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Donald Trump and WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley shave the head of CEO Vince McMahon during Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Will Trump continue to pull from a pro wrestling playbook?

As a candidate, Donald Trump – whose relationship with the WWE spans nearly 30 years – emulated the bombastic style of a pro wrestler. As president, it might be doing him more harm than good.
Bombardier (right), the reigning champion and ‘King of the Arenas’, prepares to defend his crown against the popular young challenger Modou Lô. Mark Hann/ Global Sport

Senegalese wrestle with ethnicity while reaching for dreams of success

Wrestling is Senegal’s national sport. But the presence of an ethnic discourse within the sporting arena may well threaten the notion of the multi-ethnic nation state.
Critics may sneer but pro-wrestling is a highly theatrical form. Tracy Nearmy/AAP

RAW theatre: pro-wrestling belongs on the arts pages

A bawdy, sexist, overblown spectacle that celebrates a particularly regressive form of masculinity? The same might be said of a good deal of theatre – not to mention culture generally.

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