History GenreSavvy / ProWrestling

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* As part of Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)
** On the 4 December episode of Smackdown!, the Animal cranked it up to DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels by attacking ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker'' from behind with a chair midway through the Deadman's classic long entrance.
** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin did it at ''Breakdown: In Your House''.
*** And [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]] did it on Raw in 1997.
* On the episode of WWE Smackdown that aired the Friday before the Unforgiven 2008 Pay-Per-View, MVP and Shelton Benjamin attempted to interrupt HHH's show-opening promo. HHH then made a GenreSavvy speech about the usual course of events that take place during the show-opening promo, where the champion talks for a while about the upcoming Pay-Per-View, his opponents interrupt him and try to attack him, and the champion overcomes the opponents. However, HHH did wind up being attacked by a third opponent he ''didn't'' see coming (who could be said to have been Genre Savvy enough to notice how ''his'' presence wouldn't be cliche enough to notice).
** Wrestling/TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} 25''. Wrestling/RandyOrton had declared his intent to have Wrestling/TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after Wrestling/{{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. Wrestling/TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for Wrestling/TripleH having expelled him from Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom and the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.
** One time, Brutus Magnus tried to attack him for behind, but Sting sidesteped because Magnus yelled while charging.
* To quote Wrestling/JohnCena:
-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've decided to give Umaga a very well-deserved night off."
-->'''Wrestling/JohnCena''': "A night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."
** Another example of Cena using his inner genre knowledge came when he utilized his own PopularityPower to convince [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] to give Wrestling/CMPunk a shot at his WWE Championship at Money in The Bank last July.[[hottip:*:For you see, [=McMahon=] had suspended Punk for his infamous June 27th, 2011 promo where Punk pretty much blasted every aspect of the WWE's day-to-day operations.]]
* Pretty much any time that a wrestler manages to actually use an obvious way around the usual [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of the laws of physics]] needed for some of pro wrestling's more elementary sequences (such as Irish whips that lead to almost "textbook" dodging), although these moments are usually played for laughs. Specific examples would be Wrestling/SamoaJoe in [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] casually walking out of the way of opponents jumping off of the top rope... same goes for Kevin Steen's reaction to Nigel [=McGuinness=]' rebound lariat off of the ropes.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}} ''always'' counters his opponents when they telegraph a move. For example: when his opponent telegraphs a back body drop, he will stop and uppercut them.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}''; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his FaceHeelTurn, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** wRESTLING/JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After Wrestling/{{Kane}} caused the lights to go out on Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."
* In recent months (especially during his feud with Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}), whenever Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} would try to run-in during Wrestling/RandyOrton's matches while Orton's back was to the entrance ramp, Orton would deduce that he was coming based on the crowd's pop, and turn to counter the ambush.
** Orton used his Genre Savviness to thwart another attempted ambush on the episode of Smackdown before Night of Champions 2012. While Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival Wrestling/DolphZiggler was giving Orton a HannibalLecture, Orton interrupted her and stated that he knew she was only trying to keep him distracted to allow Ziggler to sneak up behind him, then immediately turned around to catch Ziggler in the act.
* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out a much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle Wrestling/EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.
* One of the elements in the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ Z! True Long Island Story]]'' webshow by WWE's Wrestling/ZackRyder that's brought it widespread popularity has been his willingness to make not-very-veiled shoutouts to smarks, such as the "Han Solbro" clip or his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7ve2WXiU8&t=4m39s not being pushed]].
* A very interesting case with [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina Perez]]. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent has actually dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. In a variation of this, at ''Night of Champions 2010'' she faced one of the two opponents who had dropkicked her during her entrance again. The opponent tried to do it but this time Melina was ready for her and moved out of the way.
* The Bella Twins constantly switch with each other to try and win matches, especially after their FaceHeelTurn. One match saw Wrestling/EveTorres bring a permanent marker down to the ring and get the referee to draw an X on the twin who was legally in the match. In a bit of irony they went for the switch and got caught but Eve got distracted by the twin on the outside which allowed the other to win the match.
* On the August 8th, 2011 edition of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', Wrestling/CMPunk's immediate reaction to the "main event" (a contract signing for himself versus Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam to unify the WWE Championships) was to point out how often a fight would break out at such an event, and wondering aloud whether he should just flip the table over and get the fight started already.
** Punk's genre savvyness is arguably a big part of his popularity. When Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis had a contract signing for a Triple Threat match between Punk, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Wrestling/TheMiz, Punk kept interrupting the segment by asking if he could punch somebody. Near the end, when John was getting ready for a photo shoot for WWE.com with all three men, Punk simply stated: "Man, if you want anything done right... I guess you just gotta do it yourself." He then proceeds to send Del Rio through a table and hit his finisher on Wrestling/TheMiz.
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.
* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
* On the April 1st, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/PaulHeyman imitate the Undertaker's entrance, complete with ominous chanting and druids, with Heyman dressing up as Undertaker's recently deceased manager Paul Bearer. Undertaker storms up the ramp to attack Heyman, and stops, looking around at the druids. Anticipating an attack from Punk, Undertaker starts attacking the druids one by one trying to find Punk, before Punk assaults him from behind.

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* As part of Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)
** On the 4 December episode of Smackdown!, the Animal cranked it up to DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels by attacking ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker'' from behind with a chair midway through the Deadman's classic long entrance.
** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin did it at ''Breakdown: In Your House''.
*** And [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]] did it on Raw in 1997.
* On the episode of WWE Smackdown that aired the Friday before the Unforgiven 2008 Pay-Per-View, MVP and Shelton Benjamin attempted to interrupt HHH's show-opening promo. HHH then made a GenreSavvy speech about the usual course of events that take place during the show-opening promo, where the champion talks for a while about the upcoming Pay-Per-View, his opponents interrupt him and try to attack him, and the champion overcomes the opponents. However, HHH did wind up being attacked by a third opponent he ''didn't'' see coming (who could be said to have been Genre Savvy enough to notice how ''his'' presence wouldn't be cliche enough to notice).
** Wrestling/TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} 25''. Wrestling/RandyOrton had declared his intent to have Wrestling/TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after Wrestling/{{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. Wrestling/TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for Wrestling/TripleH having expelled him from Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom and the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.
** One time, Brutus Magnus tried to attack him for behind, but Sting sidesteped because Magnus yelled while charging.
* To quote Wrestling/JohnCena:
-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've decided to give Umaga a very well-deserved night off."
-->'''Wrestling/JohnCena''': "A night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."
** Another example of Cena using his inner genre knowledge came when he utilized his own PopularityPower to convince [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] to give Wrestling/CMPunk a shot at his WWE Championship at Money in The Bank last July.[[hottip:*:For you see, [=McMahon=] had suspended Punk for his infamous June 27th, 2011 promo where Punk pretty much blasted every aspect of the WWE's day-to-day operations.]]
* Pretty much any time that a wrestler manages to actually use an obvious way around the usual [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of the laws of physics]] needed for some of pro wrestling's more elementary sequences (such as Irish whips that lead to almost "textbook" dodging), although these moments are usually played for laughs. Specific examples would be Wrestling/SamoaJoe in [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] casually walking out of the way of opponents jumping off of the top rope... same goes for Kevin Steen's reaction to Nigel [=McGuinness=]' rebound lariat off of the ropes.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}} ''always'' counters his opponents when they telegraph a move. For example: when his opponent telegraphs a back body drop, he will stop and uppercut them.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}''; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his FaceHeelTurn, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** wRESTLING/JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After Wrestling/{{Kane}} caused the lights to go out on Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."
* In recent months (especially during his feud with Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}), whenever Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} would try to run-in during Wrestling/RandyOrton's matches while Orton's back was to the entrance ramp, Orton would deduce that he was coming based on the crowd's pop, and turn to counter the ambush.
** Orton used his Genre Savviness to thwart another attempted ambush on the episode of Smackdown before Night of Champions 2012. While Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival Wrestling/DolphZiggler was giving Orton a HannibalLecture, Orton interrupted her and stated that he knew she was only trying to keep him distracted to allow Ziggler to sneak up behind him, then immediately turned around to catch Ziggler in the act.
* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out a much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle Wrestling/EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.
* One of the elements in the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ Z! True Long Island Story]]'' webshow by WWE's Wrestling/ZackRyder that's brought it widespread popularity has been his willingness to make not-very-veiled shoutouts to smarks, such as the "Han Solbro" clip or his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7ve2WXiU8&t=4m39s not being pushed]].
* A very interesting case with [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina Perez]]. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent has actually dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. In a variation of this, at ''Night of Champions 2010'' she faced one of the two opponents who had dropkicked her during her entrance again. The opponent tried to do it but this time Melina was ready for her and moved out of the way.
* The Bella Twins constantly switch with each other to try and win matches, especially after their FaceHeelTurn. One match saw Wrestling/EveTorres bring a permanent marker down to the ring and get the referee to draw an X on the twin who was legally in the match. In a bit of irony they went for the switch and got caught but Eve got distracted by the twin on the outside which allowed the other to win the match.
* On the August 8th, 2011 edition of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', Wrestling/CMPunk's immediate reaction to the "main event" (a contract signing for himself versus Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam to unify the WWE Championships) was to point out how often a fight would break out at such an event, and wondering aloud whether he should just flip the table over and get the fight started already.
** Punk's genre savvyness is arguably a big part of his popularity. When Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis had a contract signing for a Triple Threat match between Punk, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Wrestling/TheMiz, Punk kept interrupting the segment by asking if he could punch somebody. Near the end, when John was getting ready for a photo shoot for WWE.com with all three men, Punk simply stated: "Man, if you want anything done right... I guess you just gotta do it yourself." He then proceeds to send Del Rio through a table and hit his finisher on Wrestling/TheMiz.
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.
* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
* On the April 1st, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/PaulHeyman imitate the Undertaker's entrance, complete with ominous chanting and druids, with Heyman dressing up as Undertaker's recently deceased manager Paul Bearer. Undertaker storms up the ramp to attack Heyman, and stops, looking around at the druids. Anticipating an attack from Punk, Undertaker starts attacking the druids one by one trying to find Punk, before Punk assaults him from behind.
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*** And [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} did it on Raw in 1997.

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*** And [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]] did it on Raw in 1997.
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* As part of Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler {{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)
** On the 4 December epsiode of Smackdown!, the Animal cranked it up to DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels by attacking ''TheUndertaker'' from behind with a chair midway through the Deadman's classic long entrance.
** StoneColdSteveAustin did it at ''Breakdown: In Your House''.
*** And DGenerationX did it on Raw in 1997.

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* As part of Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler {{Batista}}'s Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)
** On the 4 December epsiode episode of Smackdown!, the Animal cranked it up to DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels by attacking ''TheUndertaker'' ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker'' from behind with a chair midway through the Deadman's classic long entrance.
** StoneColdSteveAustin Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin did it at ''Breakdown: In Your House''.
*** And DGenerationX [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} did it on Raw in 1997.



** TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestlemania 25''. RandyOrton had declared his intent to have TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after {{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for TripleH having expelled him from Evolution and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of Wrestler/{{Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Dungeon of Doom and the [[NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.

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** TripleH Wrestling/TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestlemania ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} 25''. RandyOrton Wrestling/RandyOrton had declared his intent to have TripleH Wrestling/TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after {{Edge}}'s Wrestling/{{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. TripleH Wrestling/TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for TripleH Wrestling/TripleH having expelled him from Evolution Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of Wrestler/{{Sting}}'s Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Dungeon of Doom Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom and the [[NewWorldOrder [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.



* To quote JohnCena:

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* To quote JohnCena:Wrestling/JohnCena:



-->'''JohnCena''': "A night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."
** Another example of Cena using his inner genre knowledge came when he utilized his own PopularityPower to convince VinceMcMahon to give CMPunk a shot at his WWE Championship at Money in The Bank last July.[[hottip:*:For you see, [=McMahon=] had suspended Punk for his infamous June 27th, 2011 promo where Punk pretty much blasted every aspect of the WWE's day-to-day operations.]]

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-->'''JohnCena''': -->'''Wrestling/JohnCena''': "A night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."
** Another example of Cena using his inner genre knowledge came when he utilized his own PopularityPower to convince VinceMcMahon [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] to give CMPunk Wrestling/CMPunk a shot at his WWE Championship at Money in The Bank last July.[[hottip:*:For you see, [=McMahon=] had suspended Punk for his infamous June 27th, 2011 promo where Punk pretty much blasted every aspect of the WWE's day-to-day operations.]]



* {{Goldust}} ''always'' counters his opponents when they telegraph a move. For example: when his opponent telegraphs a back body drop, he will stop and uppercut them.
* MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of NXT; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his FaceHeelTurn, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After Wrestler/{{Kane}} caused the lights to go out on TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."
* In recent months (especially during his feud with {{Sheamus}}), whenever {{Sheamus}} would try to run-in during RandyOrton's matches while Orton's back was to the entrance ramp, Orton would deduce that he was coming based on the crowd's pop, and turn to counter the ambush.
** Orton used his Genre Savviness to thwart another attempted ambush on the episode of Smackdown before Night of Champions 2012. While VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival DolphZiggler was giving Orton a HannibalLecture, Orton interrupted her and stated that he knew she was only trying to keep him distracted to allow Ziggler to sneak up behind him, then immediately turned around to catch Ziggler in the act.
* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out a much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.
* One of the elements in the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ Z! True Long Island Story]]'' webshow by WWE's ZackRyder that's brought it widespread popularity has been his willingness to make not-very-veiled shoutouts to smarks, such as the "Han Solbro" clip or his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7ve2WXiU8&t=4m39s not being pushed]].
* A very interesting case with Melina Perez. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent has actually dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. In a variation of this, at ''Night of Champions 2010'' she faced one of the two opponents who had dropkicked her during her entrance again. The opponent tried to do it but this time Melina was ready for her and moved out of the way.
* The Bella Twins constantly switch with each other to try and win matches, especially after their FaceHeelTurn. One match saw EveTorres bring a permanent marker down to the ring and get the referee to draw an X on the twin who was legally in the match. In a bit of irony they went for the switch and got caught but Eve got distracted by the twin on the outside which allowed the other to win the match.
* On the August 8th, 2011 edition of ''WWERaw'', CMPunk's immediate reaction to the "main event" (a contract signing for himself versus JohnCena at Summerslam to unify the WWE Championships) was to point out how often a fight would break out at such an event, and wondering aloud whether he should just flip the table over and get the fight started already.
** Punk's genre savvyness is arguably a big part of his popularity. When John Laurinaitis had a contract signing for a Triple Threat match between Punk, AlbertoDelRio and TheMiz, Punk kept interrupting the segment by asking if he could punch somebody. Near the end, when John was getting ready for a photo shoot for WWE.com with all three men, Punk simply stated: "Man, if you want anything done right... I guess you just gotta do it yourself." He then proceeds to send Del Rio through a table and hit his finisher on TheMiz.
* "Rowdy" RoddyPiper wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.
* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
* On the April 1st, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', CM Punk and Paul Heyman imitate the Undertaker's entrance, complete with ominous chanting and druids, with Heyman dressing up as Undertaker's recently deceased manager Paul Bearer. Undertaker storms up the ramp to attack Heyman, and stops, looking around at the druids. Anticipating an attack from Punk, Undertaker starts attacking the druids one by one trying to find Punk, before Punk assaults him from behind.

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* {{Goldust}} Wrestling/{{Goldust}} ''always'' counters his opponents when they telegraph a move. For example: when his opponent telegraphs a back body drop, he will stop and uppercut them.
* MichaelCole Wrestling/MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of NXT; ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}''; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his FaceHeelTurn, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** JerryLawler wRESTLING/JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After Wrestler/{{Kane}} Wrestling/{{Kane}} caused the lights to go out on TheUndertaker, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."
* In recent months (especially during his feud with {{Sheamus}}), Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}), whenever {{Sheamus}} Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} would try to run-in during RandyOrton's Wrestling/RandyOrton's matches while Orton's back was to the entrance ramp, Orton would deduce that he was coming based on the crowd's pop, and turn to counter the ambush.
** Orton used his Genre Savviness to thwart another attempted ambush on the episode of Smackdown before Night of Champions 2012. While VickieGuerrero, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival DolphZiggler Wrestling/DolphZiggler was giving Orton a HannibalLecture, Orton interrupted her and stated that he knew she was only trying to keep him distracted to allow Ziggler to sneak up behind him, then immediately turned around to catch Ziggler in the act.
* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out a much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle EddieGuerrero Wrestling/EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.
* One of the elements in the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ Z! True Long Island Story]]'' webshow by WWE's ZackRyder Wrestling/ZackRyder that's brought it widespread popularity has been his willingness to make not-very-veiled shoutouts to smarks, such as the "Han Solbro" clip or his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7ve2WXiU8&t=4m39s not being pushed]].
* A very interesting case with [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina Perez.Perez]]. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent has actually dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. In a variation of this, at ''Night of Champions 2010'' she faced one of the two opponents who had dropkicked her during her entrance again. The opponent tried to do it but this time Melina was ready for her and moved out of the way.
* The Bella Twins constantly switch with each other to try and win matches, especially after their FaceHeelTurn. One match saw EveTorres Wrestling/EveTorres bring a permanent marker down to the ring and get the referee to draw an X on the twin who was legally in the match. In a bit of irony they went for the switch and got caught but Eve got distracted by the twin on the outside which allowed the other to win the match.
* On the August 8th, 2011 edition of ''WWERaw'', CMPunk's ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', Wrestling/CMPunk's immediate reaction to the "main event" (a contract signing for himself versus JohnCena Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam to unify the WWE Championships) was to point out how often a fight would break out at such an event, and wondering aloud whether he should just flip the table over and get the fight started already.
** Punk's genre savvyness is arguably a big part of his popularity. When John Laurinaitis Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis had a contract signing for a Triple Threat match between Punk, AlbertoDelRio Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and TheMiz, Wrestling/TheMiz, Punk kept interrupting the segment by asking if he could punch somebody. Near the end, when John was getting ready for a photo shoot for WWE.com with all three men, Punk simply stated: "Man, if you want anything done right... I guess you just gotta do it yourself." He then proceeds to send Del Rio through a table and hit his finisher on TheMiz.
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* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" RoddyPiper Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.
* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
* On the April 1st, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', CM Punk Wrestling/CMPunk and Paul Heyman Wrestling/PaulHeyman imitate the Undertaker's entrance, complete with ominous chanting and druids, with Heyman dressing up as Undertaker's recently deceased manager Paul Bearer. Undertaker storms up the ramp to attack Heyman, and stops, looking around at the druids. Anticipating an attack from Punk, Undertaker starts attacking the druids one by one trying to find Punk, before Punk assaults him from behind.
3rd Apr '13 11:24:25 PM DividedWeStand
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* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.

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* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.introduced.
* On the April 1st, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', CM Punk and Paul Heyman imitate the Undertaker's entrance, complete with ominous chanting and druids, with Heyman dressing up as Undertaker's recently deceased manager Paul Bearer. Undertaker storms up the ramp to attack Heyman, and stops, looking around at the druids. Anticipating an attack from Punk, Undertaker starts attacking the druids one by one trying to find Punk, before Punk assaults him from behind.
20th Mar '13 7:46:20 PM JIKTV
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* Pretty much any time that a wrestler manages to actually use an obvious way around the usual [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of the laws of physics]] needed for some of pro wrestling's more elementary sequences (such as Irish whips that lead to almost "textbook" dodging), although these moments are usually played for laughs. Specific examples would be SamoaJoe in {{ROH}} casually walking out of the way of opponents jumping off of the top rope... same goes for Kevin Steen's reaction to Nigel [=McGuinness=]' rebound lariat off of the ropes.

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* Pretty much any time that a wrestler manages to actually use an obvious way around the usual [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of the laws of physics]] needed for some of pro wrestling's more elementary sequences (such as Irish whips that lead to almost "textbook" dodging), although these moments are usually played for laughs. Specific examples would be SamoaJoe Wrestling/SamoaJoe in {{ROH}} [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] casually walking out of the way of opponents jumping off of the top rope... same goes for Kevin Steen's reaction to Nigel [=McGuinness=]' rebound lariat off of the ropes.
28th Oct '12 2:05:41 PM jprice67
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* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being injured. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up at his house and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.

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* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being injured. interviewed at his house. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up at his house outside and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
28th Oct '12 2:04:54 PM jprice67
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* "Rowdy" RoddyPiper wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.

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* "Rowdy" RoddyPiper wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a {{Babyface}}, meaning that he often cheated. Moreover; he could ''anticipate'' other Heels' cheating, and counter-act with his own moves. He was rarely caught with eye-pokes, chairshots or low-blows like other Faces would, allowing him to gobble up even a ''Heel's'' offense and work the guy over without interruption.interruption.
* Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Brian Pillman, whom SteveAustin had injured the week before, was being injured. Partway through the interview, Austin showed up at his house and assaulted his friends. Pillman knew he was there because he was ''watching his own segment on Raw''. He then pulled a gun when Steve entered, which was Genre Savvy to game-breaking degree, as the entire setup of pro wrestling becomes meaningless when lethal weapons are introduced.
14th Sep '12 7:31:33 PM stupac85
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** Orton used his Genre Savviness to thwart another attempted ambush on the episode of Smackdown before Night of Champions 2012. While VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival DolphZiggler was giving Orton a HannibalLecture, Orton interrupted her and stated that he knew she was only trying to keep him distracted to allow Ziggler to sneak up behind him, then immediately turned around to catch Ziggler in the act.
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* As part of {{WWE}} wrestler {{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)

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* As part of {{WWE}} Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler {{Batista}}'s HeelFaceTurn, his entire gimmick became that he was GenreSavvy enough to see all the [[{{Heel}} Heels]]' dirty tricks coming a mile away. (He turned after he overheard his faction plotting against him but played along up until the end.)



** TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''{{WWE}} Wrestlemania 25''. RandyOrton had declared his intent to have TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after {{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for TripleH having expelled him from Evolution and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of {{Wrestler/Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Dungeon of Doom and the [[NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.

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** TripleH displayed his GenreSavvy once again on a Raw episode leading into ''{{WWE}} ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestlemania 25''. RandyOrton had declared his intent to have TripleH arrested for the assault and home invasion HHH had committed the week before, and then use his guaranteed Wrestlemania title shot to go after {{Edge}}'s World Championship, rather than HHH's WWE Championship. TripleH came to the ring, allowed himself to be handcuffed, and then openly told Orton that this isn't how the story ends; that Orton needed to get revenge for TripleH having expelled him from Evolution and taken away his first championship after a mere 1-month reign, and all of this was just Orton posturing. After more goading from HHH, Orton finally agreed, had HHH released, and officially challenged him for his title.
* One of {{Wrestler/Sting}}'s Wrestler/{{Sting}}'s character traits has been his complete ''lack'' of genre savviness. As a nearly career-long face, he'd been set up by the Four Horsemen, Dungeon of Doom and the [[NewWorldOrder nWo]] countless times over the years. Around 2000ish, he was feuding with Lex Luger, and Miss Elizabeth had left Luger and sided with him. During their grudge match, Elizabeth tried to [[FaceHeelTurn spray mace in Sting's eyes]], but he'd seen it coming and swapped the mace out with silly string.



* MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of NXT; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his {{Face Heel Turn}}, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After {{Wrestler/Kane}} caused the lights to go out on TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."

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* MichaelCole showed a rare example on the Season 2 Finale of NXT; after Lucky Cannon cut a promo revealing his {{Face Heel Turn}}, FaceHeelTurn, he remarked "Oh, so I guess he's a bad guy now."
** JerryLawler pulled out one of his own the night before. After {{Wrestler/Kane}} Wrestler/{{Kane}} caused the lights to go out on TheUndertaker, Lawler commented "It's like he has Undertaker powers now."
7th Jul '12 6:09:37 PM FordPrefect
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* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.

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* Done to hilarious effect by Chavo Guerrero at WCW ''Bash at the Beach'' 1998. A very common tactic for heels is to send out a much bigger "spoiler" against an opponent the heel doesn't want to face at full strength. Chavo's uncle EddieGuerrero did this to Chavo at a pay-per-view by sending out the massive (compared to Chavo) Stevie Ray. Chavo, going through a "crazy guy" gimmick at the time, offered his opponent a handshake. When Ray took the bait, Chavo tapped out as though he were in excruciating pain, causing himself to lose, but also keeping himself fresh for the match with Eddie that immediately followed.
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