"Wrestling has always been a sport of the people...
grew on the fringe of respectable society...
"Wrestling is not a sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of Suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque." While Barthes' essay was groundbreaking it was focused on semiotics and, consequently, failed to address one of the aspects of professional wrestling that makes it most peculiar.
Wrestling represents one of the oldest forms of combat
(Try to imagine George and his persona in any other sport.) There was no way wrestling would be taken seriously, so in order to survive wrestling did the next best thing: it adapted to television, becoming one of television’s first infommercials, localized to meet the needs of its audience and promoters.
Magoo's History Lesson By The Phantom of the Ring
27x 32 framed Poster 22x17 ..Copyright by Wayli Inc. Super Bowl VI Professional Wrestling Bob Luce Promoter Orignaed in 1975 "The Greatest Spectacle in Professional Wrestling", Verne and Greg Agne Autographed by Nick Bockwinkel, Nicholas Warren Francis "Nick" Bockwinkel is a retired American professional wrestler. He mainly competed in the American Wrestling Association in the United States.
This original poster comes directly from the Nic Bockwinkel collection. Nicely matted and framed. Frame AS IS condition.
The son of a professional wrestler (Warren Bockwinkel), it was only natural for Nick Bockwinkel to follow in his father's profession. Bockwinkel wrestled for several years in various regions, but gained his greatest fame in the now-defunct American Wrestling Association (AWA). He and tag-team partner Ray "The Crippler" Stevens were three time AWA Tag-Team Champions in the 1970s for Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's "Family." Tag-team wrestling wasn't Bockwinkel's only forte though, as he won the AWA Heavyweight Championship, by defeating Verne Gagne in 1975. Bockwinkel's first reign as champ lasted nearly five years before he lost to Gagne in 1980. He later won the AWA title three more times with his last reign ending for good in 1987, at the age of 53. He wrestled sporadically after that, and later resurfaced as a wrestling commentator for the AWA, and also was named a chief executive with Ted Turner's WCW in the 1990s.