GUEST COLUMN: “The Fanatical Fantasies of Pro Wrestling Fans” by Lissa Soep

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The Fanatical Fantasies of Pro Wrestling Fans

UC Irvine researcher Crystle Martin studies what pro wrestling fans can teach us about storytelling, education, and community. What she found is like “fantasy football meets Dungeons and Dragons.” Lissa Soep interviews Martin about the interactive theater of professional wrestling fandom.

“Fantasy football meets Dungeons and Dragons.” That’s how Crystle Martin, a post-doc at UC Irvine, describes a pro-wrestling fan community she explored as part of her academic research. Martin used to study library sciences. Now she studies professional wrestling fandom. Crystle insists that it’s not that big of a leap. Though pro wrestling is easy to make light of, turns out the online communities young people form around this highly theatrical form of sports entertainment can be intellectual, rigorous, and obsessed with quality narrative.

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BuzzFeed.com presents: “28 Signs You’re A Pro Wrestling Fan”

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Courtesy of BuzzFeed.com:

28 Signs You’re A Pro Wrestling Fan

It’s derided as a cultural skidmark, a lowbrow circus of steroid freaks in their undies pretending to hit each other. And yet, it has sustained as a viable attraction for over 100 years, bringing in enormous crowds and pay-per-view buyrates. It’s a mad and wacky world, and here’s a few signs you might be one of us.

Check out the hilarious list here:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mrctheamazing/28-signs-youre-a-pro-wrestling-fan-ap6l