If kayfabe isn't already dead, it's definitely on its last legs. Social media has made it impossible to maintain, and while those of an old-school persuasion still cling onto it for dear life, the damage can't be undone. In the words of Jim Cornette, "you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube," and now that everybody knows wrestling is predetermined, they'll never be convinced otherwise.
Things weren't always this way however, and before the business was completely exposed, kayfabe wasn't just an expectation, but a requirement. Wrestlers were method actors charged with the task of maintaining the illusion at all costs, and while this mindset has gradually died-off over the years, the likes of The Undertaker will take it to their grave.
Some wrestlers are so committed to their characters that they eventually become them, with many going to extreme lengths to convince the audience. It is becoming increasingly rare in the days of Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns taking Instagram snaps at Disney World, but wrestling history is littered with stories of performers going the extra mile for the sake of the business, even when it came with a personal cost...
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