Heel Turn on James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jul 2012
Analyze this: Death of Kayfabe
The portrayal of things that happen within the storyline as real ignoring the worked nature of the events is called Kayfabe. It basically defined and brought in the crowd during the territory days through rivalries, career ending injuries, retirement matches even if the wrestlers came back, Fake marriages, onscreen brothers, fake divorces etc.
Faces and heels were defined clearly based on their actions within kayfabe and people had it easy hating the heel for to them, Kayfabe was real. But with more and more information being available to the audience through internet and other mediums, kayfabe started to disappear slowly making it pretty complex for the booking and the fans.
In 1975, in a plane crash which involved Mr Wrestling I and Ric Flair together, Mr Wrestling I checked into hospital in his real name as a promoter so as to not break kayfabe getting caught with Flair who was a heel.
How do you think the death of Kayfabe affected pro-wrestling and when do you think it started to die, if it did?
To me, Monday Night wars, Attitude era and internet were the major culprits in killing Kayfabe and it has made booking a lot difficult and the product less enjoyable for people no longer hate heels, they merely know them openly as actors playing heel getting them less involved. Say before 20 years, If a car had run over Cena, it would have been perceived as real and the angle would have worked in a different scale than now when the first response would be, he is going to shoot a movie.
Last edited by theidealstranger; 10-26-2012 at 08:06 AM.