- n. professional wrestling The portrayal of events within the industry as real; the portrayal of professional wrestling and the accompanying storylines as not staged or worked.
- Thought to have originated as carny slang for "protecting the secrets of the business"; may ultimately originate from Pig Latin for "fake" ("ake-fay") or the phrase "be fake" ("e-bay ake-fay"). (Wiktionary)
“What got me into Partridge was the fact that I used the word "kayfabe" in Warrior Queen, the unauthorized biography I wrote 10 years ago about the WWF wrestler Chyna.”
“Superstar of the Year: Triple H - looking at this from a kayfabe point of view he did have the best year.”
“SMITH: Linda McMahon when she was CEO of World Wrestling could kayfabe with the best of them, whether it was kicking a rival where it hurts the most ...”
“SMITH: All kayfabe, of course, but that hasn't stopped Democrats from gleefully spreading these clips around.”
“SMITH: Even the debate audience is getting into the kayfabe in Connecticut.”
“I think there were a couple of little kayfabe spots around the corner, if you know what I mean, but I never saw anyone get down and dirty in the big room.”
“My identity was kayfabe and I protected my face very well.”
“SHAWN: On May 19, 1996, Hunter, myself, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall “broke kayfabe” by acknowledging our friendship and taking a bow—our Curtain Call— together in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden audience.”
“I specifically remember Chief Jay Strongbow cutting this promo on me about breaking kayfabe.”
“An old carny term thought to derive from the Pig Latin form of "faked," kayfabe is wrestling jargon for the fictional drama of a match: the taunts, double-crosses, feuds and pre-determined outcomes which fuel professional wrestling's endless soap opera.”
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