Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Extra Credit: FOLD PROJECT

Posted by tommistowers on April 30, 2017

For my extra credit blog post, I chose to talk about the fold project by Kimberlea Ferrell about professional wrestling. I chose this fold project because I don’t know much about professional wrestling. Kimberlea sectioned her fold project off into roots in the carnival, the WWWF, events that happen with the creation of professional wrestling, and fan entertainment. The roots in the carnival section talks about how terms such as kayfabe are still used today. Kayfabe means to do everything possible to maintain the fiction of wrestling. This term is important to wrestling because the audience need to believe the fight is real. The World Wide Wrestling Federation was created by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1963. In 1979, Vincent McMahon took over the company from his father. McMahon changed the world with what he did next. McMahon created Wrestlemania in 1985 in an attempt to gain more money. Wrestlemania then became an extreme hit that then he created more pay-per-view shows such as SummerSlam and Royal Rumble. While looking at Kimberlea’s project the last section really stood out to me. She mentions multiple points about fan entertainment. The wrestlers chose their next move based on the audience and their fans. The reactions of the fans can influence if the wrestlers stay on script or deviate to appease their fans. Overall, I am glad I chose to talk about this fold project as my extra credit blog post. I learned a lot about professional wrestling and how the creation began through this project. Good Job Kimberlea!!


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