The other type of shoot interview is when a wrestler sits down for a long interview with a host who asks them questions about their life in the business, and what they did/do outside the business. Shoot interviews include the real people behind the characters and cannot be linked to any wrestling promotion. A company who has talk shows like the “Stone Cold Podcast” may encourage the host and guest to talk about specific subjects, while steering away (or limiting time spent) from discussing controversial subjects. The guest may show elements of their wrestling character, meaning it’s not classed as a shoot interview.
A wrestler with a background in legitimate fighting (catch wrestling in the old days, MMA these days), or otherwise is known as a tough guy who won’t take anything untoward in the ring.
In the old days, veteran wrestlers would “stretch” rookies to put them in their place if they were taking liberties. A shooter is one notch lower than a “hooker” (not to be confused with ho’s), the term used decades ago to describe wrestlers who could end a match with real holds if their opponent was going into business for themselves.
A wrestler who doesn’t need a wrestling match to entertain the crowd. Just give them an entrance and a microphone, sit back, and watch the magic unfold.
A move synonymous with a wrestler. They use it as part of their moveset, and it may have a unique name attached to it. A signature move might be used to finish a match instead of a finishing move, but it’s a rare occurrence. Most signature moves give the wrestler a late 2-count to build to the finish.
Skin The Cat
When a wrestler goes over the top or through the ropes and is able to pull themselves back in without touching the floor. Sometimes may use their legs to force their opponent over the top rope to the floor. A signature move of Shawn Michaels.
A segment of a wrestling show which is not a wrestling match or fight. Like an interview, promo, or comedy sketch.
Smark / Smarten Up
Smark is a combination of the words ‘Smart Mark’. Sometimes used in a negative tone, a smark is someone who has inside knowledge of the business without personal experience. Smarks are more likely to criticize a show than enjoy it like other wrestling fans. Smarks tend to cheer for wrestlers with great wrestling ability (whether they face or heel) over wrestler’s they consider inexperienced and “pushed too soon” by the company. Sometimes used by casual fans and wrestler’s to refer to “know-it-alls” who really don’t know anything.
There’s a fine line between being a smark, and a smart wrestling fan. Smart wrestling fans don’t spoil things for others and look down on fans who are not smart to how the business works. To “smarten up” is when a wrestling fan is educated on the business, and realizes matches are scripted, and matches are planned out beforehand.
“You want to take a ride on Space Mountain!?” – The humourous euphemism used by Ric Flair to refer to sex, or his penis. WOOOOOO!
A move usually performed by a large wrestler when they drop their full weight on a smaller opponent. Named after Big Daddy’s signature move, the Daddy Splash.
A term coined by WWE and Vince McMahon to refer to WWE’s programming; to appeal to a broader audience. Sports Entertainment differs to professional wrestling by referring to talent as “superstars”, encouraging scripted storylines, and taking elements from other forms of entertainment like reality TV shows and live bands.
Spot / Spotfest / Spot Monkey / Spot Shuffle
A spot is a planned move or series of moves in a match. A high spot is an exciting, and potentially dangerous move. A spotfest is a match with spots back-to-back getting a mixed reaction from critics and fans.
Spot monkey is a term to describe a wrestler who heavily relies on high spots over ring psychology, and working the crowd. Found more in cruiserweights and those who adopt a full-time hardcore style.
Spot shuffle is when a group of wrestlers outside the ring shuffle into position to cushion the fall of the incoming flyer. The time spent getting into position is important; the longer they shuffle, the worse it looks.
Another term for a wrestling ring. Commonly used to hype events and wrestler’s talent.
A one-sided, and often short match between two wrestlers. Used in WWE to establish new ‘big guys’ to the main roster, giving them squash victories for several weeks against unknown jobbers and mid-card talent. A squash can revive a wrestler’s career after a losing streak or return from injury.
Squash matches have a mixed reaction. On one hand, it’s good to set up a talent as a credible force, but if it’s done too long it displays a lack of competition. The real question is, do the fans like squash matches? I can’t imagine many saying they would prefer a squash over a back-and-forth contest.
The Four Horseman. D-Generation X. New World Order. Do I need to list more? A stable is a group of wrestlers with the same goals, adopting their own style and gimmicks. They may recruit new members, or kick out the weak links. They will interfere on behalf of their stablemates.
On occasion, they will try to “take over” the promotion and own every championship. Stables will form to fight the dominant villanous stable, causing Stable Warfare. In the end, the war will end in an Barbed Wire Inferno Wargames match with four stables in three rings. Ok, an extreme example, but the war will end in a gimmick match in an elimination-style match, likely in a steel structure.
When a heel wrestler purposely stalls to wrestle his opponent. The face tries to engage, but the heel avoids and powders out to circle the ring and “stretch”. The face eventually gets agitated and runs after the heel, who runs away, gets in the ring, and gets the upper hand on the face as they re-enter the ring.
Using excessive force while executing a move, on purpose or by accident. Stiff punches may cause injury to an opponent. Or in John Cena’s case, a knee strike.
A stooge is hired help for heel wrestlers. They will do the ‘dirty work’ for them, such as putting their bodies on the line during run-ins, or accepting matches on their boss’ behalf.