* AcceptableTargets: Professional Wrestling in general seems to be this to anyone who is not a fan.
* [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/ProfessionalWrestling And The Fandom Rejoiced]]: It has had its fair share of rejoicing.
* BaseBreaker:
** The women seem to be very prone to this. Unless your name is Wrestling/MickieJames or Wrestling/TrishStratus (and even Trish is becoming a Base Breaker to an extent. See SeinfeldIsUnfunny below), pretty much all WWE Divas or TNA Knockouts are either base breakers or complete [[TheScrappy scrappies]], at least among smarks. Even many women in the indies have divided opinions.
** The top babyfaces, such as Hulk Hogan or John Cena are usually this, being loved by the casual fans and hated by the smarks since they usually have strong characters but weak wrestling skills, often relying on the FiveMovesOfDoom as well as being [[BoringInvincibleHero Boring Invincible Heroes]], [[KidAppealCharacter Kid-Appeal Characters]] and [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]].
* CreatorsPet: Happens to wrestlers who the fans feel gets overpushed. This trope applied so aptly to Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre that the bookers [[LampshadeHanging actually made it part of his gimmick]].
* DeaderThanDisco: One of the many things that you can expect a Wrestling FanHater to throw at you following the "It's fake, gay, etc." is that wrestling has lost most of its mainstream and thus "it sucks." Wrestling/VinceRusso even posted an article claiming that Wrestling was on its deathbed. Despite being a ScapegoatCreator and one of the most despised people in the business, many people agreed with him.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: A side effect of prolonged exposure to the [[InvincibleHero Boring Invincible Hero]].
** You know you have an ensemble darkhorse on your hands when a wrestler is extremely popular regardless of how they're booked, and even if they've never had a push or held a belt. Booked to lose constantly? Cheers! Given a stupid gimmick? Cheers! Permanently in the midcard or undercard? Still gets pops that rival or even exceed the top guys in the company! Being an EnsembleDarkhorse can also be a drawback for this reason, though. If a wrestler is already over where they are, sometimes bookers don't see the point in giving them a push or putting the belt on them, since it won't make them any more popular than they already are.
* EvilIsCool: Also a type of ''Popular Heel''. Ditto, Ditto, and Ditto from Draco In Leather Pants...
* FanHater: Yes, we know it's staged! You can stop "informing" us. We are also not "rednecks" or "gay".
** This is also true within the fandom itself. Not only do fans hate a certain wrestler, they also hate the people who like them.
* FandomBerserkButton:
** Saying "Wrestling's fake" like it makes you far more insightful. That cat has been out of the bag for decades now and it isn't the point at all any more than suggesting you shouldn't watch TV shows or books that are in the fiction section. Many fans will get seriously upset at the use of the word "fake" because it is usually used as an insult to imply (especially to the minds of impressionable children) that nothing you see is real, that people don't get legitimately injured, that the things wrestlers do aren't potentially dangerous to those who don't know what they're doing, and that there isn't a tremendous amount of skill in what they do. They tend to prefer the terms "scripted", in that match results are known beforehand and "staged", in that both/all of the wrestlers in the ring are performers working together to put on an entertaining show, rather than competitors. In some circles, even the word "scripted" is a berserk button, as the large majority of wrestling promotions don't use scripts and the large majority that do are farm leagues working with rookies who have not yet learned to improvise.
** Claiming that wrestlers "just know how to fall" or otherwise don't get injured. Fans that are aware of the concept of [[TheatricsOfPain selling]] and can probably tell you about a number of real injuries to occur.
** For the love of [[Wrestling/MickFoley Foley]], if you don't watch wrestling (or even if you do, for that matter), don't describe Wrestling/JohnCena or Wrestling/HulkHogan as your favorite wrestlers. Another good way to get a lot of wrestling fans to respond to you is make the audacious claim that John Cena is the best wrestler ''ever'' (surpassing such icons as Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, [[IHaveManyNames Mick Foley/Cactus Jack/Mankind/Dude Love]], [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] or, God forbid, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin) or God help you if you ask about who [[TooDumbToLive that Owen Hart fellow is...]]
** Claiming every wrestler is on steroids is not advised. It's true that the WWE favors large, muscular men, especially prior to the 1990s, but not every wrestler works a style or look that favors insane musculature, and not all of those who do use steroids.
** Wrestlers aren't all drug addicts, and those cases of real addiction are more tragic than anything. It's part of the price they pay with their bodies for the work they do and the lengths they go to for entertainment.
** Don't make fun of the concept of tights. Seriously. Not even the briefs. Don't.
** Around Lucha Libre fans, don't make fun of the concept of {{mask|edluchador}}s. Seriously. Don't.
** [[SturgeonsLaw 90 percent of the time]], you will receive a negative reaction if you say try to defend Wrestling/KellyKelly. [[FromBadToWorse Especially]] if you compare her to Wrestling/TrishStratus.
** A number of wrestling fans believe that Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart is Wrestling/BretHart's daughter. If you try to make this claim on a message board or some other place filled with wrestling fans, you'll most likely get reminded that she's actually his niece (hence their different last names), and that her actual father is Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.
** Saying anything positive about Wrestling/{{WCW}} or Wrestling/{{TNA}} will probably get you a verbal ass whipping.
* FandomRivalry
* Pro Wrestling fans vs. Mixed Martial Arts fans. Or pretty much fans of any entertainment, athletic or not.
** Within the industry, Casual fans (Marks) vs. Hardcore fans ([[SmartMark especially those who self-identify as smarks]]) since the two groups look at the product in different ways. Casual fans watch the show the way it was meant to be seen (with {{Kayfabe}} in tact) whereas smarks care more about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business and care more about technicality than Five Moves of Doom.
** Prior to [=McMahon=] nationalizing WWF, promoters were very defensive of their territory. The Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation vs. the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance was common.
** Wrestling/RicFlair vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan, as an extension of the NWA vs WWF.
** [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] vs. Wrestling/{{WCW}} vs. Wrestling/{{ECW}}, especially during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars.
** Also, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/BretHart has finally settled their differences, but that doesn't stop their respective fans from engaging in flame wars regarding who was better.
** In the new Millennium, WWE vs. Wrestling/{{TNA}} vs. Wrestling/RingOfHonor, though despite the addition of wrestlers made famous by either WWE or WCW, TNA's ratings remain stagnant.
** From within the WWE itself are Raw vs. Smackdown ([[TechnicianVersusPerformer the flagship sports entertainment show vs. the wrestling show]], made worse when the Draft often relocates a lot Smackdown talent to Raw), brand extension fans vs. unified company fans, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] fans vs Cena haters, Superstars (especially Divas) with indy wrestling backgrounds vs. WWE/NXT homegrowns, Wrestling/JimRoss vs. Wrestling/MichaelCole, and combinations of the WWE's different eras (Rock and Wrestling vs.The Wrestling/Monday Night Wars[=/=]Wrestling/AttitudeEra vs. Ruthless Agression Era vs. WWE Universe Era)
** People who agree with Wrestling/{{WWE}} regarding making Wrestling/ChrisBenoit an UnPerson and those who want him in the Hall of Fame and his matches on DVD.[[note]]There was a Benoit [=DVD=], 2004's ''Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story.'' WWE took it out of print following the tragedy.[[/note]]
* If Twitter is anything to go by, [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]] fans and Wrestling/AJ Lee fans absolutely despise each other.
* FoeYay:
** Pretty much any wrestlers involved in a feud can have this.
** A good example was when Wrestling/RandyOrton approached Wrestling/JohnCena backstage at Backlash 2007 just before their Fatal Four-Way match with Shawn Michaels and Edge. He suggested that he and Cena team up to take out the competition, but unfortunately he used the words "get together" - and, to top it off, tried to appeal to Cena's vanity by noting how "young" and "good-looking" they both were. Cena, being the DeadpanSnarker he was, replied that, while he was okay with Orton's lifestyle, "that's not how I roll." He then walked off, leaving Orton yelling, "Very funny, Cena! But you know how this is going to end - with you on your back and me on top of you!" Enter the always-outspoken Wrestling/RonSimmons, complete with his "[[{{Catchphrase}} DAMN!]]" T-shirt. HilarityEnsues.
** Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** A lot of wrestlers working in America remain hugely popular in their country of origin or descent, despite being low-card acts in the US. Some examples:
** Stan Hansen of AJPW, who is vaguely notable to American pro wrestling history but remains one of the most popular and recognizable stars in Japan years after his retirement;
** Terry Gordy and Steve Williams were enormously renowned in their territorial days but resigned to relatively bit roles on WWE and WCW were also very popular in AJPW, teaming as the Miracle Violence Connection.
** Hulk Hogan and his all-American character is popular in Canada, and absolutely beloved in Toronto. After returning to WWE as the leader of the New World Order, his face turn was induced by the Toronto fans who adamantly refused to boo him.
** Brillante Jr/La Sombra, best known for his stints in CMLL, who is loved by Germans despite never wrestling in Germany or Europe for that matter.
** Mark Jindrak, a mid-carder from WCW and WWE, revived his career in Mexico as Marco Corleone;
** Genki Horiguchi, a lower-card Wrestling/DragonGate wrestler whose BaldOfAwesome gimmick has made him one of DG's most popular wrestlers in the US.
** Similarly with Akira Tozawa. A generally middle of the road guy in Wrestling/DragonGate (who wasn't even the highest ranked member of the stable that bore his name), in the summer of 2010 he began an extended tour in the United States wrestling mainly for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. His ability to put on great matches and seemingly crazy/eccentric personality quickly won over American crowds making him a far bigger deal on the American indies than he had been in his home promotion.
* {{HSQ}}
* HypeBacklash: Seemingly becoming more common nowadays as fans sometimes turn on wrestlers/personalities that are shoved down their collective throats or, conversely, cheer for more entertaining villains.
* JumpingTheShark:
** Professional wrestling has its own specific flavors. Both are just as subjective as the trope itself but are recognized and worked around by bookers and promoters.
** Within the scope of an individual show, matches need to be ordered properly to avoid the crowd burning out. Putting an incredibly awesome match in the middle of the card will essentially cause the show as a whole to Jump The Shark and multiple awesome matches need to be spaced out with [[{{Filler}} not-as-awesome matches and promos.]]
** For the promotion as a whole, overuse of gimmicks and generally turning everything UpToEleven is a good way to gain short-term ratings and attendance spikes but can leave everything overexposed: [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} too much hardcore wrestling]], for example, will cause the audience to be desensitized and force the wrestlers to come up with more violent ways of maiming themselves while having all-out brawling street fights once in a while in big situations will keep things special.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: No wrestler that's had a decent amount of airtime and attention in WWE in the last ten years has gone without being paired with somebody else in either a straight or [[EveryoneIsGay slash]] fic. (Yes. Even Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. He's got Linda, remember?)
* LoveItOrHateIt: Either you like professional wrestling or you don't. There isn't much of a middle ground.
* MemeticBadass: Vacant. After a period where both the WWE and TNA titles were vacated during the later half of 2013 for extended periods, the IWC decided that "Vacant" must be some sort of invisible mystery wrestler, and a quick search of title histories shows him to be among the most decorated professional wrestlers of all time.
* MemeticMutation: Memes/ProfessionalWrestling
* OlderThanTheyThink: Given that the practice of working matches dates back to at least 1880 (and that's ''just'' works, wrestling itself is as old as Sumeria) and that virtually all matches were worked by 1920, there was very little that was truly "new" in professional wrestling by 1970. If someone does come up with something truly believed to be "new" it will be called a "Northern Light" and even to this day a good many Northern Lights (especially when it comes to moves and match stipulations) [[ThrowItIn are done by accident]]. Basically, if you actually thought and planned it, it's a good chance someone in wrestling has done so before.
* ReviewsAreTheGospel: There are people (at least the smart marks) who swear by Dave Meltzer's (of the ''Wrestling Observer'') reviews of matches. There are a great many wrestlers and promoters who swear ''at'' them.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** As the years passed, many things in pro wrestling that used to be unique or shocking have become commonplace. Examples follow...
** The ladder match. At ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} X'', it was very exciting and revolutionary for its time. Fans who grew up watching TLC matches may find this match boring.
** The DDT was once a devastating maneuver but it is now a standard move so watching an older match end with one stretches fan's willingness to suspend disbelief. Ditto for moves like the Power Bomb, Superplex, Stampeder (running power slam), and -- going back even further -- the Thesz Press.
** Watching old [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] matches, moves like the Clothesline and Dropkick were also match enders back in the day.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOgHMGRp4dc Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka famous splashing of Don Muraco from the top of a cage]]. An iconic MomentOfAwesome for wrestling in 1983 and for years afterward. Several wrestlers note it as the moment that inspired them to get into the business. By today's standards, it looks like just another highspot.
*** Also common among lucha libre and cruiserweight wrestlers. As the style becomes more popular, more wrestles add more flippy stuff. At Bash at the Beach '96, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr. and Psicosis created the "highspot of the night" when Rey hit a huracarrana on Psic in mid-air. But nowadays, with Jack Evan, Ricochet and PAC and the like on the indy circuit doing double rotation corkscrew shooting star presses, that just fails to impress as it did at the time.
** The Dynamite Kid vs Tiger Mask series in the early 80's seems slow-paced and short by modern standards. At the time, those matches more or less established the notion of "high-flying" wrestlers.
** Back in the 1980s, title matches could be considerably shorter than they are today (Wrestling/HulkHogan's famous victory over Wrestling/TheIronSheik, for example, was barely five minutes long!) and were filmed in long shot, making you feel that you were actually in the arena, thus causing the novelty of watching a wrestling match at home on TV to come off as rather pointless. Add in the general lack of music, pyrotechnics, and so forth, and modern-day fans might think they're watching a StylisticSuck!
** Trish Stratus was a huge success story during her career - WWE had brought in Wrestling/{{Sable}} as a valet in 1996 and she had a brief run with the revived [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Title]] before her ego took over and she made herself PersonaNonGrata, but Trish herself was the first (in WWE at least) to develop onscreen from an eye candy valet with patchy mic skills to a charismatic star who is now regarded as one of the best female wrestlers in North America. These days at least 60% of the women's division in WWE (and some of TNA's roster too) is made up of former models brought in and trained to wrestle in the hopes of replicating Trish's success.
** At the time of her debut in WWE, Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s style of wrestling stood out for moves like headscissors, hurricanranas, and moonsaults, barely used by women in WWE. These days (see the Trish example above) due to having to work extremely short matches all the time, the models brought in by WWE will often learn flashy moves like hurricanranas to make their matches appear more exciting and cover up their lack of wrestling ability. If the models are former gymnasts this can work fine and they eventually develop into competent wrestlers (Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/KellyKelly) or they can just come across as sloppy {{spot monkey}}s. Moves such as moonsaults and hurricanranas are more staples of women's wrestling these days than men's, at least in WWE due to the retirement of the Cruiserweight division.
*** Averted with regards to Natalya and the Sharpshooter. Aside from a one-off Wrestling/TrishStratus match, fans had never seen a woman do it before and while it's not as amazing now to see her use it, she still gets great reactions whenever she does use it to win matches.
**** Part of the reason she gets great reactions for it? She's the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and was trained by the Hart family, the first woman to ever be trained in The Dungeon.