Perception of Wrestling (Part 2)


In my last blog post, I analyzed the top three images that are in the picture above. For this part I will analyze the bottom three images and their perception on real wrestling.

The first image is for a girlfriend’s perception of the sport. It shows what appears to two Olympic wrestlers in a match, with one getting slammed on his head. From my own personal experience with having a girlfriend while in season, and from my teammates own experiences, usually their number one main concern is safety. Ironically most teammates of mine and myself have had girlfriends who loved the fact the we wrestled, yet have also had problems with us wrestling because of the fact that we can get hurt.

Second to last is what I (the wrestler) thinks I do. The image for it is that of Leonidas (from the movie 300), the mighty leader of the Greek Spartan warrior society. On the wrestling mat, many wrestlers feel as if they are warriors, fighting one-on-one with their opponent. Those who have wrestled before can attest to this feeling. You’re usually so tired and beat up after a match that you feel like you just got done fighting in a real battle, but then a it’s usually a quick turnaround onto the next one. Along with that the satisfaction of victory on the mat is probably similar to those of a Spartan warrior winning a battle. Of course to those watching the match it would seem very differently.

And finally the last one, what is actually going on. This image shows just two average looking wrestlers just facing each other in the ring. It doesn’t look like their doing much but are most liking plotting what to do. The average wrestling match looks more like this and, to opponents squaring off with each other, feeling out the match and figuring out what should be your next move. There’s nothing really to flashy or crazy about it, like some of the others, but it is a good representation of the average REAL wrestling match.


Perceptions of Wrestling


Throughout my wrestling career, I’ve had to encounter people who don’t quite comprehend what it truly is. People who have never really experienced the sport or who have never actually watched it tend to have some common misconceptions. To help display this I’ve added the picture above to help analyze what different types of people tend to think of the sport. For this blog post I’ll be looking into the first three images(with the last three coming soon).

First up is “What my friends think I Do.” The image for that caption shows two “pro” wrestlers in the middle of a match, with one on top doing a very dangerous and illegal move. You cannot grab someone by the head with both hands and yank their head up. If you wanted to do something legal with the same effect, hit them with a Cross Face. A Cross Face is when you take one hand and run it across their face with force to infect good legal pain. I have many friends of mine who want to give wrestling a try attempt to do moves like that on me or my teammates because they’ve seen “wrestlers” do that on TV. Usually when new wrestlers try moves like that the end up getting hurt either by themselves for trying a stupid move or get hurt by a wrestler who actually knows what they’re doing.

The Second picture is for what mothers usually see. The image above shows two young children wrestling in it, which is a pretty accurate view for wrestling moms. This is evident at wrestling tournaments due to the fact that you can always hear moms screaming and cheering for their child over everyone else, even though it usually sounds like they have no idea whats going on. Another common view for mothers is the fear that their child will get hurt, which was hilariously evident when I first started wrestling. My mom attended almost all of my matches that season but rarely got to see me wrestle because her face was always covered by her hands since she didn’t want to see me get hurt (even though I won the majority of my matches that season). After one match in particular though, another random wrestling mom saw that my mom was covering her face for my match and walked up to talk to her. Without hesitation she asked my mom if it was her “First time watching your son wrestling?” and she let her know that what she was doing was very common.

Next up, what society thinks.  In general when dealing with society as a collective whole there are two basic opinions that they will have. Number 1, as I’ve said many times before, people usually associate it with fake pro wrestling. The other misconception of it is that it’s a weird sport cause you “roll around all sweaty with another person while wearing a tight leotard.” While yes you do have to wear uniform called a singlet for competition that is tight fitting, but that’s so that people can’t grab a hold of your cloth and so that no extremities get caught in baggy clothing. Also wrestling isn’t such a weird sport once you look past the uniform. It’s basically a branch off of hand-to-hand combat without strikes or submissions.



What is “Real” Wrestling

In this day in age many people get “real” wrestling and professional wrestling confused, thinking they’re one in the same. When most people think of wrestling they think of giant roided out men hitting each other with steel chairs inside a ring. Another key factor of professional wrestling is that it’s mostly fake and the “athletes” are actors. While real wrestling is a grueling sport filled with highly skilled athletes and is not really as flashy of a sport with a strict set of rules and where the use of chairs in a match is frowned upon.

As an actual wrestler I have to deal with this confusion all the time. People always ask questions like “whats your favorite signature move?” or “have you ever used a piledriver on someone?” or “have you ever been in a tag team match?” While hitting someone with a metal chair or using a special signature move on an opponent can be fun and entertaining to watch, they have nothing to do with wrestling.

For starters on the differences, pro wrestling matches usually end once someone pins there opponent on a three count. With real wrestling you can also win by pin or you can win by points. There’s also a time limit in real wrestling while there really is no time constraint in pro wrestling. The point system for wrestling id 2pts for a takedown, 2pts for a reversal, 1pt for an escape, 3pts for exposing an opponents back for three seconds, 4pts for exposing their back for four seconds, and you can get penalty points if your opponent does an illegal move (such as locking hands or an illegal slam). There’s also no such thing as a tag team match in real wrestling so you will always be on your own.