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[For the non-wrestling-inclined: the past two weeks have been an exciting and/or terrible time for wrestling fans. First, there was controversy at the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view, when crowd favorite Daniel Bryan was seemingly denied the chance to enter the competition. This was either part of a larger storyline about Bryan as an underdog, a […]

I’ve said for a long time that WWE has been ahead of the curve in the television and digital industries. That’s one of the reasons I decided to work at WWE Digital last summer instead of a corporate PR firm. Because of their unique brand position, perhaps it’s easier for them to shift into new […]

Something rather interesting happened last night on the annual “Old School” edition of WWE’s flagship show, Raw. It was as if USA Network executives spontaneous changed their programming to a combination of Hoosiers, Field of Dreams, and Mike and the Mechanics’ “The Living Years.” I don’t want to type out a lot of factual history, but briefly: Jake […]

So this is a few weeks old, but I wanted to address it anyway. A pretty cool example of the WWE taking a set of opinions espoused by many WWE fans and having it articulated by a “superstar” (er, I mean “diva”) happened recently. I’m referring to AJ Lee’s “pipebomb.” A few months ago, WWE […]

I have a relatively long commute from Manhattan to Stamford where WWE is headquartered. On the train I’ve been reading the last fourth of Neal Gabler’s Walt Disney bio. This book is massive and I’ve been reading it on and off for about a year. Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination with Disney […]

Just a few thoughts to jot down: This week we went to a WWE Raw taping. One of the odd things about seeing wrestling live is that, aside from crowd noise, the matches are pretty quiet. You realize what a big difference the announce team makes in the home viewing experience. It’s also hard to […]

Another great point from an askreddit thread You have to realize that wrestling is, essentially, a giant unspoken LARP where the wrestlers are “the athletes” and you and the rest of the audience are “the fans.” CHIKARA Pro takes this to the obvious logical end by havingmoments like this (wait for the audience to start chanting), […]

This surprises people, but I’m really interested in wrestling fandom. I’m shocked that there aren’t more papers and research on it, since it’s a fan studies (or gender/queer studies) gold mine. I’d like to do some academic writing about pro-wrestling this year, so I’m collecting bits and pieces of online content that seem to get […]