Don’t take the title of this list as a pre-requisite skill for all pro wrestlers.
The game is rooted in suspension of disbelief, after all. It matters not what a wrestler does out of the ring if audiences can buy in to what they get up to at their place of work. The very idea that a 20x20 roped bit of canvas in front of television cameras might be the perfect place to settle personal disputes requires the switching off of any cynicism no matter the match or wrestler.
If a viewer can manage that - as they do when watching every film or television show ever made - then the story can finally be told. And yet, the overlap to the other side of the screen rarely gets easier. For every John Cena or Miz parroting everything perfectly, the lines are often still awkwardly blurred.
The recent passing of television icon Regis Philbin brought with it a reminder of all the times he made wrestlers and the profession look fantastic, but even he might have struggled with some of the ones below. You can take any of them out of pro wrestling, but you'll struggle to ever take the pro wrestling out of them...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.