::Glossary of professional wrestling terms


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Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable nomenclature through its long existence.<ref name=torch>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals and circuses,<ref name=amspeech/> and the slang itself is often referred to as "carny talk." In the past, wrestlers used such terms in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business.<ref name=torch/><ref name=amspeech/> In recent years, widespread discussion on the Internet has popularized these terms.<ref name=torch/> Many of the terms refer to the financial aspects of pro wrestling in addition to performance-related terms.<ref name=amspeech>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

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