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Chris Lewis Carter | Word Riot
Short Stories | December 15, 2010

Kayfabe by Chris Lewis Carter

Listen to a podcast of Chris Lewis Carter’s “Kayfabe.”

kayfabe n. the showbiz and stagecraft of professional wrestling, including the ring personas of professional wrestlers, especially when maintained in public.

     “Ladies and gentlemen, this next bout is for the No Limits Wrestling championship!“     The announcer’s voice is washed out by hundreds of screaming fans — although ‘fans’ hardly seems like the right word. More like people who’ve spent the last three hours crammed inside a shitty high-school gymnasium, drinking dollar-beers and gorging themselves on snacks. They’ve been growing restless ever since the Wonder Wizards versus the Aztec Assassins ran