Find a good school. Find out who the trainer is at the school and watch the guy work, if he wants $3000 and he sucks, stay away, if he want you to set up the ring and can work like crazy, do whatever he says. If the guy wants you to sell popcorn, shirts, ref the matches, anything like that instead of paying (unlikely to happen, but it happened for me) then do it. Don't give your moeny to someone whos going to suck it up his nose. Don't try to learn from someone who can't bump, or sell, or who makes A-Train look good. Best advice I know to give ya.
--Get a college education before anything else. The chance of failure or injury in the wrestling business is very very high, so you need a reasonable backup.
--Only go to a school with a good reputation, one that preferably has produced well-known wrestlers.
--Be ready for the pain. Lots of it. Personally, I'm the type of guy who if I get a nagging injury ranging from a strained muscle to a paper cut, I will continuously feel bothered by it until it is fully healed. I reckon in the wrestling business, it's rare for one to not have a nagging injury at all times..even after your days are done. If you're not prepared to give it your all with broken body parts, wounds and all types of illnesses happening at once..all while traveling miles and miles without much pay or rest..then it's not for you.
I agree with those who think it's probably not a good idea, which is, I'm sure, not something you expected to hear from so many wrestling fans.
Get a high-school diploma, get a college education, because as Dominic Denucci said to Mick Foley, “Don't-a think you're-a gonna make any money doing this bullshit.” Wrestling isn't all WWE and NWA-TNA, you know... most of the world's professional wrestlers are living from paycheck to paycheck, driving from state to state every night to make bookings, and doing their best to get that one big break and get invited to try out for a bigger promotion.
If you're not willing to make the committment to injury and to insomnia, fughettaboutit, as they say in Brooklyn. But if you are, get the education, and also you should probably gain some amateur background in Olympic-style wrestling, tae kwon do, jujitsu, and other forms of combat. This'll help you create a unique wrestling style that should help you stand out over the punch-kick guys.
I'd take speech class in high school, to get used to public speaking. If you can't handle speech class, how ya gonna handle cutting wrestling promos?
I'd come up with a unique persona and ring name, something that stands out without being too wacky or corny. Get a good trainer, someone who cares about seeing you improve, not someone who sees you as a punching bag or a way to make extra money. Hint: Avoid the Warrior Academy, or your money will feel the ultimate pain of DESTRUCITY~!!
You should maybe read some wrestlers' biographies for suggestions on who's a good trainer and who isn't. Mick Foley's Have a Nice Day talks about Foley's training in detail.
Train constantly, but stay away from performance-enhancing drugs-- that shit just screws you up in the long run. If you can't maintain a good body without that stuff, then wrestling probably isn't for you.
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FWA is the biggest promotion we have at the moment (actually if you have SKY TV then you can watch them on the wrestling channel - its new ch.423 or something round there) =. You can have a look at their training at FWAtraining.co.uk - its a good reputable school that will teach you how to work
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the FWA school is brilliant i started training there when i was 16 with my parents consent and some money from them which was very kool, but while i was there i was living with relatives who were very strict and expected me to pay my way around their house with a job and its very hard to juggle both. in the end i had to admit defeat and move home as people have already said its very difficult and strenuoous, if u can get such an opportunity its probably worth at least having a go coz u never know until u try. wot ever u do, dont buy into any of the backyard bullshit i know a few ppl who do it and its not worth the time and its not worth ur body, if u really want to do this i suggest the FWA. i hope this has been helpful to u and good luck.
No, I'm not buying into the backyard bullshit. I think it's stupid to cut yourself open that way. I would not even think of doing that. Yes, FWA does sound appealing, but I am staying on in school and getting an education anyway.
I'm currently training with the RBW promotion under Keith Myatt - 20 years as one of the UK's top heels. Most of the UK promotions have their own training school. Check out FWA, NWA Hammerlock, Revolution British Wrestling, Future-Shock Wrestling (F-SW has the only 20' ring in the UK)and Garage Gym. They all have web sites packed with useful information. Most schools require you to pay by the session, most of them are under £10.
Get the education, and be prepared for the bumps...lots of them. It hurts like fuck, but the chance to wrestle in front of a live audience cannot be missed if you have the dedication and commitment.
Originally posted by ekedolphinWrestling isn't all WWE and NWA-TNA, you know... most of the world's professional wrestlers are living from paycheck to paycheck, driving from state to state every night to make bookings
Like a lot of the guys in TNA.
Originally posted by ekedolphinTrain constantly, but stay away from performance-enhancing drugs-- that shit just screws you up in the long run. If you can't maintain a good body without that stuff, then wrestling probably isn't for you.
If you wanna get anywhere major, get on the juice. If you're the very rare physical specimen like John Cena (supposedly) then I guess you can avoid it.
Originally posted by ScottieKStonesIf you wanna get anywhere major, get on the juice. If you're the very rare physical specimen like John Cena (supposedly) then I guess you can avoid it.
Thats bullshit dude. You dont NEED steroids to get big. You need to know what you are doing in the gym, eat the right things, and not do stupid shit which hinders you from being healthy overall (ie excessive drinking, any drugs, smoking, partying all night, etc, not straining yourself, etc). A perfectly cut bodybuilder physique is not necessary, though certainly it raises one's chances. However, building up natural muscle, especially if you are as young as 16, is a much healthier and practical solution. What if you juice up, and dont end up wrestling after a few years? You're a 'roided up freakshow sitting at a desk at a computer. You have health problems down the road because of something that you took to help you in a job you will never have again. Think about the long term here.
Well, he didn't say you needed them to get big. He said you needed them to get in WWE. Which you do. So I agree with Scott. Get on the sauce, daddy.
No OK don't. At 16, it would probably be much better just to be in really good shape, so though you might (will) not be a wrestler, at least you'll be physically fit and totally hot for, yes, the ladies. Unless you ARE a lady, in which case, you'll need implants instead of steroids.
Originally posted by samoflangeand not do stupid shit which hinders you from being healthy overall (ie excessive drinking, any drugs, smoking, partying all night, etc, not straining yourself, etc).
Are we talking about pro wrestlers or not?
But yeah don't take steroids until someone tells you you're good enough to need them.
The argument isn't about being able to maintain a "good body," it's about being able to maintain a sports entertainment good body while working a lot and doing stupid shit which hinders you from being healthy overall.
Originally posted by CurlymessyfringeI was thinking of becoming a wrstler. I'm 16, so I'm not really that sure. What do you need to become a wrestler? Especially in the Uk, where wrestling schools are not as popular.
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When RVD graduated from high school, he weighed 170 lbs. He worked out, he trained, he went to a good wrestling school. He was dedicated. He's muscular, but he doesn't have a super pumped physique, and he's probably not on the juice. He's a good wrestler. Get an education. If you've got a wrestling team at your high-school, start there. Learn how to wrestle on the matt.
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Originally posted by StiltonWhen RVD graduated from high school, he weighed 170 lbs. He worked out, he trained, he went to a good wrestling school. He was dedicated. He's muscular, but he doesn't have a super pumped physique, and he's probably not on the juice. He's a good wrestler. Get an education. If you've got a wrestling team at your high-school, start there. Learn how to wrestle on the matt.
This brings up another good piece of advice: be a good athlete.
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