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24th Feb '17 2:25:21 PM EDP
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* A ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse story has [[WrestlingEpisode Mickey investigate a group of wrestlers for a series of thefts]]. It's quickly made clear that the matches are worked... But the wrestlers have legitimate skills, as the police learns the hard way when the culprit is unmasked as one of the wrestlers and [[OneManArmy he starts mowing them down with ease]] until the other wrestlers, [[GenreSavvy that Mickey had in the nearby room just in case]], enter the frame. And the one who was beating up the cops was a ''skinny cruiserweight''.

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* A ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse story has [[WrestlingEpisode [[ProWrestlingEpisode Mickey investigate a group of wrestlers for a series of thefts]]. It's quickly made clear that the matches are worked... But the wrestlers have legitimate skills, as the police learns the hard way when the culprit is unmasked as one of the wrestlers and [[OneManArmy he starts mowing them down with ease]] until the other wrestlers, [[GenreSavvy that Mickey had in the nearby room just in case]], enter the frame. And the one who was beating up the cops was a ''skinny cruiserweight''.
24th Feb '17 2:23:31 PM EDP
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* A ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse story has [[WrestlingEpisode Mickey investigate a group of wrestlers for a series of thefts]]. It's quickly made clear that the matches are worked... But the wrestlers have legitimate skills, as the police learns the hard way when the culprit is unmasked as one of the wrestlers and [[OneManArmy he starts mowing them down with ease]] until the other wrestlers, [[GenreSavvy that Mickey had in the nearby room just in case]], enter the frame. And the one who was beating up the cops was a ''skinny cruiserweight''.
24th Feb '17 2:11:56 PM EDP
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** The same happens in the sequel ''Anime/TigerMaskW'', [[HilarityEnsues to much hilarity]] when two idols think it isn't and go talking to a crazy heel in his dressing room.
14th Feb '17 10:23:33 AM Cieloazul
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While those involved in {{professional wrestling}} kept up the illusion for many years that it was a legitimate sport, it is well known these days that it is [[{{Kayfabe}} mostly theatre with scripted plots, characters, and some level of choreography for the matches themselves]].

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While those involved in {{professional wrestling}} kept up the illusion for many years that it was a legitimate sport, it is well known these days that it is [[{{Kayfabe}} mostly theatre with scripted plots, characters, and some level of choreography for the matches themselves]].






Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Pro_Wrestling Real Pro Wrestling]], a short lived professional league of Olympic-style wrestlers.

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Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Pro_Wrestling Real Pro Wrestling]], a short lived professional league of Olympic-style wrestlers.wrestlers, or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Japan_Pro_Wrestling Real Japan Pro Wrestling]], a professional wrestling promotion founded by Wrestling/SatoruSayama.
10th Feb '17 7:37:14 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', there are strong hints that the Earth Rumble Earthbending tournament is fixed and that many of the benders' personas are kayfabe. It's unclear whether Toph knows that her matches are scripted or not, because she's '''so''' powerful that she might not even notice if her opponents were really fighting back or not.
29th Jan '17 6:04:41 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had an interesting example. It was clearly shown that ''was'' fake (taking in only Dr. Scratchansniff). However, when the good doctor yelled "It's not FAKE!!!!, the wrestlers promptly pulled him up on stage, gave him a ''very real'' beatdown (thus convincing the Warners it was real), and then continued with the match.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had an interesting example. It was clearly shown that ''was'' fake (taking in only Dr. Scratchansniff). However, when the good doctor yelled "It's not FAKE!!!!, the wrestlers wrestlers, only hearing the "fake" part, promptly pulled him up on stage, gave him a ''very real'' beatdown (thus convincing the Warners it was real), and then continued with the match.
6th Dec '16 6:48:31 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Mario enters a fighting arena called the Glitz pit to compete for the crystal star affixed to the Champ's Belt, possessed by the egotistical {{Heel}} Rawk Hawk. The whole flavor of the promotion is based on pro wrestling, but the damage and the competition are real, and the promoter Grubba only gives you a different set of win conditions for each match, such as 'the audience wants to see you do this', or 'you're not allowed to use this type of attack'.
16th Oct '16 10:34:21 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground works on the premise that everything you see is real, with the understanding that it's not a "wrestling show", it's "a show about wrestling". That's why the roster can include a former US army black-ops sniper gone rogue, a female [[SnakesAreSexy snake-themed]] international jewel thief, a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] [[MafiaPrincess princess]] out to avenge her murdered parents, a spaceman who can not only fly but ''travel through time,'' a walking avatar of death who [[CameBackStrong becomes more powerful every time he returns from beyond the grave]], a phoenix-man with the power of a thousand lives within him, an ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons actual dragon]]'' in human form, a hulking man-monster possessed by an Aztec god of slaughter, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Marty "the Moth" Martinez]].

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* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground works on the premise that everything you see is real, with the understanding that it's not a "wrestling show", it's "a show about wrestling".wrestling" that tells a dramatic UrbanFantasy story. That's why the roster can include a former US army black-ops sniper gone rogue, a female [[SnakesAreSexy snake-themed]] international jewel thief, a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] [[MafiaPrincess princess]] out to avenge her murdered parents, a spaceman who can not only fly but ''travel through time,'' a walking avatar of death who [[CameBackStrong becomes more powerful every time he returns from beyond the grave]], a phoenix-man with the power of a thousand lives within him, an ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons actual dragon]]'' in human form, a hulking man-monster possessed by an Aztec god of slaughter, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Marty "the Moth" Martinez]].
16th Oct '16 10:31:36 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground works on the premise that everything you see is real, with the understanding that it's not a "wrestling show", it's "a show about wrestling". That's why the roster can include a former US army black-ops sniper gone rogue, a female [[SnakesAreSexy snake-themed]] international jewel thief, a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] [[MafiaPrincess princess]] out to avenge her murdered parents, a spaceman who can not only fly but ''travel through time,'' a walking avatar of death who [[CameBackStrong becomes more powerful every time he returns from beyond the grave]], a phoenix-man with the power of a thousand lives within him, an ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons actual dragon]]'' in human form, a hulking man-monster possessed by an Aztec god of slaughter, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Marty "the Moth" Martinez]].
12th Aug '16 6:43:51 AM DaibhidC
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* This was played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' (of all places, where Barney tried to earn money in a "hooking" event; Wilma and Betty found out about it and paid the wrestler and his manager to go easy on Barney, only to be double-crossed. After poor Barney was carried out, the two ''very'' angry ladies quickly confronted the two crooks, [[WomanScorned Betty knocking the wrestler out cold]] (he obviously had a glass jaw), giving Wilma the opportunity to threaten the manager, telling him they'd tell everyone Betty had knocked out his client unless he ruled Barney the winner on a technicality. As you might expect, [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse he wasn't about to argue...]]

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* *''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''
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This was played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' (of all places, one episode where Barney tried to earn money in a "hooking" event; Wilma and Betty found out about it and paid the wrestler and his manager to go easy on Barney, only to be double-crossed. After poor Barney was carried out, the two ''very'' angry ladies quickly confronted the two crooks, [[WomanScorned Betty knocking the wrestler out cold]] (he obviously had a glass jaw), giving Wilma the opportunity to threaten the manager, telling him they'd tell everyone Betty had knocked out his client unless he ruled Barney the winner on a technicality. As you might expect, [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse he wasn't about to argue...]] ]]
** Zig-zagged in ''The Flintstones/WWF Stone Age Smackdown!'' (yes, it's a real thing), where Fred insists his wrestling promotion isn't dangerous because it's "entertainment" and "a show", and tries to encourage his stable of faces to pretend to be deadly rivals. DoubleSubversion: It doesn't really work until the heels show up and everyone starts actually fighting.
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