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10 Iconic Wrestling Storylines Summed Up In A Single Frame

In which beer is used as a metaphor three times.

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WWE is a carny pro wrestling racket dressed up as a corporate entertainment conglomerate. It is a work that lies to itself, in addition to the outside world, and so of course those at the helm are going to bullsh*t us.

There are endless examples of hypocrisy and mendacity, and they're often informed by a certain arrogance. They know what's best. They are so successful that it's automatic. And they will tell the talent that they must learn how to work for the camera when they join WWE.

This arcane process can take years, it's so complex. The local indy can't help, sorry, and nor can checks notes the instincts evolved for years and years of a life captured, at the reach of pocket, by everybody with a smartphone. Everybody is a performer now, on some level.

On this week's Dynamite, MJF sh*t a brick when he heard Jon Moxley's music hit. He conveyed this fear - and put Mox over as a badass - by shooting a panicked look to the camera. He knew his chirping had landed him in bother, and he let the mask of hubris slip. He didn't need five years of Performance Center training to accomplish this.

Obviously, nothing from modern WWE can appear on this list - how can you play to their camera without working like a coked-up DVD screensaver? - but they knew what they were doing, once upon a time...

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Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!