Community at AAW

It takes a community to build a wrestling promotion. We have been going to AAW shows now for over a year. We have been to see them in the various venues they use in Chicago -- Logan Square Auditorium, 115 Bourbon Street, the Berwyn Eagles Club, and Joe's Live at Rosemont. We have watched some … Continue reading Community at AAW

Past, Present and Future of Pro-Wrestling

At the 2017 C2E2 convention, I was joined by a great panel of professional wrestling professionals, fans and scholars to discuss how we see the past, present and future of "sports entertainment" from this particular point in time. On this panel are the following: Dave Prazak (Shimmer Women's Professional Wrestling), Mike Kingston (Headlocked comic), Matt … Continue reading Past, Present and Future of Pro-Wrestling

ECW on The Pop Culture Lens

In the thirty-fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast Ryan Schriml to discuss the innovative nature and legacy of Extreme Championship Wrestling -- or, ECW! ECW! ECW! In this episode, our discussion focuses on how the innovations of Paul Heyman and … Continue reading ECW on The Pop Culture Lens

Experiencing the Co-Construction of Kayfabe: AAW Take No Prisoners

This blog post expands on the ideas of the co-construction of kayfabe, an idea I presented at the Popular Culture Association 2016 conference in Seattle. For this post, I reflect on a live wrestling event I attended in an attempt to define what my partner, Christopher Olson, and I mean by "convergent wrestling." The entire presentation … Continue reading Experiencing the Co-Construction of Kayfabe: AAW Take No Prisoners

Professional Wrestling, Smarks, and Convergent Media

As part of the project on understanding professional wrestling through the theoretical lens of convergence (i.e. convergent wrestling), I recently wrote out an explanation for how Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I see this concept of convergence being able to describe various aspects of professional wrestling. Now, being that we are academics, one … Continue reading Professional Wrestling, Smarks, and Convergent Media

Convergent Wrestling: The Nature of Professional Wrestling

Professional wrestling has been criticized for its emphasis on the fiction of its entertainment rather than the reality of its sport. My partner, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me), and I argue that professional wrestling functions as a convergent media product, representing a vital text for examining the media landscape of the 21st century. The … Continue reading Convergent Wrestling: The Nature of Professional Wrestling

A First Encounter with Live Sports Entertainment

Two men enter the ring -- the "squared circle" -- muscles tense, skin already glistening with sweat. They circle the ring, calling out to their fans in the crowd to let their admiration roar and shake the building. The room still reverberates with the booming baselines of their entrance music, leaving the audiences' ears to … Continue reading A First Encounter with Live Sports Entertainment