eWE: Style Guide
Below is a style guide to creating professional wrestling articles established by consensus among participants of E-Wrestling Encyclopedia. Please discuss this guide on the E-Wrestling Encyclopedia talk page or Style Guide talk if you have any ideas about how to fine tune these guidelines.


  • The phrase "the late" should be removed before the names of now deceased wrestlers.
  • Apply proper capitalization and wording to headings. The headings should follow normal English sentence capitalization rules with the first word capitalized, with the rest being lower case, unless requiring capitalization for a specific reason, e.g. proper nouns, acronyms, etc. The slash character should be used as little as possible. Use "and" or "or" instead.


Per trademarks, naming conventions (capitalization), and manual of Style (capital letters):

  • In referencing both the show and brand, WWE's Monday night program is to be written Raw, with only an initial capital letter.
  • CamelCases are optional on Wikipedia, but in the interest of uniformity, WWE's Friday night program is SmackDown, with a capital S and capital D. Post-January 2008 SmackDown references should be written without an exclamation point.
  • Likewise, TNA's Thursday night program is written Impact!, with only an initial capital letter and an exclamation point.


Per Manual of Style (titles), Manual of Style (text formatting), and Manual of Style (music):

  • In referencing a brand, Raw, ECW, and SmackDown are to be written with no italics when used in scenarios such as:
    • "The Raw pay-per-view, New Year's Revolution" A pay-per-view is hosted by a brand(s), not a television show.
    • "ECW General Manager, Armando Estrada" In kayfabe, a General Manager isn't just in charge of a television show, but a brand entirely
    • "Edge moved from Raw to SmackDown" Roster members belong to a brand, not a television show.
    • "The main feud from the Raw brand" Nothing is more obvious than when the word "brand" is used.
  • Italics are only to be used when referencing a show such as in these scenarios:
    • "The January 21 edition of Raw"
    • "100th episode of ECW"
    • "The week before on SmackDown"
  • Taglines are to be written with italics and in quotation marks.
  • Album titles are to be written with italics and song titles with quotation marks.
  • Pay-per-view events are to be written with no italics.

Professional wrestler biographies

This is the formatting used when creating or editing a professional wrestler article:

First add a lead paragraph about the wrestler, then add their professional wrestling profile using the {{Wrestler}} template.


  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Birthday:
  • Hometown:
  • Trained by:
  • Debut:
  • Previous identities:

Add metric conversions for all wrestler heights and weights, including new entries. Make sure feet and inches are represented as "ft" and "in" and pounds are listed as "lb".

Note that SI weight should be rounded to the nearest kilogram and height should be rounded to the nearest centimeter.

(If a large number of items is in any of the sections, place them into a subsection)


Summarize the career of the wrestler, but make sure you leave it to major events and key points. Try not to include week-by-week synopsis of what that wrestler did on whatever show they're on.

Finishing and signature moves

  • Finishing move without a special name
  • Moonsault
  • Signature move without a special name
  • Dropkick
  • Finishing move with a special name
  • Western Lariat
  • Signature move with a special name
  • Orange Crush

If a wrestler uses multiple kinds of the same move commonly (suplex, powerbomb, etc.) it may help to list them like this:

  • Multiple kinds of suplexes
  • Exploder suplex
  • Fisherman suplex
  • Northern lights suplex

Finishers should be listed alphabetically first, regardless of frequency of use or time of use, then regular moves in the same manner, per organization

Championships and accomplishments

Championships and accomplishments are to be followed like in this example:

  • World Wrestling Entertainment
  • World Tag Team Championship (List of World Tag Team Champions - 4 times) - with Marty Jannetty (1), Bob Holly (1) and Kane (2)
  • WWE Championship (List of WWE Champions - 2 times)
  • King of the Ring (2006)
  • Royal Rumble (2005)
  • Royal Rumble (2006)

Please note that:

  1. The name of the promotion is in bold.
  2. The part proceeding the championship/accomplishment name (i.e. 2 times, 4 time, 2005, 2006) are linking to the list of champions for that accomplishment.
  3. Promotions are to be listed alphabetically, with titles won in each promotion alphabetically per organization
  4. Accomplishments (like King of the Ring and Royal Rumble) come after Championship title belts (like the WWE Championship and the World Tag Team Championship).
  5. If an accomplishment (like the Royal Rumble or King of the Ring) is accomplished twice, that it is listed in chronological order (see example above).

Professional wrestling events

When writing professional wrestling shows there are a few important rules to follow:

  • Add the {{Wrestling event}} to the top of the article and fill in the details.
  • Before writing any matches out state the date, venue, location and theme song (if applicable).
  • Results and match previews should be written in dot points, not breaks.
  • When writing upcoming show matches, only gimmick matches and championships go in bold. Participants remain in normal font.
    • e.g. triple threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shelton Benjamin (c) versus Carlito versus Johnny Nitro
    • If one or more of the competitors or championship is unknown (such as the situation following the Royal Rumble), list the unknown opponent as "TBA" or "TBD" and (if the championship is a World Title) the title as "World Heavyweight Championship match".
  • When writing results, the table formatting should be as follows:
# Results Stipulations Times
9 Batista (c) defeated The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh). Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 06:57

Wrestling maneuver pages

  • Change "attacker" to "wrestler" and "victim" to "opponent" in move articles.

List of Champions tables

When writing tables for a list of champions, they should appear as this:

Wrestler(s): Reign #: Date: Location of match: Notes:
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers 1 April 29, 1963 Washington, D.C. Rogers was awarded the title with the explanation of him defeating Antonino Rocca in the finals of a (fictitious) tournament in March 1963 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion.
Bruno Sammartino 1 May 17, 1963 New York City, NY
Ivan Koloff 1 January 18, 1971 New York City, NY

What to include in the notes section for each reign:

  • If the new champion defeated someone other than the old champion
  • If the new champion received the title outside the match.
  • Match types that weren't straight one-on-one
  • When the title was vacated

What NOT to include in the notes section for each reign:

  • What move they used to win
  • Who interfered
  • Title defenses, unless it relates to how the title was vacated


Warning notes to editors may be included in sections that are subject to constant, unnecessary or unencyclopedic change. Remember, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a dedicated professional wrestling site.

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PPV Guidelines

Manual of Style (MoS)

When working with pay-per-view articles, you should use the following headings for the main body of the article:


What each section should contain

The lead of the article should contain brief details of the event, for instance, the date of the event and where the event was. It should also contain details of the main matches on the card, with a brief overview of them. The lead should contain at least two or three paragraphs. Anything less, and the lead may be considered too small. Other major important details may be put into the lead, for instance, the Survivor Series (1997) lead would possibly outline the Montreal screw job.

The background section should contain details on the three or four main feuds leading into a pay-per-view. This must go significantly in-depth. For major pay-per-views, for instance WrestleMania's, you should be covering at least five or six feuds. You are welcome to cover more than three or four feuds if you wish too.

The event section should contain details of the pay-per-view itself, including dark matches that took place before the pay-per-view (if any). You should only cover the matches, you should not really cover backstage segments, unless it is considered notable. Certain examples of where backstage segments may be notable would be for instance at December to Dismember (2006), where Sabu was found injured backstage, or at WrestleMania 23 where a dance segment took place backstage.

The aftermath section should contain details of feuds that occurred after the event, whether feuds just completely stopped, or whether they continued for several months afterwards. It may also contain details of any backstage disagreements that occurred or if anyone legitimately quit the company immediately after the event. It should also contain the details about the buyrate for the event, in contrast to previous years. It should also show whether the event was (dis)liked as a whole, giving sources to three/four different websites.

The results section should only list the result of the match, other details of the match should be established in the event section. The results of the event should be written in a table, show below:

# Results Stipulations Times
1 John Cena defeated Triple H Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship 32:08
  • The # represents the order of matches in the event. All numbers in this column should be written within a sort template. If a dark match occurs in the event, it should be sorted as "Dark", the match following that should be sorted as "1."
  • The Results should contain the result of the match and should be modeled after the following example: Wrestler A defeated Wrestler B
  • The Stipulations is any other information relating to the match itself, such as the type of match, any championships on the line, or a stipulation in the match. If a championship is contested in a match type other than a one on one match, it should be listed as Match type for Blank Championship. If the match is contested in a one on one match (and there are no other stipulations), one on one match should not be listed in the stipulations and the column should be left blank. If the match is contested in a different match type (and there is no other stipulation in the match), the stipulation column should only list the match type. If the match is a one on one match and if a championship is not on the line, though, there is a match stipulation, the stipulation should be directly listed.
  • The Times column should contain the length of each match as provided by a reliable source.


There are many sources that you can use for PPV articles. Below is a list of sources you can use:

Official websites
Websites proven reliable
  • Find Articles - Not related to wrestling in any way, but typing in the event your working on in the search box may come up with some very good results.
  • SLAM! Sports - Detailed RAW, SmackDown and ECW results as well as detailed PPV results and wrestler biosback to 1997.
  • Wrestling Observer - The newsletter released by Dave Meltzer
  • Online World of Wrestling - Has profiles on thousands of wrestlers, as well as results of every RAW, SmackDown! and ECW show.
  • - Users should attempt to use the way back machine to find source from in the past
  • PW Torch - a website that has an established newsletter and has been in use since 1987.
Other websites (not yet proven)
  • 411mania - Has reports on many PPV and weekly events (dating back to mid-2000), as well as numerous columns.
  • The History of WWE - Results of every single WWE, WCW and ECW show. Has full-detailed results of some shows and matches - listed here.
  • Wrestling Information Archive - Has results for all of the major shows, as well as WCW and ECW results. Contains PPV buyrates too.
  • Please note, the above websites are currently being discussed for reliability. To discuss this please refer to the Style Guide's talk page.

Although the above websites are reliable, there are several websites that are not reliable. This includes some dirt sheet websites, and blacklisted websites. If you feel that any of the above are not reliable, please discuss at the project talkpage. Do not add any dirt sheets above, or any blacklisted websites above, otherwise your edits will be reverted and removed.

Thank you for adhering towards the above guidelines,
The eWrestling Encyclopedia members.

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