Say what you like about it, professional wrestling is big business these days. The popularity of wrestling is now as big as it has ever been due to how much exposure and TV money is involved in the sport now. In fact, many wrestlers have gone on to become personalities outside of wrestling. For example, last year, former WWE wrestler The Rock became the highest paid movie star in Hollywood!
As you might imagine, wrestling is pretty big news right now, and the launch of WWE Network looks set to elevate this popularity even more. Whether you consider yourself an expert or a novice when it comes to wrestling, we reckon there’s probably quite a lot you don’t know about the sport. So, here are some of the cool things you definitely never knew about the world of professional wrestling.
Most wrestlers aren’t rich
It would be easy to think of professional wrestler’s as being like Hollywood stars or rock ‘n roll legends, but this isn’t the case. In addition to having to put their bodies through the ringer, wrestlers don’t actually earn as much as you might imagine. This is certainly not a profession to take up if you’re interested in getting rich. Sure, franchise names like John Cena and Hulk Hogan may have done well for themselves, but a lot of that is due to endorsements and other work. Apparently, according to reports, most wrestlers are only guaranteed around $75,000 per year!
Commentators are puppets
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, being that wrestling is pretty much all scripted and controlled from start to finish. But, you may not know that the likes of Michael Cole are actually directed what to say. Those huge headsets they wear are not for decoration – rather, Vince McMahon is backstage barking instructions at them. So next time you hear a commentator make a foolish sounding statement, or say something that feels forced, remember, it’s because it is.
The WWF battled The WWF
For many years the WWE as it’s now called was known as the WWF – World Wrestling Federation. Curiously, this meant that there were two companies out there called WWF, the other being the World Wildlife Fund. Obviously, they were less than happy about sharing their acronym with a wrestling organization, so in 1994, a battle raged. Eventually, it was agreed that Titan Sports (who ran WWF) would refrain from written use, and reduce the verbal use of the term. All was fine for a few years, but then in 2000, WWF sued Titan Sports for violation of the agreement – they won, and two years later Titan Sport changed WWF to WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment.
Get a load of these crazy cool facts you probably never knew about professional wrestling. These are important facts to understand about the sport, and many of them have helped to shape the future direction of wrestling. It’s pretty clear that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in wrestling that we don’t know about, and we only see the polished final product. The next time you watch, keep in mind how much work goes into the sport.