WWE: Home To The Best Improv. In The World

'Rowdy' Ross RutherfordSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2009

A common misconception about professional wrestling amongst the casual wrestling watchers, the media, and anyone who has ever heard of the "fake" sport, is the misconception that professional wrestling matches are choreographed. They seem to think that the matches are planned out move for move, like a dance.

Professional wrestling matches are not planned.

A "spot" may be discussed backstage that should take place at a certain time during the match, but other than that the performers are on their own out there. Wrestlers just go with it.

You can tell a good WWE performer from a bad one because the good one's movements look natural. A bad one might look planned like when someone moves into position to catch an opponent that is diving over the top rope or if they react to a move awkwardly.

When pro wrestlers walk out onto that stage and into that ring, in front of all those people, and all the folks at home, it is all up to them to come up with a performance.

It's like looking at someone "Okay, you go out there and do something incredible to please about three million people watching you; oh, and where live so don't screw up." You think there is some amount of pressure in that for them? No.

Actually, these guys are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do that exact thing, and do it well.

Professional wrestling is a lot like improv comedy. You’re coming up with something that will please a crowd and it has to be good, and usually it is.

You aren’t just born to be great at anything. You have to develop a skill for something. Pro wrestling is a lot like other sports in that aspect. You have to train. You have to know your way around a ring and you have to know how to communicate with the person your wrestling with. That is why they have wrestling schools.

Improvisation is difficult. If two WWE performers are having problems communicating with one another in the ring you can tell. If two performers know what they’re doing and know how to have a great match with someone (or anyone) then it really comes off looking great.

All of the charisma, talent on the microphone, and weight training means nothing if you can't go out there and come up with ways to make the match look authentic and plausible, and entertain at the same time. It must be a lot harder than it looks.

The performer must be thinking miles per minute. He has to be thinking about what he is doing and what he is about to do and then what he will have to do after that in just a time frame of a few seconds.

It has to be a huge adrenaline rush and at the same time they have to keep each other safe. The last thing they want is to hurt one another.

Being a performer for World Wrestling Entertainment is very difficult. You have to wrestle three or four days a week. Having to come up with a good match each and every day can be nothing short of a huge undertaking. That is why wrestling fans get insulted when you call wrestling "fake." Other people don't understand the amount of work that a pro wrestler puts into their performance.

It takes years of practice and training to get good and decades of experience to become great. Not just anyone can enter a ring and have a match. You have to know how to pace the match. You can't go out to the ring and try and hit your finishing move as soon as the bell rings.

The superstars of the WWE, and all of wrestling, have dedicated their life to this form of entertainment. It is their life.

It is every pro wrestler’s goal to become the best and to do that they have to go out into the ring each night and perform to the best of their ability. They must hone their skills and have fantastic matches. The incredible part is that all of this is done on the spot.

WWE is truly the home of some of the greatest improv performers of our time.