PARKS'S TAKE PARKS'S TAKE: Want to break into the wrestling business?, Ask William Regal, plus Thoughts of the Week
Oct 22, 2014 - 12:17:11 PM
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By Greg Parks, PWTorch columnist
Occasionally here at the Torch, we get e-mails from people who want to break into the business as wrestlers. They approach us looking for advice on the best way to do so. Recently, William Regal tweeted some of his tips on becoming a pro wrestler. And I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say it’s better to follow his words than anyone here.
Regal’s thoughts have a tint of old-school to them, but that’s okay. He’s been around the business for a long time, breaking in when he was very young. He’s a close confidant of Triple H, and someone who could end up gaining significant power backstage when Triple H eventually takes over. Regal has scouted talent recently and has had a hand in some of the independent hirings WWE has made over the last several months. In other words, if your goal is to make it to WWE, take what Regal writes seriously.
Among the words of wisdom he doles out is what workouts to perform to get into wrestling shape (which is often different than what others think of when they think of being “in shape”). His in-ring advice should be taken in by some of the wrestlers on the main roster in WWE right now, including “make everything you do mean something or don’t bother doing it.”
There are also tips on how to refine your promos and find your voice, as well as how to carry yourself as far as body language. Regal points out that the eyes tell the story: “If you believe in yourself and your persona, it will be evident in your eyes.” Even though I’m not a wrestler, as someone who studies the business, I can learn a thing or two about what to look out for by taking to heart Regal’s insight.
Making it to WWE is the goal of most who get into the wrestling business. Regal’s Tweets, if taken seriously by young wrestlers, can increase those small odds of making it to the big time. He’s a guy who has wrestled many different styles for many different companies. So if you are an aspiring wrestler, I highly suggest following Regal on Twitter, if you’re not already. I guarantee you’ll learn something useful.
Other Thoughts: I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Chris Jericho’s third book, which was recently released. His first two were very entertaining, and Jericho has lived a life that is unique and different from other wrestlers who have written autobiographies. Anticipate an upcoming column of mine in the PWTorch Newsletter to be a review of the book…One of my yearly regrets is not taking in enough independent wrestling. However, given WWE’s oversaturated weekly TV presence, plus the WWE Network, I find it hard to dedicate even more of my free time to watching wrestling. And now with New Japan making noise with some great shows over the last year, there’s even more that I feel like I should be watching. Can we just add a few more hours to the day?...I thought it was silly to not only bill the latest John Cena vs. Randy Orton PPV match as their final battle (you know, after the last time they had their final battle), but to also put the World Title #1 contendership on the line. Is this a sign WWE believed that not even a straight-up Cena vs. Orton match in Hell in a Cell would be a draw? Or, are they using the stipulation as an excuse to put the match on last instead of Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins? Either way, having the man who lost to Ambrose for the opportunity to face Rollins, then get a chance to face the World Champion just doesn’t seem right…Mick Foley’s appearance on Raw was a nice surprise (even nicer than a Tommy Dreamer surprise), and like The Rock’s return, was positioned to take place at Halftime of the Monday Night Football game. WWE may lose out on ratings for not advertising these returns ahead of time, but they also reward the viewer for watching each week. If people think they can’t tune out because they’ll miss a surprise, it’ll be worth it for WWE in the long run.
Read Parks's Smackdown TV Report every Friday here at PWTorch.com and on the free PWTorch App available in your smartphone store. Follow Parks on Twitter @GregMParks.
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