This collection of studies considers the cultural and critical analyses of the texts of professional wrestling.
- Beaty Barrett and Dana Levin. “What Love Got to Do with It?: A Qualitative Grounded Content Analysis of Romance Narratives in the PG Era of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Programming.” Sexuality and Culture 18(3) p. 560-591.
- Broderick Chow. (2015). “A Professional Body.” Performance Research 20(5), p. 30-41.
- Diane R. Collier. (2013). “Relocalizing Wrestler: Performing Texts Across Time and Space.” Language and Education: An International Journal 27(6), p. 481-497.
- Thomas Hendricks. (1974). “Professional Wrestling as Moral Order.” Sociological Inquiry 44, p. 177-88.
- Louis Kyriakoudes and Peter Coclanis. (1997). “The ‘Tennessee Test of Manhood’: Professional Wrestling and Southern Cultural Stereotypes.” Southern Cultures 3, p. 8-27.
- Heather Levi. (2008). The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity. Duke University Press.
- Víctor Manuel López. (2010). “Mexican Wrestling: Its Compensatory Function in Relation to Cultural Trauma.” Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche 4, p. 33-45.
- Kathleen Lowney. (2003). “Wrestling with Criticism: The World Wrestling Federation’s Ironic Campaign Against the Parents Television Council.” Symbolic Interaction 26, p. 427-46.
- Brendan Maguire and John Wozniak. (1987). “Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes in Professional Wrestling.” Social Science Journal 24, p. 261-73.
- Sharon Mazer. (1998). Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle. University Press of Mississippi.
- Patrice Oppliger. (2004). Wrestling and Hypermasculinity. McFarland & Co.
- Marc Ouellette. (2016). “If you want to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man”: Masculinity and the Rise of Professional Wrestling in the 1990s. Dialogue 3(2), online.
- Dalbir Sehmby. (2002). “Wrestling and Popular Culture.” Comparative Literature and Culture 4(1).
- R. Tyson Smith. (2008). “Passion Work: The Joint Production of Emotional Labor in Professional Wrestling.” Social Psychology Quarterly 71(2), p. 157-176.
- R. Tyson Smith. (2014). Fighting for Recognition: Identity, Masculinity, and the Act of Violence in Professional Wrestling. Duke University Press.
- Danielle M. Soulliere. (2006). “Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE.” Sex Roles 55 (1-2), p. 1-11.
- Danielle M. Soulliere and James A. Blair. (2006). “Muscle-Mania: The male body ideal in professional wrestling.” International Journal of Men’s Health, 5(3), p. 268-286.
- Nicholas Sammond. (2005). Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling. Duke University Press.