Sports entertainment: toward a high concept of professional wrestling

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    Abstract

    This chapter correlates World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) dominant form of professional wrestling, sports entertainment, with Justin Wyatt’s notion of high concept Hollywood filmmaking, to propose sports entertainment as a high concept of professional wrestling. Through a multi-modal qualitative discourse analysis of historic and contemporary professional wrestling artefacts, the chapter demonstrates how aesthetic and stylistic convergence, organised around the marketing of consumer products, directly shapes the function and form of WWE pay-per-view activity. Key findings in the chapter indicate that in the high concept wrestling text, simplistic narrative, star power, branding, product placement and event franchises blend together to create a style that maximises image, lifestyle, pre-sold concepts and ancillary consumer products.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConvergent wrestling
    Subtitle of host publicationparticipatory culture, transmedia storytelling, and intertextuality in the squared circle
    EditorsCarrieLynn, D. Reinhard , Christopher John Olson
    PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
    Chapter5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351233989
    ISBN (Print)9780815377641
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019

    Publication series

    NameThe Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture
    PublisherRoutledge

    Keywords

    • wrestling

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