Professional Wrestling Studies Opportunities

First, the Professional Wrestling Studies Association (PWSA) invites anyone interested in professional wrestling to attend their first annual online symposium, WrestlePosium I. This symposium will occur on Saturday, April 4th, from 8am to 4pm Central Time and will be completely online so that anyone around the world can attend. Registration is necessary to access the…

When the Rebel Heart Met the Blackheart: Slash in Professional Wrestling

NOTE: This post was originally posted on the Professional Wrestling Studies Association blog and can now be found at this link. I’ve been working on this project for awhile now, and this presentation from MPCA/ACA 2019 contains my preliminary results on slash fanfic that feature NXT wrestlers Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. This work began…

New Japan Pro Wrestling Podcast

For the fifty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I are joined by unofficial third co-host Joe Belfeuil to discuss the history and significance of New Japan Pro Wrestling aka NJPW. The trio consider how NJPW emerged, and its early relationship with other big professional wrestling federations like WWF and NWA….

Professional Wrestling Studies Association

 For More Information, please contact:  Jack Karlis, jackkarlis@gmail.com THE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND EDITORIAL BOARD The Professional Wrestling Studies Association [PWSA] announces its inaugural Executive Committee, under the leadership of President CarrieLynn D. Reinhard.  The PWSA also announces its inaugural Editorial Board for its blog and for its journal.  The Association…

Interacting with AAW Heels

More on my continuing autoethnography with the AAW promotion in Chicago with this story focusing on Interacting with AAW Heels

The Pop Culture Lens on Professional Wrestling Studies

For this special episode of The Pop Culture Lens, co-hosts Christopher J. Olson and I address a question they have been working on answer: why study professional wrestling? Their answers delve into the many ways that professional wrestling has impacted societies and cultures around the world to understand just how important pro-wrestling is. From the WWE…

Introducing the Professional Wrestling Studies Association

I am writing today to announce the formation of the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. Last spring, several wrestling studies fans and scholars met at the Central States Communication Association conference in Minneapolis to discuss the formation of an organization to promote and produce professional wrestling studies. Based on this conversation, we began drafting the plan…

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…

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…

Wrestling Studies MPCA/ACA 2017 CFP

Midwest PCA/ACA 2017 Area: Wrestling Studies Area Co-Chairs: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson The 2017 Midwest PCA/ACA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22.  Call: Past, Present and Future of Professional Wrestling Since this is the inaugural conference for this new area, the Wrestling…