Wrestling Lingo – 301
Welcome back, class. It’s been a while. If you missed the first two classes, here is where you can find them. I’ve gotten pretty deep into my work, at this point. There are 70+ wrestling articles here on Today’s Knockout. I started a little over a month ago. Imagine where this’ll be at the end of the year. Think of the, “Wrestling Lingo,” articles as companion pieces to the large amount of others you’ll find.
When we left off, I wrote that I would cover the terms, “Canned Heat,” “Promo,” “Go Over,” “Feud,” and “Flair Flip.”
We’ll see how that goes. I may have to add more as we go…
Canned Heat: the process of adding fan reaction, negative in this case, into the show via post-production. It’s done for any kind of reaction, though. Think about it: the WWE has recorded shows for years and years now. They’ve captured all kinds of fan reactions that they can edit into a show, if they need. It’s done with audio, and not visual, to be clear. It’d be fairly noticeable if they cut into the middle of a Thursday Night SmackDown with a show they shot ten years ago.
Promo: this is simple. A promo is, obviously, short for a promotional. This is a segment where any wrestler, or wrestlers, picks up a microphone and promotes oneself, by way of the spoken word. This has special significance as of late, what with the 2015 Royal Rumble and all. The biggest problem that people have with Roman Reigns, is his perceived lack of microphone skills. I have to be perfectly honest: I have not seen one of the promos that people are complaining about. They all happened during Raw and SmackDown, and until this week, the last time I watched either show consistently was the early 2000’s.
Regardless, I did see both promos he cut on the snowed in Raw. They weren’t bad, honestly. Speaking less definitely works for him. That’s not a knock at him at all. The strong, silent type is an important character. Brock Lesnar isn’t going to be around after WrestleMania 31. The WWE could use another silent beast. I could see Reigns falling into a similar role in the future of being the guy who, love him or hate him, always devastates his opponent.
Go Over: to go over someone, is to get the win. It’s the opposite of doing a job. I’ve heard many a wrestler tell stories where the question, “who’s going over,” was asked.
Feud: this is another simple one. A feud is a storyline. The series of articles I started called, “A Rivalry Among Friends,” is about Triple H and HBK’s feud when he first came back to wrestling in late-2002 for SummerSlam.
Flair Flip: is my personal favorite term for this class, but there’s not much to it. A Flair Flip is so named for the Nature Boy Ric Flair and the incredible way he took a flip bump, or a bump in general, really. Anyone who has seen a Ric Flair match knows what I’m talking about.
Yeah, I’m definitely going to have to add more now. Instead of continuing with behind the scenes lingo, I’m going to break it up by going over a few of some of my favorite moves.
First, we’re going to start with a maneuver that did not receive anywhere near enough attention when it was pulled off at the 2015 Royal Rumble.
Phoenix Splash: I am not going to bother trying to explain the mechanics behind it, because frankly, I don’t understand it in the slightest. Like, the obvious, logical part of me sees how he did it, but I still have no idea how he pulled it off.
It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, and you can see it here. I know he did it in Ring of Honor, but shamefully, I’ve only seen one match from the promotion. The Rumble was the first time I ever saw it and I thought it was amazing.
Five-Star Frog Splash: I’m sure there’s a lot of you who know what a frog splash is. I’m only bringing it up here because I’d like my admiration of Rob Van Dam’s aptly named Five-Star Frog Splash documented. Eddie Guerrero used the move as a finisher, too, but Mr. Monday Night’s version was always pretty as all hell. It just looked great every time.
The Yes Lock: I’m sure everyone reading knows that this is Daniel Bryan’s finisher. I bring it up here because even though I love what the Yes! chant has done for his career, I really dug the name, “The Lebelle Lock,” named after legendary Professional Wrestler, Gene Lebell, who at different times, trained both “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Chuck Norris.
That’s about it for this class, folks. I’m winding down for now, but “Wrestling Lingo” will be back for the 401 class.