Wrestlers, unlike stunt performers, perform their choreographed competitions in one take in front of a live audience. Great wrestling is half complicated choreography and part improvisation, with wrestlers feeding off each other and the audience to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of art. During their careers, some wrestlers can make as much as $100,000 per night performing.
Stunt performers usually work for film or television productions and are used as extras in scenes that require people to act out conflict or other physical actions. They are also needed when special effects are required but not available on set (for example, when a car needs to be crashed into a tree at high speed). Stunt performers must be able to walk away from such accidents unharmed. Some athletes who have performed stunt work include Paul Stanley, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Lee.
The term "stuntman" is often used interchangeably with "stunt performer", but they are not the same thing. A stuntman performs his own stunts; a stuntwoman does not. Some male actors who have performed stunt work include Elisha Cook Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland.
There is no specific training required to be a wrestler. However, some types of stunt work do require some form of martial arts training. Most wrestlers start out by working as bodyguards for larger celebrities or athletes during events or photo shoots.
Most wrestlers are superb athletes who practice for many hours each day to stay in shape. They rehearse for years to master the maneuvers as well as how to perform them safely while making them appear risky. They sustain numerous injuries, some of which are serious. Their schedules are quite demanding.
Wrestlers, unlike stunt performers, perform their choreographed competitions in one take in front of a live audience. Great wrestling is half complicated choreography and part improvisation, with wrestlers feeding off each other and the audience to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Also, while the actions of wrestling are produced, the physicality is genuine. Wrestlers, like stunt performers, do physical feats, soar, clash with one other, and collide with the floor—all while remaining in character.
The most obvious difference between wrestling and other professional sports such as boxing or MMA is that wrestlers perform their maneuvers on another wrestler who is standing up! A boxer or martial artist performs his moves on the ground using body weight and minimal equipment (usually just his hands and feet). A wrestler needs to be able to fight on his feet because he will often be forced into a defensive position where he has no choice but to grapple with his opponent on equal terms (i.e., the match cannot be called off due to either party being physically superior).
Another difference between wrestling and other combat sports is that there is no set time limit for a match. A wrestler can go on for hours if both parties want it to; there's no need for a referee to stop the action after a certain number of minutes have passed. In fact, some matches may last all night long because they follow no specific script but rather evolve over time based on what the wrestlers do best and how they respond to each other's moves.
Finally, wrestling involves a large amount of drama and psychology which make it different from other sports.
Wrestling bouts are also choreographed, but the physicality is real. The more you know about this world...
Wrestling is a genuine performance center in the round, half mind-boggling action and part spontaneous creativity, with wrestlers sustaining off each other and the group to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. For a long time, people have debated whether or not wrestling organizations like WWE are legitimate.
As a professional wrestler and journalist, let me take you through a few frequently asked questions that make me wonder what the hell they're teaching in schools these days. While the events in wrestling are staged, the physicality is real. Supplied by: Cory Lockwood Photography
Professional wrestling (or pro wrestling) is a highly scripted form of entertainment that is a mash-up of genuine wrestling, stage presentations, and other combat sports such as martial arts. It combines a written live television broadcast (or stage show), performance art, and athletics. This is officially referred to as a "entertainment sport."
Wrestling is the most popular form of entertainment in the world with billions of dollars in revenue each year. Professional wrestlers perform on pay-per-view events at house shows, which are smaller venues where fans can buy tickets to see their favorite wrestlers compete.
There are two major leagues in America: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Both companies have regional territories or promotions that operate independently from one another but work with both companies to put on shows that feature the same wrestlers.
Wrestling has been called many things over the years including "sports entertainment" and "sports journalism." These labels are often used by those who claim it is not actual wrestling because there are no real injuries occurring during matches. However, wrestling does involve some risk involved with performing moves for extended periods of time so anyone who chooses to pursue this career needs to understand they are signing up for possible injury.
In addition to WWE and TNA, there are many independent wrestling promotions across the United States and around the world.