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)

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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 (July 30, 2018)

Wow wow wow good wrestling fans. Have we got a lot to talk about this week! Unlike previous installments, my thoughts for each category this week are more general. I am currently in the midst of a move out of the city (Chicago) to Evanston, so admittedly I didn't have the sharpest eye to wrestling … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 30, 2018)

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 16, 2018)

Hello good wrestling fans. I come to you with devastating news this week. After attempting to watch Extreme Rules yesterday -- as I am wont to do using my brother-in-law's account -- I was given an error message upon trying to stream the pay-per-view, telling me that I needed a subscription to continue. The heartbreak … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 16, 2018)

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 2, 2018)

Hello good wrestling fans. I'm not going to beat around the bush with this post, because we have a lot to get through. I want us all to be caught up and acquainted with where things look to be going now that Money in the Bank is in the rearview. However, we're still going to … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 2, 2018)

WrestleMania 34 Rhetorical Recap: Golden Spotlights, Crimson Masks, and the (Unconscious) Race Politics of Smarks

Throughout the year, the Professional Wrestling Studies Association has offered a range of event coverage for WWE Pay Per Views as well as a host of vintage and indie shows and performers. Our goal is to cultivate an exclusive space for creative and scholarly writing, from close readings and fan perspectives. WrestleMania 34 offers the … Continue reading WrestleMania 34 Rhetorical Recap: Golden Spotlights, Crimson Masks, and the (Unconscious) Race Politics of Smarks

Rhetorical Recap: WWE’s Royal Rumble and the Statistical Significance of Spectacle

In an age of bottom lines, stakeholder interests, global market competitiveness, spreadable media strategies, Internet social media and sports infotainment coverage, and political correctness, and of course, strategically placed press releases and media events in between the NFL’s championship and Super Bowl weekends, how could the company not book the Women's Rumble last?

Taking Back Today: Reconciling Subversiveness with Status Quo in Women’s Royal Rumble

It began as anyone may have expected it would, with two solid workers from WWE's women's division, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, getting the crowd hot for the first-ever women's Royal Rumble. Both competitors are two of the most memorable women to ever step foot in a ring, with Banks as the biracial, purple-haired cousin … Continue reading Taking Back Today: Reconciling Subversiveness with Status Quo in Women’s Royal Rumble

WWE’s Survivor Series Dialogic Recap: The Art of Interbrand Manipulation

By Garret Castleberry and Kristine Weglarz With Survivor Series headed to Houston, WWE once again experiments with the traditional team-up versus team-up formula. A couple of years ago, WWE completely abandoned the traditional four-on-four tag team format when the abrupt injury to WWE heel champion Seth Rollins led to a rushed together tournament designed to … Continue reading WWE’s Survivor Series Dialogic Recap: The Art of Interbrand Manipulation