It's not a spectacular sight of grown men and women throwing themselves in the name of livelihood. However, this is the life of professional wrestlers competing under the WWE franchise. They train every day and are ready to fight every weekend, traveling to different countries to make a living while entertaining the fans with their sublime abilities. The fans are awed by how these heavy athletes "fly" from one part of the ring to the other in order to force their opponents into submission.
They all say, however, that it's a cost, as they have to condition their bodies to take the punishment associated with the sport. They are pounded, beaten, beaten into different parts of the body, while some who are considered villains are booed by the fans they are supposed to entertain. Despite the intended nature of the fight, it can sometimes get ugly, as some wrestlers who have problems with their opponents have violated rules that guide the sport to inflict injury on their opponents. Some are also brutal and one begins to wonder how entertainment and professionalism combine in pro wrestling.
So it was an exciting experience to talk to some of the stars and watch them up close at the WWE event at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg. Some of the wrestlers who spoke with ADEYINKA ADEDIPE gave an insight into their chosen career.
Brown Strowman (née Adam Joseph Scherr) teamed up with Roman Reigns last Saturday to beat Samoa Joe and Elias in the head fight of the WWE fight at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South Africa , If anyone had told Strowman that he would be one of the main players six years after he was recruited, he would not have believed.
The native Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, however, worked his way up to become one of those the most famous faces in the WWE. The 34-year-old, who is 1
He described his recruitment by the WWE in 2012 has one of the biggest incidents in his life and the other fights his hero, the ultimate warrior in Mexico a few years ago. Strowman, known as the monster among men, said he found a home in WWE. He also said that WWE gave him the opportunity to see the world and that, despite his debut six years ago, he was lucky enough to get to the top.
He also described himself as a caveman, signing his opponents in the ring: "The WWE gave me a chance to do wrestling rather than running around Right now I'm a smart giant."
"I'm just starting and enjoy the process. I'm the least experienced, but I was lucky enough to fight some of the top wrestlers in WWE. My biggest fight so far is against Undertaker, though it was a tag team match. He is a legend, and it was an honor to be in the same ring with him. "
Despite his love for travel, one of the biggest problems he faced at the beginning of his career was traveling on planes, but now that he has climbed the ladder, he's traveling in first or business class, he says That his dream is to have a chance at the Universal World Title.
Drew Gulak has been engaged in wrestling for 30 years, which means he entered the game as a teenager, although he described wrestling as a movie – Believe it – but said the opponents in the rings are real and could eventually get out of hand when the fighters come into conflict.
According to Gulak, a professional wrestler has to train every day, if he hopes He found himself training at least twice a day – each session lasts two hours. "To keep in shape, some wrestlers go on a diet, but when I'm not I'm thinking about what I'm going to do in my next fight or promo. I struggle a lot with fighting and eat little, so I do not get lazy. I also listen to music to get the right emotions for my struggles.
"Wrestling is life to me, I think about 70 percent of the day, it's like a religion, and my brother is also a professional wrestler," he added. Gulak, who lost to Cedric Alexander in a cruiserweight fight in Johannesburg, said he would have been a teacher if he had not struggled with a degree in Behavior Science.
Despite the fear of Hulk Hogan and Undertaker Gulak, he was inspired by their deeds and the inspiration of these men. "Although I was inspired by Hogan and Undetaker, my first contact with the sports was when I joined a local firm that advertised independently and got better as the year went on.
Asked if he encouraged his children He explained that he would encourage his children to do what they wanted and noticed that wrestlers were trained to make the fight look real, revealing that he could sometimes be dangerous, and He added that WWE has a robust requirement before a wrestler can be signed.
He eased fears over the violence in wrestling, said the disclaimer before every fight and the fact that children should watch matches with their parent's supervision He said that they are trained to take a lot of punishment in the ring. "Their body gets used to the effects over time," he added.
Samoa Joe (born Nuufolau Joel Seanoa), who discovered a Mike Tyson T-shirt during the interview, said that he distinguished himself from the Former Boxing World Champion, who dominated the heavyweight division during his playing days. He described Tyson as a dedicated and influential champion, whom he looked up to as a teenager.
The 39-year-old, who has wrestled for 20 years, said fighting with different companies has made him a better fighter. "I had a great time wrestling all over the world and started wrestling professionally as a 19-year-old, and I am happy with the level I achieved after fighting for several companies."  Joe, who sold his living, discovered he was a banker. Wrestling. He noted that wrestling is an act and should not be considered violent; Keeping in mind that viewers, especially kids, understand wrestling, it's all about entertainment. The children of today are intelligent and can distinguish between reality and entertainment. A disclaimer is set up before each fight and children are warned not to try the wrestling moves at home.
He said that the biggest danger in wrestling is that wrestlers punish their body with a lot of punishment, but "we are always happy to do things for our fans." Our training is the most enduring in sports as we train year round which is physically exhausting. "
According to Joe, most wrestlers considered going on sometime in their careers, but said the doctors had kept them going and ready to fight every week.
Pamela Rose Martinez, known as Bayley in the wrestling world, knew she would become a 13-year-old wrestler who was still trying to make her grades in high school. She always trained after class and when she turned 18 she became a professional wrestler.
"Wrestling is one of the best things that can happen to me, it's the best in the world and I've been a wrestling fan since I was a kid, I knew it was something I had to do and I did In 2008, when I got the chance to become professional and make my debut, I took it with both hands, stepping into the ring does not scare me, I broke my head and dislocated my shoulder, but I'm still strong. However, Bayley stated that the injury she received last year made her think about her ambitions in WWE. "The injury I got last year has changed my mind, but the fact that I have my dream wanted to reach in the WWE, kept me busy and I forgot the pain when I stepped back into the ring. "
Surprisingly she enjoys the support of her family despite the fact that her parents would have loved her to graduate m achen. "I get a lot of support from my family. They always want to see my fights and that gives me a lot of encouragement. I studied psychology before I finished school, but I will still return to graduate and help people.
"The fact that I also have a friend in the company has helped me a lot, despite losing our cool despite struggles, and I let it go for me and hope for a better fight next time see a situation in which women's wrestlers will be part of the main event in WWE, we need to be on a par with the men who make all those shows in the headlines, Bayley, who says she still plays basketball, advises the youngsters, Take education seriously if you want to be successful in sports.