Photo Essay

Professional Wrestling 70's Style

Professional Wrestling 70's Style...Photo Essay #1 (In Stories)

Those old enough will remember the frenzy of Professional Wrestling. What a show it was with a huge television audience and 15,000 paying customers each day of the week at places like Madison Square Garden.

Professional wrestling (often shortened pro wrestling, or simply wrestling) is a form of sports entertainment loosely based on competitive wrestling.

As such it is a mode of spectacle, combining athletics and theatrical performance. It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, which mimic a title match combat sport. The unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on classical and "catch" wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks, strength-based holds and throws, and acrobatic maneuvers; much of these derive from the influence of various international martial arts. An additional aspect of combat with improvised weaponry is sometimes included to varying degrees.

The matches have predetermined outcomes in order to heighten entertainment value, and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and carefully performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury. These facts were once kept highly secretive but are now a widely accepted open secret. In the United States, this is due to the coerced public admission by Vince McMahon as the result of threatened government regulatory initiatives. By and large, the true nature of the performance is not discussed by the performing company in order to sustain and promote the willing suspension of disbelief for the audience by maintaining an aura of verisimilitude.

10 responses

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (21 Oct 2013):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Oct 2013):

    Your photos are amazing, but I personally will never love or agree with this game!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Oct 2013):

    A wonderful presentation of the 'sport'. Even though the bouts are contrived, these people are usually in top notch condition to perform the way they do. An outstanding compilation of photos, James!!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (22 Oct 2013):

    sure winner for story of the week or I will hang up my tights. Gorgeous George and Killer Kowalski both agree and dont make me come down to the jpgmag office to demonstrate "the sleeper hold" :)

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (22 Oct 2013):

    Jason, thank you, but don't plan on hanging up your tights. Just like professional wrestling, the voted competitions on this site are fixed!...A must read: Aaron Schwartz's personal post, especially the response to a question by Andrew Dutton (near the end of the post).

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Oct 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (24 Oct 2013):

    Hell yes this should be the story of the week !!!
    The writing is great and the photos are awesome !!
    This really brings back some great memories from the 70s

    We used to watch "Big Time Wrestling" on Channel 61 out of Cleveland at 6 pm every Sat.night and then "Champion Wrestling" on Wuab channel 43 out of Akron,Ohio at 7pm.

    How could anyone not love "Dick The Bulldog Brower" Ernie The Big Cat Ladd" ,"Hans Schmitt","Chief White Owl" "The Love Bros" and the rest of all those great characters ?!
    I can't remember how many times my brother gave me "White Owls" Tomahawk Chop nearly knocking me out .
    And every chance I got I'd knock him on his ass and throw the old Camel Clutch on him........great days indeed !!!

    This deserves to win hands down unless JPG rigged !

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    A very entertaining picture essay, James.. so well captured and presented!! It was gritty and almost gruesome to watch.. but always entertaining, and you captured that very well, indeed! Voted!!

  • Indra Widi

    Indra Widi gave props (31 Oct 2013):

    documentary photographs are stunning

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam said (16 Jul 2014):

    Fantastic story, and the shots are outstanding all of them!

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