The WWE has been known to use unique terminology, often replacing traditional wrestling terms with more entertainment-focused ones. One term that has been notably absent from WWE programming is “wrestler”.

In a recent podcast interview on After The Bell, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus expressed confusion over the company’s decision to ban the use of the term “wrestler”. Despite being a professional wrestling organization, WWE has replaced “wrestler” with more commercialized terms like “superstar” or “sports entertainer”. Stratus admitted to not knowing why the term ‘wrestler’ was banned in WWE.

“I love Tori Wilson and Stacy Keibler, but this is a wrestling….I don’t know why we don’t say wrestling for some reason. I don’t know why, because I’m a wrestler and we work for World Wrestling Entertainment. But yeah, I mean, I’d like to see, maybe a wrestler maybe get into the Hall of Fame next, maybe like Victoria would be great.”

This shift in language has sparked debate among fans and industry professionals. Some believe that replacing the term “wrestler” diminishes the legitimacy of the sport and the hard work and dedication of wrestlers in the industry. Others argue that it’s part of WWE’s branding strategy, positioning itself as more of an entertainment entity rather than a pure wrestling organization.


As a well-respected figure in the industry, Trish’s comments have generated significant interest and discussion among fans and industry insiders alike.

What do you think about WWE’s decision to replace the term “wrestler” with more entertainment-focused terms like “superstar” or “sports entertainer”? Leave a comment below.

Steve Carrier

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