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xx Common Wrestling Terms
« Thread started on: Aug 2nd, 2004, 01:21am »

For those who aren't familiar with the wrestling business, here are some of the more common terms that show up:

FACE: A good guy, also known as a babyface.

HEEL: A bad guy.

'TWEENER: One who is neither good nor bad; one who switches sides easily.

BLADE: To draw blood in a match, usually with a self-inflicted cut from a concealed razor blade.

WORK: An angle; an action that furthers a storyline.

SHOOT: A genuine interview.

MARK: A wrestling fan, presumed gullible.

SMARK: A "smart mark"; a fan who knows a great deal about the business.

SQUASH: A match in which one wrestler completely dominates the other/s.

BOOKER: One who determines the outcome of matches.

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 2nd, 2004, 06:41am »

MANAGER - A person who accompanies a wrestler. Managers are used for talent in the federation who cannot make a good promo. Managers have a duty of putting their client over during interviews or segments(i.e. Paul Heyman)

VALET - A female manager. These types of managers are very common since the late 90's. They also have the same role as the manager in putting their client over. But they also proove as eye candy sometimes(i.e. Stacy) or.....a buffed up amazon?(i.e. Chyna *shudders*)

SHOOT FIGHTER - A common term for people who came to the wrestling scene but also have a background from shoot fighting companies such as the UFC, K-1 and URCC. They are known to be legitemate atlethes who want to venture into the world of Pro Wrestling

STIFFNESS - How a wrestler makes their punches and moves real. When they call someone STIFF, it means that they might be making it too real...or they already are doing it for real(i.e. Hardcore Holly and Bubba Ray Dudley). People who are not very STIFF are people who you see do the moves and are easily seen as fake or you can notice that the punch doesnt land on the opponent (i.e. Hulk Hogan and Giant Gonzalez)

SELL - A term for how the wrestler in the recieving end of a move or strike re-acts well. There are a lot of people who over sell too much when they get hit (i.e. Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect) to put their opponents over as a legitamate wrestler/brawler/technician and there are other who NO SELL because they dont want to put the wrestler over(i.e. Kevin Nash and Ultimate Warrior) or sometimes they are either past their prime and cant take a bump like they used to (i.e. Hogan and Rikishi)

PUSH - a term for a winning streak for a wrestler.

HIGH SPOT/SPOT - a very innovative or a death defying bump made by the wrestler or both wrestlers making the high impact bump. There are a number of wrestlers who make a lot of high risk bumps and are often called spot monkeys who are often called that because they only know how to make a lot of spots to cover up most of their bad wrestling knowledge (i.e. Amazing Red) and some makes a lot of high spots and almost injure themselves severly to give the crowd a lot of shock value. (i.e. Mick Foley). A Spot or a High Spot is used just to rile up the emotion of the crowd.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 8th, 2004, 12:46am »

JUICE: Another name for steroids; or an alternative for "blade".

BLOW OFF: A match that ends a feud between two or more wrestlers.
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 8th, 2004, 07:18am »

HOSS - a term for a wrestler who is a favorite of the owner. But it is also associated with Tall wrestlers(A-Train and Matt Morgan) who, in the owner's view has the potential to draw money. They are NOT bad in wrestling because most of them pull off moves that their size just cannot do(i.e. Vader doing a moonsault). But there are some exception to the rule who still need some work in the ring

GREEN - Common sport term that is also applicable to wrestling. A "Green Wrestler" is said to be unprepared but still pushed through by the promotion(i.e. John Heidenreich). Most of these pushes for the 'green' worker often does damage to the promotion if NOT to the wrestler's reputation (i.e. 'The Erik Watts botched superkick' or 'The Nathan Jones botched superkick , stumble , bounce of 2003')
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 8th, 2004, 6:00pm »

JOBBER: Fan talk - a person that constantly loses matches.

DROP: Fan talk - If you Drop a title/match you lose the title/match.
EG "HHH never drop's his title!"
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 11th, 2004, 06:11am »

MARKING OUT: When a fan makes a legitimate - and usually informed - complaint about a wrestling company's direction or content; when a fan openly supports a certain wrestler for any reason.

SCREWJOB: When a match (usually for a title) ends in controversial circumstances.

PUTTING OVER: When a wrestler willingly drops a match/title to elevate another wrestler to main event or champion status.

GETTING OVER: When a wrestler becomes popular, either as a face or a heel.
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 11th, 2004, 09:34am »

on Aug 11th, 2004, 06:11am, Eamon2517 wrote:
MARKING OUT: When a fan makes a legitimate - and usually informed - complaint about a wrestling company's direction or content.



I thought Marking out was when you cheer for your favorite wrestler? and isnt a legit/informed complain make you a 'Smark'? or a smart mark? Just a thought there.
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 12th, 2004, 11:30pm »

on Aug 11th, 2004, 09:34am, D-Extreme wrote:
I thought Marking out was when you cheer for your favorite wrestler? and isnt a legit/informed complain make you a 'Smark'? or a smart mark? Just a thought there.


Good call. I'll edit my post in a moment. smiley
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 16th, 2004, 09:56am »

Heat-When wrestlers have real life problems with one another backstage. Also when a wrestler (most of the
time the heel) really gets the fans to boo him.

White Heat-When fans attack the heels for real.
Back in the days of Terry Funk and the late Freddy Blassie this happened. Funk had a dagger thrown at him and hit him in the neck. Blassie had his car vandalized.
This is extremely rare now of days but it still happens.

In ECW Shane Douglas broke another wrestler's neck for real. (I'm pretty sure it was an honest accident and I'm sorry I don't recall who it was) The wrestler returned wearing a halo (one of things that keeps your head still after neck surgey) and of course what did Douglas do he attacked him and threw off the halo and pissed the fans off that for weeks some fans called his home and threated him and his wife.
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 18th, 2004, 07:16am »

I never knew about those incidents. shocked

OK, a couple more:

DIRTSHEET: An unofficial wrestling-based website, reporting on the behind-the-scenes activities in the wrestling companies. Beware, though: half of the reports can be exaggerated, or complete BS. wink

WRESTLECRAP: A pretentious term given to notoriously bad wrestling angles which have occurred over the years. Coined by R.D. Reynolds, who runs the site of the same name. smiley
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 20th, 2004, 10:57pm »

I wondered when someone will put that wrestlecrap on. Now that you guys know the link...I DEMAND you to go there every friday nights! lol.

...heheh...right now they are showing the crap of TNA. But then again, I was a huge Miss TNA Bruce mark. grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 4th, 2005, 11:23am »

Let me tell you boys how it is cause I am a real wrestler. So, step aside. lol. J/K No attitude just trying to be funny.

Juice: Draw blood in a match

Greenhorn: Someone that hasnt been in the business but maybe a few years or is just starting.

Over: Shotcaler will tell you that you are going over if you are winning the match.

Under: The opposite of over. Just means your losing.

Stiff: Punching the hell out of someone.

Snug: Punching them a little hard but not much.

Push: Getting moved up the card

Job boy: Someone that gets there ass kicked the whole match.

Angle: Fued

Sandbagger: someone that doesnt jump when taking a move.

bump: a fall to the mat

Stretch: To stretch is to apply pressure in a submission

Sell: How you act when you take a move

Shoot interview: A OOC(Out of character) Interview.

Shoot: Pretty much jobbing someone out.

Shotcaller: The person that books matches and makes the results.

Veterans: Someone who has been in the business for a long time.

Take it home: What wrestlers whisper to each other when they are ready to do the final spot and end the match.

Strap: Belt

Double shot: It can mean wrestle at the same place twice in one night or wrestle at 2 different places in one night.

Mark: A fan member that really gets into it.

Trainee: A person learning to wrestle

Zebra: A referee

Heat: Can either be when guys in the back are fighting or how much cheers/boos the person working is getting.

Worker: What wrestlers call each otehr. Ex: "Are you a worker?"

Screw Job: When a heel wins a match by cheating in some way.

False finish: When you do something that makes the crowd thinks the match is over and then its not. Or a pin is made and then the match is restarted or is changed over to were the otehr person wins.

Face: You know

Heel: You know

Tweener: You still know

Egomaniac: A worker that is obsessed with his matches and thinks he is the whole damn show.

Big Head: Same thing as a egomaniac.

Superman: Someone that will bump but won't sell.

Hot Tag: When in a tag match. Both the faces and heels are down and the face that isnt in the ring is really hyped up then both the heel and the faces crawl to their corners and make a tag then the other face whoops ass. I mean everybodys.

Gig: A razor used to juice. Or sometimes it can mean juice. Ex: "Did you gig?"

Pop: How loud the fans cheer for a face. Ex: "That got a hell of a pop!"

"It's a work!": A phrase used by wrestlers to indicate that it all is entertainment and fun. Don't let stuff get to your head and cause you to become a egomaniac and don't bring personal problems into the dressing room. And don't get pissed about and decisions the shot caller makes. He is in charge, he makes the decisions. He wouldn't do it if he didn't think it was a good decision.

I will tell you more later. That is all I can think of for now.
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 8th, 2005, 6:47pm »

lol i've been a jobber my whole career in x-wcw lol
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