One of the most common lines every fan of professional wrestling will hear is “But wrestling is fake!” Ironic really since a lot of the people who look down on pro wrestling as fake are also the people who get emotionally invested in stuff like Harry Potter or The Avengers, right?
The truth is, even if pro wrestling is fake, real martial artists can learn a lot from it. People often forget that unlike other fictional works, pro wrestling is done on a weekly basis, in front of a live audience. This means that a lot of the safeguards in place for TV and movies aren’t available for pro wrestlers. This puts pro wrestlers in a position that martial artists have a lot to learn from. Here are a few:
Injuries Will Happen
Pro wrestlers spend a lot of time working out, training, and practicing their moves for shows. Despite all this practice and training, pro wrestlers still suffer from crippling injuries; sometimes even death. Martial artists should do well to keep this in mind. Even wrestlers who train specifically to not injure each other can accidentally do so, what more fighters in tournaments where the combat is real?
Injuries Can Be Overcome
A few years ago, pro wrestler Daniel Bryan was seriously injured to the point that he had to retire. It was a heartbreaking time as he was a much beloved wrestler. Earlier this year, Daniel Bryan announced that he was medically cleared to make a return. For a lot of martial artists, an injury often signals the end of a career. Bryan’s return teaches us that while a comeback can take years, with hard work it’s still possible.
Being A Pro Wrestler Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be A Martial Artist
For a long time, the belief was that you were either a pro wrestler or a martial artist, with no middle ground. This line was finally crossed when Brock Lesnar managed to fight his way to the top. Since then, other athletes such as Bobby Lashley have managed to balance successful careers between the two. This teaches us you can love fake fighting while still being good at real fighting.
Is there anything “fake” that you love that you’ve drawn real-life lessons from?