Reading the very beginning of the first chapter of Drawing Heat, I immediately became intrigued by the secrecy and mysticism of the wrestling world. If you were a cog in the machine of wrestling, then you were allowed to know the ins and outs. But if you were not, it all (intentionally) remained a mystery. Freedman tries to interview some of the head honchos in the business and is unsatisfied by the results. Their responses seemed scripted, their physical appearance staged. They seemed to rattle off the answers they always gave. Because they were the answers they always gave. Just like the first rule of Fight Club, kayfabe is wrestling's first rule. A rule that should never be broken.
Granted, this was the 80's and I'm sure the veil of mystery was a bit more opaque then. But there's still a great deal of charade today. When I was interviewing Jason, I could tell he was being careful with his words. And even after the interview, there were certain things he wanted me to go back and take out and rephrase. He had an image to maintain and a veil to keep up. Fans may know certain truths about wrestling and certain aspects of the business are understood by all to be a facade, but everyone still goes along with it. Wrestlers and managers and fans alike maintain kayfabe. Everyone does their part to treat the spectacle as if it were completely real and true. It's an unspoken understanding. And it's part of what makes wrestling so fun and exciting to watch.