How to Become a WWE Wrestler

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The Rock and John Cena
So you want to be The Rock, huh? Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

As glamorous and attractive as wrestling seems on national TV, it's still a dangerous sport, even though acting plays a big part in the game. But if your heart's set on it, the following guidelines should get you started on your way to being accepted by the WWE. Keep in mind though, that very few make it to the top.

  • Start training while you're young. Although it's never too late to try, the younger you start professional training, the better.
  • Make sure you're in good physical shape. Being involved in other sports on a regular basis is a great way to keep in shape, which is necessary in the grueling world of professional wrestling.
  • Maintain your weight. Although size and weight aren't critical, you need enough weight to hold your own.
  • Get acting training or experience. Acting is an essential part of being in the WWE. If necessary, take lessons.
  • Be willing to travel and be away from home for long periods.
  • Now you're ready to submit an application and create your profile on the WWE's Performance Center website.
  • After reviewing your application, the WWE may then contact you to attend a future tryout, typically giving you four to six weeks' notice. The WWE holds tryouts throughout the year, both in the U.S. and internationally.
  • After the tryout, participants receive feedback and may be notified of potential opportunities. If selected, recruits will begin their superstar journey at the WWE Performance Center.

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Originally Published: Mar 30, 2011

WWE Wrestler FAQ

How much does a female wrestler make?
The highest-paid female WWE Superstar is Ronda Rousey who makes $1.5 million per year. Some other popular female wrestlers, such as The Bella Twins, earn in the $300,000 range. Other lesser-known wrestlers make about $80,000 a year.
What education do you need to be a WWE wrestler?
You don't need a formal education to be a pro-wrestler, but amateur wrestlers need to be over eighteen and have graduated high school.
Where is the WWE Performance Center located?
The WWE Performance Center is located in Orlando, Florida. This 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art center has long been considered the birthplace of the next generation of pro wrestlers.
What age should a person start wrestling?
Maturity level or age is not a particularly important factor. However, at the club level, children can start wrestling when they are four or five years old.
How much does a WWE referee make?
Most experienced WWE referees earn up to $250,000 per year. New referees, however, get a contract of about $50,000-$80,000 per year while others are compensated on a per match basis.

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