This essay offers a layered account of professional wrestling training in Florida in the months surrounding both WrestleMania 36 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These events draw attention to the necessity of performing bodies in the production of professional wrestling shows and the compounded somatic risks implicit in carrying out such performances. I situate the wrestler’s laboring body as a primary site of production, complicated by the risk of sharing the wrestling ring amid calls for social distancing.
Professional Wrestling in a Time of Social Distancing
Brooks Oglesby is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Correspondence to: Brooks Oglesby, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Brooks Oglesby; Professional Wrestling in a Time of Social Distancing. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 88–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.88
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