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Kayfabe: Why it still matters

Hello Cagesiders I hope this fanpost finds you in high spirits as summer is now in full swing. I'll get right to the point of this post though as I feel it is a matter of great importance. Lately I have been having serious reservations concerning WWE's sometimes non-adherence to Kayfabe. For the most part WWE still acknowledges Kayfabe and portends us to suspend our disbelief within the wrestling universe. But sometimes they don't. Case in point: Twitter messages from WWE Superstars about their real life experiences. Another would be talking about and touting The Rocks successful movie deals. Now I know that some superstars stay in character even in their tweets and that WWE can't(and shouldn't) be able to control that. But in my opinion breaking of Kayfabe is at an all time high, and I think it's bad for the purity of the business. Recently I was watching the Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff vs. Hogan and Mr.T match from the first WrestleMania. What I observed was that crowd REALLY believed those characters were exactly who they were portraying. There was no differentiation between their in ring persona and their real life personality. Like they would never even think that these four men even had a life outside of wrestling. That struck me because that's just not the way it is nowadays. Everyone wants to know about a wrestlers real life and who they really are. Theres nothing inherently WRONG with that, it's basic curiosity really, but I think WWE acknowledges that sentiment and caters to it more than they should. Especially now with the new reality show with the Bellas and Daniel Bryan being part of that, not to mention the complete break of Kayfabe at the beginning of the year when Zeb Coulter and Swagger addressed the fans(which completely shocked me) , it seems like WWE is willing to break kayfabe to gain a certain audience. Going back to that WM match those fans didn't care or want to know anything about those wrestlers outside of the ring, all they wanted to know was the story they told in the ring and on the mic. In fact if it had not been for the strict adherence for Kayfabe, WWE might never have reached they heights they did in the mid eighties. The Kayfabe feud between Piper and Cyndi Lauper/Wendy Richter was a thing of beauty really. They had music artists Sticking to Kayfabe ON MTV and reinforcing the "fake" storyline. Honestly that storyline blurred the lines of fiction and reality so well some people had no idea it was a work at the time, and that is why it captured the nations attention. Fast forward to 2013 and that same strict adherence to Kayfabe has been watered down so much that You have to try very hard to suspend your disbelief. Things like the Benoit murder suicide or Owen Harts untimely death don't count here because they were extreme situations, but things like CM Punk being at a Blackhawks game and sending out pics of it, or The Rock going on Jay Leno when hes WWE Champion and not even talking about anything but his new movies do. Hell when Hogan and Mr. T were on SNL they were still in character, when Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man were on Arsenio Hall they were still in character too. That kind of attention to Kayfabe just does not happen anymore. I believe Kayfabe is the lifeblood of what the wrestling business is and when it's compromised so is the quality of the product. WWE, please make me (dis)believe again.

What do you think about this issue? I'd love to hear responses on what I consider to be a pressing matter within WWE.

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