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  • Don't call pro wrestling "WWE", and especially not "Wrestlemania", unless you are specifically talking about the promotion or PPV itself, especially if you're referring to a wrestler that has never worked for that promotion as a "WWE Star". While it is the only mainstream wrestling company left (at least outside of Mexico and Japan), there are plenty of other wrestling promotions out there besides WWE.
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  • Don't call every wrestling move a "body slam". Non-wrestling fans in particular often refer to the splash as a body slam, to the annoyance of many a fan. Mixing up the names of moves in general or resorting to Buffy Speak to describe them is also frowned upon.
  • Claiming that wrestlers safely "just know how to fall" or otherwise don't get injured. Fans are aware of the concept of selling. However, "Knowing how to fall" doesn't mean falling stops hurting and they can probably tell you about a number of real injuries that have occured.
  • If you're chatting with fans of the "territory days" (60's, 70's, & early 80's), you'll get heated but largely respectful arguments over the merits of Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Verne Gagne, Nick Bockwinkel, Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund. If you value your life, do not include Hulk Hogan in the aforementioned group.
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  • Claiming every wrestler is on steroids is not advised. It's true that the WWE favors large, muscular men and that steroid use has been a major problem in pro wrestling since at least the 1980s, but not every wrestler works a style or look that favors insane musculature, and not all of those who do have muscular physiques 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. All wrestlers (at least in WWE) now undergo regular drug testing and are severely punished if they are caught using an illegal substance.
  • The term "puroresu", as distinct from "pro wrestling", came into use because 1980s WWF and GLOW were considered offensive enough to pro wrestling fans among the Japanese diaspora that they didn't want to associate the shows they had grown up watching with them. The feelings leading to "berserk" responses have largely been lost through the generations but the term "puroresu" as short hand for "Japanese pro wrestling" has stuck, no longer being overlooked as mere Engrish. In in fact stuck to the point wrestlers in Japan, such as Satoshi Kojima, have used it in a distinguishing context.
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  • A number of wrestling fans believe that Natalya Neidhart is Bret Hart'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.
  • While on the subject of the Harts, don't say that "Sting stole Bret Hart's Sharpshooter." Sting began using the hold (originally called the Scorpion Deathlock) as his finishing move several years before Bret did (Bret was a tag team wrestler when Sting broke into the business). And the hold was actually invented by Japanese wrestler Riki Choshu.
  • While beloved by fans of territorial era wrestling and Japanese strong style, Keiji Mutoh and his "Puroresu Love" project were a constant source of ire among fans of traditional professional wrestling during the 2000s, especially those of 1990s All Japan as booked by Giant Baba. In the 2010s, Mutoh would be Vindicated by History in a way, as "Puroresu Love" was financially successful and though many fans still hate it, many more are now willing admit that some sort of change in course was needed to save All Japan and that Mutoh's successor was an even worse promoter. Puroresu Love in fact attracted a comparable amount of fans for Mutoh's then new Wrestle-1 breakaway as the NOAH case that sparked Mutoh's changes in the first place, enough to ever so briefly surpass All Japan after Mutoh failed to reacquire his leadership position in an effort to save the company from said successor. That said, the Wrestle-1 promotion gained many detractors for many of the same reasons as Mutoh's All Japan stint and it started losing ground to All Japan once Jun Akiyama successfully initiated a more hostile takeover of All Japan and promised a return to Baba style booking.
  • Fans of the Anthem-owned Impact Wrestling will kindly remind you not refer it to its former name of Total Nonstop Action to the point that TNA chants have been shouted down at current events. While the fans will acknowledge the ties to its past such as Bound for Glory, Slammiversary, the X-Division, Abyss and other talent that came before the Hogan era, the TNA initialism has become a deadname, with post-sale Impact treated as its successor.note 

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