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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.
4th Jul '16 5:07:51 PM FordPrefect
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* The history of pro wrestling is shrouded in kayfabe, but the general consensus is that pro wrestling was originally a real sport; Catch wrestling, which was invented in Lancashire, and matches were attractions at British seaside piers and fairs that spread to American carnivals. It's believed wrestling became staged to provide a spectacle that was more entertaining and profitable than a real fight (more specifically, matches ended too quickly compared to boxing) but no one knows exactly when. All that's certain is that, at some time and in some place, pro wrestling was indeed real.

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* The history of pro wrestling is shrouded in kayfabe, but the general consensus is that pro wrestling was originally a real sport; Catch sport: catch wrestling, which was invented in Lancashire, and matches were attractions at British seaside piers and fairs that spread to American carnivals. It's believed that wrestling became staged to provide a spectacle that was more entertaining and profitable than a real fight (more specifically, matches ended too quickly compared to boxing) but no one knows exactly when. All that's certain is that, at some time and in some place, pro wrestling was indeed real.
22nd Jun '16 2:19:56 PM RobTan
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* The history of pro wrestling is shrouded in kayfabe, but the general consensus is that pro wrestling was originally a real sport; Catch wrestling, which was invented in Lancashire, and matches were attractions at UK seaside piers and fairs that spread to American carnivals. It's believed wrestling became staged to provide a spectacle that was more entertaining and profitable than a real fight (more specifically, matches ended too quickly compared to boxing) but no one knows exactly when. All that's certain is that, at some time and in some place, pro wrestling was indeed real.

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* The history of pro wrestling is shrouded in kayfabe, but the general consensus is that pro wrestling was originally a real sport; Catch wrestling, which was invented in Lancashire, and matches were attractions at UK British seaside piers and fairs that spread to American carnivals. It's believed wrestling became staged to provide a spectacle that was more entertaining and profitable than a real fight (more specifically, matches ended too quickly compared to boxing) but no one knows exactly when. All that's certain is that, at some time and in some place, pro wrestling was indeed real.
29th May '16 10:30:07 PM testro
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* In ''AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'', characters who subscribe to the Sacred Heart religion can choose {{Wrestling/ElSanto}} as their patron saint. Devotees of El Santo can follow in his footsteps, donning a [[MaskedLuchador mask]] and stepping into the wrestling ring to do battle, but this is centuries after the concept of kayfabe, and the luchadores fight for real.

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* In ''AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'', characters who subscribe to the Sacred Heart religion can choose {{Wrestling/ElSanto}} {{Wrestling/El Santo}} as their patron saint. Devotees of El Santo can follow in his footsteps, donning a [[MaskedLuchador mask]] and stepping into the wrestling ring to do battle, but this is centuries after the concept of kayfabe, and the luchadores fight for real.
29th May '16 10:29:33 PM testro
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** {{VideoGame/Skullgirls}} takes it UpToEleven. Not only is pro wrestling a legitimate combat sport in the Canopy Kingdom, but wrestlers involved in it (such as DLC character Beowulf) also try to convince their fans that the whole thing is staged when they're outside of the ring, effectively inverting {{kayfabe}}.

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** * {{VideoGame/Skullgirls}} takes it UpToEleven. Not only is pro wrestling a legitimate combat sport in the Canopy Kingdom, but wrestlers involved in it (such as DLC character Beowulf) also try to convince their fans that the whole thing is staged when they're outside of the ring, effectively inverting {{kayfabe}}.{{kayfabe}}.
* In ''AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'', characters who subscribe to the Sacred Heart religion can choose {{Wrestling/ElSanto}} as their patron saint. Devotees of El Santo can follow in his footsteps, donning a [[MaskedLuchador mask]] and stepping into the wrestling ring to do battle, but this is centuries after the concept of kayfabe, and the luchadores fight for real.
16th Apr '16 3:45:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by Wrestling/HulkHogan again, in ''Main/RockyIII''. Rocky and Hogan's character [[AtrociousAlias Thunderlips]] are having a boxing vs. wrestling match for charity. Rocky figures they'll both go easy in the ring and script a fun show for the audience, but Thunderlips immediately goes nuts and starts legitimately kicking Rocky's ass all over the arena. Rocky has to [[TheGlovesComeOff take his gloves off]] and fight bare-knuckled to get on an even footing with the rampaging wrestler.[[note]]In reality this would make little sense, as boxing gloves are to protect the hands of the boxer, not to make his punches do less damage.[[/note]] Then, after the match, Thunderlips is gracious and friendly. Rocky is puzzled and asks him what just happened, and Thunderlips implies that he fought for real [[SubvertedTrope to protect]] {{Kayfabe}}.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by Wrestling/HulkHogan again, in ''Main/RockyIII''.''Film/RockyIII''. Rocky and Hogan's character [[AtrociousAlias Thunderlips]] are having a boxing vs. wrestling match for charity. Rocky figures they'll both go easy in the ring and script a fun show for the audience, but Thunderlips immediately goes nuts and starts legitimately kicking Rocky's ass all over the arena. Rocky has to [[TheGlovesComeOff take his gloves off]] and fight bare-knuckled to get on an even footing with the rampaging wrestler.[[note]]In reality this would make little sense, as boxing gloves are to protect the hands of the boxer, not to make his punches do less damage.[[/note]] Then, after the match, Thunderlips is gracious and friendly. Rocky is puzzled and asks him what just happened, and Thunderlips implies that he fought for real [[SubvertedTrope to protect]] {{Kayfabe}}.
4th Mar '16 7:08:45 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* This seemed to be the case on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' whenever someone from the WWE appeared, very much in-character to his or her on-screen persona. (Wrestling/SteveAustin actually ''killed'' Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in this version.)
20th Feb '16 9:18:00 PM 10-13-2
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* The ''WWE Encyclopedia'' also never breaks kayfabe, and then some (Wrestling/TheUndertaker really ''is'' undead, for example). This even extends to having separate entries for wrestling personas who were portrayed by the same person. (A notable exception is their admission that "Giant Machine" really ''was'' Wrestling/AndreTheGiant wearing a mask, although that doesn't really count as a breach of kayfabe because the similarity between the two characters was pointed out in-universe as well.)

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* The ''WWE Encyclopedia'' also never breaks kayfabe, and then some (Wrestling/TheUndertaker really ''is'' undead, for example). This even extends to having separate entries for [[YouLookFamiliar distinct wrestling personas who were portrayed by the same person.person]]. (A notable exception is their admission that "Giant Machine" really ''was'' Wrestling/AndreTheGiant wearing a mask, although that doesn't really count as a breach of kayfabe because the similarity between the two characters was pointed out in-universe as well.)
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