bonerlaw wrote:mohicankid, I have even more respect for what you do now!
Been watching Hulk Hogans: Celebrity Championship Wrestling, and it just highlights how much effort and training must be put in for a match to look good!
Also, how much you have to trust your opponent, and the risk of injury! Saw Dennis Rodman land a poor flying closeline from the 2nd turnbuckle and one of the Nasty Boys (think its Nobbs), and both were injured down to poor execution!
Its bloody good viewing, I would recommend it to any wrestling fan!
Yeah, that's a good one to watch. Most of us wrestling fans know only too well the amount of hard work and effort that goes into the matches, which is why it's so damn frustrating when somebody comes along and sneers at us with disdain and says 'It's all fake, you know!'.
In the same way, a lot of hard work and effort goes into cheographing fight scenes and stunts for action films....you don't hear anybody moaning that the actors in films aren't really
trying to hurt each other, do you? So why do they get so annoyed by pro wrestling being staged? It's entertainment, it should just be enjoyed for what it is
, but the people involved also deserve the utmost respect for the sheer hard work that it takes to present a quality show to the fans.
fixed,staged,choriographed,fake...these are all words "thrown" about when disscussing wrestling, the truth is, its not "fixed" as that would be saying that it was supposed to be a legitimate competition,so you are knocking down the argument that wrestling is "fake", its not. 99.9% of pro wrestling holds/throws are based on legitimate holds/throws and they all hurt, some a little, some a lot..if this were not so, then why would so many pro wrestlers suffer from pain killer addictions? some would say that injuries only happen when wrestling goes wrong, becouse its all choriographed or staged(meaning rehearsed)...but its not...wrestlers train for years untill certain things become second nature, the way your opponant takes an arm/leg/head, the way they stand/walk/lay/crawl, every litle thing you see a wrestler do in...and out of the ring is a form of comunication, with the opponent,the ref', the fans and the people in the back,the subtlest of actions speak a thousend words.
contrary to popular belief, wrestlers have verry little communication before a match, most don't turn up until 20 mins before the opening bell! if you watch my tag match at the begining of this thread you will see a match that was done completly on the fly....i was busy and turned up litteraly as my entrance music came on....didn't know i was in a tag match...hadn't even met the person i started out with untill i got to the ring..thats where the hardest part of wrestling comes in...trust!
i go into every match and put my body, even my life into the hands of a complete stranger and trust that he knows what he is doing..and respect that he is doing the same with me..sometimes people lie their way in and people get hurt...thats the risk we take!
we (on the inside) call wrestling a "WORK
" becouse thats what we do, we take legitmate holds and work them, so that whilst making them look as legit as possible, we are not maming each other,
we "work the crowd" we make them cheer or boo, shout insults or laugh, and occasionaly we make even the most unbelieving of punters wince and wonder...."was he meant to do that?"
its all psycholodgy...the lights, the music, the bright costumes, the colours worn by wrestlers (hero's bright, villains dark) the actions in the ring, all these things used correctly allow us to treat the whole crowd, be it 50 or 5000 people, like our own personal puppets!
so to sum it up
wrestling is neither fixed,staged,choriographed,or fake....it is a living, breathing,somtimes bleeding WORK
and i'm more than a little drunk!