Have you ever had the urge to body-slam someone? You’ve got two options – either face assault charges or become a pro wrestler.
: Pro wrestling is dangerous. Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Start young Start young by enrolling in pee-wee or amateur wrestling as a child and staying involved through high school and college.
TIP: Professional wrestling and amateur wrestling are different, but having amateur wrestling skills will help you get a foot in the door with the professional promotions.
Step 2: Stay in shape Stay in shape. Professional wrestling, while entertaining, requires hard work and is physically taxing. Some of the larger promoters work their wrestlers 6 to 7 days a week.
Step 3: Go to school Go to wrestling school. Many states have training schools that will turn your amateur wrestling skills into professional wrestling moves.
Step 4: Understand the business Understand the pro wrestling business. You are not just an athlete, but also an actor and entertainer, so getting the fans to love you or hate you is just as important as executing the perfect pile-driver.
Step 5: Pay your dues Pay your dues in the minor leagues by first wrestling in local or regional promotions instead of the big national players like WWE or TNA. If you do well, the big dogs will notice.
TIP: Don’t be too proud or arrogant to wrestle for free. Prove yourself and work out the kinks from your in-ring skills.
Step 6: Prepare for injury Prepare yourself for injury by taking care of yourself. In pro wrestling, which is brutal on your body, injuries are inevitable.
Step 7: Kick butt and take names Work hard and make contacts along the way. If you’re good and committed, you’ll get your shot at the big leagues eventually – and if you’re really good, a professional contract.
FACT: Andre the Giant, professional wrestler and actor, stood 7-foot-4 and weighed in at 500 pounds.