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Slaphappy: Pride, Prejudice, and Professional Wrestling is a book written by reporter Thomas Hackett that describes, with a sociological and philosophical bent, the industry of professional wrestling. Through talks with fans and wrestlers in independent wrestling promotions, as well as a visit to the Hart family and The Rock, Hackett describes professional wrestling. Through bibliography, he also identifies parallels between pornography, performance, theatre plays, and wrestling.
Through numerous interviews, readings, and much field research, Thomas Hackett makes many observations and explains professional wrestling in critical detail. Dividing the sport into different themes, he explains each with examples, including that of a hardcore fan who turned away from the sport named Urial Yakobov.
Identifying himself as a non-fan of the sport, Hackett gained many observations and important statements from people within the industry. Like a trained sociologist, he communicates his theories on the sport through writing, making sense of a very whimsical, unique sport that is often unpredictable and childish.
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- "Slaphappy". 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- "Slaphappy: Pride, Prejudice, and Professional Wrestling". Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Hackett, Thomas. Slaphappy: Pride, Prejudice, and Professional wrestling. Harper Collins. New York, NY. 2006.