|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
... AND SOME ANSWERS!
|Wrestling is a business filled with mysteries and misconceptions. We get a lot of e-mail requests for answers, and hope this can help you out with a few of those details|
|ARE THERE "BLOOD CAPSULES?"
Never have such things been used in wrestling, despite what many might think. Blood seen during matches is REAL. The blood is produced by using a small piece of a razor blade (simply called a "blade" or a "rig" in the business). The blade is hidden in the tape, trunks or even the mouth of the wrestlers, and used when the time comes during the match.
WHY DO WRESTLERS WEAR TAPE?
First and foremost, it is for support. Typically, it is worn around the wrists and ankles. It can also be worn on the fingers, to aid weakend or broken digets.
Secondly, it is a place to hide your blade, if you are using it. But this is not the only reason it is worn, as some suspect. The tape really does have a practical use.
There is nothing special about the tape -- it is the same kind you find in sporting good stores.
|Q. IS WRESTLING "FAKE?"
A. Professional wrestling, despite what people like to say, is not "fake." If it was fake, there would be no people out there actually wrestling in the matches, and computers would be used to simulate the action. We can assure you the people out there are REAL! It is no less fake than going to see a movie or stage play.
Is pro wrestling a true sport? No. Is it pre-determined? Yes. Wrestling is a very involved form of entertainment that very few can excel at. It is the art of presenting something that everybody knows isn't real and making it seem like it is. All the holds ands manuevers are real -- the execution is the illusion. The best of the pro wrestlers blur the lines of reality.
Some of the best athletes and entertainers in the world practice this noble craft. It has only been in recent years that they have become recognized for their talents.
|Q. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR GIMMICK?
A. Sometimes it is up to you to come up with a gimmick, if you are a person who is adept at coming up with ideas. When you start out, you should not be married to one idea -- have a few gimmicks at your disposal. It is always advisable to show up with a few costumes: one primary, one sort of non-descript outfit, as well as a mask. You never know when a promoter might ask you to play a second role during a show, maybe as the Assassin or something. (You might just get paid extra to do so!)
But more often then not you will get assigned a gimmick, usually based on your personality. It has always been said the most successful gimmicks are rooted in reality -- it lends to the credibility of things. You might fancy yourself to be another Shawn Michaels, but get asked to play a nerd gimmick. Don't take it personally. Sometimes you get a gimmick simply based on what the promoter needs at the time. And when you get that gimmick, play it for all it is worth! You won't get anywhere doing things half-way.
Q. HOW DO GET STARTED IN THE BUSINESS?
A. It is like anything: you start with training. Find a good school and learn the trade. You can not learn the business by wrestling friends in your back yard. A true professional can teach you things you can never learn on your own. This is a plain fact.
After you get trained, it is like looking for a regular job: you need to put a portfolio and resume' together and start pounding the pavement. It is a business, and you must present yourself with dignity. Even though the wrestlers you see on television seem rowdy and uneducated, they most assuredly are not. Everybody gets to where they are by working hard and by being professionals. This is going to be the same in any line of work you choose to follow.
There is not a lot of money to be made in the indy circuit, but it is the best way to gain experience and contacts. You might never become famous, but if you are dedicated and believe in what you do it is much more likely. Do not be discouraged -- it is rough for every single person when they start out in the business.
Q. WHY HAS WRESTLING CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE PAST FEW YEARS?
A. A lot of that has to do with the influence of Vince McMahon, who did away with the old territory system. What he says goes, and that is just the way of things. He is quite obviously the leader in the industry, and everybody tries to follow his lead in order to compete.
For years wrestling attempted to be perceived as a legitimate sport, but that is no longer the case. McMahon calls his brand of wrestling "sports entertainment," meaning athleticism paired with theatrics. Wrestlers no longer try to protect the business and all its secrets, and this has created a much different performer and fan relationship. What you see now is basically a highly-skilled stunt show combined with elements of a soap opera. In the old days, it seemed more like a sporting contest.