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.

Shooters

Author: Jonathan Snowden

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 177090221X

Page: 340

View: 296

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.

Identity in Professional Wrestling

This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport.

Identity in Professional Wrestling

Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476667284

Page: 317

View: 427

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.

Professional Wrestling

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

Professional Wrestling

Author: Sharon Mazer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496826604

Page: 198

View: 99

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.

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.

Professional Wrestling

Author: Jeri Freedman

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1435853059

Page: 48

View: 416

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

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?

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Author: Broderick Chow

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317385071

Page: 226

View: 926

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 and the Commercial Stage

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

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage

Author: Eero Laine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135113437X

Page: 148

View: 564

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.

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.

Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling  2d ed

Author: Harris M. Lentz III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147660505X

Page: 405

View: 383

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.

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 ...

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling

Author: Tim Corvin

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 1480804584

Page: 124

View: 741

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

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, ...

Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

Author: Steven Verrier

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476670021

Page: 230

View: 265

"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"--

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.

Performance and Professional Wrestling

Author: Broderick Chow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317385063

Page: 226

View: 667

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.

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

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The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

Author: Aubrey Sitterson

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399580506

Page: 184

View: 868

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).

Pro Wrestling

Pro Wrestling These carnival wrestlers are trying to drum up business . The carnival relationship to wrestling remains . Professional wrestlers communicate ...

Pro Wrestling

Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 9780822533320

Page: 128

View: 121

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.

The History of Professional Wrestling

The grapevine last week was loaded with rumors about the future of local
wrestling ... One story had it ... Sam did not want pro wrestling to reflect badly on
his social standing nor did he want it to be received any less of a sport than it
already ...

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Pro Wrestling FAQ

Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006. Billington, Tom, and Alison Coleman. Wrestling Observer's Pure ...

Pro Wrestling FAQ

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1617136271

Page: 408

View: 259

(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.

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 ...

Pro Wrestling Kids  Style

Author: Shawn Crossen

Publisher: Crossen & Flink Services, Inc.

ISBN: 9781879000124

Page: 147

View: 798

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.

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 ...

Independent Pro Wrestling Guide

Author: HowExpert

Publisher: HowExpert

ISBN: 1647587689

Page: 60

View: 587

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.

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 ...

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame

Author: Greg Oliver

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1554902843

Page: 300

View: 470

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.

Steel Chair to the Head

""Steel Chair to the Head" is an exceptionally smart and well-crafted collection that will be a valuable resource for popular culture scholars of all stripes. From start to finish, there's not a weak essay in the book.

Steel Chair to the Head

Author: Nicholas Sammond

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822334380

Page: 365

View: 944

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Pro Wrestling A Comprehensive Reference Guide

Although wrestling was also popular in other countries, the United States was the main ... Front Row Wrestling, Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling, and Wrestilicious.

Pro Wrestling  A Comprehensive Reference Guide

Author: Lew Freedman

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440853517

Page: 305

View: 475

This book provides readers with an abundance of information and historical perspective as well as entertaining and memorable anecdotes about professional wrestling. Readers will also learn unusual snippets of trivia that will enhance their comprehension of the sport. • Includes 100 entries featuring wrestlers, promoters, and wrestling facts • Surveys the history of wrestling as a sport in historical context • Identifies individuals who have revolutionized the sport • Invites readers to engage with the information by presenting it as narrative