As a child, I was fascinated by the world of wrestling. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), then WWF, was a glitzy universe populated by noble heroes and sneaky heels engaged in over-the-top battles. But even as a child, I knew that all of this was staged—the drama, the competition, the relationships, even the results were all predetermined rather than genuine.
As I grew up, I learnt that there was a word to describe this—kayfabe—“the willing suspension of disbelief that is used to create aspects such as feuds and gimmicks in a manner similar to other forms of fictional entertainment.”
It turns out that kayfabe is no longer restricted to the world of wrestling.