Nicholas Sammond got reacquainted with the pro-wrestling of his youth while teaching a course on television and society. “Blown away by how different it was,” being both campier and featuring complex storylines, and finding wrestling fans in many of his classes, Sammond chose to study pro-wrestling more in-depth. The result is book “Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling,” a collection of academic essays of which he is editor. Sammond, an assistant professor of media and society, and his soon-to-be-released book were featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article “Book tackles wrestling” from the March 1 issue.
“If you're a serious student of popular culture, nothing should be off the table,” he said of the book.
The basis of Sammond's book, French literary theorist and semiotician Roland Barthes' famous 1957 essay “The World of Wrestling,” was explored in the Village Voice (New York, N.Y.) article “Wrestling With the Margins.”