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An In-Depth Look at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Its Fandom Using Digital Ethnography

Authored by: Crystle Martin

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138940918
eBook ISBN: 9781315673974
Adobe ISBN: 9781317377788

10.4324/9781315673974.ch22

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Abstract

People who do not watch professional wrestling always have the same question for fans—Do you think it’s real? However, this question of “reality” doesn’t really engage with the underlying reasons fans find the sport so pleasurable. It has a long and storied history—moving from a more traditional version of Greco-Roman wrestling to the theatrical spectacle of sports entertainment that it is today. Professional wrestling offers its fans a complex form of entertainment with its own genre conventions and insider language. The complexity of this fan culture is often surprising to those who are not initiated.

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