10 Times Wrestling Recklessly Abused Kayfabe On-Air

"It's Still Real To Me, Dammit!"

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Though not an entirely lost art, the act of protecting kayfabe in 2017 is no longer considered the high priority it once was within the industry.

Amongst other things in the modern era, social media has had a particularly damaging impact on the suspension of disbelief required to aid enjoyment of a pretend fight between two foes.

During WWE's mid-2017 European tour, Titus O'Neil's Instagram showed then-rivals Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns soaking up some history together on a tour of Rome. Enzo Amore used the same medium to share a selfie with Ric Flair hours before he made a 'surprise' appearance on SmackDown Live! to celebrate his daughter Charlotte's maiden blue brand title victory.

Whilst not acceptable to ask work colleagues and friends not to spend time together during long, arduous tours within their long, arduous profession, it's is reasonable to request that jovial snaps are not shared through such a public medium.

The plaster was long ripped off for adults, but there's a magic in pro wrestling for younger fans that disappears with the same rapidity of a Santa Claus/Tooth Fairy revelation, and incidents such as these effectively render some of that sparkle all but moot.

Though these may be different times, this sort of thing has been going on for decades. In the 1990s, certain creative minds felt that a peer behind the curtain equalled a surge in ratings, forcing the dreaded 'worked shoot' into wrestling's big box of tropes for generations to come. Some were successful. Some were utterly inexcusable.

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