Originally Posted by CastorTroy
Is there any set rule for wrestlers staying in character while doing interviews? Under what circumstances can they break character?
I prefer to read interviews with wrestlers when they're just being themselves and talking about who they like to work with, etc as opposed to guys who just seem to be slagging off their upcoming opponent.
in the older days when kayfabe was really preserved it was strongly enforced. nowadays wrestling fans are too sophisticated to believe that faces and heels really hate each other. in most mainstream interviews, they are out of character but they do preserve kayfabe in a little way. they will acknowledge that the storylines aren't real but they do pretend that the matches are actual competition. they'll just avoid saying the matches are scripted. it's only on WWE.com interviews that they'll stay in character
some wrestlers do try to exploit this to build excitement in their feuds. Gail Kim said in an interview that she wouldn't like anyone to believe that her and Awesome Kong were good friends behind the scenes during their feud and earlier than that her and Jacqueline kept a lot of people backstage guessing whether or not they actually really hated each other when they were feuding. and she got annoyed when Melina tweeted her fans that their little feud on Superstars last year was just a storyline