FIGURE FOUR CAPS LOCK: pro wrestling memoirs

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[ Fri Oct 14 11 ]

Part of Litquake XII, this event featured local writers reading the memoires of professional wrestlers. You got that from the title. Right. Here’s some copy, via Litquake, that describes the event:

From seedy carnivals to weekly cable TV blowouts, professional wrestling’s spectacle of musclemen locking up with hairy brutes has long occupied the twilight zone between sports and entertainment, creating a form of acrobatic theater that is both dangerous and surreal. During the last decade, the sport’s most beloved baby faces and despised heels such as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and “Mankind” Mick Foley have put pen to paper and produced a steady and unexpected supply of bestselling memoirs.

So, yes, a night of readings, accounts of what it’s like inside the ring. At the Hemlock Tavern. Readers were, as follows:

  1. Bob Calhoun (also the event’s host)
  2. Alan Black
  3. Michael Lucas
  4. Suzanne Kleid [no video]
  5. Norman Zelaya
  6. Shane Dynasty
  7. Greg Franklin
  8. Lady Monster
  9. Matt Holdaway
  10. Alia Volz
Above is the program sans Suzanne Kleid, who you can enjoy right here. Click “Play” to watch all, “Next” to skip forward, or the small “Insert” screen (to the right of the video time) to see thumbnails and watch them directly.