Well, there’s no guarantee you will make it to one of the big companies. However, do not let that stop you! Make a start on your pro wrestling journey within the independent scene; in your respective country and start living your dreams. Read on to find out how to become a professional wrestler.
If you live in a country where pro wrestling is less popular, the advice may be easier said than done. European trainees travel to the UK, US or Canada to supplement their lack of training in their home country.
Where Do I Start on Becoming A Professional Wrestler?
So, you’re probably wondering how you even go about getting in a ring, to begin with… The best thing to do first is some internet research. Google search wrestling schools/academies and wrestling promotions in your area. You can search for “Wrestling Schools near me.” It is a good idea to attend some shows before committing to a school. (COVID permitting)
The article was written post #SpeakingOut and mid pandemic; therefore, I cannot stress enough the importance of your research. One search on Twitter should be efficient in digging up any dirt on a wrestling school, coach or promotion. However, as wrestling is still very much unregulated, new schools are emerging all the time. If you are under 18, it might be a good idea to take a parent or a responsible person with you for your safety.
Choosing a Wrestling School
Once you’ve done some research and have chosen the Wrestling Academy you wish to attend, reach out to them and ask about beginner’s sessions. Most schools nowadays have all of their information on their Facebook page, making life even easier!
Most Wrestling schools offer the first session for free, and you’ll know after the first session if it’s for you or not! Wrestling training is grueling, to say the least, especially in the beginning. The morning after your first session, you will probably feel like you have been hit by a bus!
What Can I Expect to Learn in My First Session?
In your first session, you will go over basics, including fitness. Every school is different, but I expect at least 30 minutes of physical fitness. Following a warm-up, trainees are expected to perform various judo rolls and backward rolls. As a beginner, extra help and guidance will be given if necessary. Usually, trainees are expected to perform individually in front of the rest of the class. It is standard practice to line up and take turns to roll. Either this or two lines will form, and two trainees roll simultaneously, returning to the back of the queue upon completion of two rolls. Do not panic if you have zero experience; everyone had to start somewhere! Your coach will guide you on how to perform any movement safely.
Most reputable schools will not have you performing any “wrestling moves” during your first few weeks of training; it’s standard practice to learn how to lock up and “chain wrestle” during your first few weeks.
You may also have a look at “bumps” during your first session. Again, do not panic about this. Listen to the advice of your coaches, and you will be fine. You will likely bang your head or wind yourself the first few times; it’s essential to try and not be disheartened, keep trying and try to keep control over your body while falling. This is why those rolling drills they did at the start are beneficial. It’s all about body control.
Committing to a Training Schedule
It’s imperative, more-so in the early days of your training, to be consistent with your training schedule. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you will debut any sooner because you are training every day. Yes, training every day will undoubtedly improve your wrestling skills and shows commitment, drive, and determination, which will be noted by your coaches. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will debut any sooner than a fellow trainee that only trains twice a week. The most important thing to focus on is getting the “fundamentals” down and learning how to fall and strike correctly and safely.
How Do I Know When I’m Ready to Debut as a Professional Wrestler?
The short answer is your coaches will tell you when you’re ready. Everyone is different and will pick up the basics easier than others; however, there are so many elements determining your readiness to debut. Debuting as a pro wrestler, in front of a crowd is not a process that should be rushed.
The general rule is: DON’T EXPECT TO HAVE A MATCH IN YOUR FIRST YEAR, I would even say the first 18 months.
However, that doesn’t mean it cannot be done sooner; I debuted after 10 months, and didn’t feel ready, it was terrifying, BUT my coaches knew I was ready, and it was due to their recommendation. I would have been happy to train for longer. Hell, I never expected to even debut. I considered wrestling training a hobby right up until my first match! I honestly never thought I would make it to match one, let alone still be very active on the indie scene 6 years later!
There’s so much more to pro wrestling than just knowing how to wrestle or knowing how to do “moves.” It takes time to develop a character or “gimmick”; and is another process that shouldn’t be rushed.
I always imagined I would end up as a “Crazy Rock Chick” gimmick which is a complete contrast to my current “Burlesque Princess” or “Vintage Villainess” character. It’s good to think about who you want to be or who you think you are during your early days of training but don’t let anything stick and don’t set your heart on being a particular thing. When you begin training matches, you could find the character that comes naturally to you is entirely different from who you thought you would be. Roll with it, and you might end up more inspired!
Good luck on your quest to becoming a professional wrestler! The best thing to do is enjoy the training and become a sponge for wrestling knowledge. Soak it up. Watch lots of wrestling, attend as many seminars as possible, don’t be afraid to travel to other schools outside of your area. It isn’t disloyal to your “home school,” other coaches will have strengths and knowledge in other areas, and it is always good to learn from as many people as you can.