An umbrella term that refers to the entire theatrical, predetermined nature of professional wrestling. In the earlier days of wrestling, wrestlers maintained kayfabe at all times, even in public. The Million Dollar Man, for example, traveled separately from the rest of the roster and stayed in first-class accommodations to make his gimmick believable. A wrestler who acknowledges the backstage mechanics of the business is “breaking kayfabe.”

Fan #1: “Chris Jericho doesn’t promote his merchandise when he’s a heel.”
Fan #2: “That’s why I love him. He’s one of the few wrestlers who maintains kayfabe.”