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Backyard wrestling is a loose term used to describe the controversial practice of professional wrestling as performed by untrained fans in an unsanctioned, non-professional environment. Backyard wrestling is a title applied to home filmed and produced professional wrestling shows, videos, or events carried out by untrained athletes, mostly comprised of males between the ages of 12 and 30. In the years since its formation, Backyard wrestling has developed into an underground scene, where federations often produce, trade and distribute their videos via Internet, and other wrestling publications. Though backyard wrestling was not unheard of prior to the 1990s, the modern backyard wrestling "craze" lasted from roughly 1996 to 2001, during a time when televised professional wrestling was enjoying a period of unparalleled popularity. For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ...

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Practice

Many of those who practice it embrace a style that emphasizes risky high spots (which can involve diving or taking bumps from rooftops or ladders) and the liberal use of weapons in matches. These may include thumbtacks, barbed wire, tables, plywood, fire, glass, and fluorescent lamps. Even among participants who shy away from this, there still is a considerable level of inherent risk involved. Many professional wrestling holds require extensive training to perform correctly and safely, which few backyard wrestlers have received. These and other concerns are at the heart of the controversy surrounding the practice. In professional wrestling, a spot is a pre-planned move, which is designed to get a particular audience reaction or determine the pace of the match. ... A bump occurs whenever a wrestler hits the mat or the arena floor after receiving a move from his/her opponent. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... For other uses, see Ladder (disambiguation). ... A brass thumbtack A thumbtack (known as a drawing-pin in the UK, India, Australia and New Zealand) is a short nail or pin with a large, slightly rounded head made of metal which is used to fasten documents to a background for public display and which can easily be... Typical modern agricultural barbed wire. ... Look up table in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Towers of Hanoi constructed from plywood. ... For other uses, see Fire (disambiguation). ... This article is about the material. ... Fluorescent lamps Assorted types of fluorescent lamps. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ...


Backyard wrestling is so-called because it is often literally performed in yards, though most any location can host a backyard wrestling match, including parks, garages, playgrounds, vacant lots, warehouses, barns, and school gyms. It is common for backyard professional wrestling promotions, or "feds," to construct their own homemade wrestling rings. Wrestling on trampolines is also common, which allows for visually impressive moves to be performed with a minimal risk of injury. Others opt to simply perform matches on the bare ground which, in most cases, is more dangerous than performing in home-made rings. Backyard wrestling promotions can be highly organized,for example South Australias own Extreme Wrestling Promotion who constructed their ring from scratch and taped their shows and maintain websites where media is available for download and has remained one of the most recognized promotions in australias backyard wrestling history. The internet proved instrumental in popularizing backyard wrestling during its initial boom period. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Federation can refer to: Federation - a state governed under the system of federalism. ... For other uses, see Trampoline (disambiguation). ...


Relationship to Pro Wrestling

Backyard wrestling is modeled almost entirely after professional wrestling, and many backyarders are dedicated fans of the sport. Backyard matches are usually "worked" in the same way professional matches are, with finishes booked in advance and participants going over high spots beforehand. Like in professional wrestling, backyard wrestlers can be seen communicating with each other during bouts. However, while hardcore wrestling matches are often criticized for lack of direction, the same may be said for much of backyard wrestling, especially considering the aforementioned lack of training. This can result in poor communication and, thus, a high risk of injury. For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... In professional wrestling, a work is slang for a staged event (that is, one that enforces kayfabe). ...


Backyard wrestlers often create story lines and gimmicks in their wrestling events, creating persona and styles of their own. These characters are usually modeled closely after inspirations in their favorite professional wrestling promotions. Connoisseurs to the sport often criticize backyard wrestling as more sloppy and not as well thought-out as professional wrestling, especially because of the tendency of backyard wrestlers to use more absurd gimmicks and story lines. Creativity and organization are also important issues in creating successful wrestling events, of which the majority of backyard wrestling inherently lacks. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


History

In its history, backyard wrestling has changed significantly in terms of its professionalism, safety provisions, popularity, and hardcore style. Backyard wrestling tends to follow the trends of professional wrestling and changes in accordance with what are the fads and trends in the major promotions such as World Wrestling Entertainment or Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ...


Although backyard wrestling has been often associated with a Mick Foley home video in which Foley jumps off the roof of a house onto his opponent who is lying on a pile of mattresses, backyard wrestling most likely began in the 1950s emulating such stars as Gorgeous George, and later Bruno Sammartino, and Superstar Billy Graham[citation needed]. The earliest listed "official" backyarder's are Shawn "Crusher" Crossen and Charley "Luxury" Lane who started there own kids professional league called the "kids Quad Cities Pro Wrestling". The league started in ( March 1984). Later became the NWF through the early 1990, in Shawn own promotion known as NWF Kids Pro Wrestling.[1]Twin Cities based promoter and trainer Eddie Sharkey actually co-promoted a sold-out wrestling event that featured matches from both Pro Wrestling America (PWA) and NWF Kids Pro Wrestling at the American Legion Hall in Champlin, MN back on November 1986. [2] . In August of 1997 the now defunct CWF a backyard promotion originating from Vallejo, California began filming the television show CWF Devastation. "Devastation" aired between 1997-2000 on California public access stations, and has often been cited as the inspiration for the legendary West Coast backyard movement of the late 1990's.[3]. Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Gorgeous George may refer to: George Wagner, professional wrestler who used it as his ring name Stephanie Bellars, female professional wrestling valet who used it as her ring name George Galloway, a Scottish politician known by that nickname George Gillette, professional wrestling manager who used it as a ring name... Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest World Heavyweight Championship reign in... Eldridge Wayne Coleman, better known by his ring name, Superstar Billy Graham, is a retired American professional wrestler. ... Eddie Sharkey is an American professional wrestling trainer. ... Champlin is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vallejo (pronounced in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Devastation is a First-person shooter game released in February 2003. ...


Hardcore phase

Backyard wrestling became infamous for its out-of-control and unregulated dangerous stunts. Many people, most commonly male teenagers, frequently risked their lives in attempted dives, jumps, falls, and bumps. Many others would use sharp and harmful weapons, performing matches with flaming tables, barbed wire, lighttubes, thumbtacks and sharp metal tools such as cheese graters. While these violent practices carry a more extensive legacy in Japanese wrestling promotions such as Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling, many attribute their stateside popularity to the rise of Extreme Championship Wrestling. An under 16s motorbike display team perform a potentially dangerous stunt Freestyle & Stunt Show 2007 - Landrévarzec A stunt is an unusual and difficult physical feat, or any act requiring a special skill, performed for artistic purposes in TV, theatre or cinema. ... This article is about The Cheese Grater, the newspaper. ... Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, better known by its initials FMW, was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 1989 by Atsushi Ōnita (often spelled Ohnita). ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ...


These activities, which were also closely linked to the reckless nature of other teen-centered shows such as Jackass, were part of the "hardcore" phase of American professional wrestling, ushered in by the extreme style of promotions such as ECW, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, and Combat Zone Wrestling. However, when these promotions closed and/or toned down their extreme nature, backyard wrestling followed suit, leading to less dangerous activity. Because of this, the heavy bleeding and use of dangerous weaponry in backyard wrestling has now faded from popularity. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is an American based promotion, based around the ultraviolent style of professional wrestling. ...


The "backyard wrestling craze," as it was, began to slow down between 1999 and 2000 . Increased media attention[4] and reforms within the professional wrestling promotions themselves led to a generally unpopular view of wrestling and unprofessional stunts, leading to a decline in the popularity of backyard wrestling. This did not, however, lead to a total abolishment, as several popular internet wrestling communities still feature active message boards dedicated to the practice of backyard wrestling. After the death of Owen Hart people began to realise how unsafe backyard wrestling really is (even though Owen Hart wasn't a backyard wrestler, and didn't die in a wrestling accident.) This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999) was a Canadian professional wrestler who was most known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


Independent circuit

After 2000, many individuals changed and realized that the dangerous stunts they were doing had grave consequences. The internet and television[5] was more supportive in that it led to the distribution of information on professional wrestling which helped many individuals discover the proper way to perform certain moves, for example. More professional wrestling schools and small independent wrestling promotions formed at this time as well, accepting particularly skilled backyard wrestlers. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... A professional wrestling school is a school or gym that teaches students the necessary skills to become pro wrestlers. ... -1...


As a result, more of the younger independent wrestlers admit to having backyard wrestling experience, some claiming it is a hobby that they pursue while performing professionally. This does not reflect the majority of professional wrestlers, however, as backyard wrestling is often drastically different from that shown on television. Nonetheless, some independent wrestlers claim they continue backyarding because, whereas wrestling professionally means being told how, who, and where to wrestle by a booker or promoter, backyarders are their own bookers and promoters and can enjoy the freedom of wrestling their friends however they like for their own recreation. However, training in a "backyard wrestling environment" is often frowned upon by professionals, and the sport has a strongly negative connotation.


Controversy

Many backyard wrestlers cite Mick Foley as their inspiration, as a video of Foley's backyard wrestling exploits with his friends in college gained widespread attention after portions of it were shown on WWE television which glorified it as his entrance into the company. However, Foley himself discourages the practice of backyard wrestling. While he made a career by distributing a video of himself doing dangerous stunts such as jumping off a rooftop onto a mattress, he downplays what he did and says it is too dangerous. In his book Foley Is Good, Mick Foley recalls an instance where he was interviewed for a television piece about the growing trend for backyard wrestling. He claims that comments he made having viewed footage of a legitimate professional hardcore match were deliberately misrepresented and applied by the production company to a backyard vignette. in his book 'Mankind: Have a Nice Day', Foley also claims that he wasn't doing backyard wrestling but was actually making a movie about a wrestler who did several gimmick matches in backyard settings, because Foley and his friends could not afford an actual arena for their little movie. Foley also claimed in that book that all the major promotions frowned on hardcore wrestlers. Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Some professional wrestlers and most, if not all, professional wrestling promotions discourage backyard wrestling in public comments, because it involves legal risk to the promotions in the form of lawsuits by individuals. Several lawsuits have been brought against wrestling promotions, most prominently WWE, alleging that people have caused serious injury to others by imitating professional wrestling moves they saw on TV. As a result of this pressure, WWE now features prominent disclaimers during its programming which urges fans, "Don't try this at home." WWE also claims that it refuses to watch any videos by backyard wrestlers hoping to get into the Company, and it does not acknowledge backyard wrestling as training or experience. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Some professional wrestlers have admitted to practicing it themselves during their younger years. Those who have done so include the Hardy Boyz, C.M. Punk, New Jack, The Insane Clown Posse(ICP), "Sick" Nick Mondo, RVD, Bryan Danielson, A.J. Styles, Pyro, Maniac and "Mr. Hardcore" Ric Austin. While many backyard wrestlers believe that backyard wrestling is good preparation for future exploits in professional wrestling given Mick Foley's career, prominent wrestling school operators have often stated their disdain for the practice. Harley Race, in particular, has said "I absolutely hate it" and "It's just absolute stupidity."[6] The Hardy Boyz (also known as the The Hardys and Team Xtreme) are a professional wrestling tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that consists of real life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. ... Phil Brooks (born 26 October 1978), better known by his ring name, CM Punk, is an American professional wrestler. ... Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, New Jack. ... The Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is an American horrorcore/hip hop/rapcore duo originally from Wayne, Michigan, consisting of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler). ... Matt Burns, better known by his ring name Nick Mondo is a retired American professional wrestler. ... Rob Van Dam Robert Szatkowski, better known by his stage name Rob Van Dam (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan), is an American professional wrestler performing for World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... Bryan Danielson (born May 22, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington)[1] is an American independent professional wrestler, known as the American Dragon. ... Allen Lloyd Jones (born June 2, 1978 in Gainesville, Georgia), better known by his ring name The Phenomenal A.J. Styles (also written AJ Styles), is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is currently one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Media attention

In the earliest recorded media coverage from 1984 and 1985 that covered Backyard wrestling, the message and stories being told were nothing short of "positive" from well respected news outlets such as the Minneapolis StarTibune and KSTP Eyewitness News.[7][8] Between the 1980s and 1990s, the style of Backyard wrestling evolved to a much more violent form, focussing more on the "high risk" maneuvers and "dangerous" stunts which triggered a much different view from the media. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Backyard wrestling, and its forefather, professional wrestling, both reached greater popularity during the late 1990s and were the subject of disdain from the media.[9][10] It was a frequent topic for documentaries and televised news programs, often serving as an indication that the MTV Generation, as it had been dubbed, was among the most reckless, least guided, and most immoral of all teen generations. For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Although the implications of backyard wrestling on teen culture and on society as a whole compose a far more complicated debate, most media attention (and adults) in the United States feared that backyard wrestling was a degradation of society and of youth.


However, since the loss in mainstream popularity of professional wrestling, media interest surrounding backyard wrestling has calmed down. For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ...


Videos

Backyard wrestling videos are produced by the wrestlers of the federation. They are readily available on the internet. These videos are commonly filmed on camcorders with the cameraman occasionally providing the commentary on the matches. On the internet, most times the matches are shown in montage clips with heavy metal music in the background. There is also a Documentary called The Backyard about backyard wrestling featuring Rob Van Dam. Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan) better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is currently an inactive American professional wrestler. ...


Movies

  • Backyard Dogs(1999)

Documentaries

  • The Backyard
  • Backyard Beating
  • Vae Victis presents: CWF Foundation of devastation
  • NWF Kids Pro Wrestling "The Untold Story"

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Television

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References

  1. ^ "Video Kid Crusher Crossen: Just Like Gagne's Boys". Retrieved on 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Pro Wrestling Kids’ Style". Retrieved on 2007-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Spotlight Artist: CWF Devastation", Full Effect Magazine, 2000-04-20. Retrieved on 2007-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Extreme Backyard Wrestling: Dangerous Trend Sweeping Suburbia", 2001-04-18. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  5. ^ "The Unreal Story of Pro Wrestling synopsis". Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  6. ^ "SLAM! Wrestling Harley Race Chat". Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Crusher Crossen: He brought kids' wrestling to TV". Retrieved on 2007-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Rasslin' Fever Eyewitness News Update". Retrieved on 2007-02-28. 
  9. ^ "'Wrestling' Case Draws Life Sentence", 2001-03-09. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Boy To Appeal 'Wrestling' Murder Rap", 2001-01-26. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  11. ^ Ricki Lake Show. Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
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