One of the biggest misconceptions is that Pro-Wrestling is "fake" on the same level as fictional films. Pro-Wrestling is indeed very real. How real is it? We will analyze the many theatrical performances of pro-wrestling.
It is commonly thought that Pro-wrestlers follow a carefully written script for everything (matches, promos, and other extreme stunts). The winner of a match is pre-determined. While that might be true, it's not always the case. Take a look at this example of a script involving a match.
Did you notice something? The winner is chosen but there are no specific and pre-determined directions as to HOW that victory is to be achieved. There's simply no time for every wrestler on the roster to get it perfect during practice. They only have around a week before the match starts. What's their last resort? Improvising. If only it was that easy for people to simply follow everything written down on paper and get paid. It doesn't work that way. How are they going to win the match while the crowd watches? WWE says "Figure it out!" Referees and other wrestlers might whisper directions, but they are no substitute for skill. Pro-Wrestlers must have an advanced understanding of the dynamics of signatures moves, the paces of matches, and creativity in performance. It is by this understanding that they can be amazing entertainers loved by millions. Those who know nothing of Pro-Wrestling will be walking out of the company's doors.
Here's a few examples of real life injuries that happened in the history of Pro-Wrestling:
Undertaker vs. Mankind:
One of my favorite matches. It shocked WWE after Undertaker threw Mankind off hell in a cell. According to news reports via Wiki, the Undertaker had a broken foot. Mankind suffered the following injuries:
* A dislocated shoulder
* A concussion
* A dislocated jaw
* A hole in his bottom lip
* Loss of Consciousness
Hulk Hogan chokes Richard Belzer:
Richard Belzer, a stand-up comedian, was mocking wrestler and calling it fake. Richard Belzer taunted Hulk Hogan into performing a real wrestling move. Hulk Hogan put him in a front-face lock, blocking his windpipe as his arms went limp. Hulk Hogan let him go as the back of Belzer's head hit the stage hard, causing it to bleed.
Owen Hart breaks Stone Cold's neck:
Punches and kicks do hurt no matter how they are delivered. The moves done in Pro-Wrestling require athleticism and power. They are choreographed but dangerous. That's why many of them are banned from pro-wrestling. There's a good reason why you should never try this at home.
The ankle lock - These are used in combat sports like MMA and submission wrestling. When applied with excessive force, these can tear muscle, tendons, and break bone.
Tombstone Piledriver - This is dangerous because of the compression from the neck to the head. This can cause paralysis as the body weight and force is transferred to the head on impact.
You must remember that the ring-mat is covered with a wooden plank. Though wrestlers are slammed on it, there's not much protection to ensure a soft landing.
While the use of weapons is limited, the injuries caused are still dangerous.
Chairs - Regardless of what anyone says, chair shots do hurt
Ladders - These can tear a wrestler's face wide open.
Ringbell - Using the back of it can split a wrestler's head open.
Thumbtacks - These are painful as they puncture the skin and must be removed afterwards.
Barbed wire - Real barbed wire is used with a fake one. When it's time for a wrestler to be cut, real barbed wire is used.
Some claim that fake blood is used, but this isn't necessarily true. Pro-Wrestlers actually do bleed sometimes from impact of blows or from "blading." This is where a pro-wrestler takes a blade out and quickly makes an incision on their forehead. Chair-shots, punches, kicks, and other weapons further open the wound and causing more blood.
In conclusion, many features of pro-wrestling are not fake. This is a misconception that is unfortunately causing a degradation of the pro-wrestling business (as i will explain later). Educate your friends and family of the real dangers of Pro-Wrestling.