The main thing to realize is that if you are starting your own wrestling promotion thinking you will get rich, chances are you are in for a rude awakening. There are very few promotions that actually make money. As far as independent promotions the only ones that may make money are they ones that own their own building, most likely run weekly shows, and don’t pay the wrestlers.

I started my own promotion because it was something I wanted to do. I’ve watched wrestling since I was 4 and knew someday I would be a part of the wrestling business. I used to be so excited about the sport that I bought a couple practice wrestling mats to use at home.

Do not just hop in headfirst without knowing the basics. I essentially dove head first into the business. I thought I knew what went on, but I still needed to learn what really happens in wrestling. I searched on the internet for someone to train me to run shows, or to just take my money and smarten me up a little. I found Dusty Rhode’s school and a guy in Raleigh, NC. I opted for the guy in Raleigh. In hindsight I should have went to Dusty’s school, best case scenario I might have a job with the WWE now, worst case scenario I learn something. Most promoter’s are wrestler’s or have some background in the business. Just like any other business you should learn about it, before you get involved in it.

My “training” consisted of watching what goes on in the back, taking notes, and asking questions. After about five shows I thought I had a good, basic grasp of the business. I knew the terms to use, and had a good base to work from

When you decide that you want to run a wrestling show you need to get information from your state athletic commission. Some states do not regulate wrestling, but in my state of South Carolina we have a Commission. And boy do they suck.

The commission will have you apply for a promoter’s license and an event permit in most cases.

The main thing you need is talent for your show. This is what I will discuss mainly in this article. You will need wrestler’s, referee’s, and ring announcer. If there are any indy shows in your area you should go to them to meet the talent, and get their contact info. When doing this you should contact the promoter of the show ahead of time and let them know that you want to come to the show to get in contact with some talent. Always befriend promoter’s in your area, you never know when you will need them. Also never run in an area where another promotion runs. It is disrespectful and just causes unneeded problems.

Getting talent isn’t hard, you will met some wrestlers, they will know others. Getting good talent is a little harder. Everyone these days is a wrestler, and most of them suck. You should look for a wrestler with a good look, that looks like an actual wrestler, not just some bum on the street. You should pay very close attention to how the crowd reacts to the wrestlers. A wrestler’s main goal is to get the crowd to either boo or cheer him. If he can’t do that, then he is not worth hiring. You will not get good talent if you do not pay them. If you offer someone a certain amount of money you must keep your word, even if you lose your ass on the show. You get what you pay for.

You must be the person in charge. There will be wrestlers that will try to run your promotion for you. Listen to their idea’s, ingest them. Then decide for yourself if you want to use that idea. Some of the guy’s will really want to help your promotion, some just want the small payday, and then there are some who want to run your show for you.

You want to book people who people will pay to see, that may be hard to find on the Indy’s but judging a wrestler’s worth on his crowd reaction is a good tool to use.

When booking a referee choose one with a good amount of experience. A good referee can make a bad match good. A bad ref can turn a good match sour.

An announcer is easy to find. You could do it yourself or just get someone with a good speaking voice and a clean suit to do it. The announcer should have all of the match info ready before the card. Weights, names, where the wrestlers are from, type of match, all that should be ready on cards for the announcer to read from.

By now you should be developing a lengthy list of talent from your connections. Before you book a show however you need a venue. I will address this in part two.

Rey Mysterio

The WWE has had their fair share of big wrestlers like Andre the Giant, The Undertaker, and Big Show, and their share of average-sized wrestlers like John Cena, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Some of the most exciting wrestlers are the small ones like Sin Cara, Shawn Michaels and masked wrestler Rey Mysterio. Rey Mysterio may have one of the most unique wrestling styles in the WWE and learning his moves is a fun process.

Ring Gear

Dedicated to his Mexican wrestling heritage Rey Mysterio wrestles in a full mask. His designs vary by week and he has even made appearances as The Flash, Captain America and Spider-Man. For the bottom half Mysterio wears loose pants
to help him move around the ring without a problem and his pants usually match the mask.

Speed

The key to wrestling like Mysterio is to have great speed. Huge wrestlers like Mark Henry or The Great Khali can destroy him if they get their hands on him, so Rey relies on his speed to duck and dive away from their grasp and execute his moves.

Moves

Most wrestlers rely on punching and kicking to help weaken opponents but sometimes that has no affect on Rey’s opponents. Therefore, Mysterio needs to use fast paced moves like a Russian Leg Sweep, bulldog, DDT, and
Hurricanranas to weaken and take opponents down.

Highflying Moves

When he is not wrestling on the mat Mysterio is usually heading to the top rope. The top rope helps Mysterio gain the height back that he is usually at a disadvantage with. From there, he can execute moves like a frog splash, flying elbow drop, and other moves to knock opponents down.

Finisher

Rey Mysterio has one of the most popular finishers in the WWE and the set up is the key to executing the move. There are 3 ropes to the side of a wrestling ring and an opponent needs to be knocked down and hanging on the second rope with their face towards the outside of the ring.

From there, Mysterio will swing off of the second rope of the ring on the opposite side, swing around, and drop kick their opponent right in the face. Then he will either do a “West Coast Pop” pin rollup or simply pin his opponent.


Wrestling is a tough sport. But there are ways to get better at it. Here are a few.

Come to Practice with a Purpose

Too often wrestlers go to practice with no thoughts on what they can improve on. This is a terrible waste of time unless your completely new to the sport. You should go to each and every practice with a goal in mind, such as learn a new move on top, perfect your neutral stance, or increase your stamina. These should be your short term goal.

I would keep a notebook to write these goals down everyday. On the first page you should write a long term goal related to wrestling. It may seem useless as you do it, but when your old, fat, and gray, and you look at all the work you did, you’ll be proud to say, “I did all this!” You can also keep track of your weight in this book. I also suggest after every match, you write the outcome of it, what you did well and what you need to work on.

Eat Smart and Stay Healthy

Stay away from sweets and saturated fats! You should have a written schedule for foods. If you need to watch your weight, I recommend you eat 3 egg whites for breakfast, a turkey sandwich without cheese for lunch, and depending on how much over you are, a piece of chicken, and vegetables. Do whatever you can to avoid cutting weight on the day of a wrestling event, you do not want to be exhausted before you step on the mat. Try to be within a pound of the weight your wrestling at the night before.

If you’re not watching your weight, then I recommend you eat egg whites on whole wheat toast, oatmeal, or pancakes. For lunch you should have some pasta, a turkey/chicken sandwich, a protein bar, like a cliff bar. I recommend you stay away from power bars because there loaded with sugar, and if you feel a need to have a power bar, have it 30 minutes prior to a match. If you have a big tournament coming up, load up on carbs the day before, eat things such as pasta for dinner. During a tournament, I recommend you stay away from carbs, because they can have a sleepy effect on you, which is why you may find yourself yawning and relaxed during a tournament. Proteins are your friend during tournaments. If you feel a sickness coming up, take an airborne, and relax. Water is your best friend as a wrestler. Most people walk around dehydrated, and its the worse thing to be as a wrestler. Water can flush sickness out of your body, and it keeps you healthy. If you follow these steps, you improve your chances fighting off sickness, and staying as fit as possible.

Working Out

The weight room is such an underused resource by wrestlers, especially during the season. As the season goes on, wrestlers lose about 15% of there strength out of fatigue. But if you lift during the season, you can gain 5% more strength. That means a 20% swing in your favor, so if you lost to someone at the beginning of a season because they were stronger, you can increase your chances of winning now because your stronger!

Physical and Mental Preparation

You should always give yourself at least half an hour to warm up. Get up and running, make sure you break a sweat before your match, and do your stretches! The last thing you want is an injury because you didn’t stretch, and you don’t want to get loose during the match, you came to wrestle during the match, not warm-up! You should also give yourself 5 minutes to go into your own world. You should fill your mind with positive thoughts. Repeat to yourself the following. I am unbeatable. I am a winner. I am a champion. Envision a wrestler you want to be like performing at top notch intensity, and imagine yourself doing the same. Your mind tells you that your tired, so if you break a few mental barriers, you can perform at a higher intensity. remember, the mind tires before the body.

Before, During, and After the Match

Before your match, I recommend you use a skin protectant, such as Kenshield, to protect yourself to anything your opponent might be carrying. These days, you can never be too careful, with staph and merca going around. I know plenty of wrestling programs that got shut down because the team didn’t take care of there skin. During your match you should have at least two water bottles close-by. You should also look at your coach whenever you aren’t wrestling. After your match, you should wipe your skin off with an anti-bacterial wipes. If possible, you should also take a shower, and use a soap like Selsun Blue.

Wrestling is one of the few sports that don’t end when you get off the mat, it takes dedication, hard work, and persistence to become a champion in this great sport. And remember, if you don’t win at first, it doesn’t matter. In wrestling, it’s not how you start, but it’s how you finish.