Now that it's been five days since the seminars, the exercises and words presented to us by Robbie E have had some time to stew. One specific drill that people seemed to have trouble with involved working a convincing heat. In pro wrestling, the heat is a stretch of time where the heel (the bad guy) beats the crap out of the face (the good guy), to make the eventual comeback all the more powerful. It's prime time storytelling. It also sounds a lot simpler than it actually is. A heat can last anywhere from a minute to ten, and you can't just wail on the guy for that whole time. You need to get some kind of rhythm in there, a logic. You need high points, low points, breaks and mad sprints. It's like telling any other kind of story. This was of special interest to me because I'm a heel, and I want to tell a convincing story. Thing is, as I would be told, you can't just cut a promo during your heat.Read More
“Who here wants to make a living wrestling?”
It takes me a few seconds of deep(ish) thought before I raise my hand. I mean sure, I’ve really enjoyed professional wrestling in the short time I’ve done it (or amateur professional wrestling as I like to call it). I get to dress in tights and be completely outrageous. I get to take those parts of me people might not like and dial them to 11. These things are encouraged and entirely expected of me. I’d never been booed so hard and didn’t know it was something you could want or something I’d look to cultivate. Would I want to make a living from it? Did I want to be wrestling nearly every night, travelling all over the country, and hoping to get noticed by the big brands? Did I want to risk numerous injuries, brain trauma and worse of all, the bruised egos backstage? I lift my hand. They’ll probably be building new bodies from scratch by the time I’m 80 anyway.
Some of the guys don’t raise their hands.Read More