We are working on developing a bibliography of publications about wrestling, the WWE and CTE, with a view to understanding how the working conditions for wrestlers evolved.
Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America- Scott M. Beekman (Praeger, Westport CT 2006)
“For those who control wrestling, history becomes nothing more than another marketing tool, twisted and distorted at will.” An highly readable academic history of wrestling that gives a serviceable outline of the origin of the current working conditions of modern professional wrestling. The books give a good overview of modern wrestlings emergence out of traveling carnivals, and the steady accumulation of power in the hands of promoters. There is a useful discussion of the wrestling code of slience and development of an in-group language, Kayfabe that has shaped the mindset and dialogue among wrestlers to the present.