I've noticed that RPs and matches have started to go into this territory. While rare, it's increased even in my writing. My only note on this, and going into next season is there are a few rules when doing this.
"In my experience, breaking the fourth wall is risky, because it's extremely confronting for the person you're talking to. We don't just like to picture ourselves as authentic characters in conversation, we rely on the idea that the other we're addressing is a coherent, authentic character as well. When I break the fourth wall, you have two options: you can also concede your fallibility, you can open your eyes to your own moments of inauthenticity, or, you can retain the illusion of your own integrity, and view me as a suddenly weak and comical character, without a leg to stand on and clearly stupid and irrational."
Basically just like any violence, any action seen as severe, imo this should be done for a reason, and very very sparingly. If the action brackets are to speak directly to the viewer, if the characters are to speak directly to the audience, if a dream sequence or a shoot comment finds its way into our roleplaying, that require a 'suspension of disbelief' then it must be done with respect to the integrity of the entire piece and card on which it's part of.
So just be careful and make sure it's appropriate. Normally most feds wouldn't allow it all, but all of us are good enough to know what we're doing and when to do it. Just like your character development, stay true to the full document and you will be just fine. If anyone wants to add anything, please do.
And Marissa Monet, given her creative control, will no sell this only to continue her ascent into Viper-territory.
The only problem with the fourth wall in our terms is that this is simulated live television. The wrestlers know there are cameras and fans and TV people watching so talking to them isn't all that jarring. Technically, a wrestling promo is the breach of the 4th wall. It's a soliloquy and monologue directly to the audience and the audience is often included. So the 4th wall breaking action brackets that Geoff has been doing (and I've sometimes stolen :P ) are just giving the viewer its rightful place in the story.
Now DEATHKNELL's third person narratives may break the 4th wall in a different way by excluding the viewer and taking the presentation out of the medium.
OK, I'll try again, this time with more than three minutes to get my reply started, finished, and proof-read because I typo'd the crap out of it...
Breaking the fourth wall depends on two things - the character, and also where it's going.
In the case of Eraser, he'd constantly break the fourth wall because his character was always smarky and it fit, so he'd drop in (sometimes oblique) references to WWE, TNA, ROH, ECW, WCW, NOAH and Dragon Gate, as well as throw in a few insider terms.
However, I did out-Loose Cannon Brian Pillman in one fed by taking it even further, by saying the guy I was "feuding with" (read: I was made to look a jobber every show, regardless of RP quality or whatever) wasn't this big, bad killer heel when the cameras stopped rolling, he was going for drinks with him and his buddies (on both side of the face/heel divide) after shows, and basically obliterating e-fabe. But I wanted out of that fed so bad I didn't mind fucking with some of the pricks running the place.
As for Patterson, I have chucked in one or two blunt jabs at TNA, but that's in case Jeremy Borash in on the mailing list for this fed as well. He does play on the idea the crowd don't see him as "pure" enough and getting put down by commentators and other members of the roster alike, but that's on the straight and narrow e-fabe wise.
Oh man I _hate_ it when people reference real life wrestlers. I don't get that here, but in board feds I've seen so and so trained with CM Punk in ROH or was schooled by Dean Malenko etc... I don't even like it when people say "Codebreaker: Chris Jericho's Finisher" on their bio forms. That being said, we do call things a Kawada Kick, a Michinoku Driver, a Space Flying Tiger Drop, a Thesz Press...
Not to digress, but please never encourage e-wrestlers to use real actual wrestlers in any way. It's the main reason I don't like using famous poser pics.
After all, they don't exist in this world. If they did, I would hire them. Not you.
That being said, pop culture is referenced a lot in this federation, but could we reference say a Brock Lesnar? He's an MMA guy. Now. I'd say.... I don't know.
I do think that there's a difference between breaking the fourth wall in dialogue versus in descriptors. It's true that in the cold hard factual section of what we do that it should be kept as contained as possible. But if the descriptors in the brackets are meant to convey not just action but atmosphere, then some playful fourth wall breaking could be justified.
Or to put it another way, if we're aiming for a character to not take himself/herself seriously, then some limited form of fourth wall breaking is okay even by the quote you put up at the top. If we are trying to "open our eyes to moments of inauthenticity", then isn't that the way to go?
Of course, I could just be misunderstanding the whole thing.