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Definition of Kayfabe

Kayfabe Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true," specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the realm of the general public. Kayfabe was long held as a closely guarded secret within the professional wrestling industry. This ended in 1989 when Vince McMahon testified in a New Jersey court that wrestling was staged to avoid fees. With the advent of the Internet, it has evolved into an open secret in the industry that is generally only adhered to while performing.

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