Category Archives: Pro Wrestling

Where I discuss professional wrestling, such as the WWE.

Professional Wrestling is a Martial Art

I’m posting this here so when it becomes commonplace to regard pro wrestling as a martial art, and we can all agree that I came up with the idea.

So, listen.  Pro wrestling is a martial art.  It is a non-competitive, performative martial art.  Like aikido.

You ever heard of an aikido tournament?  They don’t have those.  They do have demonstrations, though, which are non-competitive and performative.

Heck, there’s a long history of non-competitive, performative martial arts.  Take, say, what Jackie Chan does.  He’s a martial artist, and his style is rooted in the martial arts taught to opera performers, which is to say, performative and non-competitive.

Additionally, most people study martial arts in non-competitive, performative ways.  Sets of moves that you practice alone, except for when performing for your advancement committee?  Performative, non-competitive.  Or do you imagine that hitting a bag isn’t non-competitive and performative?

(And as an interesting aside, professional wrestlers do better in competitive martial arts than most non-competitive martial artists.  Not a lot of aikido guys do well in MMA, but a whole lot of pro wrestlers do!  Hell, part of how MMA was formed is pro wrestlers in Japan wondering who would “really win” in a competition.  The promotion was called Pancrase.  You can check it out.)

Just sayin’ that professional wrestling is a martial art.  For realsies!

Don’t Stop Believing iPPV from Rockstar Pro Wrestling!

My wife and I just came back from the Rockstar Pro wrestling iPPV event “Don’t Stop Believing.” This is my thoughts on the show.

I can’t make it a proper review because this is only the second Rockstar Pro event I’ve been to. Which means that the storylines are still opaque to me. I’m not even 100% sure who’s a regular to the promotion and who they brought in for their monthly PPV. Noob I am.

The big picture: my wife and I enjoyed the wrestling. Also, seeing something live means you’re seeing it differently. We were in the front row, too, so we got a bunch of it up close and personal. At one point, I was asked to hand a wrestler a chair. I, of course, did, because why wouldn’t I?

Additionally, it wasn’t an arena filled with ten thousand people. There is an intimacy involved in small venues, as anyone who listens to live music knows. You are there. With them. With bigger shows, you’re not even a face in the crowd – you’re a smear and a susurration.  You are anonymous and faceless.  Not so here.

I say this because good wrestling up close is far, far better than highly-produced wrestling seen at a distance. That must be mentioned. I found in a small wrestling venue that the immediate impact on all my senses was more intense than I imagined it would be. The sharp harmonics when someone was slammed on the mat, the crack of chest slaps, the meaty thud when two bodies collided. The spray of sweat, wrestlers spitting blood. Sure, there was no jumbotron, no pyrotechnics, but I’m well past the point of being dazzled by gunpowder and “bigness.”

Seriously, if you like wrestling, go see a show in a small venue.

Perhaps later on, when I have a better handle on the characters and storylines, I’ll go into more detail about the events.  Right now, I do not think I would do them justice.  I would certainly like to thank Rockstar Pro and all the wrestlers for putting on a fine performance. It’s a hard, painful, dangerous profession. These men and women put their bodies on the line to give us joy and I respect the hell out of that.

Also, whenever Fulton comes out, for crying out loud, let’s start changing “blood and souls.” Respect the Star of Chaos!