Originally Posted by bcfccalum
Historically, a "mark" was the name used (and still is used today) for a fan that bought into the story portion of the sport. For example, children are always marks because they believe that the sport is not a work. Their disbelief is constantly suspended.
"Marking" for someone means that you are able to temporarily suspend your disbelief and buy into what you are being sold. You know the sport is a work, but you are able to watch the sport with a child's eyes when a certain person is on screen. Whether it is because of their charisma, in-ring ability, mic skills, etc. In my case, I mentioned John Morrison is someone who I am a mark for. I understand that the sport is a work, but I feel like I am 10 years old when I watch him in the ring. I don't care about "the work", I care about his work.