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10th Jul '16 9:34:48 PM Rockduded
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* [[Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress]]'s Bobby Eaton, considered the backbone of that team, was well known for his savant like ability to know exactly which moves to pull off and when to pop the crowd. So much so that when other wrestlers were booked against Eaton, they considered it basically a night off since Bobby would lead the match and make it look good.

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* [[Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress]]'s Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress's Bobby Eaton, considered the backbone of that team, was well known for his savant like ability to know exactly which moves to pull off and when to pop the crowd. So much so that when other wrestlers were booked against Eaton, they considered it basically a night off since Bobby would lead the match and make it look good.
10th Jul '16 9:33:22 PM Rockduded
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* [[Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress]]'s Bobby Eaton, considered the backbone of that team, was well known for his savant like ability to know exactly which moves to pull off and when to pop the crowd. So much so that when other wrestlers were booked against Eaton, they considered it basically a night off since Bobby would lead the match and make it look good.
19th Jun '16 8:36:45 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Despite the above page quote (which took place during a match in which he was, in rare form, intentionally bad), Shawn Michaels really is known for his excellent ring psychology. His matches are always well-thought-out, with a clear "strategy" throughout them (an example being his Unsanctioned Match with Triple H at Summerslam '02, which utilized a lot of brawling and "hardcore" techniques to compensate for his surgically-repaired back and a genuine fear that it wouldn't hold up to more traditional catch-as-catch-can wrestling). He also takes what could be, in the hands of another wrestler, a senseless spotfest, and builds around the spots. And when it comes to selling, you don't get much better than Shawn, who raises the HowMuchMoreCanHeTake trope to a true art form.

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* Despite the above page quote (which took place during a match in which he was, in rare form, intentionally bad), bad[[note]]Hulk Hogan had screwed him in the lead-up to this match by getting him to agree to lose, then backing out of the planned return match where Michaels would get to win, so Michaels got back at him by making the match into a farce and making Hogan look ridiculous[[/note]]), Shawn Michaels really is known for his excellent ring psychology. His matches are always well-thought-out, with a clear "strategy" throughout them (an example being his Unsanctioned Match with Triple H at Summerslam '02, which utilized a lot of brawling and "hardcore" techniques to compensate for his surgically-repaired back and a genuine fear that it wouldn't hold up to more traditional catch-as-catch-can wrestling). He also takes what could be, in the hands of another wrestler, a senseless spotfest, and builds around the spots. And when it comes to selling, you don't get much better than Shawn, who raises the HowMuchMoreCanHeTake trope to a true art form.
15th Nov '15 6:50:42 AM FordPrefect
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* One an aspect of psychology Wrestling/JimCornette gave away on Wrestling/RingOfHonor's ''Secrets Of The Ring'' Series was why it was sometimes important for wrestlers to slow down at points even if they're fully capable sprinting for ten minutes at a time: to give the audience a chance to catch up, and if they actually like what they're seeing, clap. Incidentally, ROH crowds are equally among the most vitriolic and appreciative to gather in ECW's wake.

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* One an aspect of psychology Wrestling/JimCornette gave away on Wrestling/RingOfHonor's ''Secrets Of The Ring'' Series was why it was sometimes important for wrestlers to slow down at points even if they're fully capable sprinting for ten minutes at a time: to give the audience a chance to catch up, and if they actually like what they're seeing, clap. Incidentally, ROH crowds are equally among the most vitriolic and appreciative to gather in ECW's wake.
28th Oct '15 6:14:53 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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One often hears fans talking about [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestlers]] displaying great psychology. When one says this, they aren't talking about a wrestler being a WarriorTherapist. No, they're talking about wrestling psychology, which is essentially a performer's in-ring acting ability, determining how much they can make a wrestling match look like a real fight between real people. A match with great psychology is spectacular and convincing; a match with poor psychology is often a [[SpotMonkey spotfest]].

The first half of wrestling psychology is to follow a consistent strategy throughout the match. This can be as simple as working a body part, weakening it through constant attack to leave it open for a match-finishing move. It can also be a more complicated "mind game", with a wrestler constantly taunting his opponent in an attempt to goad him into making a mistake. Other popular strategies include immobilizing a high-flying opponent and keeping TheGiant on his back (where he can't apply his massive strength). The RickyMorton is a key component of tag-team psychology, as one team seeks to isolate a member of the other team and pick him apart.

The second half of psychology is known as "selling", or acting like one is getting hurt. Selling can be as simple as reeling back from an opponent's punches, or it can get into the realm of limping because your opponent has been working your leg, or making stupid mistakes because you're losing your temper. Often, a wrestler with truly good psychology will sell things over time; he may even limp to the ring on his way to a match as a result of an "injury" inflicted on him during a prior match/beating. There are some wrestlers who don't like to sell because they feel it makes them look weak, despite the fact that selling is a key component of making the audience [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspend their disbelief]] and get into the match.

Wrestling psychology is generally attributed to individual wrestlers instead of the writers/bookers. This is because, unlike staged fights in other media, wrestling matches are rarely choreographed from beginning to end[[note]]There simply isn't time to choreograph every match, since taking into account house shows a wrestler will typically have two or more matches per week.[[/note]]; usually, only the ending and a few big spots are pre-planned, while everything in between is improvised. (This is not always the case - Hulk Hogan vs. Wrestling/UltimateWarrior at ''[=WrestleMania=] 6'', for example, was heavily choreographed; both Warrior and Hogan rehearsed much of the match for weeks leading up to the event, and it paid off as the resulting match is hailed as one of the greatest in both men's careers.)

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One often hears fans talking about [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestlers]] displaying great psychology. When one says this, they aren't talking about a wrestler being a WarriorTherapist. No, they're talking about wrestling psychology, which is essentially a performer's in-ring acting ability, determining how much they can make a wrestling match look like a real competition or fight between real people. A match with great psychology is spectacular and convincing; a match with poor psychology is often comes off like a [[SpotMonkey spotfest]].

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The first half of wrestling psychology is to follow a consistent strategy throughout the match. This can be as simple as working a body part, weakening it through constant attack to leave it open for a match-finishing move. It can also be a more complicated "mind game", with a wrestler constantly taunting his opponent in an attempt to goad him into making a mistake. Other popular strategies include [[BatmanGambit maneuvering the opponent into nigh inescapable hold]], immobilizing a high-flying opponent and keeping TheGiant on his back (where he can't apply his massive strength). The RickyMorton is a key component of tag-team TagTeam psychology, as one team seeks to isolate a member of the other team and pick him apart.

The second half of psychology is known as "selling", "[[TheatricsOfPain selling]]", or acting like one is getting hurt. Selling can be as simple as reeling back from an opponent's punches, or it can get into the realm of limping because your opponent has been working your leg, or making stupid mistakes because you're losing your temper. Often, a wrestler with truly good psychology will sell things over time; he may even limp to the ring on his way to a match as a result of an "injury" inflicted on him during a prior match/beating. There are some wrestlers who don't like to sell because they feel it makes them look weak, despite the fact that selling is a key component of making the audience [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspend their disbelief]] and get into the match.

Wrestling psychology is generally attributed to individual wrestlers instead of the writers/bookers. This is because, unlike staged fights in other media, wrestling matches are rarely choreographed from beginning to end[[note]]There simply isn't time to choreograph every match, since taking into account even when a promotion has reliable roster house shows will translate to a wrestler will typically have having two or more matches per week.[[/note]]; usually, only the ending and a few big spots are pre-planned, while everything in between is improvised. (This is not always the case - Hulk Hogan vs. Wrestling/UltimateWarrior at ''[=WrestleMania=] 6'', for example, was heavily choreographed; both Warrior and Hogan rehearsed much of the match for weeks leading up to the event, and it paid off as the resulting match is hailed as one of the greatest in both men's careers.)



* Wrestler Scott "Wrestling/{{Raven}}" Levy (a veteran of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}) discussed many of the finer aspects and details of wrestling psychology, applying to both faces and heels, in his "Secrets of the Ring" interview series.

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* Wrestler Scott "Wrestling/{{Raven}}" Levy (a veteran of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}) discussed many of the finer aspects and details of wrestling psychology, applying to both faces {{face}}s and heels, {{heel}}s, in his "Secrets of the Ring" interview series.



* Despite the above page quote (which took place during a match in which he was, in rare form, intentionally bad), Shawn Michaels really is known for his excellent ring psychology. His matches are always well-thought-out, with a clear "strategy" throughout them (an example being his Unsanctioned Match with Triple H at Summerslam '02, which utilized a lot of brawling and "hardcore" techniques to compensate for his surgically-repaired back and a genuine fear that it wouldn't hold up to more traditional catch-as-catch-can wrestling). He also takes what could be, in the hands of another wrestler, a spotfest, and builds around the spots. And when it comes to selling, you don't get much better than Shawn, who raises the HowMuchMoreCanHeTake trope to a true art form.

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* Despite the above page quote (which took place during a match in which he was, in rare form, intentionally bad), Shawn Michaels really is known for his excellent ring psychology. His matches are always well-thought-out, with a clear "strategy" throughout them (an example being his Unsanctioned Match with Triple H at Summerslam '02, which utilized a lot of brawling and "hardcore" techniques to compensate for his surgically-repaired back and a genuine fear that it wouldn't hold up to more traditional catch-as-catch-can wrestling). He also takes what could be, in the hands of another wrestler, a senseless spotfest, and builds around the spots. And when it comes to selling, you don't get much better than Shawn, who raises the HowMuchMoreCanHeTake trope to a true art form.



* One an aspect of psychology Wrestling/JimCornette gave away on Wrestling/RingOfHonor's ''Secrets Of The Ring'' Series was why it was sometimes important for wrestlers to slow down at points even if they're fully capable sprinting for ten minutes at a time: to give the audience a chance to catch up, and if they actually like what they're seeing, clap. Incidentally, ROH crowds are equally among the most vitriolic and appreciative to gather in ECW's wake.



* One of the most noticeable things about Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada's return to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling was his new offensive psychology, using many different approaches and angles to wear down the opponent's neck\shoulder area before finishing with a short lariat.

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* One of the most noticeable things about Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada's return to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling was his new offensive psychology, using many different approaches and angles to wear down the opponent's neck\shoulder area before finishing with a short lariat. This made one of the most memorable moments of the 2015 G1 Climax a simple headbutt during the "rainmaker" from Wrestling/YujiNagata, which completely wrecked Okada's strategy and had him struggling to maintain his standing in the rankings.
27th Aug '15 8:03:14 AM ironballs16
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-->'''Wrestling/JerryLawler''', {{leaning on the fourth wall}} to chide Wrestling/ShawnMichaels during his famous oversell match against Wrestling/HulkHogan

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-->'''Wrestling/JerryLawler''', {{leaning on the fourth wall}} to chide Wrestling/ShawnMichaels during [[https://youtu.be/j7px7rhA9A4?t=2m his famous oversell match match]] against Wrestling/HulkHogan
25th Jul '15 9:19:57 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Savio Vega stated the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention to this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flagship show ''Impact'', though Vega was more in charge of BShow ''Xplosion'' till Mantel's departure.

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* Savio Vega stated the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention to this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flagship show ''Impact'', though Vega was more in charge of BShow ''Xplosion'' till Mantel's departure.departure.
* One of the most noticeable things about Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada's return to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling was his new offensive psychology, using many different approaches and angles to wear down the opponent's neck\shoulder area before finishing with a short lariat.
20th Apr '15 9:11:26 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Savio Vega cited the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention to this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flagship show ''Impact'', though Vega was more in charge of BShow ''Xplosion'' till Mantel's departure.

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* Savio Vega cited stated the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention to this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flagship show ''Impact'', though Vega was more in charge of BShow ''Xplosion'' till Mantel's departure.
18th Apr '15 9:25:02 AM FordPrefect
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* Savio Vega cited the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flag show Impact, though Vega was more in charge of BShow Xplosion till Mantel's departure.

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* Savio Vega cited the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention to this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flag flagship show Impact, ''Impact'', though Vega was more in charge of BShow Xplosion ''Xplosion'' till Mantel's departure.
16th Feb '15 4:05:21 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* An EnforcedMethodActing version of this appeared in the bout between Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} and DiamondDallasPage in {{WCW}}'s ''Halloween Havoc '98'', where Goldberg ''launched'' himself at DDP in the corner... who promptly dodged (planned) and Goldberg's shoulder smashed into the ring-post (unplanned). Because of this real-life injury, the first climax to the match, where DDP would reverse Goldberg's FinishingMove into a Diamond-Cutter, took two tries to complete. The first one, Goldberg's shoulder was too aggravated to effectively lift Page off the mat, making the crowd go ''nuts'' due to Goldberg's status as an InvincibleHero up to that point.

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* An EnforcedMethodActing version of this appeared in the bout between Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} and DiamondDallasPage in {{WCW}}'s Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s ''Halloween Havoc '98'', where Goldberg ''launched'' himself at DDP in the corner... who promptly dodged (planned) and Goldberg's shoulder smashed into the ring-post (unplanned). Because of this real-life injury, the first climax to the match, where DDP would reverse Goldberg's FinishingMove into a Diamond-Cutter, took two tries to complete. The first one, Goldberg's shoulder was too aggravated to effectively lift Page off the mat, making the crowd go ''nuts'' due to Goldberg's status as an InvincibleHero up to that point.point.
* Savio Vega cited the kind of psychology that comes from taking in the crowd reaction and improvising in the match as it went on was lacking in TNA, where most wrestlers were under the impression the crowd should be ignored as much as possible. He cited his and Dutch Mantel's attention this detail as the reason the Knockouts had the best rated segments on flag show Impact, though Vega was more in charge of BShow Xplosion till Mantel's departure.
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