Is pro wrestling harder than MMA?


Dan “The Beast” Severn has been reflecting on his career a lot lately, since he has announced he will no longer compete in combat sports after 2012.

“Professional wrestling is much more difficult,” said Severn. “I’ve been hurt far worse in the professional wrestling industry than I have been in all of my cage matches.”

“I’ve never claimed to be a fighter — I’m a competitor. You’ve got to get within leg’s reach or arm’s reach to hit me, and if you put that limb out there, I’m going to grab that limb and use it against you. You’ll never see the light of day until I let you loose.”

“What makes me nervous about wrestling is that I have to put my body in someone else’s hands. If that person screws up, it’s me that gets hurt.”

“I say this as a broad stroke: professional wrestling is the biggest band of derelicts, ne’er-do-wells, misfits, nitwits and socially inept individuals ever. There are exceptions. But that’s the way it was when I first got involved, and it still is to this day.”

“If there was a ridiculous amount of money involved, I’d come out of retirement. I am a wrestler after all.”

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Bill Pharoni site profile image  

12/12/12 10:42 AM by Bill Pharoni

Of course it is. There is no recovery time.

stevekt site profile image  

12/12/12 10:27 AM by stevekt

Wasn't Jesse a Vietnam veteran?

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

12/12/12 10:04 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

You don't think Jesse could have ever hung with fighters?A Navy SEAL who bumped in hard wrestling rings hundreds of nights a year couldn't hang in a sport that put Julian Lane on tv as the next UFC star?

justinHD site profile image  

12/12/12 8:19 AM by justinHD

The real question is does it pay more.....yes it probably doesAnd if you pay me enough ill say whatever you want me to.

nomad1974 site profile image  

12/12/12 8:09 AM by nomad1974

You could have picked a pro wrassler who wasnt an ex SEAL and & ex Mongol.Depending on the fighter, i wouldn't be shocked if Jesse killed them.

theshooter site profile image  

12/11/12 11:16 PM by theshooter

Worked pro wrestling is as tough as the people doing it make it. It can be tough by working stiff (as in doing the moves hard so they hurt), which is frequently the case in Japan. Also, if a wrestler screws up they can seriously injure somebody. And some of the moves these wrestlers do are absolutely crazy.

Othello site profile image  

12/11/12 11:04 PM by Othello

Pretty much. Just depends on how the person describes "harder". Pro wrestling is definitely harder on the performers body. Being on the road 300+ days on the year probably takes a huge toll on their mind. BUT I would say mastering all the disciplines to be successful in MMA is harder than pro wrestling, at least imho.

Mega Colossus site profile image  

12/11/12 10:52 PM by Mega Colossus

Depends how you define "harder" . Mma is intense knowing someone going to try and take you head off  in front of millions of people watching, is a bit surreal.  Pro Wrestling seems  to be over a longer haul, traveling,not seeing family, dropped on your head time over time, pain killers. I reckon the life of a pro wrestler is harder but actually fighting  mma is harder but harder in a different way. Does this make sense ?  

kwnel2178 site profile image  

12/11/12 10:31 PM by kwnel2178

I think MMA requires more skill, but wrestling is probably more draining on the body, because those guys are constantly working a tight schedule and taking a beating in the process.

stonepony site profile image  

12/11/12 9:57 PM by stonepony

Which is like saying it takes more skill to throw yourself down a flight of stairs as a stuntman, because you get more hurt.