My favorite bit of reading so far has been in Ole Anderson's Inside Out excerpts-- I thought the description of the building drama between Tommy Rich and Abdullah was remarkable. I loved the extension of the drama from one match to the next/ the insistence on the rematch, and the character and relationship development. Wrestling is such an amazing and unique performance venue, in that the drama is physical, dynamic, and develops over time, week to week, city to city. When I was working in dance and choreography, it also involved intricate and coordinated movement and extreme physicality, but there was never a rematch... the relationships set up in the choreography could never hope to extend to the before and after in the way they can in wrestling. Every movement in the ring has meaning that is built over time and compounded by it's implied continuation.
I was especially gripped by Ole's description of Tommy, badly beaten for the third time by Abdullah, grasping at the winner's leg: "Tommy grabbed him again. Abdullah kicked him one more and tried to leave. Tommy grabbed the leg a fourth time, and Abdullah went nuts! We didn't overdue it. Abby didn't kick him for an hour. He just gave him a few boots" (177). This description is beautiful; it describes a brilliant performative coordination of dramatic effect... What strikes me is the specificity of the choreographer-- in effect the promoter/ booker who decides the finishes inhabits the role of choreographer/ movement designer. I never realized before how much agency the promoter has, not just as a money-maker and entertainment coordinator, but also as creative director and designer of the action.