Welcome to our Wrestling Dictionary terms page.
In this section, we include over 50 insider-terms that
wrestlers/managers/bookers use. You've heard these words being used hundreds of
times by ring-announcers, and now you finally get to know what they actually
Angle - A wrestling plot which may involve only one match or may continue
over several matches for some time; the reason behind a feud or a turn.
Blade - The practice of
cutting oneself or being cut with a part of a razor blade. Also known as
Blow up - To become
fatigued or exhausted. The Ultimate Warrior was said to be one of a number of
wrestlers who blows up on the entry ramp.
Booker - The individual
responsible for angles, finishes, hiring and firing in a promotion.
Bump - A fall or hit
done as a spot (see spot) which takes the wrestler (or other participant, i.e.
referee, manager) out of the ring or out of action.
Card - The series of
matches in a wrestling event.
Draw - To attract marks.
n. the popularity of a wrestler, the ability to bring in marks.
DUD - A particularly bad
and totally uninteresting match.
Face - A fan favorite. A
wrestler who plays the good guy.
Fall - A referee's count
of three with the loser's shoulders on the mat.
Feud - A series of
matches between two wrestlers or two tag teams, usually face vs. heel though
face feuds and heel feuds are not unknown.
Green - Not good due to
Hard way - Real blood produced
by means other than blading, i.e. the hard way. One of the possible outcomes of
Heat - Enthusiasm, a
Heel - A bad guy in a
federation. A heel often breaks the rules and receives a bad poor/hated response
from the fans.
House - The wrestling
audience in the building said to be composed of marks.
International Object -
Foreign object, something now allowed in the ring. Derived from an order not to
use the world foreign by the Turner Broadcasting Company.
Job - A staged loss. A
clean job is a staged loss by legal pin fall or submission without
Resort to Illegalities -
To do a job. Sometimes combined with a descriptive adjective (stretcher job,
rope job, tights job.)
Jobber - An un-pushed
wrestler who does jobs for pushed wrestlers. Barry Horowitz is probably the best
known of these. Sometimes known as fish, red shirts PLs (professional losers,)
or' ham-and-eggers.' Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler) is also a well known
Kayfabe - Of or related
to inside information about the business, especially by fans. Origin is carny
jargon talk for fake.
Kill - Diminish or
eliminate heat or drawing power. There are a variety of ways to do this, but
mostly it is done by having a wrestler do too many jobs. A house can be killed
by too many screw-job endings.
Mark - A member of the
audience, presumed gullible.
Paper - Complimentary
tickets. To give lots of complimentary tickets to make a house look good,
particularly for a television taping.
Pop - Sudden heat from a
house as a response to a wrestler's entry or hot move.
Post - To run or be run
into the ring post.
Potato - To injure a
wrestler by hitting him on the head or causing him to hit his head on something.
Run-In - Interference by
a non-participant in a match. save n. a run-in to protect a wrestler from being
beat up after a match is over.
Screw Job - A match or
ending which is not clean (definite) due to factors outside the rules of
Shoot - The real thing,
i.e. a match where one participant is really attempting to hurt another. The
opposite of work or fake.
Spot - An event or
sequence of events which makes a particular match distinctive, a high-point of a
Squash - A totally
passive job where one wrestler completely dominates another. v.t. to win a
Stick - The Microphone
Stiff Chops - Hits or
moves which cause real injury (though perhaps not more than a welting up of the
opponent.) Big Van Vader has a reputation as a stiff worker. Not a shoot, but
Stretch - A form of
shoot where one wrestler dominates rather than injures the other as a proof of
Turn - Change in
orientation from heel to face or vice-versa.
Work - A deception or
sham, the opposite of a shoot.
Workrate - the approximate ratio of good wrestling to rest holds in a
match or in a wrestler's performance.