The WWE is planning some big things for India. Soon, we will have their programming run on a ‘same day’ basis. With a hungry fan base that will only increase, we list the ten most important pro-wrestling terms, so you aren’t lost in the conversation between two ‘marks’ when that happens, along with sentences as examples.
WWE Universe: The official version that the company is now following about anything.
Just like the DC Universe, Marvel Universe, there’s a WWE Universe. This is basically an all-encompassing term to tell everyone who matters (and cares) what the official line on something is.
Example: When and if Sting meets Hulk Hogan, it will be the ‘first’ time these two giants meet.
Sting and Hogan have routinely fought each other, but that was over at TNA. TNA is a competitor, so it is not in WWE Universe.
Kayfabe: Playing the character.
WWE superstars are actors, however horrible or good they are. What they portray on screen is a character, and breaking it would be breaking ‘kayfabe’. Example:
Example: The only time Undertaker broke kayfabe was when he came out to shake hands with Ric Flair at his retirement.
It can be real anything, a real interview, a real fight, basically, the opposite of kayfabe.
For example: Everytime Brock Lesnar comes out to fight, there is a chance it turns into a shoot fight.
Selling: To portray that a particular move was devastating.
Pro Wrestling is basically choreographed fights, and the two performers need to support each other to ensure that people are entertained and nobody is hurt. The person who is being hit has to show that a particular hit and hurt like heaven cometh.
Example: Some submission moves need some real selling to seem realistic.
Spot: Any manoeuvre between the two performers that would change the game or take it ahead.
Example: Everyone remembers the Undertaker Mankind spot where Undertaker throws Mankind from the top of the cage at Hell in a Cell.
Botch: When a spot goes bad and either of the performers get hurt, the person who commits the mistake ‘botches’ the ‘spot’.
Example: CM Punk accused Ryback of botching a spot in a shoot interview he had on a podcast recently.
Blading: The action of hiding a blade in your wrist covers, and using it to cut yourself to bleed, selling a particular spot.
Example: Ric Flair was one of the most famous bladers in the pro wresting circuit.
Bonus: Ric Flair was accused of opening up his blading injuries to show the police his wife beat him up when he called them up.
Face: The protagonist
Not to be confused with…
The Franchise/The Big Guy: The one man around whom the entire business works, someone who has mainstream and well as ‘wrassling’ acceptance and exposure.
Example: There have been only four Big Guys in pro-wrestling according to the WWE Universe, The Hulk, Rock, Stone Cold and John Cena.
Heel: The villain.
Example: The Undertaker can play Heel as well as the Face very well.
Push: When a performer gets written into storylines in a manner that gives his career a upheaval.
Example: Dolph Ziggler is right now undergoing a great push.
Squash Match: A one sided match.
Example: The match between Brock Lesnar and John Cena at Wrestlemania was a squash match.
Burial: When a performer is not in the good books of the powers that be, and is being shown in a bad light, either in the right or outside.
Example: The WWE wanted to bury the Ultimate Warrior with the DVD, ‘The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior’.
Pop: The crowd reaction when a particular supersar arrives onto the scene. The pop can either be good, or bad.
Mark: The person who knows the WWE is choreographed and storylined, but still enjoys it as a guilty pleasure.
Example: We marked out when Sting returned to the WWE.