The results of professional wrestling matches are scripted, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t easier to believe than others. WWE Hall of Fame legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was once quoted as saying he couldn’t make people believe that wrestling was real, but he could damn sure make you believe he was real. Every minute of professional wrestling programming is based on that idea—fans know that it isn’t a legitimate contest, but the people who get cheered and booed the loudest are the ones who make us believe it actually could be, if only for a few moments. Not every wrestler is Roddy Piper, so unfortunately plenty of them have failed at the realness on more levels than one, but WWE isn’t always to be blamed for that. There are, however, certain things that WWE specifically does to break the fourth wall and cause fans to suspend disbelief that the more dedicated amongst them have been complaining about for years.
Just how real wrestling is supposed to be is up for debate in the first place. Some fans embrace WWE’s mindset of entertainment over sportsmanship and feel quibbling over kayfabe is a silly waste of time. Wrestling traditionalists would disagree, saying that believing in the wrestlers is the foundation of a good wrestling program. Whatever your ultimate stance on the issue may be, it’s still obvious which moments would upset the people who prefer a level of verisimilitude. On a deeper level, people simply don’t like having their intelligence insulted, and some of the more severe cases of WWE creating their own reality definitely border on doing just that. Keep reading to learn about 15 ways WWE expects fans to suspend disbelief just a little bit too much.
14 The Impression They Are Underdogs Doing What's Best For Business
13 Smiling Baby Faces Have Fun When They Lose
12 The "Comedy" Is Absurd And Gross
11 They Forget Wrestlers' Pasts
10 They Ignore The Competition
9 Nothing Happens During Commercials
8 Nothing Happens At House Shows
7 Everyone Stops For The Music
6 Extremely Contrived Moves
5 The Sledgehammer Of Plot
4 The Undertaker And Kane
3 The Camera Is Always In The Right Place
2 The Irish Whip
1 The Announcers Lie About The Fans
Everything on our list thus far have arguably been meaningless quibbles. One would be hard pressed to find a fan who actually learned something reading this list, as they all understand how weird wrestling can be and look past it with a smile. However, virtually everyone has been complaining about a recent trend at the announce booth, which has seen Michael Cole and JBL in particular outright lie to the audience about what they themselves are doing. Roman Reigns is the golden boy of WWE today for whatever reason, or as he says on television, he’s “The Guy.” Fans around the country pretty much can’t stand the guy, and respond by booing him out of the building almost every time he appears. Cole and JBL treat these constant occurrences as rare anomalies of wacky fans who just love having fun, which is both patronizing and a bizarre refusal to admit the reality of thousands of screaming people who paid to see the show. It gets worse than just the announcers lying when recap segments are edited to have fans cheering Reigns and booing the opponents who usually end up overshadowing him, covering a few of the points on our list all at once in a big ball of lies that just leaves staunch resentment.
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