Greetings fellow wrestling fanatics,
Today I am taking a look at an aspect of professional wrestling that some, if not many people do not realize the importance of. Selling a beating!
I don't necessarily mean the hardcore or sophisticated wrestling fans like most of you here on Bleacher Report, but the more casual or younger fans of the world.
They fail to see how relevant and important it is to make your opponent look as indestructible as possible.
To me, there are really two ways of "selling" in a match. One way is to take massive, stunt-like bumps, either from high altitudes like the tops of ladders or steel cages, or to take big hits from deadly weapons like ladders, chairs, chains and sledgehammers.
The second way, and to me the more difficult way, is to just look like you are realistically taking a beating.
You make your opponent look like he is absolutely destroying you, and everything he is doing is having an enormous effect on your body.
I decided to compile a list of my top ten sellers in WWE history. Obviously this is my opinion, and I base it solely on what I know, and that is the WWF/WWE, from the years of 1986 through the present.
So if Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers and Gorgeous George were absolute brilliant sellers, I apologize for leaving them off my list as I have zero evidence to base it on.
I truly feel selling is a very important ingredient to make a good match great, and to make a great wrestler even greater.
Please feel free to comment and let me know who you think does the best job of selling a match. Here we go...