Created By: Superhal on October 30, 2009
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Theatrics of Pain

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The least electrifying move in sports entertainment: the broken neck.

Wrestling moves are often done using explicit and implicit cooperation by all wrestlers involved to minimize injuries while doing extremely dangerous maneuvers. Therefore, to help maintain the illusion, the wrestler receiving a move must make a show that the move actually hurt. This is also called "selling."

Usually, it is quite easy to tell if a wrestler has been injured for real or is selling the move by its absence.

When a wrestler pretends to be uninjured by the move, this is the No Sell, nearly a gimmick in its own right.

Sometimes, inexperienced wrestlers will hit too hard. This is called "stiffness," and usually, it's harder to "sell" their moves, making them difficult to work with.

Compare to Reality Is Unrealistic.

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Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • October 28, 2009
    Superhal
    Launching in ~20.
  • October 28, 2009
    Earnest
    Ah, tropeworthy as this may be, you should probably wait to get three examples and a name (or searchable redirect, at least, not all of us are familiar with Wrestling terminology).
  • October 30, 2009
    Superhal
    Ok, I added glossary links to the main Professional Wrestling index.
  • October 30, 2009
    Superhal
    Changed title from "Sell" to "Theatrics of Pain."

  • October 30, 2009
    Earnest
    I very much like this title. ^_^

    An example: In Galaxy Quest, Tim Taylor hits Severus Snape and tells him about an episode where they have an "argument". They both pretend to be fighting to distract the guards jailing them. I think Snape was hitting for real due to working out some frustration on Tim.
  • October 30, 2009
    random surfer
    It's not just inexperienced wrestlers who work stiff - Davey Boy Smith and Vader were particularly mentioned in Mick Foley's book as people who liked to work stiff.
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