Many of my regular readers will no doubt be aware that one of my idiosyncracies is that I am a big professional fan. Indeed, I have been for the past 20 years. I have always been a bit of an anomaly to many given I am a student, now scholar, of the biblical text who watches professional wrestling . . . no pun intended . . . religiously. But in the past few years it has been brought to my attention that there exists a small quorum of scholars who are indeed professional wrestling fans. Thus far I have compiled a quite modest sized list. Myself. Patrick Miller had been rumored for a while, and Carol Newsom of Emory recently corroborated this point. Similarly, I had heard that Walter Brueggemann was a fan; I can now confirm that is not the case. He has told me he has watched but does not consider himself a fan.
I also faintly recall from an earlier post on Bryan Bibb’s blog (I think) that a great many Princeton folk are wrestling fans. Perhaps Bryan can weigh-in . . . I don’t recall if Bryan himself is a fan, but I do recall Rolf Jacobsen of Luther Seminary’s name coming up.
I will continue to update this list as more names come up . . . stories, anecdotes, and other germane matters are welcome:
Biblical Scholars who are Pro Wrestling Fans
John E. Anderson – Baylor University (fan since Jan 19, 1990)
*All-time favorite wrestler: Hulk Hogan
*Current favorite wrestler: Shawn Michaels
Patrick Miller – Princeton Theological Seminary
Rolf Jacobson – Luther Seminary (former fan)
*Favorite wrestlers: Baron Von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon, Road Warriors
James Crossley – University of Sheffield