Books, Information

 

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Wrestling Information.

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)

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“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.