What is a mark in pro wrestling?

A fan who believes pro wrestling is real

A mark is a pro wrestling fan who believes the "sport" is real and un-scripted. To these fans, everything that takes place in pro wrestling is a shoot, and there is no such thing as a work.

To some degree, however, all wrestling fans are marks. Enjoying the sport requires fans to buy into wrestling's kayfabe at least a little bit, even if only for an hour at a time. So, wrestling fans may refer to themselves as marks (or smarks, meaning "smart marks") even when they understand their favorite sport is scripted.

Other uses of mark in pro wrestling

Fans who are stans of particular wrestlers may also be called marks. These fans are "easy marks" for their favorite wrestler, making them likely to cheer for the wrestler whether that performer is currently a face or a heel.


Duncan's a total mark, but I'm not going to be the one who tells him wrestling's fake

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Updated April 14, 2021

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