That is why wrestling is not positioned as a real contention for sportsmen. Here, the winners are not the one who is better or stronger, but the one who follows the script more clearly and plays the scene better so that the story shown by the fighters in the ring has a logical continuation and a suitable end. That is why this show is so much more like an action movie than the sport.
Wrestling is not a scene from a movie, it is a movie in itself. It’s not about how muscular sweaty men pretend to hit each other; wrestling is about how a whole story is told through the confrontation between two athletes (and wrestlers are certainly outstanding athletes), the characters’ personalities are revealed, the whole range of emotions is conveyed.
And most importantly, wrestling never ends. It’s not like a favorite sport that has a limited number of seasons – wrestling is all year round and characters are always evolving. In this, wrestling is very similar to life itself. Which means there are a lot of things to learn from this sport.
You must help your partner
This is one of the basic postulates of this sport. Wrestlers are opponents only in the plot, but in reality they are partners who trust each other with their lives and health, and partners, as you know, need help. It’s very simple: you won’t make a move if your opponent doesn’t help you. And first of all, you need to try not to make yourself look better, but to make your opponent seem stronger, more technical and more impressive. Then you yourself will look the same.
To be a man, you have to defeat a man
This legendary catchphrase by the equally legendary Ric Flair has become the main rationale for how wrestlers move up the career ladder and receive world titles. For a wrestler to become a top fighter, he must first defeat a top fighter; and then it will be considered as something serious. So it is in life: to be the man you gotta beat the man.
Sometimes defeat only makes you stronger
Yes, it sounds like a terribly hackneyed cliche, but in this sport (and in life) it still works sometimes. A worthy defeat strengthens the wrestler in the eyes of the fans; so, it was after losing to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XIV that the legendary Steve Austin became a true superstar. Exhausted, Austin lay in a pool of his own blood, richly flavored with sweat and foam from the mouth, refusing to give up on a painful opponent.
Austin lost because he lost consciousness, but at the same time he gained tremendous respect from the fans and a year later became the world champion. More recent examples include Daniel Bryan, who lost his title at Wrestlemania XXVIII in a fight that lasted just 18 seconds. Fans after that became even more supportive of Brian, believing that the writers treated him unfairly, and soon Daniel became the most popular WWE wrestler. Having won the wild love of the fans, Brian managed to convince the management and still got him a chance to become a world champion again.
Gotta love what you do
Wrestling is not an occupation that involves big money or big fame. Very few wrestlers really make a great living solely from wrestling and very few wrestlers become truly popular outside of a very narrow society of wrestling fans.
However, there are quite a lot of athletes around the world whose profession is to play theatrical fights in the ring; and this despite the fact that they know for sure that money and fame are not what the path they have chosen promises. And, believe me, in order to be engaged in wrestling for many years, you must have a fantastic love for what you do.