Glossary of professional wrestling terms

Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable nomenclature throughout its existence.[1] Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals and circuses.[2] In the past, professional wrestlers used such terms in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business.[1][2] In recent years, widespread discussion on the Internet has popularized these terms.[1] Many of the terms refer to the financial aspects of professional wrestling in addition to in-ring terms.[2]


The Shield Teamwork
The Shield performing a beat down on Kane


Rougeau Brothers%27 Finishing Move
The Fabulous Rougeaus performing a double team maneuver


The Authority plus Kane and Randy Orton
Kane (second left) as enforcer for The Authority


Irwin R Schyster in 1994
Mike Rotunda used a tax collector gimmick as Irwin R. Schyster



Andr%C3%A9 the Giant in the late %2780s
André the Giant was a notable monster heel late in his career


The Ultimate Warrior April 2014
The Ultimate Warrior was popularly billed as being from Parts Unknown


NWo WM31
The nWo performing a run-in during WrestleMania 31


The Shield%27s fist pose
Stables can vary in size, from three-man units like The Shield (pictured) to large groups with varying membership such as the nWo or Bullet Club


Christian v Orton at MITB 2011
The TitanTron (background) at Money in the Bank in July 2011



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  5. ^ Nicholas Sammond, Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling (2004).
  6. ^ Riley, Judge William F. (October 15, 1956). "United States v. National Wrestling Alliance (consent decree)". United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. As hosted at Wrestling Perspective. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.65)
  8. ^ Ross, Jim (May 5, 2015). "Samoa Joe on Ross Report podcast tonight". JR's BarBQ. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Clapp, John (February 17, 2013). "WWE Champion The Rock def. CM Punk". WWE. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George by Joe Jares, Tempo Books, 1974, p. 85.
  11. ^ a b Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, Les Thatcher. The Professional Wrestlers' Workout & Instructional Guide (p.106)
  12. ^ a b Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Stone Cold Truth (p.90)
  13. ^ X-Pac on: Yokozuna. YouTube. 31 December 2014.
  14. ^ Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Stone Cold Truth (p.83)
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  17. ^ Mancuso, Ryan (September 11, 2006). "Complete Playbook: The Great Muta Vol. 2 Revenge of Muta Commercial Tape". Retrieved October 24, 2007.
  18. ^ Cory Kilgannon (March 15, 2012). "From Inside a Bad-Guy Wrestler, a Brutal Artist Screamed for Release". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  19. ^ "Young WWE fan Nicholas teams with Braun Strowman against The Bar". YouTube. WWE. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "WWE WrestleMania 34 results: Braun Strowman picks 10 year old WWE fan 'Nicholas' as mystery partner". Forbes. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  21. ^ John Powell (June 18, 2000). "Booker T: Wrestling's consummate performer". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  22. ^ Laurer, Joanie. If They Only Knew. pp. 192–93.
  23. ^ Ross, Jim; J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q® (December 24, 2013). "#RAW Christmas Feedback..." J.R.'s Place blog. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  24. ^ "AAA Triplemania 2017 today, complete lineup". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  25. ^ X-Pac on: Yokozuna. YouTube. 31 December 2014.
  26. ^ Kaelberer, Angie Peterson (2003). The Hardy Boyz: Pro Wrestlers Matt and Jeff Hardy. Capstone Press. p. 44. ISBN 0-7368-2142-2.
  27. ^ "The nWo". Legends of Wrestling. Season 1. Episode 28. 1 July 2011. 2 minutes in. Classics on Demand. WWE.
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  29. ^ Laurer, Joanie. If They Only Knew. p. 152.
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  31. ^ a b Jeff Clark (September 7, 2007). "The Luchagors Drop a Powerbomb". Stomp and Stammer. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  32. ^ The Masked Man (David Shoemaker) (June 28, 2011). "Punk'd". Grantland. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013.
  33. ^ "What is "X-Pac heat"?".


  • Beekman, Scott. Ringside: A history of professional wrestling in America (Greenwood, 2006)
  • Foley, Mick (2000). Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-103101-1.
  • Harley Race; Ricky Steamboat; Les Thatcher (2005). The Professional Wrestlers' Workout & Instructional Guide. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-947-6.
  • Kerrick, George E. "The jargon of professional wrestling". American Speech (1980): 142-145. JSTOR
  • Laurer, Joanie (2001). If They Only Knew. ReaganBooks. ISBN 0-06-109895-7.
  • Mazer, Sharon. Professional wrestling: sport and spectacle (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1998)
  • Murray, Thomas E. "The language of bodybuilding". American Speech (1984): 195-206. in JSTOR
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin; Jim Ross (2003). The Stone Cold Truth. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-7720-0.

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