ZANE KHAN explores the dark underbelly of performance wrestling. CW: Mentions of suicide, homicide, domestic violence, physical abuse/injury and drug abuse.   Professional wrestling is an immensely popular form of entertainment. Perfectly fusing combat and soap operas, it attracts millions of viewers from around the globe. There is, however, a widespread awareness of both the theatrical nature, and the profound danger, of the genre. Unlike other sports, professional wrestling is the physical embodiment of theatrical violence with potentially dangerous consequences. Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE, labelled the genre as sports entertainment. Professional wrestling is an example of performance theatre; it incorporates a mixture of improvisational and physical theatre with scripted storylines and the mock-combat seen within the ring. Those who we deem wrestlers are merely physically adept actors who are trained in both the pretence of combat and the execution of heightened – often hyperbolic – dialogue.   World Wrestling Entertainment,…Continue Reading

The Extremities of Theatre