Professional Wrestling

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Professional Wrestling

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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Identity in Professional Wrestling
Language: en
Pages: 317
Authors: Aaron D. Horton
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-03-02 - Publisher: McFarland

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:
Professional Wrestling
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Sharon Mazer
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-17 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

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
Professional Wrestling
Language: en
Pages: 48
Authors: Jeri Freedman
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-08-15 - Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

Describes the use of steroids in pro wrestling and its negative impact on wrestlers and their sport.
Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Eero Laine
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-14 - Publisher: Routledge

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
Performance and Professional Wrestling
Language: en
Pages: 226
Authors: Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, Claire Warden
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-08-12 - Publisher: Routledge

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.