ViRTUE's RAGE: What is a Mark? Submitted by Virtue on 08/29/2017 at 07:55 PM
August 29, 2017
AJ Styles, Amazing N8 Mattson, Daniel Bryan
Back in May of 2016, I named my very first NoDQ ViRTUE’s RAGE Indy Wrestler of the Month. It was none other than the savvy veteran from Michigan, the Amazing N8 Mattson. If you have never checked out his PROFESSIONAL wrestling work, be sure to give him a Tweet (@AmazingN8). I am sure you will have plenty to find and see. Also, if you are near the Michigan/Ohio areas, I strongly advise you find an independent show he is part of and check it out. You will be amazed. My plan is to still have Amazing N8 on one of the NoDQ Panel discussion videos as a featured guest, but since we have not been able to sync up a good time to record one just yet, I figured out a good alternative way to get a sneak peek of his wrestling business know-how out to you. I recently asked N8’s permission to post his very thorough description of what a MARK really is. After you read this, you can officially classify yourself in the same category as me, a mark…which is NOT a bad thing.
"Some people are confused by the wrestling term, 'mark'. In the carnival days over a hundred years ago, an audience member who would get caught up in the action would get 'marked' with chalk, signifying that this person was an easy target to be worked by the boys in the ring. The 'mark' is every wrestling fan at some point. They start out as casual fans and begin to form opinions based on the information they dig up. They buy into the storylines and get attached to certain wrestlers, 'marking out' by cheering or jeering based on the characters' performance.
The 'Mark' only knows what they see on TV or read on the Internet, with no personal knowledge of the inner workings of the wrestling business. If a fan decides to pursue a career inside pro-wrestling, they must go through a period where they are still treated as a mark until someone on the inside smartens them up, usually their trainer or an old-timer. They will be subject to Kayfabe (the act of protecting the business from outsiders) until the veterans feel that they are worthy of being one of the boys. Every new person entering the business is perceived as a mark coming in, until they have obtained firsthand experience and pay their dues. If one of these rookies says or does something that a fan would, or maybe take themselves or their characters too seriously behind the scenes, they will be deemed a mark and that title will stay with them until they can separate fact from fiction.
Nowadays fans know it's a work, but they will never be truly 'smart' to the business because their personal opinions as fans are always going to come into play. There are many reasons, both personal and professional, why certain wrestlers receive a push or not. Marks that consider themselves 'smart' always root for the wrestlers with a certain amount of ability, fanfare or former glory, but many times those credentials are not necessary to do good business and draw money, which is the ultimate goal. I encourage every ticket-buying fan to express themselves in a respectful way, but just keep in mind that the only people that really know what's going on are the guys in the ring and those that need to know. So let them do their job by giving you your monies worth, and you do your part by getting caught up in it!" (credit to Amazing N8 Mattson)
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PPV Grades for 2017
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio = B++
WWE Royal Rumble = B
WWE Elimination Chamber = B
WWE FastLane = C++
NXT TakeOver: Orlando = B++
WWE WrestleMania 33 = B+
WWE Payback = B
NXT TakeOver Chicago = A-
WWE Backlash = B-
WWE Extreme Rules = B
WWE Money in the Bank = B-
WWE Great Balls of Fire = A-
WWE Battleground = C
NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III = A-
WWE SummerSlam = C++
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