WWE is known for having its own particular lexicon when it comes to professional wrestling or sports entertainment, now the latest list of banned words within the company has been reported.
Sports entertainment has long been used by the company to describe their product rather than the traditional professional wrestling. The competitors in WWE are not referred to as professional wrestlers but rather as WWE Superstars. There was a time when women stars were referred to as Divas, but this is not something that will be heard on WWE television according to the list reported by the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
Meltzer noted in his recent Newsletter that he had discussed the list of banned words in the company on a recent podcast. This was seemingly the list of words given to talent as they promoted WrestleMania in Tampa Bay, Florida:
“On our podcast we talked about WWE banned words. The latest list, from 2020, reported on at that time that WWE gave to those in Tampa who were helping promote WrestleMania, were : blood, choke, belt, strap, diva (a word they for years used in place of women), head shot, trauma, kayfabe, Mofos, house show, DQ, The Anti-Diva, spinal injuries, victim, violence, violent, wrestling, wrestlers, WWF, wifebeater, curb stomp, phrases including the word “push” and being “Over,” babyface, heel, job, jobber, card, strangle, kill and murder.”
Bryan Danielson and CM Punk both made reference to the lack of professional wrestling in WWE’s vocabulary during their introductions into AEW. Punk stated in his maiden speech that to him he left professional wrestling when he left Ring Of Honor in 2005 and now he was part of AEW, that he was back in professional wrestling.
Danielson stated that he believed he took wrestling with him wherever he went and referred to himself as a wrestler when he wasn’t supposed to.