It was, to say the least, a day we will never forget. As we entered Little Rock’s Clear Channel Metroplex, I wondered how in the world we got ourselves into this. We walked through the lobby and into the arena where several men were setting up a wrestling ring. In a matter of minutes, Char and I would be in the center of that ring learning the secrets of professional wrestling from “All That” Alan Steel. After our training, Char and I would put our newly acquired skills to the test as we would take each other on in a mixed gender wrestling match a la Andy Kaufman from the days of old. Other matches would follow as Traditional Championship Wrestling put on their SummerClash 2010 event in front of an audience full of avid wrestling fans.
The basic answer to how we got in this position was simple. We were filming Episode Two of A Day in the Life, our new TV Show. This episode, “A Day in the Life of a Professional Wrestler,” has been the most anticipated and talked about event that The Traveling Twosome has yet to undertake. Our fans will be glad to know that we completed filming for the episode that very day – June 25, 2010 – and we will air the show in July 2010.
Once Alan Steel was ready to begin our training, we stepped under the ropes and into the ring. That was our first “wake up call.” Char and I had thought the mat would be much like a trampoline, bouncy and soft. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. The floor of the ring was basically several rows of 2×6 boards stacked two high and crossed with a hard mat on top measuring about half an inch thick. The ropes were steel chain covered with heavy duty rubber – not the soft foam material we expected. Just climbing into the ring, we realized that pro wrestling was more real than we had imagined!
We’re not going to give away much about what happened in this review… we’re especially not going to reveal who won our match. You’ll have to wait for out TV Show episode to air to see the entire match and find out who won. But we will reveal a bit here in this review.
First of all, let us say that falling on your back in the middle of the ring… HURTS (downloadable M4V file). There’s a proper way to fall to not become injured. But you’re still going to hurt. Char and I were sore for a few days after our match. When you see the professional wrestlers body slamming one another for five to ten minutes throughout a match, remember what I said… the floor of the ring is hard! Secondly, these guys are much more than “thespians with muscles” (a title I once gave them but which I must now admit was a misnomer). They are indeed athletes who train as much or more than participants of any other sport.
While outcomes may be scripted and storylines are preconceived, the action you see in the ring is, for the most part, very real indeed. Being friends outside the ring and off camera doesn’t take away from the reality of the action that goes on inside the ring. I’m not sure why I was so surprised by this, either. Char and I went at it in the ring and held nothing back but any reader of this site knows the intensity of our love for each other. We were really in the same boat as the professionals.
There was one major difference between our match and that of the pros (aside from the obvious difference that ours was mixed wrestling while they wrestled other wrestlers of their own gender)… our outcome was not preconceived and the victor was not scripted.
Char and I had a great time learning from the pros. Traditional Championship Wrestling runs a first class production. The action and storylines are fun and exciting, and the fans love every minute of it! Or trainer, Alan Steel, and everyone else we worked with that day were all a pleasure to work with and very professional. They take their job seriously and are among the best at what they do. We were truly surprised to see how much these athletes go through and put up with to produce a wrestling show.
We weren’t the only ones who were in for surprises that day, however. I’m sure that when we walked into the arena the professionals were thinking we were taking this whole “Day in the Life” lightly. I’m certain there were some who were looking at Char and I and couldn’t get past the Battle of the Sexes aspect of it all and thought we were going to “play nicely” and not engage in what they did in the ring. Within 5 minutes, I think we had their attention that we were truly going to try this – to become pro wrestlers for the day. Within 5 minutes, Char was no longer viewed as “the girl” but was looked at with high expectations. In fact, one audience member who was there for our match actually told Char that she was her new favorite wrestler! At the end of our match, Alan Steel presented the winner with the Online Traditional Championship Wrestling Title Belt. As we left the ring, we sported a few bruises, some scrapes, sore muscles, and a whole new appreciation for the sport of professional wrestling.
Here’s the trailer for “A Day in the Life of a Professional Wrestler.” (Downloadable 7.2MB M4V file playable in QuickTime, iTunes, VLC, and any other player or browser with MP4 support). And here it is in QuickTime MOV format (77MB large, high quality file). Check it out and leave your comments below to let us know what you think! The episode will air in July, 2010. We’ll also write a post about the match itself once we let the cat out of the bag regarding who won. Stay tuned!
To learn more about Traditional Championship Wrestling, check out their website at www.traditionalwrestling.net. You can purchase videos of their matches, read about the wrestlers, and find out when they are coming to your city!
And be sure to watch The Traveling Twosome’s “A Day in the Life of a Professional Wrestler” when it airs next month. The episode will include the entire match between Char and I and all the fun we had that day. You don’t want to miss this one! You will be able to download the episode right from this website or via our iTunes podcast link! So check back soon – and sign up for our fan club to stay informed of all our posts, TV shows, and radio shows.