Some people believe that high school wrestling may be a call for help. Wrestling is one of the most violent sports that are available in high school apart from football and wrestling is usually tackled one-on-one which means that it can be seen as an outlet for individual aggression. Many parents are concerned when their students take up wrestling because they believe it to be a dangerous sport and that it may be an indication that Read the rest of this entry »
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, during television’s infancy, the fledgling TV networks were faced with the problem of filling their airtime with programming. Looking for shows that were cheap and easy to produce, they hit upon the idea of televising professional wrestling, and matches from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles quickly became popular staples of television’s early days.
Televised wrestling’s popularity has never really waned. Whether appearing in the grainy black and white footage of the fifties or today’s HD, cable extravaganzas like the service you can get at directspecialtv.com, many of wrestling’s superstars have transcended their sport and gone on to become pop culture icons. Let’s look at a few of them.
Gorgeous George, born George Wagner, was television’s first bona fide wrestling star. Entering the ring to the regal strains of Pomp and Circumstance, the flamboyant, platinum haired George would stroll down a red carpet, preceded by his valet, tossing rose petals at George’s feet. As a result of his theatrics and charisma, Gorgeous George became a household name as well as one of TV’s early stars.
While many great wrestlers made (and broke) their bones in the ’60s, the decade belonged to Bruno Sammartino. The young Italian bodybuilder, known for his amazing strength and his clean tactics, fought his first big match at Madison Square Garden in January, 1960 and was headlining within 6 months. He became the World Wide Wrestling Federation champ in 1963, and held the title for just under 8 years, a record that has never been duplicated. As a sign of his popularity, it’s said that spectators cried when he lost the title to “bad guy,” Ivan Koloff .
Though his actual height remains a bit of a mystery, the 7 footish, Andre the Giant arrived on the WWF scene in 1973 and quickly became a fan favorite. Billed as “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” Andre played the friendly giant, swatting his smaller opponents around the ring in an almost disinterested fashion. His career lasted well into the 1980s and he gained a new legion of fans when he crossed over into acting with his role of Fezzik, the lovable giant, in the movie, “The Princess Bride.”
Arguably the most famous and popular wrestler of all time, Hulk Hogan dominated the wrestling world for most of the ’80s and ’90s. Sometimes the good guy and sometimes the bad, the square-jawed, 6’7″ Hulkster combined personality, theatrics and athleticism to become wrestling’s top draw. He parlayed his wrestling popularity into numerous television and movie acting appearances, as well as a Saturday morning cartoon show, and a reality TV series, “Hogan Knows Best.”
From ’90s star, the ever popular, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, to current fan favorites, The Rock and John Cena, the world of professional wrestling continues to provide its millions of fans with superstars they can both cheer and boo.
Parents who think that high school wrestling promotes violence will need to understand that it is just like martial arts. A good martial artist will not use their powers for bad but simply to perform or to protect. This mindset is also pounded into every high school wrestler’s mind. Parents need to know that football might be an even more violent sport yet people are saying that it promotes violence. However, since wrestling is a one on one sport, Read the rest of this entry »
Sports are a great extracurricular activity for adolescents to participate in. The benefits from sports include learning to work as a team, participating in physical activity, and balancing more than one task at a time. Most sports are available through school programs, though some are available through the town or city the adolescent lives in. These sports require the adolescent to be able to dedicate enough time for practices, and to be able to attend all the games. Once on the team, they must be able to be fully focused while at their games or matches, especially if Read the rest of this entry »
In many instances, being a high school athlete is very good for a student. It gives the students something else to do during his or her free time and keeps them focused on a positive goal. With the constant rise in competition among high schoolers in sports, students are forced to work harder and harder if they want to achieve. High School sports do a great job of keeping students busy during the season, mostly keeping them away from the high temptations of drug abuse so popular among Read the rest of this entry »
High school wrestling is a very popular sport all throughout the world and teenagers of all ages will admit that it is a very intriguing sport. However, people can’t help but notice that there is definitely a dark side to the sport. One of the most obviously things that you will see with the sport is that it is certainly violent. Here are a three reasons why you might reconsider allowing your child to wrestle in high school.
Wrestling is very physical and so a parent can’t help but think that their child is in Read the rest of this entry »
Playing high school sports may seem like all fun and games for most teens but it is actually a big part of their lives. Most adults who played high school sports will admit that there definitely was an affect on their lives when they played high school sports. Parents tend to think that sports in high school is mainly just to get kids off the street but this is not the case. Sports will help a Read the rest of this entry »