Becoming a professional wrestler requires training, studying, networking and staying in excellent physical condition. Like other professional sports, professional wrestling is difficult to break into, and organizations are very selective about the wrestlers they hire.
Youth, high school and college wrestlers wear uniforms called singlets. These uniforms resemble women's one-piece swimsuits. The difference between the two is in the length and the dip of the neckline, which is dependent upon the style of wrestling in which the wearer participates.
Wrestlers in the various guilds and organizations which organize wrestling matches are paid on an individual basis and receive appearance fees and bonus pay in addition to whatever salaries they may command. Thus they may be paid anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
Professional wrestlers often take ring names to hide their identities or to play a character more effectively. Professional wrestling, such as the WWE, is about putting on a show as much as it is about having an actual wrestling match. Wrestlers with memorable ring names stay in the audience's mind.
WWE's official power rankings of Oct. 16, 2015,call John Cena the top wrestler in the organization. WhatCulture calls Seth Rollins the best WWE wrestler of 2015.
As of 2015, all states except for Mississippi rank male high school wrestlers. In the school year 2009/2009, Arkansas became the 49th state to establish a state wrestling championship for male high school wrestlers. In 2014, there were a record number of high school male wrestling teams at 10,688.
A "King of the Ring" match has wrestlers competing in a single-elimination tournament, with the ultimate winner being crowned King of the Ring. The concept was first used in the World Wrestling Federation and has continued to be associated with the WWE.
As of 2015, older female wrestlers include Keiko Nakano and Debrah Anne Miceli. Other older female wrestlers include Lisa Mary Moretti and Jacqueline DeLois Moore. All of these women were WWE world champions.
Developmental (or entry level) wrestlers in the WWE typically bring home around $25,000 while marquee superstars earn up to $3 million plus other perks per year. Individual earnings vary widely depending on the stage and caliber of the individual wrestler's career.
Famous female Japanese wrestlers include Yuzuki Aikawa, Dash Chisako, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Misaki Ohata and Bull Nakano. Other professionals include Yumi Ohka, Shuri Okuda, Plum Mariko, Riho and Sumie Sakai.