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  Turn (professional wrestling) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In professional wrestling, a turn occurs most frequently when a wrestler develops a new gimmick (persona) and changes, frequently from face to heel or sometimes vice versa.
Taz followed up this enormous heel turn with a profanity-laced tirade against the fans and tag team partner Sabu; the fans were so enraged at Taz that they nearly rushed the ring at the end.
Hogan's heel turn, after nearly twenty years as a face, shocked the wrestling world as a whole, and helped to reinvent Hogan as a new, 'hip' and gritty version of himself called Hollywood Hogan, a character who may have been more hated as a heel than any run by Ric Flair before that.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Turn_(professional_wrestling)   (1657 words)

 Heel (professional wrestling) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character who is portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner; sometimes they are humourously referred to as 'evil.' In non-wrestling jargon, heels are often "bad guys" in pro wrestling storylines.
Hogan turned heel largely due to the large amounts of heat he was gaining from the WCW fans (Hogan was still regarded as a WWF superstar and thereofore unwelcome in WCW).
In Japanese wrestling, a "traitor heel" is someone who goes against the established (usually mainstream, babyface) group he was part of within a promotion, such as Riki Choshu, Masa Chono, and Great Muta in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Yoji Anjoh in UWF International, and Genichiro Tenryu in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)   (1600 words)

 Why Women Watch Professional Wrestling
It is with these 26 questions for the extended interviews that the researcher had been able to understand what makes professional wrestling appealing to the female fan, the theory behind why they watch and how deeply professional wrestling plays a part in their lives.
Wrestling is just one of those things that you just don’t have to think about, you know it is just purely entertainment.
The chapter on professional wrestling as American ritual deals with whether or not people believe professional wrestling, which combines sport and drama, is a ritual while theater and actual sport such as football are not.
www.geocities.com /burnsy79/wrestling.html   (8385 words)

 The Physician and Sportsmedicine: News Briefs
Though many consider the choreographed moves of professional wrestling to be entertainment and not sport, physicians who cover events, wrestlers, and an emergency department physician who sees the aftermath of kids copying the wrestling moves all contend that professional wrestling is indeed a contact sport.
Professional wrestling traces its roots to turn-of-the-century strongman competitions that were held at carnivals and fairs.
Those who hope to make it to the professional level and those just eager to live out their fantasies are learning the moves at several professional wrestling schools across the national such as Tugboat Taylor's School of Professional Wrestling in Houston and the Monster Factory in Paulsboro, New Jersey.
www.physsportsmed.com /issues/2000/05_00/news.htm   (2270 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Wrestling villains—always the key to whatever drama the bouts have—were often defined by their national origin, which branded them as enemies of the American way of life.
Wrestling promoters have always been concerned that theirs is not a team sport and thus threatens to lack that extra measure of fan commitment that group solidarity can extract.
In the contemporary era, though, wrestling virtually acknowledges that it is manufacturing its villains, and their roles are presented as a matter of personal choice rather than national destiny.
xroads.virginia.edu /~DRBR/cantor.txt   (3761 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Professional wrestling matches have been fixed since the 1910's and 20's and the fact has been reported many times before, only never in such an official manner.
Wrestling was not nearly as popular in the 1960's and 70's as it had been in the 50's; but local stations continued to air wrestling and promoters continued to depend upon their television shows to draw crowds to the stadium.
Wrestling articles that focused on the changing demographics of professional wrestling fans in the early 80's and in 1998 sought to portray professional wrestling in a new light.
members.aol.com /solie11/pwandfans.html   (7833 words)

 Wrestling needs respect
Professional wrestling was one of the first things to ever air on television.
A century later, the World Wrestling Federation is selling out the Houston Astrodome for Wrestlemania X Seven, doing something the Houston Astros couldn't do in all their years there and garnering more than $3 million in ticket sales.
Professional wrestlers are the working-class superstars of professional sports and are without a doubt the greatest athletes in the world.
www.usc.edu /student-affairs/dt/V141/N65/01-wrestrl.65v.html   (704 words)

 prowres   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Professional wrestling is one of the most popular spectator sports in America today.
This may be the major appeal of professional wrestling to its countless fans: it confirms their own experience about what is real and phoney in anyday life.
Between 18 and 20% are professionals, and the numbers of top echelon managers and entrepreneurial sorts that were counted call the stereotype of "the wrestling fan" into serious question.
facultystaff.vwc.edu /~nramsey/prowrs.htm   (4178 words)

 Wrestling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The He-Manly ogres and dandified faux-pimps of professional wrestling are such overblown characters that it's hard to imagine them ever having been wanna-bes, but every pro wrestler starts somewhere.
"Wrestling," he repeats to the class, "is a soap opera." Ample emphasis is placed on acting out the villain and hero roles -- the "Heel" and the "Face" -- that make any given match a morality play.
Hollow, who wrestles as both a Heel and a Face, tells me his favorite way to turn the crowd against him is to rip up a young fan's autograph book.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/features/00/08/03/WRESTLING.html   (654 words)

 Professional Wrestling - Television Tropes & Idioms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Professional Wrestling is usually full of concepts from different types of shows.
Although the various professional wrestling organizations claim that it is a real sport, the truth is the performances are as standardized and stylized as Japanese Kabuki theatre, or commedia dell'arte -- each match is a miniature set piece, using stock characters, "plots" and "twists".
However, as many Sit Com plots have implied, Professional Wrestling is very real in the sense that mistimed inexperience can leave someone seriously injured.
www.tvtropes.org /pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ProfessionalWrestling   (162 words)

 Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Ring Chronicle Hall of Fame Inductee - George Hackenschmidt
After establishing himself as a champion weightlifter, he began his professional wrestling career in the late 1890's, and quickly became a major wrestling celebrity in Europe.
By the turn of the century, he was the premier wrestler in Europe and is credited for selling out the London Opera House -- a highly prestigious venue -- in 1904.
According to many wrestling historians, a pre-bout arrangement was made wherein Gotch would drop one fall to Hackkenschmidt, allowing him to appear strong in defeat, but still win the other two falls, thus retaining the World title.
www.wrestlingmuseum.com /pages/bios/halloffame/hackenbio.html   (903 words)

 The Wrestling Glossary
This is not intended to be a list of technical wrestling terms but is, rather, intended to shed light on some of the more arcane terms used in the business.
a wrestling "plot" which may involve only one match or may continue over several matches for some time; the reason behind a feud or a turn.
The wrestling audience in the building said to be composed of marks.
www.wrestlingmuseum.com /pages/resources/glossary.html   (682 words)

 Professional Wrestling Proposal
As a child, I was fascinated with the spectacle of the wrestling matches and wondered at the wrestlers themselves.
Although many books have been published about wrestling, a high number of them are as cryptic and secretive as the business itself.
Wrestling is infamous for blurring the lines between true sport and pure entertainment.
www.studyworld.com /newsite/ReportEssay/SocialIssues/Sports\Pro_Wrestling_Proposal.htm   (919 words)

 WRESTLING -- JACK PFEFER COLLECTION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
During the 1920s professional wrestling showed a steady increase in popularity; by the early Depression years it was one of the most lucrative forms of sporting entertainment in the country, receiving broad coverage in the nation's dailies (where it was still treated, by and large, as a legitimate competitive sport).
By the late '30s, professional wrestling was performance rather than sport; in its theatricality it resembled, in kind if not always in degree, the televised rituals of today.
He also never withdrew from his public stance that professional wrestling was pure show, and for a class of patrons who, whatever their gullibility, now went to matches primarily to be entertained, he sought new ways to entertain them.
www.sports.nd.edu /Wrestling/pfefer.html   (1617 words)

 PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IS REAL!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Wrestling has been a true sport in which two unarmed opponents were matched in a contest.
Wrestling was also mentioned by the famous Greek author, Homer, in The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Many states even prohibit "professional" wrestling from being advertised as a "sport." It must be billed as "an exhibition," because the outcome is obviously rehearsed.
www.theexaminer.org /volume7/number2/wrestle.htm   (2867 words)

 The College Hill Independent
The huge names, the transcendent stars like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair who brought mainstream fans to professional wrestling in the 1980s are either dead or, in the case of Hogan and Flair, ancient shells of their former selves.
Before Vince-although the company line is that professional wrestling existed in smoky salons and bars-professional wrestling was extremely successful in what was known as the territory system.
During the hot period of 1998-2001, when wrestling was at its all-time peak, McMahon increased the number of big shows each year from 6 to 12, to increase his pay-per-view revenues.
www.brown.edu /Students/INDY/alpha/oldstuff/issues/102402/sports/2.html   (1443 words)

 SLAM! Sports - Wrestling
Wrestling recently had the chance to talk to the "Innovator of Violence" to discuss this apparent inconsistency, and other aspects of his life in pro wrestling.
In the quarter century or so that I've been a professional wrestling fan, I thought I had seen it all: great matches, terrible matches, drama that was Shakespearean, incredibly offensive angles, funny characters, wacky comedy...
No doubt some long time wrestling fans wish it was still that way, a time when you wondered, however slight, that maybe those wrestlers are really fighting it out.
slam.canoe.ca /Slam/Wrestling/home.html   (545 words)

 SF News - January 22, 1998 - Wrestling with an image   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
"At the turn of the century, people visited fairs and carnivals where this type of entertainment was meant to be seen and experienced.
Hardy says wrestling is an often maligned form of entertainment that, over hundreds of years, has evolved from "a rough and tumble sport that helped to prepare men for war, to today's multi-media, multi-million dollar extravaganza.
"A live wrestling match is about stimulation and, at times, over-stimulation," says Hardy, whose recent thesis presentation combined several screens featuring wrestling snippets, accompanied by a concession stand and loud music, and was shown to an audience of peers seated closely together, to create wrestling's carnival-like effect.
www.sfu.ca /mediapr/sfnews/1998/Jan22/wrestling.html   (379 words)

 Professional Wrestling's Rebirth
In fact, today's wrestling shows don't seem to be so much about wrestling as theatre.
Wrestling officials claim that they are aimed at 18 to 34 year olds but admit that adolescents, pre-teens, and teens make up much of the viewing audience.
Given its high TV ratings and rabid fans, pro wrestling is not likely to disappear any time soon, despite questions of its family value.
www.infoplease.com /spot/prowrestling1.html   (680 words)

 Amazon.com: Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle (Performance Studies Series): Books: Sharon Mazer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Worse yet, this book was reseached at a time when pro wrestling was turning out a lot of poor characters and story lines.
She points out that wrestling relies on the display on male bodies in extravagant costumes and almost naked.
Mazer only visits one school of wrestling why is that she should at least have visited a couple.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1578060214?v=glance   (2083 words)

 Ring of Glory
For over 50 years, professional wrestling has been the staple of sports-entertainment throughout the United States—as well as the world.
But, as the turn of the century came something happened that would bring the “cult” following of professional wrestling from the back closet—to the forefront of American culture.
Read all about how dreams and the goal of being in the wrestling industry lead this young man into the doors of famous pro wrestling magazines and subsequently into the doors of TNA Wrestling and in turn into the family that is Ring of Glory.
www.ringofglory.com   (295 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Professional wrestling is the topic of his thesis and Hart, who has body slammed his way through the top wrestling circuits in the world, was one of the key research subjects.
Everard's thesis examines professional wrestling as a form of art.
Everard showed a clip of the match when he defended his thesis which essentially linked the basics of wrestling to the basics of theatre.
cheryl.dewolfe.bc.ca /david_tc.htm   (619 words)

 Vince McMahon
Wrestling fans must all go to the jail that has been created for them.
That is how wrestling fans feel about the sport they love so much, professional wrestling.
If not, at least fans will always have the “other” wrestling show they can watch when their favorite brand is not on television or not stepping up to the plate and delivering.
webpages.charter.net /chairshots2cranium/vince_monopoly.htm   (707 words)

 Pro Wrestling Insider - Pro Wrestling News Inside & Out
It would be a chance to stand and clap and chant and enjoy, to remember and appreciate, and finally give well deserved closure to a group of talented people who changed the landscape of professional wrestling from a dilapidated bingo hall.
It was all those small parts, presented in front of an audience that loved their professional wrestling that made ECW special.
ECW was more than just another wrestling company, it was a proving ground, it was a springboard, it was a blank slate where some of the greatest artists ever known to create amazing matches in professional wrestling got to ply their trade.
www.pwinsider.com /ViewArticle.asp?id=10363&p=1   (1388 words)

 How to clean up pro wrestling. By Randy and Jason Sklar
Professional wrestling has fallen in line with the rest of the sports world in adopting a new drug testing policy.
Before we turn our attention to steroids, there are a few problem areas that professional wrestling must address.
Bryan Curtis found out what professional wrestlers do when they hang up their tights.
www.slate.com /id/2132497/fr/rss   (812 words)

 E-Budo.com - Professional Wrestling is Fake???
I hate to say it but all that professional wrestling is, is a dance...
He called professional wrestling a "sporting exhibition" to avoid the licensing fees and such.
Probably similar to wrestling but in wrestling, you can go to floor and that is not as demanding as standup wrestling.
www.e-budo.com /forum/showthread.php?t=21725   (1740 words)

 History of Professional Wrestling - History of Wrestling. Quiz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
History of Professional Wrestling - History of Wrestling.
A brief look into the past and present of the phemonenom we call professional wrestling.
* This turn of the century star, first to be recognized as a world wrestling champion in 1905, was known as the Russian Lion?
www.funtrivia.com /quizdetails.cfm?quiz=3887   (86 words)

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