Every year, hundreds of aspiring superstars enroll in wrestling training camps all around the world. They are all inspired by what appears to be a glamorous life as a professional wrestler on television for World Wrestling Entertainment. For many, their pursuit of a career in the ‘squared circle’ has evolved from years of following the sport as a fan and buying in wholly to the effective marketing of Vince McMahon and his team which have dominated the television airwaves. The WWE is more than just a sport, responsible for several emerging trends online and visible through social media.
However, there is much more to securing a job with the WWE than most imagine. Reality television programs such as the WWE’s own Tough Enough may have painted an unrealistic, over-simplified picture for would-be headliners about the path to a long-term career in the pro mat game. While we seem to be introduced to a steady flow of new blood and compelling characters, most fans don’t realize that the names we get to know from their weekly exploits on television represent only a small percentage of the number of men and women who are lacing up their boots every weekend in armories and community centres across the continent, all with the aspirations to one day headline WrestleMania.
For those people spurred to action by the mantras of chasing their dreams, hoping to become the next John Cena, here are ten important facts about securing a contract with the WWE that you really need to know. If a career as a professional wrestler is your ultimate goal, you may want to write these down.
10 The Right Start is Key
9 Athleticism AND Charisma
8 The Recruiting Environment Has Changed
7 The Wellness Policy Conundrum
6 There is an Age Limit
5 What Buzz Do You Already Own?
4 The Money Isn’t Great Right Out Of The Gate
3 NXT Purgatory
2 Family Ties Are No Guarantee
1 Right Place, Right Time
Sometimes, all the planning in the world has no influence on your success in professional wrestling. It can be as simple as being in the right place at the right time when an opportunity opens up. Take the case of Al Snow for example. Snow had plied his trade on the independent circuit and had earned some notoriety in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling when he was first signed to the WWE. Assigned to characters such as Leif Cassidy and Avatar, he failed to connect with fans. However, after a short stay in ECW and an opportunity to re-invent himself, Al Snow returned to the WWE to achieve even greater success. He is far from the only wrestler to have the right gimmick, hit at the right time, and have a big payoff.
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