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Philosophy Smackdown by Douglas Edwards

Philosophy Smackdown

Douglas Edwards

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Category: Philosophy, Non-fiction
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1 May 2020
ISBN: 9781509537655

"Hulk Hogan and Socrates wrestle with the big ideas"--

4 stars out of 5
16 May 2020

"It’s driven by the author’s enthusiasm"

He is much better than Barthes on the layers of reality in pro wrestling. Particularly fascinating is his account of ‘shoots’. As the glossary tells us, a ‘shoot’ is when a wrestler does something that isn’t in the script, something unplanned. In the case of the so-called ‘Montreal Screwjob’ in 1997, Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart didn’t like the plot he was given, which was to lose his final WWF bout to Shawn Michaels before he switched to a rival wrestling organisation. A compromise script was agreed, in which the fight would end in disqualification for both wrestlers. But this was a trick. Vince McMahon, the owner of the WWF, double-crossed Hart by calling to the referee to end the match early while Hart was held in a pre-planned hold — as if he had submitted. Hart then stopped acting. He spat in his opponent’s face and stormed off, pursued by a crew making a television documentary.