The Best of NXT in 2018

This review of NXT from 2018 comes from more of a fangirl perspective than an academic one, and it is meant to reflect only my own preferences for the best part of the WWE Universe. I would love to hear any other NXT fan's reactions to this past year, and for a second opinion, and … Continue reading The Best of NXT in 2018

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Pro-Wrestling Slash

When I first got into professional wrestling -- way back in 2014! -- my first favorite wrestler was The Miz. I was watching WWE Main Event, which aired Wednesday nights on our Ion TV channel. This was before the WWE Network was launched, and before I had any access to higher level cable channels like … Continue reading Pro-Wrestling Slash

CFP: Sport / Spectacle Conference

Sport­ / Spectacle: Performing, Labouring, Circulating Bodies Across Sport, Theatre, Dance, and Live Art Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 2018, Kings College London, Strand Campus Day 1, Keynote and Screening with Jennifer Doyle, 14 September, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Nash Lecture Theatre Day 2, Papers, Workshops, and Performances, 15 September, 10:00 AM - … Continue reading CFP: Sport / Spectacle Conference

Special Edition for PCSJ on Pro Wrestling

The editors for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association are happy to celebrate this year's Wrestlemania week with the new special edition of the Popular Culture Studies Journal on professional wrestling. This special edition can be accessed for free here. The essays contain work from a variety of scholars on numerous topics related to professional wrestling … Continue reading Special Edition for PCSJ on Pro Wrestling

CFP MPCA 2018 Wrestling Studies

UPDATED: PROPOSALS NOW DUE MAY 15, 2018 Midwest PCA/ACA 2018 Area: Wrestling Studies Area Co-Chairs: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson The 2018 Midwest PCA/ACA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis in Indianapolis from Wednesday-Sunday, October 4-7.  Call: Indie Wrestling Since this year’s conference is in Indie-apolis, we are looking for papers … Continue reading CFP MPCA 2018 Wrestling Studies

CFP: Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism

Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism Call for book chapter proposals Deadline for abstracts (250 words): 15 March 2018 Contact: Sharon Mazer (smazer@aut.ac.nz) Provoked by the disruptive performances of Donald Trump as candidate and president, and mindful of his longstanding ties to the WWE, this edited book will look at the infusion of professional wrestling’s worldview … Continue reading CFP: Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism

Interacting with AAW Heels

In this blog post, I explore the question: How much of the heel's identity and success is dependent on the wrestler's performance, and how much on the audience's (re)actions? This question relates to the work I am doing on the co-constructon of kayfabe through the moment-to-moment interactions between wrestlers and fans. For this particular blog … Continue reading Interacting with AAW Heels

Calls for Conferences

Central States Communication Association 2018 We are looking to create a panel for the 2018 Central States Communication Association convention to coincide with the release of the Popular Culture Studies Journal  special edition on professional wrestling studies. Since the convention is the same time that the special edition will come out (April 4-7, or Wrestlemania weekend), we … Continue reading Calls for Conferences