To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like. [1913 Webster] O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work, To match thy goodness? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you. --Ex. v.
[1913 Webster] Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake, Our life doth pass. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]
Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well. [1913 Webster] We bend to that the working of the heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce. [1913 Webster] We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. --Rom. viii.
[1913 Webster] This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught. --Locke. [1913 Webster] She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]
To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil. [1913 Webster] They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded. --Isa. xix.
To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea. [1913 Webster] Confused with working sands and rolling waves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth. [1913 Webster] Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Proportioned to each kind. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To ferment, as a liquid. [1913 Webster] The working of beer when the barm is put in. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic. [1913 Webster] Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room. --Grew. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] To work at, to be engaged in or upon; to be employed in. To work to windward (Naut.), to sail or ply against the wind; to tack to windward. --Mar. Dict. [1913 Webster]
Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals, and the slang itself is often referred to as "carny talk." Often wrestlers used this lingo in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business.
- Blading, the act of cutting ones self or another person open in order to bleed, usually done on the forehead.
- Booked, a term that refers to the predetermined nature of wrestling. For example, a booker will book a wrestler to win or lose a match, or a booker will book a wrestler to engage in a particular storyline.
- Booker, the person in charge of setting up matches and writing angles;
- Championship in kayfabe, a recognition of a wrestler being the best in his or her promotion or division in the form of a championship belt (also "title" or "strap"). Outside of kayfabe, championships are won/held by a wrestler whom the bookers believe will generate fan interest in terms of event attendance and television viewership.
- Cheap heat, when a wrestler (often a heel) incites a negative crowd reaction by insulting the crowd (by insulting the city or a local sports team) or by using a news event as part of his promo.
- Color commentator, a member of the announcing team who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress, providing humor, and explaining storylines. Color commentators are often retired professional wrestlers, such as Mick Foley, Tazz, and Jerry Lawler.
- Crimson mask, a face covered in blood. (See "Muta scale")
- Cue, a term that lets other wrestlers know when something should happen, usually after a move.
- Curtain Call or the MSG Incident, the incident at Madison Square Garden in the spring of 1996, when WWE superstars Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, and Triple H (The Clique) broke kayfabe in front of a live sold out New York crowd, playing it out in a farewell to the crowd and a group hug.
- Curtain Jerker, the first wrestler to walk out to the ring in the first match of the day.
- Dark match, a non-televised match at a televised show used to warm up the crowd (compare "house show").
- Diva, aside from the original meaning of a hard to work with individual, this term is used, mainly by WWE, to refer to any woman involved in wrestling, either as "eye candy" or as a wrestler (or frequently both).
- Do Business, when two wrestlers work together to get a match or an angle over or when a wrestler does a job or angle when asked regardless of whether it helps him/her.
- Faction, see "stable."
- Fall, usually, the ending of the match. A fall is obtained by gaining a decision in any manner. In a two out of three falls match, a wrestler must gain two decisions to win instead of only one. (See decision and near fall)
- False comeback, when a face mounts a brief offensive flurry before losing it to a heel wrestler after being dominated for several minutes.
- Flair Flip, a move, popularized by Ric Flair, where a wrestler is flipped upside down upon hitting the corner turnbuckle and often ends up on the other side of the ropes on his feet on the ring apron.
- Gimmicked, an object that has been altered to break easily. usually caused by a mistake while blading but can be intentional.
- Heat, a wrestler getting a negative crowd reaction.
- Lead ass, a wrestler who is often uncooperative in the ring; or, the act of being uncooperative in the ring.
- Loose, applying holds with less force than average. Also used to describe management.
- One-Fall, a match that requires one decision to end, such as a pinfall, a submission, a count-out, or a disqualification. Certain matches can only be won by a specific fall. For example, a "No Holds Barred" match can only end by pinfall or submission. A ring announcer will generally announce "This match is scheduled for one-fall" when such a match takes place.
- Over, refers to a performer whom the fans care about (either positively or negatively) or the act of making someone look good, often by losing to them.
- Ring Rat or Rat, someone with amorous feelings for wrestlers and frequents wrestling events to flirt or pursue sexual liaisons with wrestlers.
- Roids, slang phrase for steroids.
- Shoot, any "real" event in the world or wrestling (as in "shoot interview").
- Spud, a match with a lot of "potatoes". deliberately or accidentally. She functions as "eye candy" and plays the role of an agitator.
- Vignette, any piece of video footage featuring characters or events which is shown to the audience for the purposes of entertainment or edification. Usually, they are meant to either introduce a debuting character or to get a wrestler over before their TV wrestling debut. In World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestlers rarely acknowledge that they are being filmed, forcing the viewer to "suspend disbelief" as to why a camera operator would be allowed to witness and record an intimate or secretive situation.
- Vocal Selling, when a wrestler makes sound to imply that he's hurt. (See Sell)
- Work, noun. an event booked to happen, from the carnival tradition of "working the crowd." The opposite of a work is a shoot.
- Work, verb. to specifically and methodically attack, especially a single body part. To "work" on a body part (i.e. an arm) would be to repeatedly use force on that part, until it is damaged enough to be used in the finish of the match.
- Worker, a wrestler.
- Worked Shoot, a scripted segment that takes place in a show with elements of reality being exposed. It can also be a segment that fans are meant to believe is a shoot, but is not.
- Workrate, a wrestler's use of "work" to develop a match. One's workrate is determined by his or her ability to "work" in an intelligent and productive manner. When used by critics, it is an analysis of the action in a match and the skill level exhibited.
worked in German: Liste von Wrestling-Begriffen
worked in French: Liste des termes de catch
worked in Italian: Terminologia del wrestling
worked in Romanian: Terminologie wrestling
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