Rules of Professional Wrestling
Brought about in the late 19th century, professional wrestling also known as entertainment wrestling, combines the technicality of freestyle, sambo, and judo while still putting on a great show for the audience. Though there are many different professional and amateur wrestling organizations, the world’s largest one by far is the World of Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE.
How to Wrestle Professionally?
Professional wrestling is mostly for entertainment, and should not be looked at in a fully literal sense in terms of fighting. In the early days of professional wrestling this was a best kept secret, but now many fans are aware of it.
Regardless, professional wrestling is still incredibly popular and requires a competitor to put their body on the line during every match. It could take many years of athletic feats, putting your body on the line, and close connections to enter the high ranks of professional wrestling.
A wrestling match performance in Sikeston, Missouri, May 1938. Two wrestlers grapple while the referee (in white, right) looks on. The bearded wrestler is known as Big Tom Towers. Description on photo: "Wrestling match sponsored by American Legion, Sikeston, Missouri."
Rules of Professional Wrestling?
- There could be an individual one versus one match, tag team matches, steel cage matches, royal rumbles, no holds barred, hell in a cell, and many more.
- Professional wrestling takes place in a ring similar to that of boxing. These rings are about 20 feet squared, with four padded turnbuckles and three sturdy but flexible ringside ropes.
- There are different weight classes in wrestling, ranging from Cruiserweight (Diva for women’s) to Super Heavyweight. However, weight classes are often irrelevant in terms of title belts -- in which everyone can compete for.
- There are a variety of different ways a wrestler can win a match, with the most common being a three-count pin, submission (tapping out), 10 second count out, disqualification, and knockout. Keep in mind, these results can differ between match type. For example, in a steel cage match it doesn’t matter how badly beaten your opponent is. In order to win, you must successfully exit the cage.
- Standard match rules prohibit wrestlers from using weapons (often found underneath the ring), low blows, grabbing the ropes, hair pulling, eye poking, and more.
In the WWE, the pinnacle of the sport comes every April during Wrestlemania. This usually signals the end of the wrestling season, and showcases the top wrestlers in the world. Wrestlemania also consists of coveted title belt matches and rivalries that have been built up throughout the season. Wrestlemania generates an average of $139 million for the WWE in the one day that it’s held.
Written by: Devin Pickell