A term coined for WWE’s ECW brand til it was replaced by NXT. Meant as an insult as WWECW was nothing like the original ECW and felt more like a cheap copy of Smackdown.
Call/Call A Match
Often the most experienced wrestler will call the following move/moves to their opponent, but not always the case. Also it’s usually the heel who calls the match, but again is not always a surefire method. Calling is done wrong when you can visibly hear them, often giving away the following sequence of moves. Botchamania (online blooper show) often ridicules Cena for “talking too much” during his matches.
Added this one personally. It’s used when someone predicts a wrestler will appear, or something will happen ahead of time, and it happens a short time later, leading the predictor to say “Called it”. It can be used in the negative sense; showing how predictable the show/product is, or it can be used in the positive sense when the predictor called something which ended up as shocking and/or entertaining. “Oh My God AJ Styles, Called It!”
Another way to use “Called It” is by calling the action in the ring like a commentator would, then the commentator repeats the exact words a few seconds later, leading to a positive “Huh, Called it!”.
A wrestling card is the line-up of wrestling matches for the event. While the card primarily focuses on the matches, the show can deviate from the wrestling and introduce segments between the matches to break it up. A wrestling card is one where the event focuses on the matches, while an entertaining card adds promos, backstage segments, and other distractions to entertain fans who desire a little more.
In the olden days it was the biggest honour to wrestle on the “top of the card”, the phrase used for those who earned the right to wrestle in the main event. In WWE it’s common practice to include several “main events” on big PPVs like Wrestlemania. WWE has been known to have main-event caliber matches to open their shows as well. While being at the “top of the card” is becoming less prominent, it’s still regarded as an achievement to consistently wrestle in the main event.
An experienced wrestler having to work extra hard to make the match a success as their opponent lacks experience or have limitations with movement (due to size or injuries). Often a wrestler will carry a rookie because the promoter wants the rookie to look good despite their limitations, and “put them over” with the crowd. Carrying another wrestler is often looked down upon by fans, as they feel the match lacks due to the talent/ability being so one-sided.
But it’s not always the case, as sometimes even the best wrestlers have off-nights, and their opponent carries the match as a favor to the other; out of respect for them, and the fans watching.
“Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?” If you can give me a “Hell Yeah!” If you don’t care for catchphrases then you can “Rest In Peace!” Because I’m The “Best In the World”, “The Best In The World At What I do”, “The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be”, and “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” all rolled in to one. You get the point.
Introduced over a decade ago when Smackdown games featured Create-A-Wrestler for the first time. The internet gave the fans the ability to share their CAWs, often asking for CAWs of wrestlers not included in the game so they could create fantasy matches and stables.
Two technical wrestlers at the top of their game (with great chemistry) able to use wrestling holds back-to-back with counters holds to simulate an amateur wrestling contest. Often the chain wrestling ends up on the mat and can lead to many pin-falls, a submission attempt, or a break-up
While chain wrestling is beautiful to wrestling purists, many wrestlers choose to adopt offense which looks painful, more than offense which would gain them leverage in a wrestling contest..The four best examples (I can think of at the moment) would be Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko, Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe, and CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan. Should not be confused with the chain match shown below.
A championship is a kayfabe accomplishment. The wrestler who holds the championship is decided by the booker in advance. The angles and feuds will center around the championship, and the belt representing the championship will be awarded to the winners. While babyfaces will express their desire to defend the championship frequently against any opponent, a heel is more likely to use the belt (as an illegal weapon) to defend their championship title through cheating.
World Championships are generally the biggest prize of any promotion, and are awarded to the wrestler who either 1) gets the biggest reaction, 2) sells the most merchandise, 3) looks great on promotional material, and/or 4) works better in the ring than anyone else. There’s no set rule, but the best champions of all time are those who are all-rounders and tick every box. Rarely will a wrestler self-book themselves to be champion, but when it does it can lead to serious heat with the fans, sometimes damaging the company’s reputation, depending on how it’s handled.
Purposely fishing for a positive/negative reaction by mentioning the audience’s hometown and/or local sports teams. Some wrestlers use cheap pops on purpose as they have the respect of the fans and can get away with it. Have a Nice Day EWN!
Usually a heel getting the advantage via low-blow, interference, or using an illegal object behind the wrestler/referee’s back. As long as the wrestler catches the other by surprise, and is underhanded in their assault, it’s considered a cheap shot.
The chemistry of two wrestlers whether they are tag team partners or opponents will determine the quality of their matches. The best opponents will push each others limits and know their thought processes and moveset, leading to competitive matches. The best tag team partners know each other and will double team their opponents frequently to gain the advantage.
Chemistry doesn’t just occur in the wrestling ring, it extends to all aspects of the business. A commentary team needs good chemistry if they are to call the action and keep it entertaining. Managers need chemistry with their wrestlers, or the manager won’t feel like a good fit.
The writers of the show need chemistry with their talent, or there will be a disconnection and the wrestlers may not buy in to what the writer is selling. Having the best chemistry makes it better all-round for everyone; the wrestlers, the commentary, the managers, the backstage staff, and most importantly the fans. Even a wrestling crowd can have “chemistry”.