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

PWSA Meet and Greet: David S. Moon

What is your area of study/research? I’m Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bath. My study/research agenda is broadly split into two strands that frequently overlap. The first focuses on UK politics, in particularly in Wales and relating to the Labour Party more generally. The second focuses on ideological contestation, hegemonic struggles, and … Read more PWSA Meet and Greet: David S. Moon

Before Shoot Interviews: Dave Meltzer

Dave Meltzer surrounded by paper in his office.

The Wrestling Observer newsletter, one of the first, and likely the most influential, professional wrestling newsletters is written and edited by California-based Dave Meltzer. When I was an intern at Marvel Comics in 1990, the editor with whom I worked was a professional wrestling fan and told me about this newsletter, and I have been … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Dave Meltzer

PWSA Meet and Greet: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

CarrieLynn wearing a black PWSA cap smiles at camera

What is your area of study/research?  I am Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and I am interested in how people make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them. That means I largely draw on audience studies, reception studies, and fan studies. I also focus … Read more PWSA Meet and Greet: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

Before Shoot Interviews: Eddie Sharkey–Part 2

Eddie Sharkey turns his attention to his Pro Wrestling America (PWA) promotion in the second part of this 1991 interview. In addition to describing the dynamics of trying to be an independent promoter at a time when the World Wrestling Federation had driven many other regional wrestling promotions out of business, Mr. Sharkey provides some … Read more Before Shoot Interviews: Eddie Sharkey–Part 2