How WWE Wrestlers Learn To Fight

James: Okay, stop. So… Narrator: If you want to make it as a professional wrestler… James: Boom. Narrator: You’ve got.


James: Okay, stop. So… Narrator: If you want to make it as a professional wrestler… James: Boom. Narrator: You’ve got to learn the basics of working in the ring. James: Schoolboy. Wait for me to take you. Narrator: Many WWE superstars start out at schools like this one. The New York Wrestling Connection in Deer Park, New York on Long Island. Some of the school’s alumni are current WWE superstars like Tony Nese, Zack Ryder, and Curt Hawkins. James: No choking! Narrator: At NYWC, students
get one-on-one instruction from former WWE superstar Bull James. Announcer: Going to the top
rope, maybe trying to put away Baron Corbin! Diving headbutt! Narrator: James spent three
years in WWE’s NXT promotion where he was known as “Bull Dempsey.” Announcer: Dempsey grabbing
hold of a steel chair! James: Best three years
of my life, hands down. Just traveling the world
with a great group of people. Learning from some of the
best minds in the history of our industry. Narrator: After being
released by WWE in 2016, James became the head coach at NYWC. The school charges students $200 for their first month of training. And $150 for each subsequent
month, which comes out to around $1800 for a full year. James: Here, you are paying
us to train, so it really just comes down to how
bad that person wants it. If they want to put their all
into it and be here every day and make the sacrifices and take the bumps and bruises, cool. And if they don’t, then they don’t. This right here is
where the magic happens. Narrator: The students get to train in a real 18×18 foot ring. How would you describe
the surface of the ring? James: Hard! Everybody thinks there’s like
a spring underneath. Not true. It’s wood and steel, padding
maybe is that thick, so. Your body builds up a callus.
If you can handle it, then you know, you got a shot. Good. Narrator: The students learn
the fundamentals of the sport. James: Give him a receipt. Narrator: The basic rolls, holds, and throws. James: Everything is based
around having good footwork. I won’t let them get in the ring unless their feet are right. Nope, do it again. It’s all repetition. So, you’re gonna do it over
and over again the right way and then it just becomes muscle memory. Narrator: To make the
in-ring battles look real students have to learn
the art of “selling” or making it look like
they’re actually in pain. James: Reacting with your
face and body in a way to make people emotionally
invest in what you’re doing. I don’t think anybody can
really ever teach selling. You either develop it or you don’t. Every hold that you see is a
real hold. If you are going to treat the hold properly
during a match, you need to know what it feels like. Nobody’s
gonna get stretched to where they’re hurt. You’ll
just feel a little bit and go, “Okay, yeah I don’t want that on.” Narrator: Advanced students
get the chance to showcase what they’ve learned in real matches. Along with being a school, NYWC is an independent wrestling promotion that puts on shows in
the Long Island area. One of the school’s up-and-coming
students is Jaden Valo. At only 18-years-old, Valo is already showing huge potential. Valo: Ever since the
first time I watched it something drew me into it, you know? Wanting to entertain people, wanting to be a part of something like, something huge like this. Narrator: Jaden is a senior in high school and uses the money he earns from a part-time job as a lifeguard to pay to train at NYWC. James: Turn it up, Jaden! Valo: Being able to work
with someone so often, especially, you know, three days a week, being able to spend these hours with him. He has so much knowledge. He
has so much stuff to share with everybody else, every
one of the new students. Having him as, like, a coach is kind of like one of the main things that is gonna help me
in the future for sure. Narrator: NYWC offers the students the tools they need to get started in the business, but
after that it’s up to them to see it through. James: If you’re coachable
and you’re willing to learn you’re gonna go so much
farther than somebody that shuts off and thinks
they know everything. Why do I have this? [Student]: So you can control. James: When I have head-control you’re going anywhere I put you. I don’t let people fail.
They can fail themselves but I won’t fail them as a coach. Before you roll backwards grab his ankles and pull him over. You build confidence and
trust from other people in you by just, simply just not quitting.

46 thoughts on “How WWE Wrestlers Learn To Fight”

  1. I don’t watch WWE or any wrestling stuff, because it’s pretty much just sweaty ppl beating the shit out of each other.

  2. Ironic thing is, if the ring has a spring under the ring then it’s much stiffer (harder). Now the rings without them have a bounce to them and are much safer than the spring rings. The contact still registers as some pain but not to bad when you’re bumping correctly.

  3. As someone who has trained in wrestling. Nothing about that ring is soft. I've had 2 concussions and fractured my spine this year.

  4. Universa has launched its franchise worldwide! that's another thing, gradually make the world on the blockchain and all this dirty economy will be a thing of the past!

  5. Though it is entertainment purpose, but they do take a lot of risk. It isn't smoke and mirrors, they bust their ass off for us, and we just say it it's "fake".
    It is not fake they fix matches, then they put the wrestlers according to the script. There are many wrestlers who have injured themselves inside the ring.
    So next time before saying it ""fake"" understand the WWE BUSINESS and then comment on them

  6. I've been training for about 2yrs and the craziest thing that ever happened is I had an indie match and I gave a botch frog splash and went head first on to the mat I got my first concession

  7. I’ll probably try out when I’m older, I wanna be like John cena. I’ll call my self BIG DADDEH CENA just kidding. I’ll try out when I’m older

  8. Watching pro wrestling is like watching stunts and theatre. Everything is scripted, but many stunts can hurt. Plus, doing bjj, i observe that many holds, rolls or techniques in general are factual, from traditional wrestling.

  9. hey,everybody.just want you to know that pro wrestling is entertainment not actual fight. if you want to watch a fight, watch mma, boxing and other combat sport. there is a reason why wwe call themselves sport entertainment. Understanding this pro wrestling history b4 talking shit it. oh, just want to tell you that without pro wrestling,mma like ufc, pride can't be born.

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