chapter  11
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The pro-wrestling audience as imagined community

Reflecting on the WWE universe as a “fan-generated narrative” body
WithJoyce Goggin, Argyrios Emmanouloudis

World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) fan base exists as an imagined community that can be understood through the scope of convergent, user-generated content. This chapter seeks to shed light on how the imagined community is enforced by the actions, discourse, and events promoted in professional wrestling. In addition, the chapter endeavors to highlight how WWE encourages practices of user-generated content and fan-generated narrative and content shaping via convergent media texts and practices.