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Nine Solid Reasons Why I Did Not Choose Pro Wrestling as My Career

Updated on October 23, 2015

Life and learn

Life itself is a master instructor. I know. I have learned so much about things, events, and myself when I allowed life to teach me. And the lessons life has taught me stayed with me. That includes the cold truth about professional wrestling.

When I was 19, I longed to be a professional wrestler and this was because I was a devoted fan of WCW (World Championship Wrestling) broadcast out of Atlanta, Ga. This conference is where the Ric Flair's, "Wildfire" Tommy Rich's, and Dusty Rhodes fought every week when they were not on tour. I loved every moment of each telecast.

Soon I began to think, just what is so hard about being hit and then hit the canvas on your butt? And get paid a hefty sum of $500.00 a match that you are scripted to lose to a more-famous wrestler. Sad but true. This is how I discovered the hard way how pro-wrestling works.

My heart broke into a hundred pieces when I took a good long look at myself in the mirror to really look into my soul to see if I had what it took to be a famous wrestler. I will now go ahead and tell you what I discovered. No, I was not cut-out to be a professional wrestler and sure, this hurt.

So I decided to share with you would-be wrestlers who may or may not make it, my sure-fire

Nine Solid Reasons Why I Did Not Choose Pro Wrestling as My Career

Paul Donald Wight Jr. or better known as "Big Show."

1.) Intimidation by looks

that Big Show and other famous wrestlers have. The sad thing is, I do not have such looks.

2.) Bloodshed

when it's my blood that is shed. (See photo to the right).

3.) Keeping a straight face

when I would be wrestling someone on television or in an arena. I laugh easily.

Bill Goldberg, AKA "Goldberg."

(From left), Ric Flair, Triple H

4.) Drop-dead good looks

I fall short on this qualification also. See Ric Flair (to the right). I confess. I would not have that charismatic personality and the good looks to lure women to buy tickets to my matches.

5.) Yelling to the crowds

I do not have that much lung power. Years ago I did when I was younger and was involved with community theater where I learned what projection means. It means speaking loudly to crowds can hear you. I am so glad that I do not have to do that anymore.

6.) Nervous tension

and I have never come to a living truce. Nervous tension has ruined what might have been good moments for me over the course of my life. So who's to say that me being a professional wrestler wouldn't be just another moment in the cross-hairs of nervous tension.

Mark William Calaway. His ring name is: The Undertaker

Jake, "The Snake" Roberts has went broke, fought drug and alcohol addiction just to be a pro-wrestler

7.) Money management

If I were to 'make it,' as a professional wrestler, the business of handling and saving my money would be a problem. I do not know how to invest money or the right stocks to invest in. So this would be a huge obstacle for me to face if I had become a wrestler..

8.) Home sickness

is nothing to laugh about. Especially if you have never been that far away from home for a long period of time. Even if I did 'hit it big,' as a professional wrestler, I would have to deal with and try to overcome being home sick.

9.) Hurting fans' feelings

would be the ultimate draw-back to me being a wrestler. If success and I did get together, I would want to please my fans as much as humanly possible. But one night during an autograph-signing, I know that I would not get to a handful of devoted fans and they would leave with hurt feelings. Who would carry that burden? Me. I just couldn't bear that.

Being scripted to be humiliated by my opponent would not be good for me

Hey, cherished followers, in the weeks ahead, and the health of my heart being considered, I might share with you . . .

The Controversial Ideas I Once Had About Re-Tooling The Butcher Business


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      kurtreifschneider . . .or kurt,

      Wow. That is all I can say about your photography. Loved it. When I was burning myself out in the newspaper business, in the mid 70's, we used, don't laugh, a darkroom, to develop film and do prints. I loved that part of the gig.

      And long since those days of chemical smell being ground into my skin and clothes were over, I talked to my wife about building a small darkroom in our home since it is just us now with our daughter married and with a family of her own.

      And I know the managing editor of the paper I worked for and he would let me borrow some D-76 and Dektol that they stored in the old darkroom for my getting off the ground adventure, but I would deal with only black/white photography. And what I liked, I could post on my hubs and cut out all of the frustration of having to web-search for what I want to use.

      That idea is still on hold along with everything else so I can recover from the heart cath I had to have due to congestive heart failure.

      Time can be slow. But kurt, you keep in touch and keep doing these great hubs and photos.

    • kurtreifschneider profile image

      Kurt James 

      3 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      No my friend, plumbing was never my passion even though I was and am top notch in the field, I was able to follow my dream of being a photographer though and if you are interested here is a link to see some of my work click on photos then click on photos of a wandering man, I think you will find them enjoyable. Almost all the photos in my hubs were taken by me.

      Sounds as if you and I came from the same background of hard knocks.

      But you presented a wonderful idea for a hub though......thank you

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Interesting. But were you unhappy (inside) with the plumber decision? I am sure that you made more money, but like you, instead of me burning myself out in the newspaper business for 24 years, I had much rather worked at a late-night FM rock station by myself, well, my engineer and person who screened my calls. That was my dream: To be a late-night DJ.

      But thanks to a guidance counselor (Yeah, right) in my junior year of high school, he nixed my idea of being a DJ on our Career Day and I do not have space to tell you his reasons, but I tell you. They were asinine.

      But since he had the degrees on his wall, I thought he knew a lot about life. Which he didn't. So I just worked in factories until my chance came. But I never got a promotion, just "carrot and stick" raises to keep me in my illusion that I was appreciated.

      Why don't you write a hub on YOUR experience?

      Your friend, Kenneth

    • kurtreifschneider profile image

      Kurt James 

      3 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      I was actually approached by a promoter when I was bouncing in my in-laws bar when I was 21 years old to go to a school to learn the ends and outs of Pro Wrestling and would have been paid 50 bucks a week plus room and wife nixed the idea ...... lol.... so fate followed a different road and I became a plumber.....too funny..loved the hub..

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Happy Moment,

      I couldn't agree with you more. Getting embarrassed in front of family is tough enough, but kids? That is completely different. And being embarrassed in front of a pretty girl who is your first date. That is purely awful. Thanks for your sweet comment. Visit me anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rabadi,

      Speedos are not my bag. (a pun there). I loved your comment and more than that . . .I LOVE you following me. I cannot thank you enough. I just hope that you continue my materials. God bless you.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Suhail and my dog,

      I was also disappointed, but we can still root for our favorite wrestler and if he or she wins, then we can feel good and if the other wrestler wins, it won't be a let down.

      Thanks so much for your nice comment and for being so nice to me.

      Stay in touch and may God bless you my friend.

    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Oh I was so disappointed when I found out that professional wrestling is all a staged drama. I just couldn't believe it, but when reality began to sink in, I decided to just bid the whole stuff adieu.

      Thanks for sharing a very well done hub that is easy to read.

    • Rabadi profile image

      3 years ago from New York

      I couldn't wear the speedos unfortunately insecurity reasons lol great hub! I am now following you :)

    • Happy Moment profile image


      3 years ago from The Eastern Bypass

      Being embarrassed in front of your family members especially kids might be another..hahahaaa! Nice article


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