A term used by non-fans and insiders to refer to professional wrestling in the southern states of America. Non-fans have used it in a derogatory manner to stereotype wrestling and its fans. Insiders have used it to refer to promotions who are stuck in the past using the old “southern” way of booking shows.
When Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988, he allegedly called Vince McMahon to tell him that he was now in the “rasslin'” business. McMahon allegedly differentiated his company’s style by responding, “That’s
great, Ted. I’m in the entertainment business.”
When a wrestler is potato’d (stiff strike) by their competitor, they may respond with their own. This is known as giving a receipt.
When a referee gets in the way and is unintentionally (or sometimes intentionally) knocked down by a strike or move. This is used to give heels time to use weapons, or for wrestlers/managers to get involved in the match without facing repercussions like disqualification. Rarely you may see a ‘phantom’ ref bump.
When a champion is defeated, there’s an unwritten rule (especially in WWE) which allows them to challenge the new champion in a title rematch. While wrestlers will say it’s in their contract, there is no real rematch clause in their contracts, so it’s simply used to explain why the same match is happening again without crowning a number one contender. Sometimes, the clause is ignored and not mentioned after a champion loses the title.
A repackage is more than a face or heel turn, it’s a change of gimmick and/or name change which may include new attire, entrance music, and sometimes a change in their moveset. A repackage is done when a wrestler’s character is not getting over, or if they jumped ship to another promotion and want to be taken seriously.
During a match, one of the wrestler’s may apply a loose hold like a head lock on their opponent. This is done to give them a short break, so it’s a good time for them to confirm the next series of spots. Too many rest holds in the same match is usually frowned upon by WWE fans.
A rib is the insider term for a practical joke. As wrestler’s are on the road a lot, they pass the time by playing ribs on each other. Some wrestler’s go too far, which some embrace while others don’t care for it. Ribs are not restricted to the backstage area, as they can be done in a subtle manner during a show.
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog were known as the biggest ribbers in the WWF. Vince McMahon encourages the practice, although he certainly doesn’t take it well when on the receiving end. (22:40 for the Regal rib)
A veteran who can lead experienced wrestlers and rookies through a match, and ultimately has the respect and trust of their peers.
It’s all about getting the audience emotionally invested in the match. Using moves that make sense, solid timing of the moves, building to an exciting climax, and selling everything through great acting skills is all part of ring psychology.
Like groupies for wrestlers. Ring rats are usually women who go to events with the intention of having sex with their favourite wrestler(s).
When a wrestler has been on hiatus for a long time, they may return looking in great shape. However, it may be apparent they have trained for a return, but they are not in “ring shape”, which gives increased stamina, better technique, and perfect timing.
Commentators will make this point when comparing the returning wrestler to their full-time working opponent. They will explain that while they have been training hard, they have “ring rust”. There is no replacement for being in ring shape, the only way to get in ring shape is to wrestle on a frequent basis for several months.
Roid rage is a term which was originally used by wrestlers to refer to other temperamental wrestlers who use steroids. Following the Benoit Family tragedy, the media stated (with no evidence) Chris Benoit had gone on a steroid-induced rage and killed his family. This was not fact, as it was debunked by Bret Hart and other wrestlers (like Kevin Nash on Fox News), as ‘Roid Rage’ would never cause someone to go as far as Benoit did.
Bret Hart explained it as something that would “make one of the guys flip a car over”, but would never make someone so angry they would kill their family members before committing suicide. There have been a few incidents of wrestlers (like Dynamite Kid and Chris Benoit) getting angry with their wives and striking them, which some believe was down to the excessive steroid use which was normal in the business in the 80’s and 90’s.
Despite some incidents, roid rage has never been linked to murder/suicide before the Benoit family tragedy, and because of the media’s assumptions and false reporting, WWE and Vince McMahon were forced into introducing the WWE Wellness Policy to ensure the health of the wrestlers; and to avoid backlash from the government.
If you think this term sounds a little rude, then you and I could be good friends. However, in wrestling a ‘rub’ is when a veteran helps a newer and inexperienced wrestler in getting over. The veteran wrestler will go as far as losing at Wrestlemania to get the new guy/girl over with the fans.
A Mexican heel wrestler. Rudo’s are more likely to be unmasked after a long-time feud turns into a mask vs. mask match.
When a wrestler or stable runs down to the ring to interfere. Usually done by a group of heels to beatdown on a babyface, but it can also be a face wrestler making a run-in to save another face from being destroyed by a monster heel.
This article feels like a rushed finish. Sorry for that! Anyways, a rushed finish is when a match ends prematurely due to one of the competitors being legitimately injured, or because the booker hears little reaction so decides to end it early.
As is shown in the video, the main event of TNA Victory Road 2011 (No DQ match for the title) ended in one and a half minutes due to Jeff Hardy’s abuse of drugs and alcohol before the event. After an audible from Eric Bischoff, Sting forcefully pinned him as the referee ignored Jeff’s attempts at kicking out.
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