->''"Tonight, the arena is sold out. A dozen shades of gray will square off in a pageantry of war. The opponents are unlikely in the real world, but in the amphitheater of our imagination, they're well matched. The punk rockers [[note]]in reference to the Headbangers, whose gimmick was actually based on HeavyMetal[[/note]] will battle the mountain men.[[note]]in reference to the Harris twins[[/note]] [[Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination The black separatists]] will fight [[Wrestling/RoadWarriors the post-apocalyptic warriors]]. [[Wrestling/{{Konnan}} The gang-banger]] will rumble with [[Wrestling/RicFlair the aristocrat]]. The future[[note]]"The future" is represented by an indeterminate shadowy wrestler silhouetted by laser lighting[[/note]] will struggle with [[Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan the past]], and [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels the living]] will duel with [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker the dead]]. In the end, just like a good SoapOpera, no issues will be resolved; the story is "ToBeContinued". The combatants will live to fight another night, in another town. Is wrestling fake? Absolutely. It's as fake as your imagination, as phony as your daydreams."''
-->--'''Steve Allen''', ''The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling''

Professional Wrestling, as the term is understood today, is a cooperative endeavor in which athletes face off in loosely choreographed matches with pre-determined outcomes, in a manner resembling a type of freestyle combat loosely based on Greco-Roman wrestling, amateur/Olympic wrestling, and (since the 1990s) Usefulnotes/MixedMartialArts ([[RecursiveAdaptation which themselves grew partially out of pro wrestling]]). Modern professional wrestling derived from "Lancashire catch-as-catch-can", a grappling style developed by carnival promoters in late 19th century Britain, which soon gained popularity in America as a legitimate form of athletic competition. By the early years of the 20th century[[note]]It's impossible to know exactly when wrestling started being worked because of the highly secretive nature of kayfabe in the early years; Frank Gotch, who was world champion from 1908 to 1913, is generally considered to have won and defended his title legitimately, while other sources suggest fights had been rigged as early as 1870, and worked matches devolving into legitimate fights were a common occurrence as late as the 1970s[[/note]], the sport had evolved into a "work" where the winners of bouts were determined ahead of time by the organizers. From this arrangement, a system gradually evolved of numerous territorial wrestling leagues across the US, cooperating under the auspices of the National Wrestling Alliance (which WWE, WCW, ECW, and almost every major promotion in North American and some outside of it were affiliated with at one point), which sponsored the world championship and other titles, picked the champions, and arranged for the top talent from the territories to go on tour and gain national exposure. In 1963 the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, once the NWA's New England territory, split from the group, rechristened itself the Worldwide Wrestling Federation (later the WWF/WWE), and over the following decades expanded on a national scale to create the wrestling industry as it exists today.

Pro wrestling is usually full of concepts from different types of shows. Each match is roughly choreographed (though not usually in much detail since wrestlers don't have much rehearsal time, let alone for whole matches, given that they wrestle twenty to twenty-eight days per month on average--most of a match's details will be improvised, with only the beginning, the end, and few key "spots" in between specifically planned; the mark of a good wrestler is being able to make match flow naturally despite the lack of more than a rough outline of the plan). [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Entertainment's]] programs remind one of nothing so much as a SoapOpera for guys, complete with all the emotion, melodrama, and occasional comic relief that the phrase implies. Other organizations, such as Wrestling/RingOfHonor, strive for a more gritty, realistic presentation, but still incorporate many soap opera elements.

The history of pro wrestling is a bit convoluted; until the late '80s/early '90s, promoters claimed that wrestling was a legitimate sport, and attempted to hide the fact that it was scripted at all costs. The truth is the performances are as standardized and stylized as Japanese Kabuki theatre, or ''CommediaDellArte'' -- each match is a miniature set piece, using stock characters, "plots" and "twists". This has become more obvious in recent years with the increased sense of theatre provided by the major promoters and programs. As more and more wrestling fans grew wise to the fact that wrestling was scripted and choreographed, promoters had no choice but to reveal [[{{Kayfabe}} the secret]] that everybody already knew by that point anyway. Vince [=McMahon=] went so far as to televise a speech on an episode of ''Monday Night Raw'', in which he promised to "stop insulting (fans') intelligence" and referred to Raw as an "action-adventure" series.

All wrestling organizations will have a "booker", or person who decides which wrestlers are going over on any given "card" or event. The larger wrestling organizations will have full booking teams, made of bookers (who help wrestlers lay out the matches) and scriptwriters (who tell the bookers the companies' long-term goals with the storylines). These are often called the "creative teams", or simply just "creative" (as in "Creative has no ideas for your character at the moment"). [[SoYouWantTo/BeABooker Booking wrestling matches and storylines is a difficult skill]]; most of the boom times for wrestling can largely be accounted for through good booking of matches. Poor booking can be disastrous: Wrestling/{{WCW}} was literally destroyed through terrible creative decisions, first under the stewardship of Vince Russo and a few others, then through Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s terrible "Invasion" [[ArmedWithCanon vanity trip]].

However, as many {{Sitcom}} plots (and Website/{{Botchamania}}) have implied, Professional Wrestling is very real in the sense that mistimed inexperience can leave someone seriously injured. Professional wrestlers are like stuntmen; they're acting out a scene, but ''physically'', and with the chance of injury, not to mention they get no second takes. And despite whatever you may have heard, they ''do'' hit each other, although their moves are generally designed to seem much more devastating than they are, and they avoid harm whenever they feasibly can without it looking too obvious. A professional wrestler literally puts his life in his opponent's hands several times in a single match; the slightest misstep could result in a broken bone, a broken neck, paralysis, possibly even death. DontTryThisAtHome.

If you see a word you don't understand, it may be helpful to refer to these links:
* For jargon, terms, and special vocabulary, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_wrestling_terms here's searchable list of wrestling terms at the other wiki.]]
* For names of wrestling moves you aren't familiar with, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_wrestling#See_also the other wiki also has an index of lists.]]
* For a guide to how to effectively book a match [[SoYouWantTo/BeABooker see here]].
* If you see an unfamiliar name, it's very likely that it is a famous wrestler's real name or earlier persona. It's easier to just use the search function at the other wiki rather than try to use a list. As a general rule, the wrestler's most famous persona will be used instead of their real name, although different fans will have a different opinion as to which persona was the most famous, and then to add to the confusion, WWE has the annoying habit of trademarking a wrestler's name so that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_%28wrestler%29#Trademark_and_libel_litigation the wrestler can't use it after they leave the promotion.]]

Now has a [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalWrestling Useful Notes page]] that attempts to debunk the nasty stereotypes about the business. Not that it will work.

Thanks to the various wrestling related Tropes that have been named, it now has [[TropeNamers/ProfessionalWrestling its own page]].

We are always open for new pages about wrestling. See [[Summary/ProfessionalWrestling this page for a list of page requests.]]

[[folder:Tropes Examples A-Z]]
* TenMinuteRetirement:
** The cliche is true. Old wrestlers never retire. Even if they're not that personally invested in pro wrestling, even if their knees turn to powder, even if have a profitable side-business going, they'll be back. Every time.
** "Retirement" matches in professional wrestling rarely stick. Furthermore, declarations of retirement often give way to part time work in the business part time or otherwise become less extensive than initially suggested more times than not. (Sometimes for money reason, sometimes just for the love athletes have for their sport). Wrestling/TripleH is a sterling example of juggling both roles.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: None of the televised wrestling matches seem to end when the show goes to commercial. But if they did, it would be really aggravating. This started out as a common tactic of the Southern promotions: "We'll keep the tape machines rolling, and if this match finishes while we're in commercial, you'll see what happened!" The few exceptions to this trope are:
** It happened on an early edition of ''WWF Raw'' when [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] beat Rick Martel during a commercial break. They quickly replayed the finish when the show resumed.
** It also happened on a 2011 episode of ''[=SmackDown=]'' when Wrestling/MarkHenry was legitimately injured during a match and they had to improvise a countout finish.
** Wrestling/KofiKingston beat [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] during an ad break in 2014 as part of promoting the WWE Network. Only people watching the live stream saw the finish of the match.
* AntiHero: Professional Wrestling ''thrives'' on these type of heroes, as the very nature of the show requires even the most idealistic to pound someone into a gooey paste for a living. Plus, if a woman dumps a man and betrays his trust, the audience will often demand [[DomesticAbuse physical retribution]] from the wronged hero.
* AskAStupidQuestion: It's quite common that wrestlers, usually the heels, will insult or intimidate interviewers for asking obvious questions.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: All the time.
* BShow:
** With non-televised events (often known as "house shows"), a B-Show roster is comprised of middle- and lower-level talent of a wrestling promotion, and can sometimes include well-known wrestlers making a comeback, finishing a career or making a special appearance. These shows will perform either in smaller markets – often, new ones being tested – or in established markets on the same night that the A-Show roster is performing in another market. Secondary individual title matches, or sometimes matches for the tag team titles, are often considered the main event, although sometimes the flagship title is contested between the champion and a challenger who normally may not receive this opportunity on an A-Show. These shows often have a unique experience and flow to them, and very often B-Show wrestlers are able to develop their skills enough to be promoted to the A-Show.
** ''Xplosion'' to ''Impact'', ''Thunder'' to ''Nitro''. People often cite ''[=SmackDown=]'' as a B-Show compared to ''Raw'', but it's more like a second A-Show in terms of this trope.
** When Wrestling/{{ECW}} was brought back as a WWE television brand it was almost a middle ground of this trope. It had its own storylines and World title and was considered an actual brand that is given PPV time, but its main purpose was to get talent ready for the A shows by giving them television experience and having them work with seasoned veterans such as William Regal, Tommy Dreamer, Finlay, etc., a context now given to WWE Developmental Program Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} in Florida.
** ''Velocity'' and ''Heat'' were B Shows to ''[=SmackDown=]'' and ''Raw'' respectively.
** ''[[Wrestling/WWEMainEvent Main Event]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/WWESuperstars Superstars]]'' are both considered the B show to both ''[=SmackDown=]'' and ''Raw''. NXT could be thrown in there too, even though these days it's a show for their developmental talent.
** Back in the day, ''WWF Wrestling Challenge'' was considered the B show to ''WWF Superstars of Wrestling'', in that most of the major angles began on and title changes were aired on ''Superstars'', although ''Challenge'' would always air noteworthy segments.
* BackhandedApology: A standard part of wrestling TrashTalk.
* BackyardWrestling: A profession not widely respected among traditional promotions but many of wrestling's biggest stars started out this way, such as The Hardy Boys. More literally, some "falls count anywhere" matches have ended up in actual backyards.
* {{Badass}}: Take your pick, Stone Cold, Taz, Goldberg, Lesnar...
* BadassGrandpa: Anyone born before 1960 who's still in the game. Would ''you'' mess with Wrestling/HarleyRace? Or Wrestling/RicFlair? Or Wrestling/TerryFunk? Or Wrestling/HulkHogan? Or [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon the 70-year-old multi-millionaire who lets himself get hit in the head with steel chairs on national television?]] And God help you if you piss off Wrestling/TheUndertaker. For that matter, '''Wrestling/{{Batista}}''' is actually, in real life, a grandfather. Yes, THAT Batista.
* BallsOfSteel:
** This trope was used once when Wrestling/{{Chyna}} was wrestling Road Dogg and he wore a cup.
** Part of indy wrestler The Human Tornado's gimmick was that he absolutely no-sold all groin shots - in fact it was more likely that his opponent would hurt him/herself trying one.
** Azusa Kudo, of FMW, was able to shrug off any and all groin shots due to his gimmick being a post-op transsexual.
* BearsAreBadNews: "The wrestling bear" gimmick goes back to at least the 1930s with Ginger. ''Usually'' the matches are actually against the bear's trainer, who will use the bear to threaten the heels who mess with him, but some men such as Willie Williams and Kamala actually did wrestle the animal itself. Williams ''won''.
* BeautyIsBad: Female wrestlers who are pretty usually have to work extra hard to prove themselves as wrestlers and even then they will get hated purely because they are pretty. God help them if they have ever done even a bit of modelling. Women wrestlers who aren't conventionally beautiful usually get a free pass and are considered wrestlers regardless of whatever experience they have. This can sometimes cross over into the men's divisions with the guys getting called "gay" and "pretty boys".
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Used to varying degrees with female wrestlers. WWE and TNA's women never bleed on purpose, by contrast women in Japanese feds brutalise each other just as much as the men, even in the more mainstream promotions like AJW. Averted occasionally, particularly in 2002-03 in WWE where there were a lot of women's hardcore matches and the likes of [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] and Wrestling/TrishStratus bled quite a lot. TNA averted it some times, having Roxxi bleed out constantly in her matches (to the point of being nicknamed "The Hardcore Knockout"), and having a First Blood Match in 2010 between Daffney and Tara, though only ''somewhat'' in the latter, because at the conclusion of that match there was only a tiny trickle of blood.
* BigWhat: Originated in WWE (WHAT?!) by Stone Cold Steve Austin (WHAT?!), this has become a fan chant (WHAT?!) at WWE events. (WHAT?!)
* BlasphemousPraise:
** WWE billing Triple H as "King of Kings," seeing as how it is a title normally given to Jesus.
** Some people started bringing signs saying "[[Wrestling/MickFoley Foley]] is God." He expressed his preference for them not to do that so the signs changed to "Foley is Go'''o'''d," which became the title of his second memoir.
* BraggingRightsReward: See MacGuffin below.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood:
** Most face/heel rivalries in Professional Wrestling play out like this, with most of the drama centered around the heel cheating and tricking his way to victory against a more powerful and/or skilled babyface. Whereas a heel who's legitimately skilled gets cheered a lot of the time, the heel still gets booed because the fans know he doesn't "deserve" to keep winning and are waiting until he finally gets demolished. [[WrestlingMonster Monster heels]] are an exception to this tendency, and instead gain heat by using excessive force and putting faces out of commission through brute strength.
** Prominent examples (as heels, of course):
*** Wrestling/RicFlair
*** Wrestling/ChrisJericho
*** Wrestling/TheMiz
*** Wrestling/JerryLawler was pretty much the Ric Flair of Memphis.
*** Wrestling/TripleH is a perfect example of both. As a heel, he can't win a match clean to save his life, yet as a face, all he needs are his fists and maybe a sledgehammer in order to take out his opponents.
** A variant specific to tag team matches, and forming the standard psychology for most of them: The heel team is more skilled at actual tag team wrestling, isolating [[RickyMorton one face]] and utilizing numerous (often illegal) tag team maneuvers. This builds tension for the Hot Tag, whereupon the fresh babyface finally tags in and demolishes the heels singlehandedly.
* BreakupBreakout: Though the USA, WWE in particular, is notorious for its attempts to {{invoke|d trope}} this trope often backfiring.
* CListFodder: Despite this trope involving almost exclusively lower-tier stars of a promotion, it's not as bad as one might think it may be. Often, these shows are run in smaller (or new) markets, are almost always anchored by one or two bigger-name stars (to draw fan interest and guide the younger wrestlers), and provide opportunities for the lower-rung wrestlers to work and improve skills. Secondary and tag team titles are often contested, often with lower-tier wrestlers getting opportunities they would never get on the AShow, as are unique stipulation matches. Matches against local talent are often contested as well. And the cameras may be rolling, as to capture an unexpected storyline development or title change but more often than not to allow promoters and trainers a chance to evaluate their wrestlers and use it as a learning tool. With all of this in mind, being "C-List Fodder" isn't always a bad thing.
* CareerEndingInjury:
** Whether from a single catastrophic injury or years of wear and tear, a wrestler's retirement is almost inevitably due to one of these: Hayabusa (botched springboard moonsault into a broken neck), Darren Drozdov (botched running powerbomb into a broken neck), Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (botched piledriver into a broken neck), Wrestling/TedDiBiase (neck injury), Wrestling/BretHart (multiple concussions), the list is almost endless.
** While real-life career-ending injuries frequently happen, the use of "career-ending" injuries is sometimes used in kayfabe, often to build drama with the involved wrestlers. If such is the case, it will be to allow the wrestlers time off - often to heal from actual injuries or to simply take time off. One example is Wrestling/RickySteamboat, who suffered a "career-ending injury" in late 1986 as part of his feud with Wrestling/RandySavage.
* CatFight: Apartment wrestling is the major reason why the term cat fight is associated with comedy and FanService, to the point "apartment wrestling" redirects to "cat fight" on ThatOtherWiki. It began in the 1950s when television became more widespread and bored housewives watching it began imitating pro wrestlers in the privacy of their own rooms. Presumably bedroom/living room wrestling wasn't as catchy, though it literally became apartment wrestling in the 1970s when The Fabulous Moolah began renting rooms to take pictures of her students applying holds on each other for Bill Apter's magazines, [[FollowTheLeader inspiring]] a short lived but full fledged "apartment circuit". To this day there remain fans in the US who are happy if they see a women's match degenerate into hair pulling and screaming.
* CatchPhrase: Some wrestlers can keep a crowd engaged for nearly half an hour on nothing but catchphrases alone. Sometimes the crowd almost seems to force a catchphrase on a wrestler. Some wrestlers, like Wrestling/VickieGuerrero only have one catchphrase; some, like [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] have multiple catchphrases but one completely overshadows the rest, while others like Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin have many equally well-known catchphrases. Many wrestlers, such as Wrestling/RonSimmons and the aformentioned Daniel Bryan, are more known for their catchphrase than anything else about them. And ''[[UpToEleven then]]'' there's [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], a man with so much freaking charisma that literally ''anything'' that comes out of his mouth has a 50/50 shot of inspiring the crowd to immediately start chanting it, and then within a week it's on a t-shirt and that line goes into his seemingly endless repertoire of popular catchphrases.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim:
** Sadly, this is starting to become true as of late, as professional wrestlers nowadays seem to have very short lifespans: an enlarged heart, fibromyalgia, prescription pill and cocaine addiction, PCS, neck, back and knee surgeries all contribute to wrestlers in their forties having the bodies of 70-year-olds. Hence why many of the greats from the 1980s have already departed.
--->'''[[http://www.franchisefansite.com/commentary.html Shane Douglas:]]''' Once again I sit here at my computer to write my epitaph of [[ToAbsentFriends a close friend, co-worker, and pioneer.]] I guess that, due to the sick nature of our business, this will be a never-ending responsibility.
** Wrestling has had a number of high-profile deaths that seem to come out of ''nowhere'', most notably Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. Certainly fans are now conditioned to expect any wrestler to die at any time.
** Not to mention the fact that accidents can happen when stunts are performed in a ridiculously unsafe manner, as Wrestling/OwenHart tragically showed.
** To their credit, WWE has worked hard in making their company more safe, from eliminating chair shots to the head (which wrestlers like Shelton Benjamin have stated can cause headaches for up to a week) to a stricter drug policy. According to WWE themselves, Triple H and The Undertaker (two of their biggest names) were both fined after Triple H hit 'Taker in the head with a chair during their match at Wrestling/WrestleMania XXVII. To put this in perspective, at the time of that event, Triple H was an executive vice president in the company as well as the son-in-law of the owner while Undertaker was their most veteran performer with among the largest amounts of influence, and they were competing in Undertaker's biggest storyline match (and about his only one left!) every year -- The Pursuit To End The Streak. So they took the health of their performers so seriously, they were willing to fine people that would be otherwise untouchable and who they would otherwise be adverse to insulting.
** After the passing of Randy Savage, a report was put out that showed over 25% of performers from [=WrestleMania=] VII in 1991 were dead. At 58, Randy Savage had lived over 10 years longer than the other deceased.
** Wrestling/CMPunk would {{lampshade|Hanging}} this trope on the July 11, 2011 edition of ''Raw'':
---> '''CM Punk:''' In [[RealLife the real world]], the WWE has always gotten a mention or two for two reasons-- the first one being that CM Punk is speaking his mind; the second one is because somebody died.
* CheapHeat: It's real easy to come out, act like an arrogant prick, mock the local sports teams and get booed.
* {{Chickification}}:
** Happens to women often when promoted from an independent promotion to a major one and or because of a poorly-executed gimmick change.
** Wrestling/{{Chyna}} started in the WWF looking very manly, and could hold her own with male wrestlers such as Kane, X-Pac, and Chris Jericho. Over the years, she had more and more surgery to make herself look more feminine and moved towards fighting women. She later left the wrestling business and made a living as a porn actress, which is just too telling. She was apparently trying to mend fences with WWE when she died in 2016.
** The women's division itself in WWE at one point went through this. Many members of the female roster weren't actual trained wrestlers, but rather models/actresses who then became wrestlers, and, as a result, were rarely the best in-ring performers (Trish Stratus is known for averting this). In the 2010s, though, (especially during the 2015 "Divas Revolution"), WWE appears to be averting the trope. In mid-late 2015, there have been many shows with multiple Divas matches, whereas at one point, the company could go multiple shows with ''no'' Divas matches.
* TheConsigliere: Managers, while reluctant to actually set foot in the ring ([[BattleButler usually]]), act as hypemen and ringside plants. Unfailingly cowardly, they will either interfere in matches or jeer the babyfaces from the safety of the commentator table.
* CoolOldGuy: Any wrestler who's in their late 40s or older, but can still kick ass and take a beating. Embodied by the one and only Funker himself, Terry Funk.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The technical term for this in pro wrestling circles is a "{{squash match}}". Not nearly as common nowdays as it was in the 80's, when most televised matches consisted of a star wrestler pitted against a hopeless "jobber"/"enhancement talent" who would be destroyed in a matter of minutes without offering any offence at all. Still occasionally happens in modern times, especially if a wrestler is being given a "Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} push."
** Perhaps the two biggest examples are ''[=WrestleMania=] I'' where King Kong Bundy beat SD Jones in 27 seconds (although the announcers said the match ended in under 10) and ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1988'' where Ultimate Warrior defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship in under 2 minutes to end a 15 month championship reign.
** The difference here is that a wrestler can be curbstomped and still "win", such as when Wrestling/{{Batista}} totaled Wrestling/ChrisBenoit on ''Monday Night Raw'' but was disqualified for refusing to relent while Benoit was tied up in the ropes or Paul Burchil's literal curb stomping of Mr. Kennedy. They do not lose as much credibility this way and at times makes the curbstomper look incompetent for ultimately being unable to do their job (win matches) correctly.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: When a wrestler performs a finisher during a match, it isn't always enough to end it despite the beating their opponent may have already taken beforehand, yet if a wrestler performs a finisher ''outside'' of a match the victim often stays down for a very long time.
* DemotedToExtra:
** The pro wrestling term for this is "getting buried".
** Random shifts in [[CharacterAlignment alignment]] can also cause this. The theme of "a wrestler well-respected by fans who would honestly prefer to cheer someone who does high risk moves than boo them" would become a staple of the Sports Entertainment genre.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable:
** Wrestling/HulkHogan defeating Wrestling/AndreTheGiant at ''[=WrestleMania=] III'' was viewed as this.
** Whether or not Bill Goldberg has ''ever'' been pinned cleanly is up for debate (mostly due to the issue of semantics regarding the word "cleanly").
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker at [=WrestleMania=]. Started at ''[=WrestleMania=] VII'' and went to ''XXX''.
* DiabolusExMachina: The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob is the most infamous example, and the "Wrestling/{{Dusty|Rhodes}} Finish" is probably the most common.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Can happen alongside BreakupBreakout.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Triple H and the Big Show have both said this to fans that have called them by their birth names. If you meet a wrestler, it is considered proper etiquette to address them by their ring name. According to some sources, this even applies to new wrestlers-- if Undertaker introduces himself to you and says "I'm The Undertaker," don't call him "Mark" or "Calaway," call him "Undertaker."
* DoubleStandard: Many, usually invoked by heels, such as the "Piggie James" angle. People were outraged at [[Wrestling/LayCool Michelle and Layla]] making fun of Mickie's weight and anyone who called Mickie overweight on the IWC was immediately vilified. Yet many people started cruelly calling Michelle "Skeletor" on the internet and calling her underfed and a stick insect. Anorexia can be just as lethal as obesity and Michelle has struggled with anorexia in the past.
* DentedIron: As careers progress, the pads and ring gear get switched out from models designed to cushion to those that squeeze nerves and muscles in ways that make functioning with damaged parts still possible.
* DracoInLeatherPants: The pro wrestling term for this trope is called "Popular Heel". CM Punk, The Road Warriors, Chris Jericho, and on and on and on... some wrestlers are so good at what they do that their villainous actions are ignored, and the crowd cheers for them anyway.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most wrestlers go through several looks or gimmicks before hitting superstardom. A select few are so dramatically different it's hard to believe they're the same person. See Wrestling/ScottHall's Hulk-like physique and mustache in AWA, or Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's long blond hair in World Class Championship Wrestling.
* EasilyDistractedReferee: It is a job requirement for any referee in pro-wrestling to be easily distracted, and exacerbating the circumstance is that a referee will rarely make a call based on something he didn't see (even if he's detained with one wrestler in a one-on-one match, there's a sound of steel hitting flesh somewhere behind him, and suddenly the other wrestler is unconscious-- Wrestling/EddieGuerrero would [[GenreSavvy take advantage of this fact]] many times during his career).
* {{Engrish}}: Japanese promotion names such as Wrestle And Romance (later Wrestle Association R) and Big Mouth Loud. American wrestlers/promoters/reporters who never learned Japanese often find themselves speaking in broken English when they're with Japanese wrestlers.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Thanks to The Rock.
* FeudEpisode: Pro wrestling is almost entirely composed of this.
* FinishingMove: The finisher is a one-time only move, usually exclusive to that wrestler (unless inherited or stolen from somebody else in kayfabe) which usually lays out the opponent in one shot. We say ''[[NotQuiteDead usually]]'', as kickouts are known to happen.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Known to fans as "Evil Foreigners" and not all evil foreigners are heels, Kaientai turning face but still being evil.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** Rosey, '''S'''uper-'''H'''ero '''I'''n '''T'''raining.
** Also, in WCW for a short time, Lance Storm held the '''S'''askatchewan '''H'''ardcore '''I'''nternational '''T'''itle.
** Terri Runnels also ran the '''T'''erri '''I'''nvitational '''T'''ournament in 1999.
** Terri, Jacqueline, and Ryan Shamrock: the '''P'''retty '''M'''ean '''S'''isters.
* TheGambler:
** Kinda. Wrestling ''had'' a performer called The Gambler, but he [[{{Jobber}} wasn't very lucky]].
** An old gimmick of Wrestling/KevinNash was "Vinnie Vegas," a fast talking conman and gambler. His finisher (now used as one of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's FiveMovesOfDoom) was "Snake Eyes" (dropping your opponent face-first onto a turnbuckle).
* GameBreakingInjury: Submission artists employ this tactic all the time. They will use a variety of locks and holds that target a specific part of the human body until their opponent can no longer make use of the limb in question.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity:
** In the USA, the major promotions treat their talent as "free agents" and so can fire and hire them much easier than most other employers (though they often get away with working these "free agents" just as hard as any employee).
** Also true InUniverse. Some wrestling characters have been "fired" in kayfabe and rehired several times ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin is probably the best example-- he's been ''arrested'' on WWE television many times). Even if the storyline is that they are absolutely and permanently fired, there's a pretty good chance it's not going to be their last match or appearance.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The Great Khali, for all his poor wrestling ability, was massively popular in his home land of India. He managed to draw 60,000 people to what were basically showcases for CWE students he represented.
* GoodIsDumb:
** Generally played straight, although occasionally subverted. Batista, who [[HeelFaceTurn turned face]] when he heard his stablemates plotting against him and who displayed above average keenness as a face, is the biggest of those (Triple H even told Flair, during said plotting, that Batista isn't very smart).
** The most {{egregious}} example of this is Wrestling/{{Sting}}, who is commonly referred to as "The dumbest man in wrestling." Although, he's averted it mightily over his years in Wrestling/{{TNA}}.
* HamToHamCombat: Naturally, since hamminess is any wrestler's stock in trade.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: The format of most wrestling promos.
* HelloNurse: The main purpose of valets was distracting referees at first but they later became more physically involved in matches.
* HopeSpot: Spot being a professional wrestling term, there is bound to be at least one of these on any given wrestling show. Oh sure, we known Wrestling/KurtAngle is unlikely to lose to [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] since he's already been announced to be in an upcoming match against WWE Champion Wrestling/JohnCena, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil posters and pre-orders all ready]] but that doesn't mean Eugene is not going to get any two counts before it's over.
* HotBlooded: The exception here for a long time were the Japanese fans, known for politely sitting with their hands clasped and maybe giving light applause every now and then, unless your were Inoki, Chigusa or something. The wrestlers by consequence tended to {{scream|ingwarrior}} and [[TheatricsOfPain sell]] more than elsewhere to make up the difference.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: It's generally agreed that "legit" professional wrestling matches started to fall out of favor in 1876 after a Collar and Elbow style match between Jacob H Martin and James Hiram [=McLaughlin=] went on for six hours without a decisive winner at Whitney's Opera House in Detroit, Michigan on June 29th of that year. By working matches, you could keep long matches interesting and ensure they never went on ''that'' long without depriving anyone a winner.
* HoYay: While virtually everything about wrestling is this, special mention should go to old video packages meant to showcase tag teams to female audiences.
* {{HSQ}}: Often exclaimed by the crowd chanting "HOLY SHIT!" or "E C DUB!"
* IHaveTheHighGround: High fliers often use the ropes to propel themselves into some pretty [[RuleOfCool awesome]] moves. In Mexico, the Volador legacy gimmick came about by comparing an ancient Mesoamerican dance atop a pillar with ropes to stop people diving off from killing themselves, to luchadors standing atop ring post supported ropes.
* IncomingHam: Any wrestler with entrance music. Bonus points if that music opens with said wrestler's {{catch phrase}}, or some kind of loud sound effect (the sound of breaking glass at the start of Steve Austin's theme easily being the most prominent example).
* InvincibleHero:
** A complaint most infamously leveled against Wrestling/HulkHogan, and later at Wrestling/JohnCena. Tends to get invoked against any {{Face}} champion who is dominant enough, though.
** The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior is arguably the prime example of this trope. He only has a handful of clean losses on record. Not even Hulk Hogan could stop him (without cheating, that is).
** Bill Goldberg plays the trope straight, but was rarely vilified for it. In fact, his 170-plus-match winning streak in WCW was one of the reasons the company was so popular.
* InvincibleVillain: Wrestling/TripleH, from 2002-2005. Ditto for Jeff Jarrett from 2003-2006, so much that fans called him "Triple J" and chanted for him to "DROP THE TITLE!" whenever he appeared.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: There is no farm implement, piece of furniture, musical instrument, or article of clothing that hasn't doubled as a weapon ''at least'' once (probably twice -- there's almost nothing original in wrestling):
** A [[Wrestling/PaulBearer cremation urn.]]
** A [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts snake.]]
** A [[Wrestling/TheSheik hadoken.]][[note]]Actually flash paper, creating the illusion of [[KamehameHadoken a lobbed fireball.]][[/note]]
** A [[Wrestling/JimmyHart megaphone.]]
** A [[Wrestling/MickFoley sock.]]
** A [[Wrestling/RickMartel cologne bottle.]]
** A [[Wrestling/ScottHall toothpick.]]
** A [[Wrestling/AlSnow mannequin head.]]
** A [[Wrestling/SherriMartel purse.]]
** A [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman cell phone.]]
** A [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson necktie.]]
** A [[Wrestling/RandySavage scepter.]]
** A [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} cigar.]]
** A [[Wrestling/OwenHart Slammy award.]]
** A [[Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} dwarf.]]
** A [[Wrestling/XavierWoods trombone.]]
* ItsPersonal: Okay, try finding a promotional package for any given wrestling event that does not hype a personal feud.
* {{Jerkass}}: A lot of heels (and some of the nastier faces) can be this.
* JustFriends:
** This trope often plays out between a valet/manager, the wrestler who is romantically entangled with said valet, and a 3rd person who is often the wrestler being managed by the valet or someone who keeps rescuing the valet from attacks by opponents of the boy/girlfriend.
** Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon name dropped the trope several times when Triple H became jealous of the attention Kurt and Stephanie were paying each other when Kurt kept saving Stephanie from [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Of course, it resulted in a triple threat match with The Rock for the WWF Championship, at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'' in 2000.
* LargeHam: Mostly the wrestlers, but more than a few of the announcers are guilty of this, especially when dealing with a wrestler or faction they show particular favoritism towards. If a wrestler can't talk, they're often given a manager who can.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Wrestling on TV is seemingly made of this, with the men as WalkingShirtlessScene {{Mr Fanservice}}s, and the women as {{Stripperific}} {{Ms Fanservice}}s.
* LeotardOfPower: An older wrestling costume design that still shows up nowadays every once in a while.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Have you ''seen'' the build-up to some of these high-profile matches? CMLL's Super Libre, ROH's Fight Without Honor and EVOLVE's End Of Evolution are more so agreements to ''not'' fight like Gentlemen.
* LighterAndSofter:
** Blame it on socio-economic distribution. The southern booking philosophy could still work in wrestling today. It would also produce shows that fewer TV networks would be willing to air.
** Wrestling/{{Chikara}} is a good example of family-friendly wrestling that doesn't alienate kids or insult the intelligence of adult fans. NXT is also an all-ages product that works well. Its primary demographic is the more-cliquey wrestling fans, but they can do that while being PG and having characters that still appeal to kids, like Wrestling/BeckyLynch and Wrestling/{{Bayley}}.
** You can discuss how kayfabe stuck it out longer in the south, but it was equally in relation to which areas had blue-collar, working class people. Vince Sr.'s WWF could be quite brutal as it ran in front of a lot of migrant fans (Poles, Italians, Irish, etc...), while Wrestling/TheSheik's territory in Detroit had its share of blood. In contrast the West Coast/Flyover states were more technical and cleaned up, while in the south where there were a lot of mining towns and post-Depression communities that knew a hard life and what a hard fight looked like. (Which is still the case today in Appalachia, where coal mining is the only thing feeding a lot of communities). So, when you're wrestling in front of two hundred ornery miners who know how a face looks when you punch it just right...
** On the topic of WWE: The "PG Era" worked when Cena was champion, but may soon be coming to a close -- now that the company has tried (and failed) to work the same magic with Cena imitators.
* LivingLegend: Wrestling/BrunoSammartino was called "The Living Legend." Larry Zbyszko appropriated the name as "The New Living Legend" during a feud. Chris Jericho referred to himself as a living legend during his Undisputed WWF championship reign after he unified the WWF and WCW world titles. Other wrestlers/workers who have been labeled (unofficially) as such: Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Jim Ross, John Cena, The Rock.
* LovableRogue: The Rock, Ric Flair, Eddie Guerrero at the end of his life.
* MadeOfIron: Pretty much anyone who steps in the ring. Just cause actions are done in cooperation doesn't mean hits don't hurt like hell (which is a common misconception among the "You know it's fake, right?" crowd). A wrestler who can't take a lot of punishment is in the wrong line of work.
* MaskedLuchador: [[UrExample Origin]] unknown, [[TropeMaker birthplace]] Mexico. See CoolMask.
* MeleeATrois: Three-way matches, called, depending on the promotion and stipulations, a "Three Way Dance" or a "Triple Threat."
* MonsterClown: The fanged clown Coco Blanco, Doink The Clown as a heel, PowerStable Los Payasos Diabolicos...
* MotiveRant: This is very common whenever a wrestler undergoes a FaceHeelTurn. The next week after, they will often tell the fans why they did what they did to a face wrestler, whether it's being tired of living under their shadow, because they are sick of the fans and the locker room not giving them respect, or simply because they can.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Wrestling fandom is like chickenpox: you get it when you're young, and it can come back stronger than ever as shingles when you're an adult, but it never truly goes away.
* MusclesAreMeaningless:
** Somewhat surprisingly, you don't have to have tremendous physical strength to execute a number of non-luchador moves. Part of this is the fact that a large number of moves require (or are more safely performed with) the cooperation of the person getting slammed or what have you.
** Take Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, for instance. He looked pretty scrawny compared to most other main-eventers, but he could still execute a scoop slam on the 270-pound Triple H. Ditto for Wrestling/StacyKeibler.
** Wrestling/TripleH is a great example. During his career, he's stood roughly 6'4, weighing around 270 pounds and is as muscular as almost any other wrestler you can think of. Despite this, he doesn't use power moves and isn't billed as being any stronger than the average male wrestler.
** [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] averts the trope. He's roughly average-sized (but extremely toned) for a wrestler, but was at one point able to lift '''The Big Show''' for a scoop slam over the top rope to win a Battle Royal.
** [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz(z)]] is an aversion as well. A stout 5'9, 230 or so pounds, he was known as The Human Suplex Machine, and would make a habit of throwing around men much larger than he.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt "Foolish child! I am the eater of worlds!"]], "[[Wresling/TheBoogeyman I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get ya!]]"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Abdullah the Butcher,'' ''The Boogeyman,'' ''The Undertaker'', ''Psicosis'', ''Kane'', ''The Dungeon of Doom''... it never ends. Wrestling/SantinoMarella once was smacked around legitimately by Wrestling/JimCornette for ignoring this meme on the second guy.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Mention you like wrestling around a group of people, and someone will tell you the not-so-surprising news that wrestling is fake. Played straight, as they will seriously think you're not aware of this.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Employed against faces to build heat, and against heels when they get their comeuppance.
* NoSuchThingAsHR: A contract dispute with the boss? A love triangle with another wrestler and his girlfriend? Suspicions of trying to stage a hostile takeover of the company? There's only way to settle something like that... [[{{kayfabe}} in the ring]]!
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: The mantra of [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner Gorgeous George]] and practiced by heels everywhere.
* OhCrap: Typically seen when the Heel finally comes face to face with a Face he's been trying to avoid... or when just about anyone goes one on one with The Undertaker (although, in kayfabe, many wrestlers attempt to avert the trope against Undertaker, so as not to allow him to be fueled by their fear).
* OlderThanDirt: [[http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/18wv76/what_is_the_oldest_game_known_to_man/c8ivb19 Wrestling is the oldest game/sport in the world.]] Modern Professional Wrestling is at least older than television, with some arguing it to be as old as radio. There is evidence of worked matches as far back as the mid 1800s, though until 1920 it's impossible to tell just how much was legit or worked.
* PaintedOnPants: Traditionally associated with female wrestlers but it has become more common on men, who traditionally didn't wear pants of any kind, as time goes on.
* PecFlex: Trust us. This trope is pretty popular in professional wrestling.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Mini-Estrellas, Mexican promotions CMLL and AAA having the most famous rosters of them with Mascarita Sagrada being particularly popular. Anyone under a certain height, most commonly 153 CM, can be a Mini-Estrella. Often times a young mini-estrella will hit a growth spurt and have to leave the division but sometimes a short adult, such as a dwarf, will become popular enough to face larger wrestlers too. AAA even had a "mascot" division made up of tag teams of a large wrestler and a mini version of himself or sometimes a small wrestler and a larger version of himself.
* PopularityPower: Wrestling runs on the fans taking an interest in you rather than liking you. It's an old expression among wrestlers that "it doesn't matter if the fans love you or hate you, as long as they care". John Cena is arguably the codifier for this concept.
-->'''''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/2000074m.htm DDT:]]''''' For you gamers out there, I was playing ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' the other day and fought the main boss ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin named Diablo]], oddly enough)...I had the fight well in hand. That is, until Diablo got all pissy and broke script, shooting on me with a vicious lightning attack that nearly laid me out legit. I ended up running away so I could suck down some healing potions. Since I was the top face of the promotion, though, I came back and beat the tar out of Diablo for trying to do a Paul Roma '95 on me. I've since been told after the battle that Diablo mouthed off to the bookers backstage and was quickly fired for his unprofessionalism in doing the job. If you're wanting to know where you can see Diablo, look in [[strike:shareware]] the indies.
* PowerStable: Usually a group of bad guys who get together to help each other win matches, though they can form for other reasons, such as Drew Gulak's campaign to sanitize Wrestling/{{CZW}} or Right To Censor enforcing censorship on the WWF.
* PowerTrio: While they have probably always existed in Professional Wrestling to some capacity and the NWA did it about ten years before then in the 60s, it was the Mexican UWA who oversaw Lucha Libre Internacional that introduced a division and title for "tercias matches" or trios, which was quickly copied by other organization all around the world, including the NWA, who revived their own six man tag team division in the 1980s in direct response.
* PrejudicedForPecs:
** Professional wrestling is notorious for the difficulty "small" (as in average-sized) people have making a break in it. Perhaps the most famous example is Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, whom dojos in Japan refused to train after deeming him 'diminutive' despite his height being the national average. A later example would be the Minnesota Stretching Crew, both members of which had the same strength and weakness as performers (highly athletic, charisma deficient) with Shelton Benjamin having the higher work rate of the two. Wrestling/BrockLesnar was larger though, so he got pushed immediately after their breakup and got to go over Shelton multiple times when they were at odds.
** Being a big dude is half the battle. On his podcasts, Steve Austin said that someone once advised him: "This business is all about big upper bodies. So long as you're still in proportion, no one will care", and Hogan was once quoted as saying, "big arms equals big paychecks." Look at all the stars from the late 80s and early 90s, and they've all got wide shoulders, big chests, huge arms and--with the exception of a few--not-great legs. Since the business used to be about Greek-style godlike humans (albeit with not-so-godlike acting) going to war, most of the guys where big, over the top, and blond-haired. That all changed due to the Attitude Era and the influence of ECW, though you can still see it today with guys like John Cena and Rob Terry. It's well known to be Vince [=McMahon=]'s AuthorAppeal, and the reason why he's always trying to get Cena over, and why Vince himself put on a ton of muscle when he got into the ring for the first time.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The basis of Wrestling/HulkHogan's comeback spot, Wrestling/{{Sting}} too. Also used by many monstrous/supernatural wrestlers, such as Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: While WWE didn't invent this trope, they certainly revel in it--just ask The Rock ("If ya suh-mellllll....what the ROCK....is....COOKING!") or Booker T ("Can you dig it....SUCKA?!) or especially the guy who stamped his whole meal ticket with this trope, Mr. Kennedy ("[=MMMMMisterrrrrr=]....Kennedy....KEN-NE-DY!"). It's also a pretty good bet that, at least in WWE, every heavyweight champion will state that he's the "World. Heavyweight. CHAMPION" at least once during his reign.
* TheQuisling:
** Usually local heels who sides with an ForeignWrestlingHeel.
** Also, any executive character who sides with a major heel group. Eric Bischoff's heel turn to the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] on the November 18, 1996 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' is likely the first example of this.
** In Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}, Derek Sabato did this ''twice'', as the liaison for the BDK and again for GEKIDO.
* RageQuit: Via intentional disqualification (or count out) by the (usually) {{Heel}} champion who knows the (usually) {{Face}} challenger has them beat. Often leads to a "Title changes hands via DQ (or count out)" stipulation being added to a rematch so as to prevent this. Sometimes, though, this doesn't need to happen in a match. For some [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D2fulVqmQc reason]], Batista comes to mind...
* RealitySubtext:
** Wrestlers' real-life issues often provide fodder for their self-based characters' wrestling storylines. One of the most famous examples is the Matt Hardy/Edge feud: Edge stole Matt's girlfriend (Lita) while he was out with an injury (and subsequently released by WWE); when Matt returned, his first feud was with Edge, and much ado was made of the Edge/Lita/Matt triangle.
** His brother Jeff's drug issues were also used as the basis of Jeff's feud with the UsefulNotes/StraightEdge Wrestling/CMPunk.
** The entire Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob.
* RedemptionDemotion: Sometimes when a Heel does a HeelFaceTurn, he'll lose his push as a result.
* RedemptionPromotion: ''Other'' times, when a Heel does a Heel–Face Turn, they'll get a push.
* ReformedButNotTamed: This happens a lot in DarkerAndEdgier programming where a wrestler who started as a heel will immediately turn into a face due to his popularity with the crowd, but they will still behave the same way they started as a heel. A noticeable example is Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in the late 90's after Wrestling/BretHart [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn turned heel]] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 13''. He still got into fights with the faces and would give anyone a Stunner, no matter who they were.
* RingOldies: Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/TerryFunk, Wrestling/BobBacklund, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher...
* TheRival: Since their primordial foundations collar&elbow along with catch have competed with the 'sport' of 'prize fighting' for viewership. Most of pro wrestling development, such as moving away from ''wrestling'' itself to ''fights'' and eventually decided outcomes before the fact were in response to boxing's own developments and popularity. On the other hand, boxing and pro wrestling were governed by the same athletic commissions in the USA prior to the NWA's rise and remained governed by the same in Mexico even afterwards.
* RuleOfCool: If a snapmare was applied the way wrestlers do it in an uncontrolled environment, it would cripple most people. A reverse chinlock can snap tendons in the neck. In professional wrestling these moves are about as effective as a noogie.
* RuleOfFunny: The purpose of "exoticos" in Lucha Libre, who are more about demasculizing the opponent than hurting him. Several moves such as [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious's face wash]] work entirely on this rule.
* RuleOfThree: In pro wrestling, the number three comes up in many instances. A three-count is necessary for a win, many moves are done in threes (triple suplexes, for example). Also, many times, a wrestler will perform three identical strikes in a row as a filler sequence before being countered or transitioning into a follow-up sequence.
* SelfDeprecation: The Hurricane may be a parody of the almost cartoonish characters of the 80s.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: It's common for guys and girls in the business to be told they won't succeed or they can't draw for whatever reason, so they don't get booked in storylines or get to have matches, so they don't get over. Sometimes the bookers will throw them a bone and say, "Okay, prove to us you can be a hit with fans," and throw them into a match with no build up and no significance, often against someone it's clear they won't beat (like a midcard champion) so the crowd has no reason to care about the match and will go dead during it, making the bookers think they were right and the wrestler will never be hot, proving they shouldn't get a push, and because the wrestler doesn't get a push they can't get the fans' interest, meaning it's extremely hard for them to break out of this cycle. Aside from happening with individual wrestlers, this same effect can also happen with entire divisions and styles of wrestling - such as Cruiserweight divisions, Women's divisions, or lucha-style wrestling in the USA.
* SeriousBusiness:
** There is absolutely no situation that cannot be resolved with a wrestling match on PAY PER VIEW! ORDER NOW!
** Kayfabe, in the old days, was major SeriousBusiness, with at least one instance of a wrestler losing a court case because he would not break kayfabe, even under oath.
** Then there's the FanDumb. Everything from what qualifies as a "world title" to how seriously wrestling should take itself. The fact that wrestling draws upon the framework of a sport while actually being entertainment creates a lot of this thinking, since fans often try to see some kind of order or hierarchy that doesn't exist.
* ShesGotLegs:
** Often used with the female manager/valet -- see Miss Elizabeth in the 2-on-3 match at ''[=SummerSlam=] 1988'' for when used minimally for maximum effect. Taken to the extreme during the Attitude Era (and similar on WCW) with Wrestling/StacyKeibler and her 42 inches of "'nuff said."
** In a rare male example, an anecdote exists that cites the reason for Wrestling/TheMiz switching from capri shorts to trunks: Vince [=McMahon=] thought he had nice legs that he should show off.
* SpanishAnnouncersTable: The table where the broadcasters for the Spanish-speaking audience sit to do their commentary became famous for, as a rule, gets demolished by a wrestling move at least once a pay-per-view. It has been even confirmed that, unlike the English team's, the table is specially designed to collapse upon impact.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Wrestling/HulkHogan may have been the UrExample, as his BigDamnHeroes moments after matches would inevitably lead to his music, not that of the face he had ostensibly run out to save, being played. Wrestling/TheKliq are pretty much the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* SmartMark: Or "Smark" as it's often abbreviated is the name given to the fans who know that wrestling is staged, but enjoy it anyway. However, since practically every fan falls into that category these days, the term has changed somewhat and now refers to a hardcore wrestling fan who has a passing knowledge of the inner workings of the business and cares more about in-ring performance than storylines.
* SpotMonkey: Term to describe a wrestler who does moves simply because they look cool rather than because they make sense at any given moment. They are also known for selling poorly.
* SlutShaming: Zig-zagged sometimes. "Slut" and variations on it are popular chant against heel divas, like in the cases of Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, and Wrestling/{{Lita}}. At other times, the heels will be prudes (like Right to Censor or Wrestling/MollyHolly) and the faces will be defiantly stripping for the audience.
* TagTeam: Every tag team match ever, starting with Tiger Daula and Fazul Mohammed vs. Whiskers Savage and Milo Steinborn in Houston, TX on October 2, 1936 and continuing all the way to today. In Mexico parejas are less "tag" though, as simply exiting the ropes allows a partner to come in.
* TagTeamTwins: The Harris Brothers, Wrestling/TheUsos, the Head Hunters, the Shane Twins, the Wrestling/BellaTwins, etc. etc. etc.
* TakeThat: Especially during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars. Most shoots contains these ([[{{Flanderization}} but not all]]).
* TalkShowWithFists: Although "Buddy Rogers' Corner" predated it, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]]'s segment "Piper's Pit" is easily the {{Trope Codifier}} and the standard against which all others are compared.
* TheThemeParkVersion:
** In relation to amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts...[[InvertedTrope though the latter was originally a creation of pro wrestling]].
** Literalized by WCW starting in 1993 with the infamous "Disney tapings," when they did huge TV tapings for their syndicated weekend show ''WCW Worldwide'', at a studio at Disney World in Orlando. These tapings served to give away title changes and other storyline developments ''months'' in advance, exposing the business and essentially etching everything in stone. This also meant that WCW drew ZERO dollars at the gate.
** TNA took this even further, doing both their weekly TV show AND their "[=PPVs=]" at Universal Studios, also drawing ''zero'' dollars at the gate.
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet:
** More like "There Are No Female Wrestling Fans", and if there are, the assumption is that they're shrieking fangirls who don't know a Sharpshooter from a suplex.
** Completely and utterly averted and destroyed with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. During the '70s and '80s, tag teams like the Beauty Pair and Crush Gals enjoyed massive mainstream popularity among girls to the point where arenas were packed mainly with screaming girls.
** Also the majority of Hardy Boyz fans were screaming young girls, demonstrated by the massive pops they got whenever they removed their shirts during matches. The likes of Wrestling/{{Lita}} and Wrestling/TrishStratus also proved to draw in hundreds of female fans.
** Likewise, [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls most wrestler fansite owners are female.]] Even official ones.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: The face angrily stomps out to the ring and demands the heel to get out there.
* TonightInThisVeryRing: Basically short hand for "Soon, you are going to see something we did not advertise prior!"
* TooDumbToLive: It was all too often during WCW's NWO era (and, to be sure probably elsewhere as well) for fans, for whatever reason, to rush into the ring and take a poke at whichever wrestlers were there. This was massively inadvisable for two main reasons; for one, the camera will immediately pan away, denying said fan his 15 seconds of Fame and discouraging anyone else from trying it in the future - "Hey, we can get on TV!" And second, as soon as said fan hits the ring, it gives the wrestlers the legal right to defend themselves against whatever shenanigans he's trying to pull. In other words, they can beat the shit out of you and not face any consequences for it.
* UnderwearOfPower: You want a list? Too many to count.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Wrestling/TripleH appears to have it [[{{kayfabe}} since becoming COO of the company]]. Spike Huber, who was married to Wrestling/DickTheBruiser's daughter, had it until the divorce, after which Bruiser blacklisted the guy out of the business.
* UnnecessaryRoughness
** From least to greatest, closed fists, eye pokes, biting, choking, using the opponent's clothing for leverage, not giving a clean break from the ring ropes, strikes to the groin, using foreign objects, ripping off a luchador's mask and outside interference are grounds for disqualification in professional wrestling.
** Wrestling/{{Chikara}} takes it a step forward with the "castigo excesivo" rule allowing the referee to disqualify based on anything deemed "excessive punishment".
* UnrelatedBrothers: Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys (who even claimed to be "Twin brothers from different mothers"), etc.
* WagTheDirector: Savvy wrestlers who can no longer work without risk of permanent injury can cultivate other opportunities as a trainer, commentator, or -- most ominously -- booker. The SOP goes as follows:
## pack the roster and booking committee with [[{{Nepotism}} friends and relatives]]
## bury the undercard with [[CharacterDerailment completely ridiculous matches and gimmicks]]
## keep a select few guys protected and [[CreatorsPet book them into the main event constantly]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Most male wrestlers tend to go shirtless in the ring.
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Two wrestlers go for a Clothesline or Cross body splash at the same time. DoubleKnockout ensues.
* WildCard: The pro wrestling term for this trope is called ''Tweener'', [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes which previously served]] as the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* WorldOfBadass: Unless you are a referee, announcer or something.
* WorldOfHam: Wrestling is home to so many enormous slices of ham. When someone as hammy as John Cena looks fairly normal by comparison, you ''know'' you're in a WorldOfHam.
* WrestlingDoesntPay:
** WWE and, to a certain extent, WCW, were known for having up until the dawn of the Attitude Era (though a few others popped up afterwards) various wrestlers whose gimmicks were that they worked a second job in their downtime. Examples include: [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Irwin R. Schyster]], the [[IntimidatingRevenueService wrestling IRS agent]]; the Wrestling/BigBossMan, the wrestling prison guard; Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake, the wrestling barber; The Repo Man, the wrestling, well, repo man; [[Wrestling/{{Kane}} Isaac Yankem]], the wrestling dentist; [[Wrestling/SteveLombardi Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz]], the wrestling baseball player; [[Wrestling/BobHolly Thurman "Sparky" Plugg]], the wrestling racecar driver; among others.
** This can also apply literally in real life. "The audience isn't the marks, '''we're''' the marks" is an old wrestler's joke.
--->'''Wrestling/BobHolly:''' I think wrestling today would be better if Wrestling/EricBischoff had managed to buy out WCW and keep it going. Competition is good for the industry and was definitely better for the wrestlers. For a few years, we were in a position to get paid better. I still don't feel we were ever paid entirely fairly. Both companies were making so much money that they could have afforded to pay the boys a lot more...
** Some try to make their personas more interesting by incorporating a second job. Sometimes it is real, such as Wrestling/PaulBearer the mortician; sometimes it is just for show, such as Honky Tonk Man; and sometimes the job pays so poorly that they're forced to apply for food stamps, like Jesse Neal.
--->'''[[http://percysposts.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-friend-sherri-and-more.html Paul Bearer:]]''' The promoters are the ones who actually prostitute the young talent. They know how much the kids want to wrestle, and will have them drive for hours, set up their ring and not even offer then a hamburger muchless gas money. It is a damn crying shame, taking advantage of the unknowing just to pad their pocketbooks.
* YouHaveToHaveJews:
** Notoriously averted. WWE has (at least in recent years) gained a reputation for welcoming athletes of all ethnic backgrounds, but it's still one of the most goyish entertainment franchises in history. In the past 20 years or so, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} (in WCW and WWE) and Wrestling/{{Raven}} (Scott Levy) (in ECW and TNA to a degree) are the only prominent Jews to really have reached main event status. Scotty Goldman (a.k.a. Wrestling/ColtCabana) famously quit the company after enduring anti-Semitic harassment from his trainer, and Wrestling/PaulHeyman has been outspoken in his condemnation of latent anti-Semitism in the wrestling business.
** Although in this case there is a sensible reason for this, as wrestling events normally occur on Friday, Saturday and Sundays nights, Jews who follow Shabbat simply tend not to become professional wrestlers as they can only work 1/3 of the shows other wrestlers do.
** However, when Paul Heyman was doing color for ''Raw'' in 2001, he made references to being Jewish nearly every week. Perhaps the best was when J.R. asked him if he'd ever had BBQ sauce on a bagel. Or when Paul insisted on calling Albert (Matt "Tensai" Bloom, who himself is Jewish)'s finishing move the Meshuginator every week. He once called Wrestling/MollyHolly a "shiksa" (a derogatory Yiddish word for a non-Jewish woman, which Molly is.) Jerry Lawler once remarked in the mid 1990s that he thought judo was what bagels were made from. Heyman was also referred to as a "Creative Rabbi" in the Universe 3.0 trailer for WWE '13.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord
** "Pure Wrestling" vs "Sports Entertainment" is an ongoing debate and is a completely nonsensical debate to those more familiar with common language than pro wrestling terminology. In the sense of just wrestling without gouging, striking, choking, fish hooking, etc., literal "pure wrestling" shows were on their way out by the 1940s. What it usually means here is focus on workrate and in ring action, heavy emphasis on plausible grappling and stiff striking, strict enforcement of rules and regulations or some combination there of. ''Very rarely'' does reduction of tactics not associated with traditionally wrestling also apply. Meanwhile pretty much all sports industries have doubled as entertainment industries since the 1500s. "Sports entertainment" here usually refers to the booking philosophies of Vince [=McMahon=] or Kodo Fuyuki, which can be summarized as a greater focus on angles, gimmicks and charisma with less care given to workrate, technical wrestling, stiffness or regulation. The most extreme forms of "pure wrestling" tend to look more like ''fights'' than wrestling and the most extreme forms of "sports entertainment" look more like violent soap operas than sports. The "sports entertainment" approach has its roots in the "theater" style of promotion Jack Pfefer introduced in 1934.
** Independent/Indie also has different connotations in pro wrestling than it otherwise would in conversations about something else. It is mostly used to describe small promotions, as even if you are owned by a television company rather than independently, such as when ROH was purchased by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, you'll still be considered "indie" until you draw 10,000 people without help from another promotion and or gain a major network TV deal. FMW was independently owned but during its heyday when it drew 50,000 it was considered "too big" to be called "indie".
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** Has become a standby for Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank winners. The big fan-favorite face has just retained his championship title in a grueling effort against all odds - and, often enough, against multiple opponents. Thinking the battle is finally over, he lifts the belt triumphantly above his head to the delirious cheers of the crowd. But....not so fast, bucko! An ominous entrance theme blares over the P.A. and the face's mortal enemy - the promotion's most dastardly heel - struts into the arena carrying his Money in the Bank championship opportunity contract, which he has acquired either fairly or not. The big main-event match starts all over again as the heel cashes in his contract and - following a brave but futile effort by the exhausted face - gets a pinfall to become the new World Champion.
** Only a couple of people have announced before hand when they would cash in the briefcase and stick to it; the first person being Wrestling/RobVanDam, who had a legitimate full-length title match with Wrestling/JohnCena at ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} One Night Stand''. The second; none other than Wrestling/JohnCena, who cashed in his briefcase for a full-length title match with Wrestling/CMPunk on the 1000th episode of Wrestling/WWERaw. He also became the first to cash in the briefcase and not win the title. [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] said after he won Money in the Bank that he would wait and cash it at [=WrestleMania=]. Then he became the punching bag for Wrestling/MarkHenry during his feud with Wrestling/TheBigShow, and at TLC after Henry's and Show's match cashed his contract in, claiming that the experience had made him realize he may not even ''make it'' to [=WrestleMania=], and therefore passing by opportunities presenting themselves right then was foolish.
** Inverted when CM Punk did this to Edge using the Money in the Bank contract. This time it was the face using the contract at the opportune moment. Punk later {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this, stating that had he done it to anyone but Edge, he would have been perceived as the bad guy. Edge had won a title using the exact same tactic twice, so this was seen as karma coming back to bite him.
** And then hilariously averted in 2011, also by CM Punk, when Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio came down to cash in his contract, Punk kicked him in the back of the head before the referee had the chance to ring the bell.

[[folder:Sample of Pro Wrestling Promotions By Region]]
* Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation (AWA) [Defunct - 1960-1991]
* [[{{Wrestling/CHIKARA}} CHIKARA Pro]] [Active - 2002- ]
* [[{{Wrestling/CZW}} Combat Zone Wrestling]] [Active - 1999]
* Wrestling/{{ECW}} (Extreme Championship Wrestling) [Defunct - 1992-2001]
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}} (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) - [Active - 1986- ]
* Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling - [Active - 1999- ]
* Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel (sort of) [Active - 1996- ]
* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground [Active - 2014- ]
* Wrestling/{{MLW}} - [Defunct- 2002-2004]
* Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance (NWA) [Active - 1948- ]
* Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla (PWG) [Active - 2003- ]
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor (ROH) [Active - 2002- ]
* Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} [Active - 2005- ]
* Wrestling/{{SMW}} - [Defunct 1991-1995]
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} (Total Nonstop Action) [Active - 2002- ]
* Wrestling/WAWWrestling - [Active - 1998- ]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} (World Championship Wrestling) - [Defunct - 1988-2001]
* Wrestling/{{WSU}} (Women Superstars Uncensored) - [Active - 1996-?, 2006, 2007- ]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} (World Wrestling Entertainment) - [Active - 1952- ]
* Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}} - [Active - 2008- ]
* Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX - [Defunct - 2007]

* Dominican Wrestling Federation [Inactive - 1988-?]
* Dominican Wrestling Entertainment [Active - 2008- ]
* IWA [Defunct - 1999-2012]
* WWC(Long running Puerto Rican Promotion. [Active - 1973- ]
* WWL [Active - 2012- ]

* Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling [Active - 1972- ]
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling ([=AJW=]) [Defunct - 1968-2005]
* Wrestling/DragonGate [Active - 1997- ]
* Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam ([=DDT=]) [Active - 1997- ]
* Wrestling/{{FMW}} - (Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling) [Active - 1989-2002, 2015- ]
* Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE [Defunct - 2004-2009]
* IWA [Defunct- 1994-2014]
* Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling [Active - 1993- ]
* Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling [Active - 1972- ]
* Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH [Active - 2000- ]
* Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1 [Active - 2001- ]
* Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation [Defunct - 1984-1990]

* Continental Wrestling Entertainment [Active - 2015- ]
* Monster Factory Wrestling [Defunct - 2011-?]
* Ring Ka King [Defunct - 2011-?]

* Wrestling/{{AAA}} [Active - 1992- ]
* Wrestling/{{CMLL}} (Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) [Active - 1933- ]
* IWRG [Active - 1996- ]
* LLE\Liga Elite [Active - 2014- ]
* LLF [Active - 2000- ]
* LLI\UWA [Defunt - 1975-1995]
* [[Wrestling/DragonGate Toryumon]] [Active - 1997- ]

* Wrestling/{{GBG Wrestling}} [Active - 2002- ]
* Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} [Active - 2012- ]
* [[WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling What Culture Pro Wrestling]] [Active - 2016-]

* Nigerian Pro-Wrestling Federation [Active - 1981- ]
* Pro Wrestling Africa [Active - 2015- ]

!![[AC:South Africa]]
* AWF/African Wrestling Alliance [Active - 1995- ]
* Word Wrestling Professionals [Active - 2002- ]

[[folder:People in Pro Wrestling with Pages]]
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%% If you have time, please move pages for wrestlers to the Wrestling/ namespace.
* [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio/Flash Funk]] (Charlie Skaggs)
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher (Larry Shreve)
%% * Wrestling/{{Abyss}} (Chris Parks)
* Wrestling/MikeAdamle
* [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian Adams/Crush]]
* [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams Brooke Adams/Miss Tessmacher]]
* [[Wrestling/ChrisAdams "Gentleman" Chris Adams]]
* Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar (Jimmy Wehba)
* Wrestling/{{Akebono}}
%% * Wrestling/JunAkiyama
* Wrestling/{{Aksana}} (Zivile Raudoinene)
* Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano
* Wrestling/GaryAlbright
* [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley]] (Jonathan Good)
* Wrestling/ArnAnderson (Marty Lunde)
* [[Wrestling/KarlAnderson Karl Anderson/Chad 2 Badd]] (Chad Allegra)
* [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Ken Anderson/Ken Kennedy/Mr.Kennedy/Mr.Anderson]]
* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant (André Rousimoff)
* Wrestling/KurtAngle
* Wrestling/AustinAries (Dan Sowold)
* Wrestling/LionessAsuka (Tomoko Kitamura)
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (born Steve Anderson; later Steve Williams)
* Wrestling/MikeAwesome (Mike Alfonso)
* [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Curtis Axel/Michael McGillicutty]] (Joe Hennig)
* Wrestling/BobBacklund
* Wrestling/SashaBanks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado)
* Wrestling/TheBarbarian (Sione Vailahi)
* [[Wrestling/WadeBarrett Wade Barrett/Bad News Barrett/King Barrett]] (Stu Bennett)
* Wrestling/{{Batista}} (Dave Bautista)
* Wrestling/{{Bayley}} (Pamela Martinez)
* Wrestling/PaulBearer (Bill Moody)
* Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake (Ed Leslie)
%% * [[Wrestling/StephanieBell Jade/Mia Yim]] (Stephanie Bell)
%% * Wrestling/SheltonBenjamin
%% * Wrestling/MikeBennett
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit
* Wrestling/BigBossman (Ray Traylor)
* [[Wrestling/BigELangston Big E]] (Ettore Ewen)
* [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Big Show[=/=]The Giant]] (Paul Wight)
* [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow]]
* Wrestling/EricBischoff
* Wrestling/BlackRose (Niika Garcia)
* Wrestling/SteveBlackman
* Wrestling/FreddieBlassie (Frederick Blassman)
* Wrestling/AlexaBliss (Alexis Kaufman)
* [[Wrestling/MattBloom Matt Bloom/Baldo/Prince Albert/Albert/A-Train/Giant Bernard/Lord Tensai/Tensai/Sweet T/Jason Albert]]
* Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie (Brian Heffron)
%% * Wrestling/NickBockwinkel
* [[Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} The Boogeyman]] (Marty Wright)
* Wrestling/BookerT (Booker Huffman)
* [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Evan Bourne/Matt Sydal]] (Matt Korklan)
%% * Wrestling/DinoBravo (Adolfo Bresciano)
* Wrestling/BoboBrazil (Houston Harris)
* Wrestling/TylerBreeze (Matt Clement)
%% * Wrestling/GeraldBrisco
%% * Wrestling/JackBrisco
* Wrestling/DanaBrooke (Ashley Sebera)
* Wrestling/DLoBrown (Accie Connor)
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody (Frank Goodish)
* [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Mike Bucci/"Super Nova"[=/=]"Nova"[=/=]Simon Dean]]
* Wrestling/KingKongBundy (Chris Pallies)
* Wrestling/ColtCabana (Scott Colton)
%% * Wrestling/BrianCage (Brian Button)
* [[Wrestling/HaystacksCalhoun William "Haystacks" Calhoun]]
%% * Wrestling/SamiCallihan (Sam Johnston)
* [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl"[=/=]"Cyrus" Callis]]
* Wrestling/{{Cameron}} (Ariane Andrew)
* Wrestling/ChrisCandido
* Wrestling/{{Carmella}} (Leah Van Dale)
* [[Wrestling/EC3 Ethan Carter III (EC3)]] (Michael Hutter)
* [[Wrestling/StacyCarter Stacy "Miss Kitty"/"The Kat" Carter]]
* [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Claudio Castagnoli/Antonio Cesaro/Cesaro]]
* Wrestling/JohnCena
* Wrestling/{{Charlotte}} (Ashley Fliehr)
* [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Cheerleader Melissa/Raisha Saeed/Alissa Flash]] (Melissa Anderson)
%% * Wrestling/MasahiroChono
* Wrestling/{{Christian}} (Jason Reso)
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}} (born Joanie Laurer)
* [[Wrestling/BryanClarke Bryan Clarke[=/=]Adam Bomb[=/=]Wrath]]
* Wrestling/BrodusClay (George Murdoch)
* [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Allen Coage[=/=]Bad News Allen[=/=]Bad News Brown]]
%% * Wrestling/AdamCole (Austin Jenkins)
* Wrestling/MichaelCole (Michael Coulthard)
* [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon Carly "Carlito" Colon]]
* Wrestling/RicoConstantino
* Wrestling/RobConway
%% * Wrestling/SteveCorino
* Wrestling/JimCornette
%% * Wrestling/JustinCredible (Peter Polaco)
* [[Wrestling/TheCrusher Reggie "The Crusher" Lisowski]]
* Wrestling/BoDallas (Taylor Rotunda)
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels (Daniel Covell)
* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan]]
* [[Wrestling/BillDeMott Bill DeMott[=/=]Hugh Morrus]]
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey (Sara Amato)
* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio (Alberto Rodríguez)
* [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Fergal Devitt[=/=]Finn Balor]]
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase]]
* Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr
* Wrestling/DickTheBruiser (William Afflis)
* [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Nick Dinsmore[=/=]Eugene]]
* Wrestling/DoinkTheClown (Matt Osborne, Ray Liccachelli)
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas (Troy Martin)
* Wrestling/TommyDreamer (Tom Laughlin)
* Wrestling/SpikeDudley (Matt Hyson)
* Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan
* Wrestling/DynamiteKid (Tom Billington)
* Wrestling/{{Edge}} (Adam Copeland)
%% * Wrestling/MichaelElgin (Aaron Frobol)
* Wrestling/{{Emma}} (Tenille Dashwood)
%% * [[Wrestling/NelsonErazo Nelson Erazo[=/=]Homicide]]
* [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Eudy/Sid Vicious/Sycho Sid]]
* Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah (Mary Ellison)
* [[Wrestling/{{Fandango}} Fandango/Johnny Curtis]] (Curtis Hussey)
* Wrestling/JackieFargo (Henry Faggart)
* [[Wrestling/EdFarhat Ed "The Sheik" Farhat]]
%% * [[Wrestling/DaveFinlay Dave "Fit" Finlay]]
* Wrestling/PamperoFirpo (Juan Kachmanian)
* Wrestling/RicFlair (Ric Fliehr)
* Wrestling/MickFoley
* Wrestling/AliciaFox (Victoria Crawford)
* [[Wrestling/{{Francine}} Francine Fournier]]
* Wrestling/{{Frightmare}}
* Wrestling/KazuyukiFujita
* Wrestling/YoshiakiFujiwara
* [[Wrestling/JimFullington Jim "The Sandman" Fullington]]
* Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki
* Wrestling/TerryFunk
* [[Wrestling/JustinGabriel Justin Gabriel/PJ Black]] (Paul Lloyd, Jr.)
%% * Wrestling/VerneGagne
* [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke "DOC" Gallows/Festus/The Freakin' Deacon/Impostor Kane]] (Drew Hankinson)
%% * Wrestling/JohnnyGargano
%% * [[Wrestling/SantanaGarrett Santana Garrett[=/=]Brittany]]
* [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Giant Haystacks[=/=]Loch Ness]] (Marty Ruane)
* Wrestling/GiantSilva (Paulo da Silva)
* Wrestling/EddieGilbert
* [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Glenn Gilbertti[=/=]Disco Inferno]]
* Wrestling/{{Glacier}} (Ray Lloyd)
* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker (Hector Guerrero)
%% * [[Wrestling/CharlesWright The Godfather[=/=]Papa Shango[=/=]Kama Mustafa]] (Charles Wright)
* [[Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} Bill Goldberg]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Goldust/Dustin Rhodes]] (Dustin Runnels)
* Wrestling/KarlGotch (Karl Istaz)
* Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman)
* Wrestling/EddieGraham (Edward Gossett)
%% * Wrestling/CoreyGraves (Matt Polinsky)
%% * Wrestling/TheGreatKhali (Dalip Singh Rana)
* Wrestling/TheGreatSasuke (Masanori Murakawa)
* Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero
* Wrestling/VickieGuerrero
* Wrestling/BillyGunn (Monty Sopp)
%% * Wrestling/CharlieHaas
* Wrestling/GeorgeHackenschmidt
* [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott Hall/Razor Ramon]]
* Wrestling/{{Hallowicked}}
* Wrestling/JillianHall (born Jillian Fletcher)
* Wrestling/VolkHan
* [[Wrestling/StanHansen Stan "The Lariat" Hansen]]
* Razor Ramon HG, aka Creator/HardGay
* Wrestling/JeffHardy
* Wrestling/MattHardy
* [[Wrestling/LukeHarper Luke Harper/Brodie Lee]] (Jon Huber)
* [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]]
* Wrestling/JimmyHart
* Wrestling/OwenHart
* Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto
* Wrestling/MuhammadHassan (Mark Copani)
%% * Wrestling/CurtHawkins
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze
* [[Wrestling/DavidHeath David "Vampire Warrior"/"Gangrel" Heath]]
* [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]]
* [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Gregory Helms/Shane Helms/The Hurricane]]
* Wrestling/ChristyHemme
%% * Wrestling/TaelerHendrix (Taeler Conrad-Mellen)
* [[Wrestling/CurtHennig "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig]]
* Wrestling/MarkHenry
* Wrestling/ChrisHero (Chris Spradlin)
* Wrestling/PaulHeyman
* Wrestling/HillbillyJim (Jim Morris)
* Wrestling/HulkHogan (Terry Bollea)
* [[Wrestling/BobHolly Bob "Hardcore" Holly]] (Bob Howard)
* Wrestling/MollyHolly (Nora Greenwald)
* [[Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan The Honky Tonk Man]] (Roy Wayne Farris)
* Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} (Dylan Postl)
* Wrestling/BarryHorowitz
* Wrestling/SirOliverHumperdink (John Jay Sutton)
* Wrestling/{{Hunico}} (Jorge Arias)
* Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea
%% * Wrestling/KotaIbushi
* Wrestling/AntonioInoki
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik (Khosrow Vaziri)
* Wrestling/TomohiroIshii
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}} (Lisa Moretti)
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs (Chris Scobille)
* [[Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} Jacqueline (Moore)]]
* Wrestling/MickieJames
* [[Wrestling/JeffJarrett "Double J" Jeff Jarrett]]
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho (Chris Irvine)
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]]
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Hunter "Delirious" Johnston]]
* Wrestling/JunkyardDog (Sylvester Ritter)
* Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} (Celeste Bonin)
* Wrestling/MasahitoKakihara
%% * Wrestling/{{Kalisto}} (Emmanuel Rodriguez)
* Wrestling/{{Kamala}} (Jim Harris)
* [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Kana[=/=]Asuka]] (Kanako Urai)
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} (Glenn Jacobs)
* Wrestling/HiromitsuKanehara
* Wrestling/MariaKanellis
* [[Wrestling/{{Kanyon}} Chris Kanyon]] (Chris Klucssarits)
* Wrestling/FrankieKazarian (Frank Gerdelman)
* Wrestling/StacyKeibler
* Wrestling/KellyKelly (Barbie Blank)
* Wrestling/KillerKhan (Masashi Ozawa)
* Wrestling/TysonKidd (TJ Wilson)
* Wrestling/BillyKidman (Peter Gruner)
* [[Wrestling/RonKillings Ron Killings[=/=]R-Truth]]
* Wrestling/GailKim
* Wrestling/MasahikoKimura
* Wrestling/EddieKingston (Edward Moore)
* Wrestling/KofiKingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah)
* Wrestling/KojiKitao
* Wrestling/KentaKobashi
* [[Wrestling/KentaKobayashi KENTA (Kobayashi)[=/=]Hideo Itami]]
* [[Wrestling/TsuyoshiKohsaka Tsuyoshi "TK" Kohsaka]]
* Wrestling/SatoshiKojima
* Wrestling/IvanKoloff (Oreal Perras)
* Wrestling/NikitaKoloff (Nelson Scott Simpson)
* Wrestling/AjaKong (Erika Shishido)
* Wrestling/{{Konnan}} (Charles Ashenoff)
* Wrestling/AndreiKopylov
%% * [[Wrestling/KillerKowalski Walter "Killer" Kowalski]] (born Edward Spulnik)
* Wrestling/VladimirKozlov (Oleg Prudius)
* Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}} (Robert Maillet)
* Wrestling/LaParka (Adolfo Tapia)
* Wrestling/BobbyLashley
* [[Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis John Laurinaitis[=/=]Johnny Ace]]
* [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]]
* [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield John "Bradshaw" Layfield]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Layla}} Layla El]]
* Wrestling/GeneLeBell
* Wrestling/AJLee (April Jeanette Mendez)
%% * Wrestling/TrevorLee (Trevor Caddell)
* Wrestling/LeiDTapa (Seini Tonga)
%% * Wrestling/CandiceLeRae (Candice Dawson)
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar
* Wrestling/JayLethal (Jamar Shipman)
* Wrestling/MarkLewin
* Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger (Keichi Yamada)
* Wrestling/{{Lita}} (Amy Dumas)
* [[Wrestling/SteveLombardi Steve Lombardi[=/=]The Brooklyn Brawler]]
* Wrestling/AngelinaLove (Lauren Williams)
* [[Wrestling/LowKi Low Ki[=/=]Senshi[=/=]Kaval]] (Brandon Silvestry)
* Wrestling/LexLuger (Larry Pfohl)
* Wrestling/BeckyLynch (Rebecca Quin)
* Wrestling/JerryLynn
* Wrestling/BradMaddox (Tyler Kluttz)
* [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa[=/=]Alundra Blayze]] (Debrah Miceli)
* Wrestling/AkiraMaeda (Born Go Il-myeong)
%% * Wrestling/MagnumTA (Terry Allen)
* Wrestling/MagnumTOKYO (Katsumasa Kuroki)
%% * Wrestling/JinderMahal (Raj Dhesi)
* Wrestling/BallsMahoney (Jonathan Rechner)
* Wrestling/DeanMalenko (Dean Simon)
* Wrestling/ManaThePolynesianWarrior (Nikora Tuhakaraina)
* [[Wrestling/TrevorMann Trevor Mann (Ricochet/Helios/Prince Puma)]]
* Wrestling/SantinoMarella (Anthony Carelli)
* Wrestling/DawnMarie (Dawn Psaltis)
* Wrestling/EvaMarie (Natalie Nelson)
* [[Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato James "Little Guido" Maritato/Nunzio]]
* Wrestling/DebraMarshall
* [[Wrestling/RickMartel Rick "The Model" Martel]] (Richard Vigneault)
* [[Wrestling/SherriMartel "Sensational" Sherri Martel]] (Sherri Schrull)
* Wrestling/MercedesMartinez
%% * Wrestling/NaomichiMarufuji
* [[Wrestling/{{Maryse}} Maryse Ouellet]]
* Wrestling/AshleyMassaro
%% * Wrestling/ChrisMasters (Chris Mordetzky)
* Wrestling/MichelleMcCool
* [[Wrestling/ChiefWahooMcDaniel Edward "Wahoo" McDaniel]]
* Wrestling/BeulahMcGillicutty (Trisa Hayes)
* [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Nigel McGuinness/Desmond Wolfe]] (Steven Haworth)
* [[Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre Drew McIntyre/Galloway]]
* Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon
* Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon
* [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Melina Perez]]
* Wrestling/RosaMendes (Milena Roucka)
* [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Meng[=/=]Haku]] (Tonga Fifita)
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom)
* Wrestling/CandiceMichelle (Candice Beckman)
* Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku (Takao Yoshida)
%% * Wrestling/MilMascaras (Aaron Rodríguez)
* Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa
* Wrestling/MissElizabeth (Elizabeth Hulette)
* [[Wrestling/MissingLink The Missing Link]] (Dewey Robertson)
* Wrestling/{{Mistico}} (Luis Urive)
* Wrestling/MrFuji (Harry Fujiwara)
* [[Wrestling/JamesMitchell "The Sinister Minister" James Mitchell]]
* [[Wrestling/TheMiz Mike "The Miz" Mizanin]]
* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon (Robert Marella)
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Carlene Moore[=/=]Jazz]]
* Wrestling/PedroMorales
%% * Wrestling/TakeshiMorishima
%% * [[Wrestling/SeanMorley Sean Morley/Val Venis]]
* [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison John Morrison/Johnny Nitro/Johnny Mundo]] (John Hennigan)
* Wrestling/{{MsChif}} (Rachel Collins)
* Wrestling/DonMuraco
* [[Wrestling/KeijiMutoh "The Great Muta" Keiji Mutoh]]
* Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr (Óscar Gutiérrez)
* Wrestling/BullNakano (Keiko Nakano)
* Wrestling/{{Naomi}} (Trinity [=McCray=])
* Wrestling/YujiNagata
* Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito
* Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura
* [[Wrestling/KevinNash Kevin Nash[=/=]Diesel]]
* [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Nattie "Natalya" Neidhart]]
* [[Wrestling/AdrianNeville (Adrian) Neville/PAC]] (Ben Satterly)
* Wrestling/NewJack (Jerome Young)
* [[Wrestling/JohnNord John Nord[=/=]The Berzerker]]
* Wrestling/ScottNorton
%% * [[Wrestling/MeanGeneOkerlund "Mean" Gene Okerlund]]
* Wrestling/NaoyaOgawa
* Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada
* Wrestling/KennyOmega (Tyson Smith)
* [[Wrestling/TheOneManGang One Man Gang[=/=]Akeem "The African Dream"]] (George Gray)
%% * Wrestling/PaulOrndorff
%% * Wrestling/BobOrtonJr
* Wrestling/RandyOrton
* Wrestling/WillOspreay
* [[Wrestling/AlexanderOtsuka Takashi "Alexander" Otsuka]]
%% * Wrestling/DavidOtunga
* [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage "Diamond" Dallas Page]] (born Page Falkinburg)
* [[Wrestling/{{Paige}} Paige/Britani Knight]] (Saraya-Jade Bevis)
* Wrestling/KenPatera
* Wrestling/PatPatterson (Pierre Clermont)
* Wrestling/MaxxPayne (Darryl Peterson)
%% * Wrestling/PortiaPerez (Jenna Grattan)
%% * Wrestling/TJPerkins
* Wrestling/BethPhoenix (Elizabeth Carolan)
* Wrestling/BrianPillman
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] (Roderick Toombs)
* [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Terri Poch[=/=]Tori]]
* [[Wrestling/AlPoling Al Poling/911]]
* [[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter Montel Vontavious Porter/MVP]] (Hassan Assad; born Alvin Burke, Jr.)
* Wrestling/{{Psicosis}} (Dionicio Castellanos)
* Wrestling/CMPunk (Phil Brooks)
* Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush (Mike Spillane)
* Wrestling/HarleyRace
* Wrestling/SummerRae (Danielle Moinet)
* Wrestling/{{Raven}} (Scott Levy)
* Wrestling/MadisonRayne (Ashley Simmons)
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal (Darren Matthews)
* Wrestling/RomanReigns (Joe Anoa'i)
* [[Wrestling/RonReis Ron Reis/The Yeti/Reese]]
* [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes/Stardust]] (Cody Runnels)
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes (Virgil Runnels)
* [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhyno[=/=]Rhino]] (Terry Gerin)
* Wrestling/StevieRichards (Michael Manna)
* Wrestling/WendiRichter
* Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}} (Mitsuhiro Momota)
* Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} (Solofa Fatu)
* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] (Aurelian Smith, Jr.)
* Wrestling/AntoninoRocca (Antonino Blasetton)
* [[Wrestling/SethRollins Seth Rollins[=/=]Tyler Black]] (Colby Lopez)
* [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers "The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers]] (Herman Rohde)
* Wrestling/BobbyRoode
* Wrestling/AdamRose (Ray Leppan)
* [[Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose "Playboy" Buddy Rose]] (Paul Perschmann)
%% * Wrestling/MandyRose (Amanda Saccomanno)
* Wrestling/JimRoss
* [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster]]
* Wrestling/ErickRowan (Joseph Ruud)
* [[Wrestling/RickRude "Ravishing" Rick Rude]] (Richard Rood)
* [[Wrestling/TerriRunnels Terri Runnels/Marlena]] (Terri Boatright)
* Wrestling/VinceRusso
* Wrestling/JoeyRyan (Joseph Meehan)
* Wrestling/{{Ryback}} (Ryan Reeves)
* Wrestling/ZackRyder (Matt Cardona)
%% * Wrestling/ChrisSabin (Josh Harter)
* Wrestling/{{Sable}} (Rena Greek)
%% * Wrestling/ZackSabreJr (Lucas Eatwell)
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}} (Terry Brunk)
* Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba
* Wrestling/BrunoSammartino
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe (Joe Seanoa)
* Wrestling/DamienSandow (Aaron Haddad)
* Wrestling/TitoSantana (Merced Solis)
* Wrestling/ElSanto (Rodolfo Huerta)
* Wrestling/BobSapp
%% * Wrestling/KensukeSasaki
* Wrestling/PerrySaturn (Perry Satullo)
* [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Macho Man" Randy Savage]] (Randy Poffo)
* Wrestling/BuzzSawyer (Bruce Woyan)
* Wrestling/SatoruSayama
* Wrestling/DanSevern
* Wrestling/KenShamrock (born Ken Kilpatrick)
* Wrestling/LarrySharpe (Larry Weil)
* Wrestling/IronMikeSharpe
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} (Stephen Farrelly)
%% * Wrestling/AlexShelley (Patrick Martin)
* Wrestling/KatsuyoriShibata
* Wrestling/JinseiShinzaki
%% * Wrestling/GoShiozaki
* [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Ron Simmons/Faarooq]]
* Wrestling/SinCara
* Wrestling/VelvetSky (Jamie Szantyr)
* Wrestling/HeathSlater (Heath Miller)
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter (Robert Remus)
* Wrestling/NormanSmiley
* [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith]]
* Wrestling/AlSnow (Al Sarven)
* [[Wrestling/JimmySnuka "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka]] (Jimmy Reiher)
* Wrestling/TaminaSnuka (Sarona Reiher)
* Wrestling/GordonSolie (Francis Labiak)
* Wrestling/DanSpivey
%% * Wrestling/StanStasiak (George Stipich)
* Wrestling/RichieSteamboat (Richard Blood, Jr.)
* [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]] (Richard Blood)
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]] (Jim Myers)
* [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Steen[=/=]Owens]]
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner (Scott Rechsteiner)
* [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kia Stevens (Amazing Kong[=/=]Awesome Kong[=/=]Kharma)]]
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} (Steve Borden)
* [[Wrestling/SarahStock Sarah Stock[=/=]Sarita[=/=]Dark Angel]]
* [[Wrestling/DevonStorm Devon Storm[=/=]Crowbar]] (Chris Ford)
* [[Wrestling/JamesStorm "Cowboy" James Storm]] (James Cox)
* Wrestling/LanceStorm (Lance Evers)
* Wrestling/TrishStratus (Patricia Stratigias)
* Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet
* Wrestling/RoderickStrong (Chris Lindsey)
%% * Wrestling/BraunStrowman (Adam Scherr)
* Wrestling/BigJohnStudd (John Minton)
* Wrestling/AJStyles (Allan Jones)
* Wrestling/JoeyStyles (Joseph Bonsignore)
* Wrestling/TakuyaSugi
* Wrestling/KevinSullivan
%% * Wrestling/SuperDragon (Daniel Lyon)
* Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki
* Wrestling/JackSwagger (Jake Hager)
%% * Wrestling/RichSwann
* Wrestling/LarrySweeney (Alex Whybrow)
* [[Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch Tamara "Tammy" Lynn Sytch/Sunny]]
* Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi
* Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri
* Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada
* Wrestling/MasatoTanaka
* Wrestling/KiyoshiTamura
* Wrestling/{{Tatanka}} (Chris Chalis)
* Wrestling/YoshiTatsu (Naofumi Yamamoto)
%% * Wrestling/ChuckTaylor (Dustin Howard)
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}} (Peter Senerchia)
* Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu (Genichiro Shimada)
* [[Wrestling/JohnTenta John Tenta/The Canadian Earthquake/Earthquake/Avalanche/The Shark/Golga]]
* Wrestling/HiroyoshiTenzan (Hiroyoshi Yamamoto)
* [[Wrestling/TarynTerrell Taryn Terrell/Tiffany]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Test}} Andrew "Test" Martin]]
* Wrestling/LouThesz (Lajos Tiza)
* [[Wrestling/SurvivalTobita Masaru "Survival" Tobita]]
* Wrestling/EveTorres
* Wrestling/ManamiToyota
* [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Thea Trinidad[=/=]Rosita[=/=]Divina Fly]]
* Wrestling/TripleH (Paul Levesque)
* [[Wrestling/JumboTsuruta Tomomi "Jumbo" Tsuruta]]
* Wrestling/UltimateWarrior (born Jim Hellwig)
* Wrestling/UltimoDragon (Yoshihiro Asai)
* Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}}
* Wrestling/{{Umaga}} (Eddie Fatu)
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker (Mark Calaway)
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger (Shannon Spruill)
* [[Wrestling/LunaVachon Gertrude "Luna" Vachon]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Vader}} (Big Van) Vader]] (Leon White)
* Wrestling/GregValentine (John Wisniski)
%% * Wrestling/{{Vampiro}} (Ian Hodgkinson)
* Wrestling/RobVanDam (Rob Szatkowski)
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez
* [[Wrestling/JesseVentura Jesse "The Body" Ventura]] (James Janos)
* [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria[=/=]Tara]] (Lisa Marie Varon)
* [[Wrestling/{{Virgil}} Virgil[=/=]Vincent]](Mike Jones)
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff (Josip Peruzovic)
* Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie (Christina Kardooni)
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner "Gorgeous" George Wagner]]
* [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Sean Waltman[=/=]The 1-2-3 Kid[=/=]Syxx[=/=]X-Pac]]
* [[Wrestling/KokoBWare James "Koko B." Ware]]
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Katarina Leigh Waters (Nikita[=/=]Katie Lea (Burchill)[=/=]Winter)]]
* Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck (John Watson)
* Wrestling/TaylorWilde (Shantelle Malawski)
* [[Wrestling/DelWilkes Del Wilkes (The Trooper[=/=]The Patriot)]]
%% * Wrestling/DougWilliams (Douglas Durdle)
* [[Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams "Dr. Death" Steve Williams]]
* Wrestling/TorrieWilson
* Wrestling/BarryWindham
* Wrestling/HarveyWippleman (Bruno Lauer)
* Wrestling/XavierWoods (Austin Watson)
* [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt Bray Wyatt/Husky Harris]] (Windham Rotunda)
* Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} (Rodney Anoa'i)
%% * Wrestling/EricYoung (Jeremy Fritz)
* Wrestling/MaeYoung
%% * Wrestling/ReneeYoung (Renee Paquette)
* [[Wrestling/SamiZayn Sami Zayn/El Generico]] (Rami Sebei)
* Wrestling/DolphZiggler (Nick Nemeth)

[[folder:Stables and Tag Teams]]
* Wrestling/ThreeMB - Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre, Wrestling/HeathSlater, Jinder Mahal
* Wrestling/AcesAndEights - [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Bully Ray (Mark [=LoMonaco=]), Devon (Devon Hughes)]], Wrestling/DLoBrown, Mr. Anderson (Ken Anderson), DOC (Drew Hankinson), Knux (Mike Hettinga), Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Brooke Tessmacher, Tito Ortiz
%% * Wrestling/TheAcolytes
* Wrestling/AmericanAlpha - Chad Gable (Chas Betts), Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart)
%% * Wrestling/AmericanWolves
* Wrestling/TheAscension - Konnor (Ryan Parmeter), Viktor (Eric Thompson)
* Wrestling/TheAuthority - Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/TheShield, Wrestling/SethRollins, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TheBigShow, Jamie Noble (James Gibson), Joey Mercury (Adam Birch)...
* Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople - Wrestling/AngelinaLove, Wrestling/VelvetSky, Wrestling/MadisonRayne, [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Cute Kip]] and [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Lacey Von Erich]]
%% * Wrestling/BeerMoneyInc
* Wrestling/BellaTwins - Brie Bella (Brianna Garcia), Nikki Bella (Nicole Garcia)
* Wrestling/TheBlackjacks - Mulligan (Robert Windham), Lanza (Jack Lanza)
%% * Wrestling/BlakeAndMurphy
%% * Wrestling/TheBriscoes
* Wrestling/BulletClub - [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Prince Devitt]], Wrestling/KarlAnderson, Wrestling/AJStyles, [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Doc Gallows]], Bad Luck Fale (Fale Simitaitoko), Tama Tonga (Alipate Fifita), Wrestling/TheYoungBucks, Yujiro Takahashi, Wrestling/KennyOmega
* [[Wrestling/TheBushwhackers The Bushwhackers/The Sheepherders]] - Butch Miller, Luke Williams
* Wrestling/{{ChickBusters}} - Wrestling/AJLee, Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}}
* Wrestling/TheCorporation - Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Wrestling/BigBossman, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/{{Test}}, Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/TripleH...
%% * Wrestling/CrymeTyme
%% * Wrestling/TheDangerousAlliance
* Wrestling/DGenerationX - Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/BillyGunn, Road Dogg (Brian James), [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman X-Pac]], Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/RickRude
* Wrestling/{{Demolition}} - Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Crush]]
* Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys - Bubba Ray (Mark [=LoMonaco=]), D-Von (Devon Hughes), Wrestling/SpikeDudley
* Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom - Wrestling/KevinSullivan, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, [[Wrestling/JohnTenta The Shark]], [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake The Zodiac]], [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]], [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Meng]], The Yeti (Ron Reis), Wrestling/LexLuger, [[Wrestling/BillDeMott Hugh Morrus]], Wrestling/OneManGang, Wrestling/TheBarbarian, [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Loch Ness]], Z-Gangsta (Tiny Lister), The Ultimate Solution (Robert Swenson, Maxx (John Czawlytko), Braun ([=DeWayne=] Bruce), [[Wrestling/BigBossMan Big Bubba]], Wrestling/{{Konnan}}
%% * Wrestling/EdgeAndChristian
* Wrestling/EnzoAndCass - Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt), Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (William Morrisey)
* Wrestling/{{Evolution}} - Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Batista}}
%% * Wrestling/TheFabulousFreebirds
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos - Al Costello (Giacomo Costa), Roy Heffernan, Don Kent (Leo Smith)
* Wrestling/TheFabulousOnes - Steve Keirn, Stan Lane
* Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen - Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Ole Anderson (Alan Rogowski), Tully Blanchard, Wrestling/BarryWindham, J.J. Dillon (James Morrison)
%% * Wrestling/TheFourHoursewomen - Wrestling/{{Charlotte}}, Wrestling/SashaBanks, Wrestling/{{Bayley}}, Wrestling/BeckyLynch
* Wrestling/{{Fortune}} - Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/AJStyles, [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Kazarian]], Wrestling/BobbyRoode, Wrestling/JamesStorm, Matt Morgan, Douglas Williams (Douglas Durdle), Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels
* Wrestling/TheFunkadactyls - Wrestling/{{Naomi}} and Wrestling/{{Cameron}}.
%% * Wrestling/TheHardyBoyz
%% * Wrestling/TheHartFoundation
%% * Wrestling/KingsOfWrestling
* Wrestling/TheKliq - Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]], [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]], [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]], [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman The 1-2-3 Kid]]
%% * Wrestling/LatinAmericanExchange
* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} - Wrestling/{{Layla}}, Wrestling/MichelleMcCool
* Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick - Paul London, Brian Kendrick
%% * Wrestling/TheMainEventMafia
%% * Wrestling/LosMatadores
* Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress - Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose, Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane
* Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness - Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/PaulBearer, [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Bradshaw]], [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]], Mideon (Dennis Knight), Viscera (Nelson Frazier, Jr.), Wrestling/{{Gangrel}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/{{Christian}}
* Wrestling/TheMoondogs - King (Ed White), Rex (Randy Colley), Spot (Larry Booker)
%% * Wrestling/MotorCityMachineGuns
* Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination - [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]], Clarence Mason (Herman Stevens), JC Ice (Jamie Cruikshanks), Wolfie D (Kelly Wolfe), [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Crush]], Savio Vega (Juan Rivera), Wrestling/DLoBrown, Kama Mustafa/The Godfather (Charles Wright), Ahmed Johnson (Tony Norris), [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Rocky Maivia/The Rock]], Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/OwenHart
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys - Jerry Sags, Brian Knobbs
* Wrestling/TheNewDay - Wrestling/BigELangston, Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/XavierWoods
%% * Wrestling/NewAgeOutlaws
* Wrestling/NewWorldOrder ([=nWo=])
* [[Wrestling/TheNexus The Nexus/The New Nexus/The Corre]] - Wrestling/WadeBarrett, David Otunga, Wrestling/JustinGabriel, Wrestling/HeathSlater, [[Wrestling/{{Ryback}} Skip Sheffield]], Michael Tarver (Tyrone Evans), [[Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers Darren Young]], [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Wrestling/JohnCena, [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Curtis Axel]], [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt Husky Harris]], Wrestling/CMPunk, Mason Ryan (Barri Griffiths), Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens)
* Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers - Darren Young (Fred Rosser), Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Bullard)
* [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} The Public Enemy (TPE)]] - Johnny Grunge (Michael Durham), "Flyboy" Rocco Rock (Ted Petty)
%% * Wrestling/ReDRagon
* [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom]] - Animal (James Laurinaitis), Hawk (Michael Hegstrand)
%% * Wrestling/TheRockers
* Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress- Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain)
* Wrestling/RusevAndLana - (Alexander) Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev), Lana (C.J. Perry)
* Wrestling/TheShield - Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, Wrestling/SethRollins, Wrestling/RomanReigns
* Wrestling/TeamHellNo - [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Wrestling/{{Kane}}
* Wrestling/TysonKiddAndCesaro - Tyson Kidd (T.J. Wilson), [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]]
* Wrestling/TheUsos - Jimmy (Jonathan Fatu), Jey (Joshua Fatu)
%% * Wrestling/TheVaudevillains
* [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Von Erich (Adkisson) Family]] - Fritz, Kerry, Kevin, Mike, David, [[Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople Lacey]]…
* Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam - Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin
* Wrestling/TheWyattFamily - Wrestling/BrayWyatt, Wrestling/ErickRowan, Wrestling/LukeHarper, Braun Strowman (Adam Scherr)
* Wrestling/TheYoungBucks - Matt Jackson (Massie), Nick Jackson (Massie)

[[folder: [=PPVs=] and Other Events]]
* Wrestling/AttitudeEra
* Wrestling/{{Backlash}}
* Wrestling/JudgmentDay
* Wrestling/KingOfTheRing
* Wrestling/MondayNightWars
* Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank
* Wrestling/NoWayOut
* Wrestling/RoyalRumble
* Wrestling/SummerSlam
* Wrestling/SurvivorSeries
** Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob
* Wrestling/WrestleMania
* Wrestling/WWECruiserweightClassic

[[folder: News and Opinion Sources]]
* Creator/ScottKeith
* Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter
* Magazine/WWEMagazine

[[folder:Professional Wrestling in Various Media]]
!!![[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/AyanesHighKick''
* ''Anime/MetalFighterMiku''
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}''
* ''Manga/TigerMask''
* ''Anime/TigerMaskW''
* ''Wrestle! Idol''
* ''Koko ga Uusawa No El Palacio'' (Welcome to El Palacio)
* ''Matsuri Special''
* ''Manga/SekaiDeIchibanTsuyokuNaritai!'' (''I Want to be the Strongest in the World!'')

!![[AC: Card Games]]
* ''Champions of the Galaxy''
** ''Legends of Wrestling''(and ''many'' other spinoffs such as ''Chikara'', ''CZW'', ''Ring of Honor'', ''SHIMMER'' and ''Championship Wrestling From Hollywood'')
* ''WWE Raw Deal''

* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''
* ''Sensacional de Luchas''
* ''Super Pro K.O.''
* ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}''
* ''ComicBook/WWESuperstars''

* ''Wrestling/UltimateCrossoverWrestling''

* ''All the Marbles''
* ''Film/BeyondTheMat''
* ''Film/TheCalamariWrestler''
* ''Film/CardSubjectToChange''
* ''The Foul King''
* ''Film/KayfabeAFakeRealMovieAboutAFakeRealSport''
* ''Film/MonsterBrawl''
* ''Film/NachoLibre''
* ''Film/NoHoldsBarred''
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies''
* ''Film/ReadyToRumble''
* ''Body Slam''
* ''Film/TheWrestler''

* ''One Fall''
* ''[[http://redstonesciencefiction.com/2010/10/wrestling-with-alienation/ Wrestling with Alienation]]''
* ''[[http://www.everydayfiction.com/body-slam-by-howard-cincotta/ Body Slam]]''
* ''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW''
* ''Literature/RingOfHell''
* ''Gig Marks'' (Available in audio format [[http://pseudopod.org/2013/05/10/pseudopod-333-gig-marks/ here]]).

!![[AC:Wrestling Shows]]
* ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' - [1995-2001]
* ''World of Sport'' - [1965-1985]
* ''Wrestling/WWERaw'' - [1993- ]
* ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' - [1999- ]
* ''Wrestling/WWEMainEvent'' - [2012- ]
* ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars'' - [2009- ]
* ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' - [2001-2004, 2011, 2015-]
* ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}'' - [2010- ]
** ''Wrestling/NXT3''

!![[AC:Other LiveActionTV]]
* ''Learning The Ropes''
* ''Series/ThumbWrestlingFederation''
* ''Series/TotalDivas''
* ''Series/TheWrestlingKennection''
* ''Series/WWELegendsHouse''

* Music/MomoiroCloverZ, an obscure Japanese Idol group whose gimmicks revolve around professional wrestling and {{Toku}}, they're even appearing on an actual match as Keiji Mutoh's allies. In return, several NJPW casts also appear as guests in their live concerts.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse have wrestled, licensing a video game and eventually starting their own promotion.

* ''Pinball/WWFRoyalRumble''
* ''WWE Wrestlemania''

* ''WWE: Know Your Role''
* Supers game ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}''
* ''[[TabletopGame/HeroSystem Lucha Libre Hero]]''
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Ring Dreams'' (a Japanese-only scourcebook about women's professional wrestling)

* ''The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity''

* ''Videogame/ProWrestling''
* ''King Of Colosseum''
* ''[[VideoGame/DefJamSeries Def Jam Vendetta]]''
* ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling''
* ''VideoGame/LegendsOfWrestling''
* ''Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring''
* ''Natsume Championship Wrestling''
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses''
* ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters''
* ''VideoGame/TotalExtremeWrestling''
** ''VideoGame/IDomination''
* ''VideoGame/WrestleAngels''
* ''Wrestle Kingdom''
* ''VideoGame/WWEVideoGames''
* ''VideoGame/WWEAllStars''
* ''VideoGame/WWFNoMercy''

* ''Webcomic/BotchedSpot''
* ''Webcomic/RivalAngels''
* ''[[http://boogereaters.webcomic.ws Booger Eaters]]''

!![[AC:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AreYouSerious''
* ''Creator/BillAndDoug''
* ''{{Website/Botchamania}}''
* ''Wrestling/CAWLeagues''
** ''WebVideo/HoganVsFlair''
** ''Wrestling/{{HWF}}''
** ''WebVideo/VideoGameChampionshipWrestling''
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khp8H7KJeLc F*** Kayfabe: Wrestling With Labels]]''
* ''Fanfic/TheJWL''
* ''WebVideo/TheMarkRemark''
* ''[[http://www.kayfabenews.com/ Kayfabe News]]''
* ''WebVideo/NewLegacyInc''
* ''Wrestling/{{RXW}}''
* ''WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling''
* ''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''
* ''WebVideo/WWESlamCity''
* ''WebVideo/WrestlingWithWregret''
* ''WebVideo/WrestleWrestle''
* ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory''

* ''WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling''
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha''
* ''WesternAnimation/MongoWrestlingAlliance''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Monster Truck Mater]]''