Knee and elbow pads are not worn by every wrestler out there -- sometimes for cosmetic reasons, other times simply because the wrestler does not care to wear them.  But we always suggest wearing pads, and here's why...

The wrestling ring is often covered with a thick, heavy material, with a texture similar to softened burlap.  It is made to stand up to great amounts of abuse, from people running across it endlessly, to 400 pound men being hurled upon it numerous times.  It is not there for comfort, but functionality.  When you wrestle on it, it will gradually start to cause burns on the body.  Over time, the skin grown severely agitated, and it will become painful for you to wrestle.  True, you grow somewhat accustomed to this after a few years,  but you never truly become immune to it -- just ask some of the old pros.
ELBOW/KNEE PADS
Uncovered

$45

Re-covered
$60
Pads are either MacDavid or Trace, depending on which is available.

Slip Covers
$20
Allow you to use the same pads, and simply replace the outside.  A good way to save money.


SHIN GARDS

Plain
$60

Designed
Email for pricing

*Designs are extra on all orders*
Two of the most sensitive and susceptible areas of skin on your body are the knees and elbows.  Having one or both of these areas affected during a match can severely hamper your performance in the ring.    True, you can suck it up and continue (like the pro you are), but you will be stinging throughout the contest, and in a business that requires so much attention to  be done correctly, it really is best to remove any distractions, to better do your job.  Pads can really help you out in this area.
On top of protecting you from mat burns,  the pads cushion the blows (i.e. missing an elbow smash, or getting Beiled across the ring), which helps bruises and bone chips from occurring.  Despite people saying that wrestling is "fake,"  you really do land on those body parts, and it is wise to take every precaution to maintain full health.   Also, if your joints are sore or injured, you are much less likely to worsen the condition by wearing pads.

Shin guards are mostly used with a Karate or martial arts gimmick.   While they may look great, they are simply ornamental.   Shin guards protect very well in the sports they were intended for, no doubt, but do next to nothing in the pro wrestling ring.   We say this not to dissuade you from purchasing them, rather just to say you don't necessarily need them to compete.

Ultimately you will do what is right for you, but we like our customers to be informed.