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Ta2grrl69
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Since: 25.12.03
From: "Holly"wood

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So how many of the guys...or gals for that matter...that frequent these hallowed halls, are actually amateur wrestlers?? I'm curious to know about wrestling schools and the indy curcuit, by those who have actually been a part of them. I have been considering what it would be like to become a pro wrestler but have no real clue what would be expected of me.

So what does the road to the pro's REALLY look like?? How does it affect your partners or kids...if you have them?? How much is it costing you...monetarily, emotionally and physically?? Do you feel that you stand an actual chance of taking what you are learning to the next level?? How about those who have given it a shot but fallen short of the mark...was it worth the chance you took??

Bad days...good days...I'd really like to hear about them!!

Cheers,

Erin



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Since: 22.9.03
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Amatuer wrestlers are what guys do in highschool and college as a legitament sport.

Indy guys would still be considered Pro, because they get paid to do it(well usaully).

Training to be a wrestler... Having a partner or children would be a huge setback. It really doesn't cost all that much to learn, but you wouldn't be making any money either so finding a way to make money would help;), considering you need to live. You have to be tough emotionally and phyically. You would most likely have to travel lots and promote yourself to be known. MANY have fallen short. A very slim percentage of people make it to the big league. Probally not worth the chance for most. It's very easy to be overlooked in the business unless you have something truely special.




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From my association with an indy wrestling organization(not as a wrestler), I was able to observe that the ego and backstage politics you'd associate with the WWE(ie. "HHH holds others down")happens at that minor league level as well. A lot of fighting with the promoter, a lot of mistrust.

There are a lot of injuries, and a lot of mistakes. A lot of small guys as well. On the plus side, there is a loyal fan base, and the interaction with the wrestlers and the fans is like a good friendship.

The money the wrestlers get barely covers gas or cab fare to the venue.
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I'm a referee. Does that count?





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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.63
    Originally posted by Tod deKindes
    I'm a referee. Does that count?


What all is involved in learning the ropes as a ref? I would imagine it's some bump work and a general knowledge of the "rules" of each match.



What are you, some sort of critic?
StaggerLee
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
Read the first Foley book. THAT gives a good discription of how it is to break into the business.



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Ta2grrl69
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Since: 25.12.03
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.66
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Read the first Foley book. THAT gives a good discription of how it is to break into the business.


But I'm more interested in those who are CURRENTLY involved in trying to break into the business...not someone who managed to do it over 15 years ago!! I'm going to run under the assumption that things are a wee bit different now...but I suppose I could be wrong *shrug*
Either way I'd like to hear it from the guys/gals here

Cheers,

Erin



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"I mostly just hurt people"

Forget hypocrite, when Shawn superkicked Benoit and signed on the dotted line, the first thing to go through my head was "Now I *KNOW* Jesus wouldn't do that" FurryHippie
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As far as the sacrifices or obstacles you will encounter, I really doubt things have changed since Foley's day, should be a good read for you. As a matter of fact, reading your post, the book pretty much covers alot of what you enquire.
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