In some ways, WWE is a bit like a magic show. Pretty much everyone in the audience knows that what they are seeing isn”t real, but the performers on stage (or, in this case, in the ring) still have a duty to their profession to hide the tricks of the trade through sleight of hand.
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In the squared circle, however, this is much more difficult to do. Wrestlers don”t get suspiciously long sleeves from which they can pull out doves, or a doppelganger hiding just behind their curtain who can take their place at the other end of a door.
Combine that with the advent of the internet – where any failed attempt to disguise obvious fakery is captured in slow-motion and laughed at by thousands on Reddit – and it”s more or less impossible for WWE to keep their secrets from the public domain.
Perhaps it”s not such a bad thing, though. Knowing all this stuff actually gives you a renewed appreciation for the deft skill that goes into producing a compelling wrestling match – even if it also sometimes kills the unpredictability too.
10. X Marks The Injury
This one won”t exactly be too surprising to anyone who has seen a wrestling spot go badly wrong in the ring, but it”s worth mentioning all the same – if only because it”s an extremely important part of the business.
Essentially, whenever a wrestler gets seriously hurt in action – like not just ah my leg hurt, but I”m not sure I can actually stand hurt – the referee, after receiving confirmation (the hand squeeze thing), will let those in the back know by crossing his arms to make an “X”.
Even though WWE knows most fans know this, it seems to be (mostly) off-limits as a “worked” plot device. Doing the X when nobody is really hurt would be the wrestling equivalent of calling the police because your pizza is five minutes late.
If EMTs then come rushing down to ringside, stretcher in tow, you know that something serious is up, and you should probably stop chanting about how much you hate Roman Reigns for a couple of minutes.
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