Welcome to our Wrestling Dictionary terms page. In this section, we include over 50 insider-terms that wrestlers/managers/bookers use. You’ve heard these words being used hundreds of times by ring-announcers, and now you finally get to know what they actually mean.
angle- n. a wrestling “plot” which may involve only one match
or may continue over several matches for some time; the reason behind a feud
or a turn.
blade- v.i & v.t. [razor blade] the practice of cutting
oneself or being cut with a part of a razor blade hidden in tights, hair
or wrappings in order to produce juice.
blow up- v.i. to become fatigued or exhausted. The Ultimate
Warrior was said to be one of a number of wrestlers who blows up on the entry
booker- n. the individual responsible for angles, finishes,
hiring and firing in a promotion.
bump- n. a fall or hit done as a spot (see spot) which takes
the wrestler (or other participant, i.e. referee, manager) out of the ring
or out of action.
card- n. the series of matches in one location at one time.
draw- v.t. To attract marks. n. the popularity of a wrestler,
the ability to bring in marks.
DUD- n. A particularly bad and totally uninteresting match.
face- n. & adj. [babyface] a good guy.
fall- n. [pinfall] a referee’s count of three with the loser’s
shoulders on the mat.
feud- n. a seRies of matches between two wrestlers or two tag
teams, usually face vs. heel though face feuds and heel feuds are not
finish- n. the event or sequence of events which leads to the
ultimate outcome of a match.
green- adj. Not good due to inexperience.
hardway juice- n. real blood produced by means other than blading,
i.e. the hard way. One of the possible outcomes of a shoot.
heat- n. enthusiasm, a positive response. The WWE uses a heat
machine for its televised shows which make them somewhat of a work.
heel- n. & adj. a bad guy, rule-breaker.
house- n. The wrestling audience in the building said to be
composed of marks.
international object- n. Foreign object, something now allowed
in the ring. Derived from an order not to use the world “foreign” by the
Turner Broadcasting Company.
job- n. a staged loss. A clean job is a staged loss by legal
pinfall or submission without resort to illegalities. v.i. To do a job. Sometimes
combined with a descriptive adjective (stretcher job, rope job, tights
jobber- n. an unpushed wrestler who does jobs for pushed wrestlers.
Barry Horowitz is probably the best known of these. Sometimes known as fish,
redshirts PLs (professional losers,) or ‘ham-and-eggers.’ Steve Lombardi
(Brooklyn Brawler) is also a well known jobber.
juice- n. blood. v.i to bleed, usually as a result of
kayfabe- n. adj. related to inside information about the business,
especially by fans. Origin is carny jargon talk for “fake.”
kill- v.t. diminish or eliminate heat or drawing power. There
are a variety of ways to do this, but mostly it is done by having a wrestler
do too many jobs. A house can be killed by too many screw-job endings.
mark- n. A member of the audience, presumed gullible.
paper- n. complimentary tickets v.t. to give lots of complimentary
tickets to make a house look good, particularly for a television taping.
pop- n, v.i. sudden heat from a house as a response to a wrestler’s
entry or hot move.
post- v.t. To run or be run into the ringpost.
potato- v.t. To injure a wrestler by hitting him on the head
or causing him to hit his head on something.
run-in- n. interference by a non-participant in a match.
save- n. a run-in to protect a wrestler from being beat up
after a match is over.
screw-job- n. adj. a match or ending which is not clean (definite)
due to factors outside the “rules” of wrestling.
shoot- n. the real thing, i.e. a match where one participant
is really attempting to hurt another. The opposite of work or fake.
spot- n. An event or sequence of events which makes a particular
match distinctive, a high-point of a match.
squash- n. a totally passive job where one wrestler completely
dominates another. v.t. to win a squash match.
stiff- adj. chops, hits or moves which cause real injury (though
perhaps not more than a welting up of the opponent.) Vader has a reputation
as a stiff worker. Not a shoot, but almost.
stretch- n. a form of shoot where one wrestler dominates rather
than injures the other as a proof of personal superiority.
turn- n., v.i. change in orientation from heel to face or
work- n. a deception or sham, the opposite of a shoot.
workrate- n. the approximate ratio of good wrestling to rest
holds in a match or in a wrestler’s performance.