Let me ask you a question this week. If I asked you to think about a popular way for a manager to interfere in a match, what would you say?
I’d probably be tempted to go with the age old grabbing of a foot to stop a wrestler or the climb onto the apron to distract the referee. You might choose something different and that’s fine too.
What I want to point out today is an example of a great alternative distraction that I don’t feel like you see a lot. In the match that I was watching the face was getting the better of the heel early in the match and went up to the top rope.
What happened at that point was that the female manager of the heel started shouting at the face, not grabbing a foot, not even yelling from on the apron. There was no physical interaction between the manager and the face but what she was yelling was a legitimate reason for the face to take his eyes off the heel for a moment allowing the heel to push him off the top rope to the floor.
I loved this spot for a number of reasons. Firstly, there was no danger of the referee looking like an idiot, he didn’t have to look away at just the right time or ignore what was going on because nothing was illegal. Secondly, it was smart. The manager saw the risk and started hurling words up that we’re going to make the face stop and draw his attention. It made the manager and the heel seem really in tune and on the same page.
Here are my standard warning notes though, if you want to do this then you have to make what the manager says meaningful enough for the face to take notice. Make it personal or threatening to someone, don’t just shout random stuff at them.