Before Shoot Interviews: Joel Goodhart

Joel Goodhart at the podium announcing the Battle of the Nature Boys match

At the time of this 1991 interview, Joel Goodhart–with his beard, glasses, and long hair– looked more like a roadie for the Grateful Dead than a successful, albeit controversial, wrestling promoter. Goodhart earned a loyal following by promoting an influential brand of wrestling called (at the time) “shock wrestling.”  In 1992, Goodhart declared bankruptcy and … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Joel Goodhart

Before Shoot Interviews: “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe cutting a promo at the camera

After badgering Larry Sharpe for an interview at a 1991 wrestling fan convention outside of New York City, the “Pretty Boy” allowed me to follow him to his hotel room.  As we got to the hotel room door, Sharpe, who had recently wrestled his retirement match, muttered, “If you want this damn interview, it’ll have … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe

Call for WrestlePosium IV Presentations, Papers, Panels

It’s Time! It’s WrestlePosium Time! The President of the PWSA invites submissions for the association’s WrestlePosium IV. This virtual symposium will happen online on Saturday, April 1st, 2023. We are having the symposium with the WrestleMania festivities to be a part of the general festivities. For more on the WrestlePosium series, see https://www.prowrestlingstudies.org/home-2/wrestleposium-the-online-symposium/ The PWSA seeks … Read more Call for WrestlePosium IV Presentations, Papers, Panels

Before Shoot Interviews: Cat Garrett

USWA Logo

During my 1992 visit to the Memphis-based United States Wrestling Association (USWA), I was able to visit with African-American prelim wrestler Anthony “Cat” Garrett.  Garrett, who had just won his preliminary match that night, was standing next to a souvenir table and talking to his family, before he excused himself to talk to me.   … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Cat Garrett

PWSA Meet and Greet: Karen Corteen

What is your area of research? I am Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, in the School of Justice Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. You can find my faculty profile here.  What led to your interest in pro wrestling and how do you approach pro wrestling from your scholarly discipline? I watched … Read more PWSA Meet and Greet: Karen Corteen

Before Shoot Interviews: Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett struts in white suit

After an hour of pestering the promoter of Memphis’s United States Wrestling Association (USWA) at a 1992 show, the promoter brought out one of the promotion’s top good guys (or “faces”), Jeff Jarrett, to talk to me. Sporting a mane of shiny blond hair and a friendly demeanor, Jarrett patiently described his wrestling career before … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Jeff Jarrett

PWSA Meet and Greet: Nick Davidson

What is your area of study/research? I am an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee. My research interests primarily center around organizational and consumer behavior in combat sports, along with the globalization and labor economics of combat sports. What led to your interest in pro wrestling and how do you … Read more PWSA Meet and Greet: Nick Davidson

Before Shoot Interviews: Wade Keller–Part 2

Wade Keller sitting in from of a microphone

In part two of this 1991 interview, Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller talks about incorporating interviews into his relatively new newsletter. The interviews were a feature that set the Torch apart from The Wrestling Observer. KELLER: I decided to start doing interviews. I thought that would be good because there weren’t any in wrestling, and … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Wade Keller–Part 2

Before Shoot Interviews: Wade Keller–Part 1

Wade Keller in front of painting of Verne Gagne

Wade Keller had been editing and publishing the Pro Wrestling Torch from a Minneapolis suburb for four years at the time of this 1991 interview. Keller started his newsletter as a high school student and featured interviews along with news.  Although there are a variety of sources for “insider” pro wrestling news today, in the … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Wade Keller–Part 1

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: Anthology on Wrestling in the Pandemic Health, Illness, and Injury in Professional Wrestling: A Special Section of a forthcoming issue of Survive and Thrive Professional Wrestling Studies Journal Vol. 4 Wrestling in the Pandemic  Editors: Lowery Woodall, Jessica Fontaine, and CarrieLynn D. Reinhard On April 9, 2020, in the early days of … Read more CALLS FOR PAPERS