This does not diminish the reality that it is an athletic type of entertainment and that all superstars train like athletes. WWE (and pro wrestling in general) is made up of television celebrities portraying fake characters with planned rivalries and, as a result, choreographed matches.
They work with trainers to prepare their bodies for competition and afterward rely on nutritionists to help them recover from the injuries they receive during matches.
Superstars also use the time between matches to improve their skills by training with molds, such as bodybuilders, or by working out with weight machines and other tools common in gym settings.
Some wrestlers even have full-time coaches who work with them to develop their personalities and skills before putting them into scenes with actors who play enemies. These people are called writers.
WWE has many famous athletes among its employees including The Rock, John Cena, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Vince McMahon himself.
However, not all wrestlers train like athletes because they do not have to deal with injury risks or competitive pressures. Some stars prefer to keep themselves in good shape by working out several times a week but others lead more sedentary lives and need to be trained by others in order to compete.
Overall, yes, WWE Superstars train like athletes because they have to prepare their bodies for competitions that can result in injury.
Wrestling is not a legitimate sport. Historically, it was referred to simply as "professional wrestling," because only the wrestlers and promoters were aware of the planned nature of the sport. Modern wrestling is still performed in secret with the knowledge of the audience.
The first official wrestling match took place in London around 1867, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that the art form began to take shape. In 1913, Verne Langdon created the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance), which is considered the world's first major wrestling organization. Since then, other organizations have sprung up, including the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1952. These days, there are many different brands of wrestling on both the indie and mainstream scenes. In fact, there are so many different types of matches and rules sets that it can be difficult for someone who isn't involved in the industry to understand what exactly constitutes professional wrestling.
Traditional wrestling involves two individuals who fight each other by throwing one another to the ground and taking down opponents using various maneuvers/tricks. There are several different styles of traditional wrestling including American-style, Canadian-style, and Japanese-style. Each style has its own set of moves that can only be done a certain way. For example, in an American-style match, you cannot throw your opponent over the top rope to disqualify them.
Choreographed-Clearly, pro wrestling, not just WWE, is a scripted game. Scripted indicates that everything they have done or will do in a performance is currently written on paper by the creators. This includes planned moves and responses to things such as other wrestlers' moves.
Hooking and Cue Lines-Also known as "tapes", these are short sections of filmed footage that are used as cues for different parts of the show. They are usually about two minutes long and often include scenes from previous matches as well as clips from movies. The editor of the show will choose relevant portions of these tapes to use during the match itself. For example, if a wrestler wants to appear strong he/she may use a scene from a movie where characters were found beaten up at the end of the scene; this would be a hook. When the wrestler enters the ring, the producer will know exactly when to play his/her tape because it will come up on screen as a cue line.
Special Effects-Pro wrestling has always had special effects; since its inception actors have played their roles under the guise of actual sports figures. These days professional wrestlers use CGI (computer generated imagery) to create realistic looking images and sequences that add drama to their performances.