Operational Aesthetic in the Performance of Professional Wrestling

The Operational Aesthetic in the Performance of Professional Wrestling Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:60677698
Release 2005
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The Operational Aesthetic in the Performance of Professional Wrestling has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Operational Aesthetic in the Performance of Professional Wrestling also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Operational Aesthetic in the Performance of Professional Wrestling book for free.

The Squared Circle

The Squared Circle Author David Shoemaker
ISBN-10 9781592408818
Release 2014-11-04
Pages 390
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A Deadspin columnist presents a breakthrough examination of professional wrestling and its cultural relevance that traces its evolution throughout the past century while offering insight into the intellect and sense of irony shared by athletes and fans.

Wrestling in Britain

Wrestling in Britain Author Benjamin Litherland
ISBN-10 9781351180429
Release 2018-03-09
Pages 184
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At the intersection of sport, entertainment and performance, wrestling occupies a unique position in British popular culture. This is the first book to offer a detailed historical and cultural analysis of British professional wrestling, exploring the shifting popularity of the sport as well as its wider social significance. Arguing that the history of professional wrestling can help us understand key themes in sport, culture and performance that span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it addresses topics such as: attitudes towards violence, representations of masculinity, the media and celebrity culture, consumerism and globalisation. By drawing on a variety of intellectual traditions and disciplines, the book explores the role of power in the development of popular cultural forms, the ways in which history structures the present, and the manner in which audiences construct identity and meaning through sport. Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences is fascinating reading for all students and researchers with an interest in media and cultural studies, histories and sociologies of sport, or performance studies.


Shooters Author Jonathan Snowden
ISBN-10 9781770902213
Release 2012-08-09
Pages 340
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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.

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Heroes and Icons

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame  Heroes and Icons Author Steven Johnson
ISBN-10 9781770902695
Release 2013-01-11
Pages 550
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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."

Championship Nutrition and Performance

Championship Nutrition and Performance Author Nicholas Rizzo
ISBN-10 0974822000
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 114
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Championship Nutrition and Performance has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Championship Nutrition and Performance also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Championship Nutrition and Performance book for free.

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest Author Steven Verrier
ISBN-10 9781476629674
Release 2017-10-27
Pages 230
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 Introduced in the Pacific Northwest in 1883, professional wrestling has a long and storied history in the region and has contributed significantly to Northwest culture. This entertaining account of the wrestling industry in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia provides a detailed look at 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.

The World of Lucha Libre

The World of Lucha Libre Author Heather Levi
ISBN-10 9780822391470
Release 2008-10-03
Pages 288
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The World of Lucha Libre is an insider’s account of lucha libre, the popular Mexican form of professional wrestling. Heather Levi spent more than a year immersed in the world of wrestling in Mexico City. Not only did she observe live events and interview wrestlers, referees, officials, promoters, and reporters; she also apprenticed with a retired luchador (wrestler). Drawing on her insider’s perspective, she explores lucha libre as a cultural performance, an occupational subculture, and a set of symbols that circulate through Mexican culture and politics. Levi argues that the broad appeal of lucha libre lies in its capacity to stage contradictions at the heart of Mexican national identity: between the rural and the urban, tradition and modernity, ritual and parody, machismo and feminism, politics and spectacle. Levi considers lucha libre in light of scholarship about sport, modernization, and the formation of the Mexican nation-state, and in connection to professional wrestling in the United States. She examines the role of secrecy in wrestling, the relationship between wrestlers and the characters they embody, and the meanings of the masks worn by luchadors. She discusses male wrestlers who perform masculine roles, those who cross-dress and perform feminine roles, and female wrestlers who wrestle each other. Investigating the relationship between lucha libre and the mass media, she highlights the history of the sport’s engagement with television: it was televised briefly in the early 1950s, but not again until 1991. Finally, Levi traces the circulation of lucha libre symbols in avant-garde artistic movements and its appropriation in left-wing political discourse. The World of Lucha Libre shows how a sport imported from the United States in the 1930s came to be an iconic symbol of Mexican cultural authenticity.

7 Keys to Becoming a Better Performer

7 Keys to Becoming a Better Performer Author Mike Quackenbush
ISBN-10 1549786326
Release 2017-10-16
Pages 67
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Pro-wrestling is performance art, and trying to occlude that fact for decades has, in many ways, prevented the evolution of the art form. Little has been written about the challenges modern pro-wrestlers face, and the ways in which they engage with audiences. "7 Keys to Becoming a Better Performer - A Book for Fellow Pro-Wrestlers" offers a fresh, frank examination of the skill set every professional wrestler needs to hone, regardless of where they ply their trade.

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling Author Tim Corvin
ISBN-10 9781480804593
Release 2014-01-20
Pages 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