So I was pretty shocked when I was asked to write to column for the Indy Corner as I’m not exactly what comes to mind when wrestling fans think “indy wrestler” but hopefully anyone who reads this and future columns find its insightful and a decent read.
Sitting here thinking about what to write for my first column. I started reflecting on what has been a busy week for myself in wrestling 7 shows in 8 days, but a week that once again highlights the potential dangers that all professional wrestler face whenever they step through the ropes.
So firstly I would like to wish Lionheart a speedy recovery, hearing that a fellow wrestler has broken 2 bones in his neck is a scary prospect. Having only met him on a couple of occasions I wouldn’t call him a friend, but that being said when I have been on shows with him he is a guy who’s well respected and good fun to have in the locker room. The out pouring of condolences and well wishes from wrestlers up and down the country and further afield, brings home that all wrestlers are part of a brotherhood. Hopefully the support of his fellow wrestlers will help get Adrian through this difficult time.
Right on to my column, representing yourself as a professional wrestler.
I am often caught up in plenty of discussions with other wrestlers regarding how a wrestler should “look” growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I was a fan of the big guys: The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and Legion of Doom were amongst my favourites as a child, and I can imagine where you think this is all going as I have been vocal on twitter about wrestlers having a “body”. But I won’t open that can of worms until a later column, this column will be focused on the other aspects of looking like a wrestler, namely professionally made attire and boots.
One of the biggest travesties I see on shows up and down the country is the amount of “wrestlers” who seem to find the cheapest/easiest way to get the necessary attire to be on a show. All workers need to remember they are representing their brand each time they step out through a curtain in front of a paying audience. That audience is expecting to see a professional wrestler, if the wrestler that comes through the curtain isn’t wearing professionally made tights, trunks or singlet and instead they are wearing mma fight shorts, generic goth clothing, track suit bottoms and possibly the worst wearing at-shirt whilst wrestling.
The next thing is footwear, “professional” wrestlers should wear “professional” wrestling boots not boxing boots or any other type of footwear which includes trainers or knee high converse all stars (yes I’ve seen a male wrestler wear these). Now I understand I will probably hear the what about amateur boots and kick pads question? Well if your offence is mainly kick basedthere is some merit in that argument but my counter argument is could you not wear the kick pads over professional boots? However most of the time I think amateur boots and kick pads are worn because they are a cheaper option.
I understand that custom made ring attire and professional wrestling boots come at a cost, but I feel that if you invest yourself with well made gear it will stand the test of time, greatly improve your look and in doing so your professional standing with promoters.
There are a few very good wrestling gear manufactures in the UK ask around at shows if you see another guy/girl with well made gear ask where they got theirs from. I recommend Kustom K U ‘N’ T S who you can search for on Facebook and Ringside Boots who can be searched for on google.
Hopefully you enjoyed this column I am very excited to be a part of The Indy Corner Team and I am looking forward to writing future columns on various topics.
If you have any comments or feedback please contact me on twitter @iestyn_rees and feel free to suggest topics you would like my opinion on