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For my senior project I wanted to stage a pro wrestling match. Yes, that silly cross between sport and entertainment where bodybuilders in tights pretend to fight over shiny belts that validate their status as being the best ‘pretend fighters’ in the world. Actually, that is taking it a step too far. Pro wrestlers may not be considered legitimate athletes, they are entertainers after all; however they are able to draw audiences that rival many sporting and theatrical spectacles. It is not just their incredible feats of athleticism, but something to this form that has captivated fans around the world for decades. My hope for this project was to learn about the attributes of this form of storytelling that have made it so popular. Are these attributes unique to pro wrestling? Could these traits translate in other mediums of storytelling such as a play?
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Nicholson, Paul Alistair, "Great Balls of Fire: Exploring the Theatricality of Professional Wrestling" (2020). Senior Projects Spring 2020. 270.
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