See, kayfabe is really what kept wrestling legitimate when it first started out. No kayfabe= no wrestling. Plain and simple.
In 2017, the ideas of kayfabe are all thrown out of the window with the advancement of social media, in essence, kayfabe is dead.
You see, let’s take a trip back to the golden era, the 80’s, where kayfabe was used to its full extent.
If two of your biggest stars were locked in a feud, then you would not see them hanging with each other outside of the arena during the time.
Take Hogan and Andre, one of the biggest feud of the 80’s. You would never see them outside in public hanging out. Why? Kayfabe.
Kayfabe is not lying, it is simply acting. It is the same same way your favorite show is not lying to you with the actors, they are simply acting.
West World, Game of Thrones, and Black Mirror are all examples of keeping kayfabe, they’re acting out a character, like WWE. The same way Grant Gustin (TV’s flash) is not the fastest man alive, and Kalisto is not good.
In the age of social media, it is really hard to keep kayfabe, due to constant media and fans with cell phones.
Two guys could be locked in a heated feud and easily be spotted in the same car, on the same bus, or even in the same restaurant and fans would be all over it.
“It’s not the 80’s anymore!” is a phrase every wrestling fan has thought to himself.
And while that is true, it is really hard to keep up. For example, WWE Superstar Titus O’neil posted a photo on to twitter yesterday, May 3, 2017.
WWE is currently doing their much loved Europe tour, and of course before the hellulashous in ring events begin, the super stars took for some fun sight seeing.
See anything wrong with it? No? Need help?
Your top feud on your top show. Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Together. Being just a nice bunch of lads.
On April 30th, Braun and Roman competed in a heavily physical match, that also had a post match destruction from Braun onto the ribcage of Roman.
The next night, both superstars were not at the show due to injures.
Now if you see a photo like that surface the internet, you would do a nice little double take.
Seeing two bitter rivals being all happy together? These kinds of things take the legitimacy out of wrestling completely.
It is no secret that wrestling is in fact scripted and “not real”. But kayfabe had a magic way of making wrestling FEEL real.
But is there any point to keeping kayfabe in today’s modern wrestling? Some would say yes, some would say no.
The idea of seeing Braun and Roman hanging together is not crazy, they could be best pals outside of the ring.
But the fact of the matter is, it’s breaking a wrestling rule that has been in place as the sport progressed.
What do you think? Should we give more of a care about kayfabe the way they did in the 80’s?
Or should WWE wrestlers be able to do what they want to do when they’re not on the clock?
Let me know what you think down below!
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch Jailed for Parole Violations
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known as “Sunny” during her career in professional wrestling, is again in trouble with the law.
According to The Express-Times, Tamara Lynn Sytch, 46, was being held on Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for violating parole terms related to guilty pleas from three drunken driving cases stemming 2016.
According to the report, Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
Additionally, court records show that a Carbon County judge on Feb. 15 issued a bench warrant for Sytch’s arrest, at the request of the Carbon County Adult Probation/Parole Department. Sytch allegedly missed a scheduled drug test for February 11th, failed to report as directed to her parole officer, and failed to maintain a stable residence or report her whereabouts, according to the department.
Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police
WWE superstar and one half of tag team ‘The Usos’, Jimmy Uso, was recently in Detroit, Michigan for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to TMZ.
Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.
According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.
Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.
Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.
Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon continues to sell off shares of WWE as he prepares for the re-launch of his football league, the XFL, in 2020.
According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.
McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.
As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.
With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.
XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.
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