If you are a professional wrestler that often takes bookings up and down the country, driving long hours between shows, that leaves you with very little time to find that special someone in your life. Locker rooms, especially male ones, can be full of jacked and testosterone-fuelled guys that jump from woman to woman depending on their fancy that evening.
Ask anyone who has laced up a pair of boots and they will tell you that maintaining a love life and a career as a professional wrestler is incredibly difficult. That is why so many ends up meeting their partners in the business – after all, just look at the number of real-life couples there are in the WWE. On the independent circuit, however, things are a little bit different and instead of being put up in five-star hotels each night, performers may do with sleeping in cramped cars or sleeping on floors. Not exactly the best environment to meet the love of your life.
If you are serious about finding love, you will have to consider what your priorities are. While there are some instances where long-distance relationships work, more often than not they don’t, sadly. Consider cutting back on the list of dates you are booked in to allow more time for you and your man or woman. While this may affect how much money you are earning initially, the days off won’t only serve to allow love to blossom, but will also help your body to recover from niggling injuries that wrestlers so often perform through.
Keep the Ego Away
Many wrestlers end up living the gimmick, whereby the character they portray in the ring and who they really are outside of it starts to become one and the same. Ric Flair is a famous example of this – while he has enjoyed a long and distinguished career having donned a playboy lifestyle, outside of it he has gone through no less than four divorces. Ego simply will not get you very far in the long run.
Be Flexible and Make Compromises
This relates back to the first point about prioritization, but you have to be flexible and willing to make compromises to make love work. If you don’t and you leave your romantic interest feeling as though they are second best to your career, the chances are that they will look for someone that will put them first. Of course, for them to be able to date a wrestler, there has to be a level of understanding on their part, too, but the relationship will only work if both of you can meet in the middle. Wrestling is a short career, so don’t allow it to ruin something that could be with you for the rest of your life.
Have an Active Social Media Presence
In 2020, every professional wrestler should have an active social media presence if not just to sell their matches and angles. However, it is also a fantastic means of engaging with fans that, you never know, might just turn into something more. Be careful here, though, because many fans will only be attracted to your character instead of you, so don’t rush into anything. Take the time to get to know the person and, more importantly, for them to get to know you.
Use Dating Sites
On the subject of getting to know someone on a more personable level, as well as social media you should try signing up for dating sites. The results of the research, conducted by the dating site iwantu.com, show that a lot of professional sportsmen find their partners online.
Trust Your Relationship
Finally, both you and your partner will need to have a lot of trust in each other to make things work. It can be easy to become paranoid when you spend so much time apart, particularly when one (or even both) is performing and spending so much time in such an intense environment with a fit and athletic performers. Make sure to keep in regular contact, just so as the other person knows you are thinking about them.