Henry Cejudo Breaks the Golden Rule of Pro Wrestling After His AEW Debut

Published 05/29/2020, 4:19 AM EDT


All Elite Wrestling has been on a roll in the past few weeks. After a blockbuster night at Double or Nothing, the promotion has presented some spectacular episodes of Dynamite with the recent brawl between Mike Tyson and Chris Jericho getting unprecedented attention for the company. Another man who has been in the spotlight is former Olympic gold medalist and UFC legend Henry Cejudo.

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The American mixed martial artist has been acting as an ally of Iron Mike in his beef with Y2J. Needless to say, fans are dying to see  Cejudo mix it up with Jericho and his Inner Circle. However, recent actions by Cejudo have left a sour taste in their mouths.

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A video has been doing the rounds on social media where Cejudo can clearly be seen breaking kayfabe. Triple C can be seen making a video where he is enjoying a laugh with Chris Jericho backstage.

Why are fans criticizing Henry Cejudo? 

Now, many of you might think that this is just overreaction as kayfabe is a myth in modern pro wrestling. WWE has acknowledged that fact and it repeatedly telecasts programs like 24 on the WWE Network where on-screen rivals are seen chilling with each other behind the scenes.

However, for the core fanbase of Professional Wrestling, this is what has pushed them away from the company. Even if fans know that the action is scripted, they want the realism associated with the product to sustain.

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If you recall, the most popular days of wrestling in the Attitude era saw superstars like Steve Austin and The Rock maintain kayfabe even when they are not in action. Recently, Broken Matt Hardy became popular because of this strict adherence to his character even during interviews.

AEW has been developed by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks on the premise of being a different product. They had pledged to save professional wrestling by taking it away from cheap theatrics to some real cold-blooded action.

It can be argued that Henry Cajudo being seen with Jericho backstage takes a lot of steam away from this angle. These are the avoidable mistakes which the company needs to do away with.

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Do you think kayfabe is still an integral part of the business?

 

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Aryan Sharma

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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