Wikipedia:WikiProject Professional wrestling/Style guide

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WP:PW TalkAssessmentRecognized contentStub articlesStyle guideSources
Article alertsTemplatesUnreferenced BLPsPPV expansionNewsletterMembers listTop priority articlesNew articles
PW Style Guide
Below is a style guide to creating professional wrestling articles established by consensus among participants of WikiProject Professional wrestling. Please discuss this guide on the WikiProject talk page if you have any ideas about how to fine tune these guidelines.


  • The phrase "the late" should be removed before the names of now deceased wrestlers.
  • Avoid parroting branding and marketing terminology used by promotions. Instead of using the terms "WWE Superstar", "WWE Diva", "TNA Knockout" or "sports entertainer", simply use "wrestler", specifying gender if need be. Similarly, avoid using "sports entertainment" as a substitute for professional wrestling. Additionally, avoid referring to WWE fans as "the WWE Universe" and the promotion as "The WWE".



  • In referencing both the show and brand, WWE's Monday night program is to be written Raw, with only an initial capital letter.
  • CamelCases are optional on Wikipedia, but in the interest of uniformity, WWE's Tuesday night program is SmackDown Live, with a capital S and capital D. Post-January 2008 SmackDown references should be written without an exclamation point.
  • Likewise, TNA's Thursday night program is written Impact Wrestling or Impact for short, with only an initial capital letter.



  • Limit heading titles to five words or less (not counting dates).
  • Try and limit headings by promotion, although some alternatives are acceptable. If the text for one promotion is getting long, it can be broken up with further subheadings. Use common sense.
  • Do not refer to the subject of the article within the article's headers.
  • Headers should never be wiki-linked.
  • Capitalize the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns in headings, but leave the rest in lower case.



  • Italics are only to be used when referencing a show such as in these scenarios:
  • Taglines are to be written with italics and in quotation marks.
  • Album titles are to be written with italics and song titles with quotation marks.
  • Pay-per-view events are to be written with no italics.


Warning notes to editors may be included in sections that are subject to constant, unnecessary, or unencyclopedic change. Remember, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a dedicated professional wrestling site.

<!-- DO NOT ADD WEEK BY WEEK EVENTS, RUMORS, OR SPECULATION. THIS INCLUDES ANNOUNCED MATCHES THAT HAVE NOT YET OCCURRED. WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A NEWS SITE BUT AN ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA. Please see the articles "Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not" and "Wikipedia:Guide to writing better articles" for more information. -->
<!-- Please don't change the height or weight. These are the measures as officially stated and they should not be changed. -->
<!-- Please consider the cited information in this article or on the talk page before editing. -->
<!-- Please DO NOT change the picture. Unless there's a significant appearance change or you find a free use photo to put here, there's no reason to change the picture so frequently. -->
<!-- Please do not add any matches you may have heard on the internet or during tapings, without a reliable source, such as the company's official website or Wrestling Observer Newsletter. -->
<!-- Please do not add a fair use image in this section. As this person is currently active, it should be possible to obtain a free use alternative. -->
<!-- Do not replace this image with a fair use one. This image is free and free images are favored on Wikipedia. See "Wikipedia:Image use policy" for more information. -->
<!-- Do NOT change the order of the moves, as they comply with Wikipedia's Manual of Style. -->
<!-- Do NOT remove mentions of this title's status as a world title. PWI's opinion is irrelevant. It's the promotion's that matters. -->

Professional wrestler biographies

This is the formatting used when creating or editing a professional wrestler article.

First, add a lead paragraph about the wrestler, then add their professional wrestling profile using the {{Infobox professional wrestler}} template. Add metric conversions for all wrestler heights and weights, including new entries. Make sure feet and inches are represented as "ft" and "in" and pounds are listed as "lb". Note that SI weight should be rounded to the nearest kilogram and height should be rounded to the nearest centimeter. Commas should not be used to separate multiple entries in an Infobox; use line breaks (<br/>) instead.

The following categories should be present:

[[Category:(Insert nationality here, American, Canadian, etc.) professional wrestlers]]
[[Category:(Insert birth year) births]]
[[Category:Living people]] (If the wrestler is still alive.)

Professional wrestling career

Summarize the career of the wrestler, but make sure you leave it to major events and key points. Try not to include week-by-week synopsis of what that wrestler did on whatever show they're on.

In wrestling

This section should be limited to finishing moves, signature moves, managers (and/or wrestlers managed), nicknames, and entrance themes. Any taunts, gestures, or other descriptions are better suited for the article prose. Furthermore, these items should only be listed when a reliable source is present.

For signature and finishing moves, there must be one reliable source explicitly mentioning that it is a signature move of the wrestler. One reliable source merely mentioning that the wrestler performed the move is not enough.

Moves should be listed alphabetically, regardless of frequency of use or time of use, per MoS. A specially named move should be italicized, with the regular name following in parentheses and wikilinked. An example displayed below:

If a wrestler uses multiple kinds of the same move commonly (suplex, powerbomb, etc.) it may help to list them like this:

{{cite episode}} should not be used for citing moves as commentators often call moves wrong or do not give full technical names, leading to speculation.

Track names in entrance themes should not be Wikilinked to articles about the compilation albums on which they are sold, unless the article contains further information on the track itself (not just name, number and wrestler who used it).

Championships and accomplishments

Championships and accomplishments are to be followed like in this example:

Please note that:

  • Promotions are to be listed alphabetically per WP:MoS, with titles won in each promotion in alphabetical order.
  • The name of the promotion is in bold.
  • The part following the championship name (i.e. 2 times, 4 times) should link to its respective list of champions. Accomplishments (i.e. 2005, 2006) should link to its respective event.
  • Accomplishments (like King of the Ring and Royal Rumble) come after Championship title belts (like the WWE Championship and the World Tag Team Championship).
  • If an accomplishment (like the Royal Rumble or King of the Ring) is accomplished more than once, the years should be added and separated by a comma.
  • With regards to the PWI 500 and PWI Female 50 awards, only the wrestler's highest ranking is noted.
  • Other notes (such as oldest, youngest, first, last, only, etc.) are only listed in the relevant prose section, and are not listed in the championship and accomplishments section.

External links

External links in wrestler biographies should typically contain their official website ({{Official website}}), wrestling profiles, and IMDb profile ({{IMDb name}}).

Please note that:

  • Links to certain official profiles are supported through templates, such as {{WWE superstar}}, {{Roh roster}}, and {{NJPW profile}}.
  • Profiles from databases can be linked via {{Professional wrestling profiles}}. Sites currently supported are,, and Internet Wrestling Database.
  • Online World of Wrestling profiles should not be included in this section, per this discussion.

Wrestling concepts articles

  • Change "attacker" to "wrestler" and "victim" to "opponent" in move articles.

List of champions articles

When writing tables for a list of champions, they should appear as this:

  • Note: Successful defenses is included if the promotion keeps track of them.
No. Champion(s) Reign Date Days
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Shiro Koshinaka 1 February 6, 1986 102 Tokyo, Japan Live event 1 Koshinaka defeated The Cobra in a tournament final to become the first champion.
2 Nobuhiko Takada 1 May 19, 1986 123 Tokyo, Japan Live event 6 Defeated Shiro Koshinaka and The Corba in a three-way match.
3 Shiro Koshinaka 2 September 19, 1986 335 Fukuoka, Japan NJPW World 2 NJPW recognizes Koshinaka's reign as lasting 325 days, beginning on September 29, 1986, when the episode aired on tape delay.
Vacated August 20, 1987 Tokyo, Japan House show Vacated due to injury.

What to include in the notes section for each reign:

  • If the new champion defeated someone other than the previous champion.
  • If the new champion received the title through means other than a match.
  • Match types that were not standard singles matches.
  • Why the title was vacated.
  • The date when the match was aired.
  • If the promotion officially recognizes the reign number or length of reign differently than what actually occurred.

What NOT to include in the notes section for each reign:

  • What move they used to win.
  • Who interfered.
  • Title defenses, unless it relates to how the title was vacated.

Combined reigns

  • Note:
    • Combined defenses is included if the promotion keeps track of them.
    • Combined days held recognized by the promotion is included if they officially recognize a reign as having lasted a different length than what actually occurred.
Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of
days held
Combined days held
recognized by WWE
1 Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura 2 32 685+ 685+
2 Prince Devitt/Finn Bálor 1 17 292 293
3 Bo Dallas 1 15 280 261
3 Adrian Neville 1 15 280 280
5 Big E Langston 1 7 168 154
6 Kevin Owens 1 8 143 143
  • The order of the wrestlers is the most combined days as champion.
  • If two or more wrestlers are tied in days, priority is given in this order: most reigns, most successful defenses, alphabetical order.
  • If a wrestler held the title under multiple ring names, all of the names used while holding the title should be listed in order of which they were used.

PPV Guidelines

Manual of Style (MoS)

When working with pay-per-view articles, you should use the following headings for the main body of the article:

== Production ==
=== Background ===
=== Storylines ===
== Event ==
=== Preliminary matches ===
=== Main event matches ===
== Aftermath ==
=== Reception ===
== Results ==
== See also ==
== References ==
== External links ==

The article should not be written in-universe, which is outlined in the Manual of Style on written fiction, it should be written so that everyone can understand the article, not just professional wrestling fans. If you feel you are writing in-universe, please do ask at the project talkpage whether anyone would like to perform a copy-edit. If you are actively working on a pay-per-view article, please insert a {{underconstruction}} tag at the top of the article. This helps reduce edit conflicts. All pay-per-view articles, should be written in past tense, excluding future events. The following guidelines should be followed in order for an article to be classified as a B-Class article, in order to be nominated and passed as a Good Article nomination, and/or as a Featured article candidate.

What each section should contain


The lead of the article should contain brief details of the event. The lead overall should be three paragraphs; for instance, the first paragraph should contain the promotion that produced the event, the date of the event, and the location and venue of the event. It should also contain information of who starred in the event. The second paragraph should explain how many matches were scheduled on the event's card. It should also contain an overview of the event, elaborating the main event(s) and most hyped matches on the undercard. Do not list the process of scoring in this paragraph, only state the outcome of the match and in the type of match it was contested in. Generally, the lead can be written in an in-universe perspective since many of the statements in the lead are explain in an out of universe perspective in the main body prose. The final paragraph should contain a brief overview of the reception of the event; the reception given by generally reliable critics and a reception of the DVD, VHS, and/or Blu-ray Disc. The {{Infobox Wrestling event}} template should go at the top of the article and each field should be filled out accordingly. For the poster caption, only individually list wrestler names if there are six or below wrestlers; for seven and above, use "various wrestlers".


The production section comprises two sub-sections, background and storylines. If one of the sub-sections is not present, then the name of the present sub-section will take precedence as the section name over production.

The background section should contain ...

The storylines section should contain details on at least three rivalries leading into a pay-per-view. When expanding this section, avoid using wrestling jargon. Generally, the first paragraph contains a brief overview of the way professional wrestling functions. This paragraph should explain that professional wrestling involves scripted plots and storylines. In addition, it should be stated that rivalries cast the wrestlers as a face or a heel. Optionally, it can be stated that the scripted events took place on certain television programs of the promotion. If the pay-per-view article is about a promotion that features a brand extension, the prose should state that is a storyline division of the company in which employees are assigned to a specific program, called a brand.

When beginning a sentence to describe a rivalry, the word feud should be avoided, unless an explanation of the term is given, which is staged (or scripted) rivalry. Alternately, words such as narrative and plot can be used to provide variance in the writing. The background should only summarize important events that enhanced the rivalry, such as important segments or matches that took place on television shows or pay-per-view events. Since professional wresting is a work of recorded media, Wikipedia's plot guideline should be adhered to, which states that Wikipedia treats fiction in an encyclopedic manner, discussing the reception, impact, and significance of notable works. A concise plot summary is appropriate as part of the larger coverage of a fictional work. As a result, do not write in-depth when describing a rivalry. Do not write weekly results of the rivalry, only elaborate the most important events that took place during the production time of the pay-per-view, which is generally the time between the previous pay-per-view and the weeks leading to the event which is being expanded. If the rivalry extends from a long period of time, briefly summarize how it began. Important events during a week or a show, such as in-ring segments or matches, should be briefly summarized.

In this section, the wrestler's ring name and birth name in a Wrestler A stage name([[Wrestler A birth/legal name]]) format should be used. The wrestler's birth name should only be mentioned and linked the first time it appears. Unless the wrestler is commonly known by his ring name, which means that they gained prominence under that name, it is unnecessary to list their birth/legal name. If elaborations of matches, gimmicks, or wrestling concepts are explained in this section, they should not be linked or explained at any later point in the article, as that is repetitive and does not adhere to the overlinking guideline of Wikipedia. To avoid wrestling jargon, professional wrestling moves should be explained in a brief and neutral point of view. Writing the name of the wrestling move and then the explanation of how the move is performed should be avoided because it produces grammatical errors in the prose. For example, if the term "chokeslam" is being used, it should not be written in the following format...

The Undertaker then performed a chokeslam, a move where The Undertaker grabs the opponent by the throat, lifts them up, and then slams them down to the mat, on Kane.

Note the length of the sentence and grammatical errors produced by the use of excessive commas. The same term can be explained and pipelinked in the following format...

The Undertaker performed a chokeslam on Henry, lifting him by the throat and slamming him down.

If the name of a move is a nickname for the actual term, such as the "Batista Bomb" for the sitout powerbomb, the nickname should be in quotation marks. For moves that are more technical than others, like the sitout powerbomb, a brief overview of the move should be explained to avoid a sentence of great length and grammatical errors. For example...

Batista then executed a "Batista Bomb", in which he lifted and sat Cena on his shoulders, and slammed him down to the mat.

In general, moves should not be described in the background section because this information would only be present if the editor is inserting week-by-week, play-by-play information into a prose on a rivalry. The exception is if the move was performed outside an official match. Submission holds, and how they are performed, do not have to be described such as throws and attacks because holds require steps that are explained in great length, as a result, it is best to simply wikilink them. Both submissions and pinfalls should be described as scoring conditions in a match, depending whether the match is a variant. Pinning variations, such as the roll-up, should be briefly outlined as to how they are performed. This section should contain details as to the match that wrestlers will compete in. The name of match type in which the wrestlers will fight in, a brief explanation as to details surrounding the match type and its objective, should be given. For example, if the term "ladder match" is used. The match type and its explanation should be written in a format that first introduces the transition to the match, the match type, and a brief explanation of the match type.

The following match was a ladder match, where the objective was to climb a ladder and retrieve an object suspended in the air by a cable.

If the match is in an enclosure based match, such as an Elimination Chamber, it should be written in the same format as above but giving a brief explanation of how the ring has been altered for the match.

The main event was an Elimination Chamber match, featuring wrestlers fighting in a ring surrounded by a steel structure of chain and girders, called the "Chamber". In this match, two wrestlers began the match while four others were locked in pods made of acrylic glass; they were released at time intervals until all six competitors were inside the Chamber. Eliminations occurred through pinfalls and submissions.

If the match is a singles match, the jargon based name can be used as long as its later explain that it is a "standard wrestling match," which implies that it is a bout contested under regular wrestling standards. If the match is a tag team match, no explanation is necessary as it is a common term that does not require an explanation.


The event section should contain details of the pay-per-view itself. This section should contain an elaboration of every match that occurred during the event, including dark matches, or matches that were taped such as for WWE Heat, before the pay-per-view (if any). When writing this section, transitions should be used from paragraph to paragraph. For example, the first paragraph can begin with..

The first match was Samoa Joe versus John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match.

While the next match could begin with

The next (or The following) match was etc..

If the gimmick of the match is elaborated in the background section, there is no need to repeat the elaboration again here. In addition, if the name of the wrestler was written in the format mentioned above in the background section in that section, there is no need to link or write it in that format here, unless that name has not appeared anywhere else above in the article. Only the most important moments during a match that affected the outcome of it should be covered; play-by-play detailing should be avoided, which includes detailing back and forth wrestling. The guideline on describing moves, as outlined in the background section, should be applied here as well. If during a match, a controversial event takes place, such as an interference or a wrestler knocking down a referee, it needs to be noted that as a part of the storyline (or it was scripted) that the said wrestler or referee interfered or was knocked down, respectively.

Matches during the event should only be covered; relatively, backstage segments should not be covered unless they are considered notable. Certain examples of where backstage segments may be notable would be for instance at December to Dismember, where Sabu was found injured backstage. This section should also be split into two subsections, one labeled preliminary matches and the other labeled main event matches. In the main level two header labeled event, the pre-show (dark matches, pre-taped match, etc.) should be covered. In the first level three header, the preliminary matches should be covered, which are the matches that received low promotion by the company.. In the final level three header, the highly promoted matches should be covered; for instance, the most hyped preliminary matches should be in this section, as should the matches from the main event (which are generally the final two matches). The highly promoted preliminary matches are to be included in this section because the term main event refers to bouts that were mainly advertised by a company, and these matches were the only ones under the main events to receive high advertising.

When elaborating the ending of a match, a description of the process of how it ended and the scoring condition as to how a wrestler won the match, should be given, while adhering to the move description guideline outlined in the background section. For example..

After hitting him with a sledgehammer, Triple H covered Shawn Michaels for the pinfall.


Cena then performed the Attitude Adjustment on Michaels, in which he lifted and threw Michaels off his shoulders down to the mat. This followed with Cena gaining a pinfall.

If the move was already describe earlier in the article, there is no need in elaborating how it is performed again.


The aftermath section should contain details of the "aftermath" of the rivalries outlined in the article. In this section, a brief overview of what occurred after the event should be elaborated. When elaborating the aftermath of a feud, only the important events that affected the feud afterwards should be explained in this section. The difference of writing this section and background is that this section should go in even less detail on the aftermath. Generally, the aftermath should be one paragraph, which states straightforward on what occurred after the event. If staged rivalries completely stopped, or whether they continued for several months afterwards, it needs to be elaborated in this section in the briefest way possible.

Aside from the aftermath of rivalries, a subsection should be included labeled reception. In this section, a reception to the event should be included. This subsection should be at least one paragraph long. This section should include the attendance for the event, the ticket sales from the attendance, and the buyrate of the pay-per-view, if that information is available from reliable sources. Aside from economy, reception by a critic should also be included; an example of a critic is Canadian Online Explorer and their professional wrestling section SLAM! Sports – wrestling. In general, critics don't have to be from reliable sources, but they should be from sources that have a reputation for their reviews. Another example would be or (these are only reliable for criticism). After elaborating this information, a reception to the DVD, VHS, and/or Blu-ray Disc of the event should also be included. If the media is ranked by a major sales chart, for example on Billboard, that information should be included. Other DVD information that may be included is reviews from major critics like Rotten Tomatoes.


The results section should only list the results of each match, the order in which they occurred, the stipulation of the match, and the amount of time that each match took. Other details of the match should be established in the event section. The results of the event should be written in a table, shown below:

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Kurt Angle (c) defeated Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 32:08
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See {{Pro Wrestling results table}} for instructions on how to use the table.

  • The no. column represents the order in which the matches took place. If the article is about a future event, the order should be based on the order in which they were announced.
  • The results column contains the match result and should be modeled after the following example: "[Wrestler A] defeated [Wrestler B]".
    • If the match ended in disqualification, countout, or submission, it should proceed the example above with "by [decision]".
    • If the match ended in no contest or draw, the result should read: "[Wrestler A] vs. [Wrestler B] ended in a [decision]".
    • In the case of a battle royal, the result should read: "[Winner] won by last eliminating [Final eliminated participant]". The other participants may be noted below the table, if covered by a reliable source.
  • The stipulations column is any other information relating to the match itself, such as the type of match, any championships being contested for, or a storyline stipulation in the match. The first word in each row under this column should be capitalized.
    • If the match is contested in a standard singles match, "singles match" should be listed. Similarly, if the match is a standard tag team match, "Tag team match" should be used.
    • If a championship is contested in a match type, it should be listed as "[Match type] for the [...] Championship", e.g. "Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship".
    • If the match is contested in a different match type, the stipulations column should list the match type, e.g. "Steel cage match".
    • If there is a stipulation to a championship or non-championship match, it should also be listed, e.g. "Singles match; had Cena lost he would have had to join The Nexus.".
  • The times column should contain the length of each match as provided by a reliable source. If the time is not available, it should be listed as "N/A".

Note: It is okay to wikilink articles in this section because tables are the only exceptions to the overlinking guideline of Wikipedia.


Every pay-per-view article should contain a section labeled references, which is where the references are to appear when the {{Reflist}} template is used. If more than twenty references are used, the list should be formatted to stretch multiple columns, which can be done by using the extra parameter, {{Reflist|30em}}.

External links

The final section (which is not mandatory) should contain relevant external links to the pay-per-view article. Examples would include the official website of the event, the website of the venue of the event, or a profile page by a pay-per-view provider. This links should be written in alphabetical order, as shown below.

  • Reliant park official website
  • WrestleMania official website

Aside from external links, if there are any relevant templates to the article, it should be placed under the external links. Alternately, if there are no external links, the article should end with the references section and any templates should be placed below the references. Every event article should also contain relevant categories, which are placed below the templates (if any).

Thank you for adhering to the above guidelines,
WP:PW members.

Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Wikipedia:WikiProject Professional wrestling/Style guide"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA