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10 Facts About WWE Wrestling Ring You Didn’t Know

10 Facts About WWE Wrestling Ring You Didn’t Know

There are various types of combat sports in our world. Every athlete who performs combat sports needs a platform to showcase their skills. The stage varies according to the needs of different regions. When it comes to pro wrestling, the ring is the stage where wrestlers unleash their abilities. Unless there are special stipulations, wrestling matches always begin and end inside the ring, and promotions always pay special attention to the construction of the ring. So in this article, we will have a look at 10 things about WWE’s wrestling ring you might not know about. 

 

10) Construction at the bottom of the ring 

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All the wrestling action takes place on the ring mat. It is the part that delivers the most impact and causes the most damage to the wrestlers’ bodies. The bottom of the ring is reinforced with twelve beams, four cross beams and eight beams. They place wooden boards on top of that, then add a layer of foam over the boards and further add several layers of canvas cover. The foam reduces the impact on wrestlers’ bodies, but it is not that soft, so the promotion adds special ring padding.   

 

9) The ring had springs initially 

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Before foams, WWE used springs to reduce the impact between the planks and canvas. But they were not as effective as foam because once springs began to wear out with all the heavy impact, the bottom could collapse, resulting in wrestlers’ bodies hitting the wooden frame directly without anything to absorb the shock. The company decided not to use springs in their ring structure since the 1990s and started using foams. 

 

8) Turnbuckles 

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The steal beams support the rings’ structure and make up the turnbuckles. They serve as connections between the ring ropes and the ring posts. Because they are made of hardened steel, the turnbuckles are protected with padding and cushioned covers bearing the promotion’s logo to protect wrestlers from serious damage. Turnbuckles are also used by wrestlers as weapons during matches, and it is important that the crew install adequate protection to prevent any injuries to the wrestlers. 

 

7) Standard size of the ring 

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The standard size of a WWE ring is 20-foot by 20-foot, but there are some modifications depending on the venue. Mark Carpenter has been behind WWE Rings’ construction for over two decades. He once explained the ring’s dimensions and how the crew would reduce the ring to 16 feet whenever they had to place it in the middle of a small stage, but some venues hosting shows make special arrangements to accommodate a 20 foot ring even on smaller stages. 

 

6) Ring ropes 

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Wired ropes are used by most of the wrestling companies in their rings, but in the case of WWE, they only use real ropes in their rings. In the early days, the poles were used to hold the ropes, as the ropes were not as strong as they are now and on many occasions, would bend when the wrestlers bounced off the ropes. The poles are now much heavier and can withstand all the impact exerted by the wrestlers on the ropes. Ropes can deteriorate over time and need to be replaced whenever necessary to prevent breakage. 

 

5) Heating system 

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When WWE organizes their shows at outdoor venues during cold climate conditions, the crew adds some things to the ring so that the superstars do not get too cold from fighting in an open arena. The heating system is hung above the ring, while the outer frames are similar. They had to use special poles to bring heat and furnaces had to be attached to the pillars so that warm air would flow through holes in the poles. 

 

4) Setup during Inferno Match 

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The ringside timekeeper Mark Yeaton worked with Mark Carpenter in the creation of the WWE ring and shared some of the modifications he made to the ring when Kane and The Undertaker competed in the first-ever Inferno Match. The ring had to be surrounded by the fire, so special poles were used that wouldn’t belt or burn. They also had to create special hangers that would catch the flames and keep them at a distance from the ropes so they would not burn. 

 

3) The ring side steps 

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The steel stairs are accessories around the ring that are used by the wrestlers to get in and out of the ring. However, those stairs are often used by the wrestlers as their weapons and these steps are not made of steel, as the WWE claims. The steps are made of aluminum. If they were made of real steel, they would not have been easy to lift. Aluminum ladders are lightweight and can easily be lifted by wrestlers. They cause only minimal damage to the opponent when used as weapons. 

 

2) Reinforcement of rings 

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The standard WWE rings are strong enough to withstand the impact of singles and multi-man matches, but they need to have some additional reinforcements to prevent any unexpected collapse, especially when super heavyweights compete on them and during matches like Royal Rumble. At such times, the crew adds more beams below the ring. Jacks are also placed under some of the beams and ground them like a jack under a car. There have been many instances of rings collapsing, like during the match between Mark Henry and Big Show. Although it is planned, WWE takes extra measures to prevent any accidents during the match. 

 

1) Cost of building a ring 

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WWE is a massive wrestling promotion, so they have made all the necessary efforts to ensure the quality of the ring and the safety of the superstars. According to a report, the cost of setting up the WWE ring is around $5,000 to $10,000. Costs vary depending on the needs and locations, and the cost includes quality steel beams, covers, wooden frames and other value additions made to the ring from time to time. 

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