Wrestling with Fiction

Pro wrestling is a strange beast. I’ve found it fascinating ever since I was a kid, enjoying it for the over the top drama, amazing matches, and wacked out characters. Then I grew up and “got smart” and started to be fascinated by the back room politics, its weird history, and the even weirder way reality and fantasy grapple with each other.

So, back in 2007, I sold an article on wrestling as a form of fantasy. It was an excuse to study how  a real combat art became a con game, and emerged as one of the great American art forms of the 20th century, alongside comic books and rock and roll!

So, may I introduce to you, managed by Doc Ridler, an article from Parts Unknown, weighing in at about 2000 words, it is the only article in the history of Clarkesworld magazine to feature the phrase “jobbing”, I give you, “Steel Chair Through the Looking Glass!”





About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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