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<a href="/content/The_Shield_(professional_wrestling)" style="color:blue">The Shield</a> performing a <a href="/content/down" style="color:blue">beat down</a> on <a href="/content/Kane_(wrestler)" style="color:blue">Kane</a>
The Shield performing a beat down on Kane

Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable nomenclature throughout its existence.[1] Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals and circuses.[2] In the past, professional wrestlers used such terms in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business.[1][2] In recent years, widespread discussion on the Internet has popularized these terms.[1] Many of the terms refer to the financial aspects of professional wrestling in addition to in-ring terms.[2]

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The act of luring away key talent from one company to another, usually with offers of higher pay. It is sometimes done deliberately to weaken a company by taking away their top draws. Poaching is typically done by larger companies. A more extreme form of poaching, wherein multiple wrestlers from a company are lured away, is referred to as raiding.

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