History GenreSavvy / ProfessionalWrestling

1st Nov '15 7:28:41 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* One of Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s long defining 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 Wrestling/LexLuger, and Wrestling/MissElizabeth 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 sidestepped because Magnus yelled while charging.

* CM Punk and BJ Whitmer's early ROH feud, and by extension the Prophecy-Second City Saints feud, was kicked off mostly by locker room or other wise out of arena segments that were still shown the audience, as well as CM Punk's commentary. BJ Whitmer had the nickname of the smartest man in pro wrestling(in contrast to Sting) for establishing that ROH wrestlers could see things that were often completely ignored on other shows.

* 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 Wrestling/LexLuger, and Wrestling/MissElizabeth 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 sidestepped because Magnus yelled while charging.
1st Nov '15 7:23:07 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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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 the classical [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] feint kick where he fakes an out of ring dive if he knows the opponent is fully capable of walking away from it and indeed Wrestling/SamoaJoe in [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] casually walking out of the way of opponents jumping off of the top rope... same goes for Wrestling/KevinSteen's reaction to Nigel [=McGuinness=]' rebound lariat off of the ropes. * [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a Baby{{face}}, 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. * In an amusing case on a June 2, 1998 episode of WWF Raw is War, the New Age Outlaws were defending the Tag Team Titles against the Disciples of Apocalypse and Wrestling/LegionOfDoom in a Three Way Match. The Outlaws spent the majority of the match allowing their opponents to beat each other up while they looked on amused. Having enough of their antics, the opposing teams tagged in both Wrestling/BillyGunn and Road Dogg to have them go at one another. Realizing that the teams just basically handed them a win, Billy Gunn would lay down for Road Dogg to get an easy pin and retain their titles. * Quite possibly the single greatest display of Genre Savviness came during the infamous "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, when Wrestling/BrianPillman, 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. * Done to hilarious effect by Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr at Wrestling/{{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. * 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a Baby{{face}}, 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 Wrestling/BrianPillman, 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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. * In an amusing case on a June 2, 1998 episode of WWF Raw is War, the New Age Outlaws were defending the Tag Team Titles against the Disciples of Apocalypse and Wrestling/LegionOfDoom in a Three Way Match. The Outlaws spent the majority of the match allowing their opponents to beat each other up while they looked on amused. Having enough of their antics, the opposing teams tagged in both Wrestling/BillyGunn and Road Dogg to have them go at one another. Realizing that the teams just basically handed them a win, Billy Gunn would lay down for Road Dogg to get an easy pin and retain their titles.
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* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] wrestled much the same style as a {{Heel}} or a Baby{{face}}, 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 Wrestling/BrianPillman, 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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. * In an amusing case on a June 2, 1998 episode of WWF Raw is War, the New Age Outlaws were defending the Tag Team Titles against the Disciples of Apocalypse and Wrestling/LegionOfDoom in a Three Way Match. The Outlaws spent the majority of the match allowing their opponents to beat each other up while they looked on amused. Having enough of their antics, the opposing teams tagged in both Wrestling/BillyGunn and Road Dogg to have them go at one another. Realizing that the teams just basically handed them a win, Billy Gunn would lay down for Road Dogg to get an easy pin and retain their titles.behind.
25th Aug '15 8:54:05 AM ggultra2764
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* 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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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* 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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.behind. * In an amusing case on a June 2, 1998 episode of WWF Raw is War, the New Age Outlaws were defending the Tag Team Titles against the Disciples of Apocalypse and Wrestling/LegionOfDoom in a Three Way Match. The Outlaws spent the majority of the match allowing their opponents to beat each other up while they looked on amused. Having enough of their antics, the opposing teams tagged in both Wrestling/BillyGunn and Road Dogg to have them go at one another. Realizing that the teams just basically handed them a win, Billy Gunn would lay down for Road Dogg to get an easy pin and retain their titles.
5th Jul '15 11:44:37 PM FordPrefect
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* A very interesting case with Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. At ''Night of Champions 2010''. Wrestling/MichelleMcCool tried to do it but Melina simply pulled herself up, leading to Michelle passing her her and sliding out to the floor .
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* A very interesting case with Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez. As part of her ring entrance she does the splits on the ring apron. In two separate matches, her opponent dropkicked her off the apron while she does them. At ''Night of Champions 2010''. Wrestling/MichelleMcCool tried to do it but Melina simply pulled herself up, leading to Michelle passing her her and sliding out to the floor .
5th Jul '15 11:43:27 PM FordPrefect
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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 Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, the valet/manager for Orton's rival Wrestling/DolphZiggler was talking to Orton, 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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** 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 Wrestling/DolphZiggler, was talking to Orton, 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.
5th Jul '15 11:42:06 PM FordPrefect
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** One time, Brutus Magnus tried to attack him for behind, but Sting sidesteped because Magnus yelled while charging.
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** One time, Brutus Magnus tried to attack him for behind, but Sting sidesteped sidestepped because Magnus yelled while charging.
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* 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.
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* A very interesting case with [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina Perez]].Wrestling/{{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 At ''Night of Champions 2010'' she faced one of the two opponents who had dropkicked her during her entrance again. The opponent 2010''. Wrestling/MichelleMcCool tried to do it but this time Melina was ready for simply pulled herself up, leading to Michelle passing her her and moved sliding out of to the way.floor .

** [[Characters/WWEDivas Maryse]] faced Brie in the first round of a Divas' Championship tournament. When the twins usually switch places, the opponent expects an easy win only to be caught off guard and rolled up for the pin. This time Maryse simply hit Nicki with her FinishingMove, which would ensure victory regardless of which twin was in the match.
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** [[Characters/WWEDivas Maryse]] Wrestling/{{Maryse}} faced Brie in the first round of a Divas' Championship tournament. When the twins usually switch places, the opponent expects an easy win only to be caught off guard and rolled up for the pin. This time Maryse simply hit Nicki with her FinishingMove, which would ensure victory regardless of which twin was in the match.

* 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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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* 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 Wrestling/PaulBearer. 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.
10th Dec '13 3:02:16 PM JIKTV
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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 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.
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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, Wrestling/BrianPillman, 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.
25th Nov '13 12:12:19 PM JIKTV
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* 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.
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* 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, Wrestling/LexLuger, and Miss Elizabeth Wrestling/MissElizabeth 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.
24th Nov '13 2:43:01 PM JIKTV
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-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've decided to give Umaga a very well-deserved night off."
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-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've decided to give Umaga Wrestling/{{Umaga}} a very well-deserved night off."
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