Fight What You Know

27 Mar

I’ve often heard that writers are always encouraged to write what they know, and to draw on personal experiences, utilizing their knowledge, to paint a more compelling picture for the audience.

I don’t know if that’s true or not, as I’m not a writer, and certainly no ones ever said it to me, but I’ve heard the line a lot.

You could say in wrestling there used to be a theory that you should fight what you know, or more accurately deploy the training you picked up.

At this point some people will be asking, but what’s the difference between what one fighter learns, and another?

And today, sometimes, there may not be that much, but it wasn’t always that way…

Before the birth of the modern era wrestling was divided into different territories, and each territory developed it’s own individual style, to cater for it’s own local market.

Because of this some regions would lean more towards a hardcore style, or a brawling style, or an athletic style, a high flying style, a technical style, or just more towards the flash, and the glitz of the entertainment business.

And of course, when your region developed that style, then the next generation schooled there would be schooled in that style too, as people taught what they knew, and fought what they knew.

As we moved into the modern era, and the regional promotions began to die away, then so the lines blurred, and now, instead of a fighter coming from the south, or the north, or Canada, or Europe, bringing with them a distinctive, and different style, the divide seems to have vanished, except for the divide between those schooled on the indy circuit, and those schooled by the larger promotions.


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