Wrestling Dictionary

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

ramp.

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

unknown.

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

job.)

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

blading.

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

vice-versa.

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.