Rare (& Regional) Wrestling Jargon

Rare (& Regional) Wrestling Jargon


on today’s till we make it let’s break open some rare and regionalised wrestling jargon [Music] I’m Mike Quackenbush this is till we make it and today’s topic is thanks to fellow journeyman rip impact up canada way thanks rip this one’s for you last week on this channel I offered up a video to help get you prepared for the opportunity to work with wrestlers from Mexico or Japan and this brought about a conversation about how wrestling jargon differs from region to region and made me also think about commonly used inside wrestling terminology which is sometimes deployed incorrectly so today I’m here to lay down the law on that rare and regionalised wrestling jargon and I want to start with a term that is so dated I don’t think I’ve actually heard anybody use it in over a decade but if you happen to be one of the people that use this I’d love to hear from you in the comments below and know a little of your experience when you call for Shakespeare Shakespeare is a term I used to hear a lot in the 90s and then less so in the ooohs and even less so in the whatever you call this decade Shakespeare as I understand it is meant to refer to all the drama that happens in the match before the very first time the opponent’s touch each other so in a sense if there is stalling before the very first lock up that could be considered Shakespeare if a cowardly heel is constantly running away from a powerful babyface before they ever touch in the match that too would be considered Shakespeare part of the reason I think the term Shakespeare has started to go away is because it has been folded into another term and this one I hear mistaken a lot I’m going to talk about it and the thing it is mistaken for that is Gaga and haha to illustrate the difference between these two I define them this way Gaga is activity that is not wrestling moves they’re not physical mechanics but are part of the performance but Gaga is not ha-ha-ha-ha is comedy materials specifically and that contrast against drama which is why I think Shakespeare to an extent has been folded inside Gaga might refer to certain types of shenanigans or antics but if they trend were being meeting they’re meant to break the dramatic tension of a match then there haha and Gaga and haha are not the same thing a different term which is more Universal than ever before and yet is called different things in different regions and also at different levels in Pro Wrestling our shotgun circuit and waterfall these are practically interchangeable terms shotgun circuit and waterfall all refer to the same type of rapid-fire spot where one thing happens after another after another after another and the emphasis is not on the bump or the cell but on the next thing coming I’ve heard it referred to by all three of those terms originally it was always called circuit later on I heard it called wonderful and most recently shotgun is the way that is described and depending on where you might be and with whom you’re working you could hear any one of those three terms another one of those common terms that varies by region is drop down sleep or plancha drop down laying flat on the mat so that an opponent can cross over as you’re running the ropes in what is essentially meant to be a failed attempt to trip them is often referred to in the UK as sleep and is referred to by Luchadors as plancha flat as an ironing board they are interchangeable drop down sleep and plancha all refer to the same thing but based on where you are might be called something different similarly Universal and also with their own unique terms based on region are leapfrog leap or vault and Brinker leapfrog or vault as it used to be called in the UK although sometimes just commonly called leap especially in a pattern with sleep leap and Branca leaping over I’ll refer to the exact same thing a point of clarification none of these are bunnyhop so you might be asking yourself well if bunnyhop is not leapfrog Mike then what is bunnyhop and here’s the difference between the two on a leapfrog the person jumping is relatively stationary the other is running however in bunnyhop it is the runner who jumps over the stationary opponent that’s the difference between leapfrog and bunnyhop another Universal idea in professional wrestling that has different terminology based on where you are is an up and over in the corner when you grab the top rope and push yourself away from that corner so that a runner can go underneath you it is most commonly called up and over but I have been other places in the Americas where it is referred to as what are under the bridge and our luchador friends will call this Bond era it’s a reference to the idea of raising the flag Bond era all of these mean up and over I first started traveling back in the 90s up and over had tons of other terms as well so if you’re somewhere and came up on a circuit where there is another phrase used to denote up and over I would love to hear what it is please drop that in the comment section below let’s specifically break down a concept from Lucha Libre which has been appropriated other places sometimes I hear this called pass by or run by the lucha turns are either Torrio or B pas so I’ve heard it called either one I do tend to think that you hear Torrio more toward the northern parts of Mexico and less so once you get south of Mexico City Torrio or be paso literally bypass and like toreador toreador rived from bullfighting so if you’re trying to wrap your brain around the technique I am talking about think of it this way imagine an opponent is running directly at you off of the ropes and you’re gonna step out of the lane so they can bypass you as you put one hand in the small of their back and accelerate them in a straight line then you get back into the lane you have bypassed them be Paso or Torrio like a bullfighter moving out of the way of the bull in front of the bull you’re in danger that’s where the horns are you want to place yourself behind the bull so you get out of the lane as it’s charging and then put yourself behind the bull Torrio and special thanks to the comments section for reminding me of this simple terminology change you’ve got to be aware of when working with Mexican Luchadors they do not call arm drags arm drags if the arm drag does not have a specific name to it it is best to refer to it as arm suplex and while we happen to be on the topic of suplexes you might be wondering when you watch footage from Japan is it that the Japanese commentators call a snap suplex a brain buster why is brain buster deployed when here we would call something a vertical or snap suplex well it has to do with what makes up the technical form of a suplex if we want to get very specific about the details of a suplex it has to accomplish two things number one it has to expose our opponent’s shoulder blades to the mat and based on the forms of wrestling that all come before pro wrestling that means it is done by controlling your opponent to the mat they are not being thrown like a slam the other criteria that defines a suplex in its technical sense is that there is a wrestlers back bridge involved the arching of the lower back as you head toward the mat so if you think about all the classical forms of suplexes they’re going to contain that back bridge as you control your opponent’s shoulders and expose them to the mat but a snap or vertical suplex which throws an opponent does not expose their shoulders with control and oftentimes doesn’t feature that back bridge which is why those detail-oriented Japanese commentators call it brain buster I suspect there may be another video of this type coming in the near future and here’s why I would love to hear from you in the comment section below about other rare or maybe sometimes misunderstood or otherwise regionalised wrestling jargon you know that we can help understand in a universal sense to eliminate any possible confusion or errors in the ring while we’re out there 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