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Pro Wrestling Gear – Basics | Coach Josh Gerry

August 20, 2019


Hola Amigos! Coach Josh Gerry, and today,
we’re gonna talk about gear. Hey guys, it’s me Tenille Dashwood and you’re
watching Coach Josh Gerry. Hey guys! Coach Josh Gerry here and,
I know, Lucha Libre,
professional wrestling mask, that may not be the first thing you think about, when
you think about Pro Wrestling gear but here I’m going to line out some of the
basics that you need to know, when you’re starting out as becoming a professional
wrestler, and getting your first set of gear. Now the basic thing is, rule number
one, get some. Right? The difference between a professional wrestler and a
guy pretending to be a professional wrestler, is the gear. The difference
between an independent pro wrestler and a pro wrestler that is on television, is
the gear. The clothes make the man. Right? You know that saying? And the same thing goes
for professional wrestling. You have seven seconds, from the time you make an
entrance, in a professional wrestling match, in
front of a crowd, to make an impression on somebody. What’s the impression you’re
trying to make? A professional wrestler? Or a wannabe wrestler? So let’s start
with the basics. The first one is: you got to get some elbow pads and some knee
pads. I personally, never wore elbow pads or knee pads when I wrestled. You could
say I’m paying for it now, but I just didn’t feel comfortable. Didn’t feel I
had the range of motion that I needed to as an active competitor in professional
wrestling. So I nixed them. But, you don’t know. Because I tried the sleeves. I tried
the elbow pads. I tried knee braces. I tried the
volleyball knee pads, AMAs, all that stuff. And I just didn’t like them. They felt
constrictive. They kept sliding down. I just didn’t like them. So I nixed them. So,
while you’re training, get some, see how you like them, and then that way, you can
go ahead and roll and determine what you want to do. There have been several
professional wrestlers that wrestle without elbow pads or knee pads. So it’s
not a must that you have them, but it also makes sense from a competitor
standpoint because you are hitting people with your elbows and your knees,
and you’re hitting the mat, and hitting the floor. It would make sense that you
would want to protect them. Now the number two thing, and probably the most
important purchase you will make early on in your professional wrestling career:
boots. *sigh* I know. A lot of people say, “But I wear tennis shoes, or I wear wrestling
shoes, or I wear kick pads” or whatever the excuse may be.
Wrestling boots, first and foremost, sets you apart from a lot of guys on the
independents to begin with. Take a look at the active roster on WWE, Impact
Wrestling, New Japan, Ring of Honor, CMLL, AAA, and what are those guys
wearing? Most of those guys are wearing boots. Now, yes, they are an expensive
purchase. It does take a little bit to invest in yourself in a pair of, uh,
professional wrestling boots BUT when you’re first starting out, you’re trying
to figure out who you are, and trying to figure out who your character is, and
things like that, there’s no reason to go out and spend $500 on a custom pair of
wrestling boots. Go ahead, go on Highspots, E-Lucha, wherever you can, get you a cheap pair of $100, $150 boots that are pre-sized. They’re probably gonna be too loose in areas and too
tight in others, but it gets you used to wearing boots. That is what I’m gonna
recommend because when people go to a pro wrestling show what do they expect
to see? Pro wrestlers! So, look the part. If you look the part, people will be a little bit
more behind you. Can you imagine going to a pro wrestling event, as an eight year
old kid, and the first guy that comes through the curtain is wearing shorts
and a t-shirt? Right? And you’ve seen guys on television? Okay.
So boots is one. Uh, next one is, you want to get some type of trunks or tights.
Same thing. They don’t have to be super custom when you’re first starting out.
Save that for later. But get you something, so that you look like a
professional wrestler. So it’s your first match. It’s your first ten matches. Your first 50 matches. You’re wearing pre-worn wrestling boots. You’re wearing,
probably Dick’s Sporting Goods, knee pads. And you’re wearing pre-made trunks or
tights from Highspots. And you know what? That’s okay.
You already, in my opinion, look better than 90% of the guys on the independents
anyway. You already look like a professional wrestler. Then, once you get
the idea of wrestling and you start figuring out who you are as a character.
Who you are. What your gimmick is. What you want to be in the ring, then you can
work on getting the custom stuff that, has your name on it, has a logo, has a
design, has your initials, maybe, on the boots, is a good idea. I’ve seen that one
before. Uh, and you can also start getting the flashy fabric that has the sequins,
or the metallic, or the wet look, to really pop and stand out when you
audition, or have your tryout matches, or seminars, camps, whatever, with the big
companies. You will be able to pop out that good gear and they say “Hrm, I could
see that guy on television.” I can not tell you how many camps, seminars, and tryouts
that I have been to, where guys have been told, “Man, we love the way you wrestle. We
love your attitude. And we love what you do in the ring but your gear looks like
crap. Upgrade the gear and we’ll think about it.”
So, go ahead and nix that right now. Go ahead and get the gear while you can.
But looking the part is the biggest thing. Like I said, you’ve got seven
seconds, from the time you walk out of the curtain, to the time that the
audience makes up their mind, whether they want to cheer you, boo you, or don’t
give a crap about you. Make the best impression. Put your best foot forward.
Okay? Now I’m gonna go ahead and say this, if you’ve made it this far, I’m sure the, uh, the idea has come to your head: “But Josh, Kevin Owens wears a t-shirt.” Or so
and so wears wrestling shoes. Or John Cena wears cargo shorts. Okay, those guys
are getting paid a whole lot more money than I am. They’re getting paid a whole
lot more money than you are. But, they’re where you want to be. Okay? You’re not Ric
Flair. You’re not John Cena. You’re not Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn. Do what gets
the people seen and there. I know that is so much of a “Do as I say. Not as I do”
mentality. When I started out professional wrestling, I wore a shirt
and I wore the, uh, the cargo pants, and, but I did get a pair of all leather combat
boots, and got a wrestling sole put on, so I do have that going for me. But I’ve
learned. I’ve been around guys. I’ve been around TV. I’ve been around pay-per-views.
I know what the higher-ups are looking for. And I know what makes them do the
double take, okay? You want to be seen. You want to be noticed. And in a sea of guys
wearing red and black, I’m getting to that, stand out. Color. Color is a huge
thing. You’ve got your wrestling boots. You’ve got your trunks. and your tights.
You’ve got your elbow pads and now you’re looking at custom gear. Everybody
wants to wear black and red. Those are the two biggest colors in professional
wrestling that people want to wear. You want to stand out?
Try yellows. Try greens. Try purple. Try blue. Or better yet, get a
set of each. You go to a show, see what everybody’s wearing, and then you wear
the one that stands out. This business is based on aesthetics. And you have to be
able to stand out. The pre-made gear from Highspots or elucha is fine when you’re
starting out, but you need to figure out a way that you’re gonna work and get
custom stuff that really steps out so you look different than other people.
I’ll talk about that more, I just don’t have time in all these videos guys. If
you’ve got comments, put them in the.. questions, comments, whatever. put them, uh, put
them below. And as always, you can subscribe to me. New videos every week
and click for more videos and hit up my social media in the links below man. I’d
love to hear from you guys until then: keep driving and striving!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Savveon Ayers August 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Just curious, how do you feel about kick pads?

  • Reply Scott Christie August 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Hey fella. 🙂 Really enjoying your videos. I've been training for just under 1 year now and am looking into possibly getting myself some gear soon. I was thinking about getting some plain colour tights and perhaps some kickpad covers with a design to go over my kickpads.

    I am kinda dabbling between gimmick ideas but I thought about some red tights/pants with some kickpad covers. Maybe a phoenix on them. I thought this because it wouldn't be specific to one particular gimmick. What are your thoughts on this??

  • Reply Rob Sycamore March 3, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Brilliant call on bringing (nice and appropriate) colour to your gear. Not everyone can look like Roddy or Austin. Lethal's gear has always seemed like a good example of changing up the typical gear appearance.

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