Earlier I was on Facebook and saw that a young indy wrestler I recently met, ‘All Good’ Anthony Greene, now has the WWE Network. I jokingly said that I now only leave the house to go to live wrestling shows, but after thinking about it, I realized what a fantastic thing the WWE Network is for young wrestlers!
A big part of learning about wrestling is watching all the greats, and not-so-greats who came before you. It has become easier and easier to find wrestling videos online, but the WWE is good at pulling down any and all videos of full shows that they can find. Now, with the WWE Network, they’ve been even more aggressive about pulling down videos that shouldn’t be online through other sources. Yes, you can still find a lot on YouTube, but they’re more clips and bits, and the picture quality often isn’t as good as it is watching on the WWE Network. I don’t want to make this sound like a 700 word advertisement for the WWE Network, because I’m not here to advertise for the WWE, but the longer I have the WWE Network, the more I see in it.
We all know that when becoming a wrestler, there’s a lot of different things that need to be done. All you have to do is read the multitude of great wrestler autobiographies out there, and they all throw the same basic ideas at you. Obviously you need to be in good physical condition, both strength and cardio are important. And for that, make sure you check Adam’s Countdown (cheap DX plug). Beyond that, there’s so many different aspects of the industry that should be learned before an aspiring wrestler even steps foot in the ring. Learning at a reputable wrestling school is a huge step in the right direction, look at how many came out of the Hart Dungeon. There’s a lot of great schools out there, many led by great former wrestlers like Spike Dudley, Lance Storm, and Booker T, but the school need not have a former WWE Superstar at the helm to be great. Some of the smallest local wrestling schools have produced some of the biggest names. Fandango started off up here in Buxton, Maine learning from Larry Huntley at what is now North Atlantic Wrestling Camp. These great wrestling schools can be found anywhere, you just have to do the research to find the best, and not hand your money over to a swindler. Getting in with the local indy scene is also a very important part of the learning process. It’s important to learn as many different aspects of the wrestling industry, and where better to do that than working a variety of small wrestling companies.
Beyond all the physical hands-on work, is the learning by watching. Very early in becoming a wrestling fan, I learned, from reading Have A Nice Day, how important it was for wrestlers to watch both their own matches and others, to learn as much as they can about throwing moves, taking moves, taking bumps, working the fans, ring psychology, etc. As I said before, it has become easier and easier to watch wrestling from around the world these past years because of the internet, though the quality of the video often leaves a lot to be desired. With the WWE Network, young wrestlers have a huge wrestling library at their fingertips, something that’s never before been possible. Rather than just being able to find clips of certain wrestlers in the ring, they now can type in a wrestler’s name and get a veritable smorgasbord of their matches. You want to learn more about the technical aspects of ring work, then look at Angle, Benoit, Storm. You want ideas for a hardcore match? Hit up ECW and check out Dreamer, Sabu and Raven. You want a taste of the most loathed WWE trainer? There’s so much Hugh Morrus, General Rection and Bill DeMott on the WWE Network to keep you busy for weeks – I’ve been enjoying every bit of him. Between styling and profiling, being serious for a minute, oh yeah, slapnuts, and it’s showtime in WCW to get the tables, beat me if you can survive if I let you, oh my God, nevermore from ECW, to it doesn’t matter what you think, business just picked up, lie cheat and steal, have a nice day, what a rush, your ass better call somebody, rest in peace, brother in the WWE – the WWE Network gives young wrestlers so much to learn from.
Queen of WNW