Pro Wrestling (Ian)

NOTE: This is a second term of Professional Wrestling: The Class. You don’t have to have been a member of last term’s class in order to join and you don’t have to sticker it if you did last term.


Professional wrestling is an artform. Yeah, I know.


In this class, we will investigate the history and the unique storytelling potential of the medium of professional wrestling, long thought of by the consensus of television and art critics as nothing more than a bloodsport for meatheads. From high flying maneuvers to careful, methodical rest holds, a match in a repurposed boxing ring can make a story all but unknowable to the untrained eye.


I’m here to teach it. I’ve been watching wrestling since a young age. I went to New Orleans so I could watch Wrestlemania and witness the re-debut of Aberdeen’s own Daniel Bryan, after meeting him and getting him to sign his book. My brother used to work for WWE and got me in whenever WWE was in town. I am dedicated to teaching you the best thing ever, which is wrestling.


In PW:TC, which our official acronym is, we’ll be learning about the terminology of wrestling, the ins-and-out of a pro wrestling match, the wildest wrestling moves, and, most importantly, the stories told inside and outside the ring. While wrestling can be crude, violent, and dangerous, there is no doubt that when wrestling is good, it’s really dang good. Of course, when it sucks, it sucks bad, but that’s half the fun. Here, there is one rule and one rule only: Wrestling is real.


I invite you to join me on this quest through the mythos of professional wrestling, whether you’re a diehard fan, someone interested in the athleticism or story, or simply want to watch some people bodyslam each other. This class has something for everyone.

NOTE: Professional wrestling has its litany of bloody moments and the occasional swearing. While I’ll try to keep this stuff to a minimum and only when necessary to teach about pro wrestling, it’s going to be pretty hard for me to remove it completely. Therefore, this class has been pitched as mature themes.

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