Whether you’re, say, an anarcho-communist, a democratic socialist, or just a social democrat, we can all agree that a leftist perspective on professional wrestling means calling for a better, more democratic culture for an industry where “independent contractors” have for too long been controlled, abused, and exploited.
The Left Fist is about simply pulling together these viewpoints to contribute to an increasing critique about the pro wrestling industry so that its culture can be improved for those who work in it — as performers, announcers, ring crew, commentators, or publicists.
This intersectional anti-capitalist angle means enjoying the beauty of pro wrestling and treasuring it so much that we therefore also hold it to account: to make it a better industry by and for the marginalised or oppressed – whether women, BIPOC, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled people, or workers as a whole. Can pro wrestling offer better opportunities and representation? Can it create safer spaces? And – ultimately – can its standards be raised to protect all who work in the industry? Can it be better regulated? Can it be unionised?