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The Week That Kayfabe Died

How else to explain that one can tune in to Lana speaking unaccented English and palling around with storyline foes on Total Divas but still create enough dissonance to regard her as the affected and ravishingly Russian foil on SmackDown Live ?

Never mind mainstream media's suddenly instrumental role in relaying news and profiles straight from the source that are genuine until they aren't, stoking speculation just enough but stopping short of imperceptibly blurring the line distinguishing sports entertainers from their humanity.

In goading his flustered foe to finish his train of thought and offering slack congratulations for the fact that it "took five years to cut a halfway decent promo," Cena took a lighter to what was left of kayfabe, leveling the playing field and making it possible for Reigns to build something new.

A couple of days earlier, at Mexican promotion AAA's annual Triplemania card, masked women's competitor Sexy Star appeared to knowingly injure one of her opponents , GFW's Rosemary, while executing an armbar submission maneuver.

Her statement – along with clear-eyed supportive testimony from peers including Cody Rhodes, Ricochet, Paige, Joey Ryan and WWE's own SmackDown heel Mike Kanellis and producer Brian "Road Dogg" James – was damning and direct, if irrevocably altering to our willful disconnect about pro wrestling's paradoxical purpose and principles.


  • John Cena And Roman Reigns Broke The Fourth Wall, Cut A Great PromoDeadspin
  • The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 8/28/17: The Fall Of The Roman EmpireUPROXX
  • Traina Thoughts: John Cena And Roman Reigns Tore Each Other Apart On 'Monday ...Sports Illustrated
  • WWE Raw viewers down from last weekCageside Seats (blog)
  • WWE Raw ratings down, still second best number since AprilFigure Four Online (blog)
  • Report: Raw's John Cena/Roman Reigns promo duel 'completely scripted'Cageside Seats (blog)
  • John Cena tore apart Roman Reigns' work ethic and people are wondering if it ...SB Nation
  • John Cena Vs. Roman Reigns To Headline No Mercy?, The Rock Donates $25K To ...Wrestling Inc.
  • WWE RAW's return to Memphis sparks memories of local wrestling heydayThe Commercial Appeal

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The Week That Kayfabe Died


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