Northwest NEWS

May 21, 2001

Editorial

Backyard wrestling is a step too far

It is apparent to me and the rest of the fans in the world that professional wrestling is one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. But what about the fans who take wrestling to another level? I'm talking about the backyard wrestling fans. These are the fans that think hitting each other with light bulbs and chairs are cool. What they don't realize is that it's not only not cool, but it's also very life threatening.
   I myself used to be part of the whole backyard wrestling scene. That was until I did a stunt where I was put through plywood and screwed up my tailbone.
   Then I realized that being a backyard wrestler wasn't going to put me in pro wrestling, it was going to put me in a hospital. See I finally realized that, but a lot of backyard wrestlers who do moves that put pressure on the spine and neck are very dangerous. If they had any knowledge of what the moves can do to the body they probably wouldn't be doing them.
   Even the pro wrestlers such as Mick Foley, The Rock and many others in the WWF say though they know what they're doing they still get hurt. So when they see teenagers that don't know what they're doing, trying to duplicate them they fear for their lives. Backyard wrestling is not only dangerous it also shows signs of stupidity. Sometimes backyard wrestling gets so extreme that the wrestlers will set fire to themselves just to entertain their friends. The wrestlers will go to great lengths just to give their friends a "good" show.
   One of the major problems with backyard wrestling today is "blading." That's when a wrestler will cut themselves with a razor blade or a piece of glass just to enhance the match. But who really wants to see someone bleed on purpose?
   What people don't know is there is a well estimated one thousand Backyard Federations in the United States today, which means there are thousands of teenagers who are hurting themselves and hurting others for no reason. I just hope that parents stop their kids and that the kids themselves realize they're putting their lives in jeopardy.
   Bryce Baker