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Dec. 13, 2021

Kayfabe: The Tradition that Keeps Professional Wrestlers in Character

Kayfabe: The Tradition that Keeps Professional Wrestlers in Character

What is Kayfabe?

Kayfabe is often viewed as a suspension of distrust, used to create non-wrestling aspects of the business such as wrestling feuds, angles and tricks (the person on the screen of a fighter, from his personality to his clothes). Kayfabe is often viewed as a suspension of distrust, which is used to create non-combat aspects of promotions such as feuds, conspiracies, and gimmicks similar to other forms of entertainment such as soap operas or films.

In the past, Kayfabe were highly respected because they maintained the illusion that professional wrestling was not staged. Vince McMahon shattered the illusion that professional wrestling was "real" on February 8, 1989, in an attempt to circumvent the strict sports tax rules enforced by sports commissions, and with the advent of the Internet and the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC), the pros. Wrestling has become much less concerned with protecting the so-called behind-the-scenes secrets and generally keeping the high only during performances.

Kayfabe has long been a closely guarded secret in the professional wrestling industry; however, with the advent of the Internet, this has become an industry secret, usually held only during the show. Kayfabe is an abbreviated term that implies recognition of the staged and staged nature of professional wrestling, as opposed to a competitive sport, despite the fact that it is presented as genuine. Initially, people “in business” (both fighters and behind-the-scenes) used the term kayfabe as a code of conduct among those involved in wrestling, discussing topics publicly without revealing the essence of the scenario. 

Unlike actors who only play their characters on set or on stage, pro wrestlers often remain “in character” outside of the show, especially when interacting with fans in an effort to maintain the illusion of professional wrestling. However, some professional wrestlers choose to fight with their real name (or some nickname), reinforcing the illusion that their behavior in the ring is identical to their behavior outside the ring. Violation of kayfabe in this case means referring to a professional wrestler by his real name, and not by his name in the ring. 

A wrestler breaking a kayfabe means calling the wrestler by his real name during a performance or saying something that should not be said during a performance. In the 1980s, wrestlers began using the Kayfabe codeword to refer to performance presented as authentic and the act of preserving fiction while remaining in character. The professional wrestler's code at the time was the kayfabe code, which means wrestling jargon to refer to babyface and heels that don't appear together in public, and go to great lengths to perpetuate the idea that wrestling is real. Many years ago, promoters tried to tell the world that this is 100% sport.

However (even today) fighters who unexpectedly break the kayfabe are often punished for their actions. Wrestlers usually joined the Kayfabe publicly, even outside the ring and off-screen, in order to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling competitions were not organized. In the past, professional wrestlers had to adhere to the principle of kayfabe in public in order to maintain the illusion that televised competitions were not staged. In some cases, using a kayfabe to protect a storyline or a fighter has led to real events that reflect the storylines. 

In general, everything in a professional wrestling show is to some extent scripted or "high", although sometimes this is portrayed as real life. In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the presentation of organized events in the industry as "real" or "true", in particular, the presentation of competition, rivalry and relationships between participants as genuine and not of a predetermined or predetermined nature of any kind. Kayfabe, in the broadest sense of the word, is everything that happens in a wrestling show, which is written according to the script and does not correspond to reality. In professional wrestling, kayfabe , as a noun, is a representation of events organized within an industry as "real" or "true", in particular, the presentation of competition, rivalry and relationships between participants as genuine, rather than staged.

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