6 Pro Wrestling Tropes We Will Never See Go Away

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

6 Pro Wrestling Tropes We Will Never See Go Away

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    The world of wrestling is like any other form of entertainment; there are moments of originality scattered among a sea of cliches and repetitiveness.

    Pro wrestling has plenty of tropes that occur on a weekly basis and we are not likely to see them go away anytime soon.

    It should not come as much surprise to anyone who watches a lot of wrestling, since there are only so many things you can do in a business that has existed for as long as it has. Coming up with an original idea that would actually work is about as hard as cleaning a car with a cotton swab.

    Sometimes, things are used so often that they are expected every single week, especially when it comes to specific way to finish matches.

    In this slideshow, I will take a look at six pro wrestling tropes we see on a regular basis and will continue to see for years to come.

Hey Ref, My Foot Was on the Ropes

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    It happens all the time. Some babyface is celebrating a big win when a heel comes up and complains that his foot was on the ropes.

    Using the ropes to break a submission or a pin is obviously an easy way out in comparison to breaking out of the hold on your own, but it only works when someone actually sees it.

    Using a poor angle as an excuse to not see it is usually the excuse a ref will give for something like this.

    We have seen hundreds, nay thousands, of matches end with either a reversed decision, being restarted or the foot on the ropes be totally ignored.

    Unless they make a new rule where the ropes only break submissions and not pins, we will continue to see this cliche about once a month.

Hey, a Pretty Girl. Maybe the Middle of My Match Is the Best Time to Hit on Her

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    One thing that has always pissed me off personally is how people always get on wrestling for how they portray women, but nobody ever mentions how men are constantly portrayed as stupid horn-dogs.

    Do you honestly think a professional fighter in any situation would stop paying attention to his opponent so he could try and hit on a chick?

    And on top of that, the woman is usually his opponent's manager/valet. So not only is this guy now an idiot for forgetting about his opponent, but he is an even bigger idiot for thinking he can get with his opponent's woman in the middle of the match.

    Being momentarily distracted by a nice set of gams is one thing, but going over to her and trying to hit on her mid-match just makes no sense at all.

    This is one of those tropes that will always be around, despite how ridiculous it always seems.

You Four Are in the Ring Together, Let's Have a Match, Playa.

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    Whenever you see four men in the ring who are in two separate feuds, you should always put money on someone making a tag team match.

    Double down if you think it will be Teddy Long.

    This situation happens literally every week. I am willing to accept certain things being repeated for lack of a better option, but this one is just getting annoying.

    If we go one month without this happening, I think the world might crack in half from the sheer impossibility of it.

    Watch the entire video, as the beginning is a little odd compared to the rest.

The Opening Promo Will Always Be Interrupted

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    On the rare occasion that a show starts with a match, we usually get this in the following segment.

    There is always a major talking-head segment with a superstar where they are interrupted by the person they will fight either that night or at the next PPV.

    You can even time when the other person's music will hit most times because it happens right after the person in the ring says something to either get major heat or a big pop.

    I think John Cena might hold the world record for being interrupted and interrupting others. He's done so more times than all the four-year-old kids in the world combined.

You Two Both Want a Title Shot, Fight for It

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    Did we stop assuming that everyone wants a title shot?

    After a PPV is over, there is always a promo where someone claims they should be next in line for a title shot.

    Then, to no one's surprise, someone else comes out and challenges that claim. They yammer back and forth for a bit until someone in power comes out and makes a No. 1 contender's match between them for later.

    Since when did simply going to the ring and asking for it become how we decided the top contenders for a title?

    WWE, and pro wrestling in general, need to start doing things longer term in regards to keeping track of wins and losses and using that to justify title shots, but it won't happen.

    This cliche will be around for as long as Styrofoam.

Suddenly Everyone Is so Fragile Once They Go Backstage

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    Is it just me or is it waaaaay easier to hurt someone backstage than it is in the ring?

    I have seen superstars take dozens of chair shots in a match and still kick out but whenever someone gets an elbow to the back of the head backstage they suddenly need medical attention.

    I get it. There needs to be drama in wrestling, and attacks backstage work well to add that, but at least make it plausible.

    Don't have someone go out there and take hit after hit from Kane but then get knocked out by one shot from Ziggler backstage. It makes no sense.

    Kaitlyn's impression of Nancy Kerrigan may have been ridiculous, but at least she was attacked with a weapon making the injury seem more legit.


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    Tropes and cliches are everywhere in wrestling, and these six are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your own observations on the cliches of the wrestling industry.

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