List of professional wrestling terms
Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals, and the slang itself is often referred to as "carny talk." Often wrestlers used this lingo in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business. In recent years, widespread wrestling discussion on the Internet popularized the terms.
- A wrestling event where generally a company's biggest "draws" perform.
- A group of a wrestling promotion's top stars who compete at a given event. (Compare "B-Team")
- Abortion (or abort)
- To discontinue a feud, angle, or "gimmick" suddenly, usually without explanation or due to a lack of fan interest. This is an older term, and used less frequently today as the word carries a connotation that some find objectionable.
- Agent (road agent)
- Management employee, often a former veteran wrestler, who helps wrestlers set up matches, plans storylines, and relays instructions from the bookers. Often acts as a liaison between wrestlers and higher-level management. Referred to as "producers" by WWE. Sometimes they help train and teach younger active wrestlers and give constructive criticism.
- Andre shot
- A camera trick by which a wrestler is made to appear larger by placing a camera below the wrestler and shooting upward. Named for André the Giant, a frequent subject of such camera shots.
- A fictional storyline. An angle may be as small as a single match or a vendetta that lasts for years. It is not uncommon to see an angle become retconned due to it not getting "over" with the fans, or if one of the wrestlers currently involved in the angle is released from his contract.
- Apter mag
- An old-style professional wrestling magazine that sticks to kayfabe and usually consists of made-up articles and interviews. The term refers to the magazines at one time connected to journalist Bill Apter, such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
- Attitude Era
- Refers to a time period from 1997-2002 when the World Wrestling Federation product shifted from being family-oriented entertainment to being "edgier," more crude, and dealing with more "adult" situations (frequently sexual in nature).
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