Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Marking Out 02: Denver- City of Marks

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GLOSSARY


Bury- The worked lowering (relegation) of a popular wrestler's status in the eyes of the fans. It is the act of a promoter or booker causing a wrestler to lose popularity by forcing him to lose in squash matches, continuously, and/or participate in unentertaining or degrading storylines. It can be a form of punishment for real-life backstage disagreements or feuds between the wrestler and the booker, the wrestler falling out of favor with the company, or the wrestler receiving an unpopular gimmick that causes him to lose credibility regardless of win-loss record.


Gimmick- The character portrayed by a wrestler. Can also be used to refer specifically to the motif or theme evoked by a character, as indicated by their name, costume or other paraphernalia.


Undercard- The undercard, or preliminary matches (sometimes preliminary card), consists of preliminary bouts that occur before the headline or "main event."


Dark Match- A non-televised match at a televised show (compare "house show"). A dark match before the show is often used to test new talent or warm up the crowd. A dark match after the show typically features main-event level wrestlers, in order to sell more tickets and send the crowd home happy, without affecting TV storylines.


Mark- A wrestling fan who enthusiastically believes that professional wrestling is not staged. Also sometimes used by industry insiders to describe a participant in the wrestling industry who believes that any aspect of the industry is more important than the money they can earn; for example, being preoccupied with holding a title belt rather than being paid more.










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