SummerSlam is quickly approaching, and there are more than a couple exciting matches on this year’s card. AJ Styles vs. John Cena. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor. Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton. WWE pulls out the big guns for its big events, and SummerSlam is second only to WrestleMania in terms of importance. Casual professional wrestling fans—of which you may be one—are going to tune in.
But if you’re a casual fan, and you’re watching the PPV with diehard wrestling fans, you might be confused by their language; they’re probably using all sorts of insider-y slang terms. For decades, wrestlers and hardcore fans have used these terms as a way of keeping their business insular and secret, away from common knowledge and the prying curiosity of the public.
To keep you in the conversation, we present The Secret Language of Pro Wrestling, Decoded. And remember, it’s not “fake.” It’s “predetermined”!