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Clash of Champions 2017: Jinder All the Way?

Clash of Champions 2017 Review December 17, 2017 TD Gardens, Boston, MA Announcers Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton US championship 3-way: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (c) The build: This match was set up two weeks ago on SmackDown when Ziggler interfered in a match between Corbin and Roode. Roode returned … Continue reading Clash of Champions 2017: Jinder All the Way?

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Rhetorical Recap: SummerSlam & WWE’s Synergistic Spectacle at Barclay’s

Summer Slam 2017. Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY. Welcome to the inaugural event recap for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. In an effort to kick off our annual event coverage of prestige wrestling shows, our aim will be covering both “mainstream” and independent bookings, and one of the best ways we can welcome a broad audience … Continue reading Rhetorical Recap: SummerSlam & WWE’s Synergistic Spectacle at Barclay’s

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (October 15, 2018)

Greetings and salutations good wrestling fans. I can't believe this will be the last post before Evolution. It is mind-boggling how fast this year is going, and how quickly this "monumental" pay-per-view is approaching. I'm not sure WWE knows this either...hm. Let's talk a bit about that, shall we? The Good Before I become too … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (October 15, 2018)

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (October 1, 2018)

Greetings good wrestling fans. I hope some autumn leaves have blessed your front lawns by this point! Fall is by far my favorite season of the year, and as far as wrestling goes, it brings us closer to 2019 and the illusion of new beginnings for WWE. With Evolution looming, how are they rounding out … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (October 1, 2018)

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (September 17, 2018)

Greetings wrestling fans, and welcome to the post-Hell in a Cell edition of Nylons and Midriffs. The last few weeks have been interesting to say the least, in both exciting and mildly worrisome ways. As per usual, I will divide the discussion between the two weekly WWE shows and the most recent pay-per-view. The Good … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (September 17, 2018)

WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth WizKids has announced that they have licensed WWE intellectual property for their tabletop games. WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today announced a new multi-year licensing partnership with WWE, with plans to bring the organization’s iconic Superstars to the … Continue reading WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (September 4, 2018)

Many greetings to you, wrestling fans near and far. I hope those of you in the U.S. had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. As I'm sure we're all still trying to digest all of the savory barbecue and appetizers we ate this weekend, I won't give you too much to swallow with this post. But … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (September 4, 2018)

Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UM Duluth The history of women in wrestling was given a brief overview in Chris Kelly's August 10th essay in The Washington Post "Lifestyle Section," "The Women Wrestlers of WWE Have Created a Movement. Is it Built to Last?" But the history is partial, only reaching back as far … Continue reading Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

Deconstructing the Distinction between Marks and Smarks

by David Beard and John Heppen Fans of pro wrestling are typically divided into two groups, “marks” and “smarks.”  The fiction is that a fan is either a smark or a mark.  It's a little like "Santa Claus" -- either you believe or you don't.  We propose a third path.  We propose that there are marks, … Continue reading Deconstructing the Distinction between Marks and Smarks

Summer Slam 2018: Coronations and Contracts

Well, the “biggest event of the summer” has arrived, and WWE has taken over Brooklyn for the fourth consecutive year. WWE’s SummerSlam is one of the WWE’s “Big Four” (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Survivor Series) pay-per-views, and each year it’s being hyped as bigger and bigger, which is made evident as the show gets longer and … Continue reading Summer Slam 2018: Coronations and Contracts

Differentiating Regional Professional Wrestling from National Pro Wrestling: Some Observations

by David Beard with John Heppen Wrestling is an athletic performing art where the winners of the matches are prearranged.  Wrestlers  require athletic skill and physical training: be very careful in telling a pro wrestler that what he or she does is "fake."  It would be like telling Sir Ian McKellan that what he does … Continue reading Differentiating Regional Professional Wrestling from National Pro Wrestling: Some Observations