If you’re a big fan of WWE like me, you must have questioned what the ring is made of at some point. Even if the fights are scripted, the smackdowns are very real. So, what is a wrestling ring made of?
What Is a Wrestling (WWE) Ring Made Of?
Wrestling (WWE) rings are made of wooden planks placed on solid steel beams. Occasionally, rubber mats are added before the planks. A layer of foam sits on the planks, topped with multiple layers of canvas covers. The ring has three ropes attached to ring posts using turnbuckles.
In this article, I’ll explain if WWE uses springs in their wrestling rings, how big they are, how much it costs to build one, and if landing in the ring hurts.
Do Wrestling Rings Have Springs?
Wrestling rings don’t have springs. WWE used springs in the past, but that’s no longer the case. Instead, the foam that sits under the canvas covers, absorbs most of the impact. The wooden planks below the foam are also flexible, meaning they absorb some shock too.
But if you hear the word foam and think of something nice and soft like a cozy hotel bed, I’ll have to disappoint you. WWE uses special wrestling ring padding that must be sturdy enough to stand on.
Besides, the show would look ridiculous if professional wrestlers like The Undertaker and John Cena bounced around the ring like two kids jumping on a bed.
So, the foam acts like a cushion for the impact, and the wooden planks are slightly bouncy, which means that it’s not as bad as landing on solid concrete. However, that doesn’t make wrestling in a ring safe. On the contrary, countless WWE superstars have suffered injuries severe enough to end their careers.
You might be familiar with the match when The Undertaker threw Mankind onto the mat from the top of the cell. Mankind endured a concussion, internal bleeding, bruised ribs, a dislocated shoulder, and the list goes on.
If the mats were as soft as some people claim, Mankind wouldn’t have suffered nearly as much.
How Big Is a Wrestling Ring?
A square wrestling ring is typically between 16 ft (4.88 m) and 20 ft (6.10 m) on each side. WWE uses 20 ft (6.10 m) rings. The outer apron that extends beyond the ropes is 1 ft (0.30 m), and the mat height is 40” (101.6 cm). The total size of a WWE ring is 22 x 22 ft (6.71 x 6.71 m).
Note that the size of the wrestling ring varies depending on the professional wrestling promotion in question. For example, Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor use 18 ft (5.49 m) rings. And the ring apron is often 2 ft (0.61 m) wide, which further increases the total surface area.
The size can change significantly depending on the shape. Of course, the square is the most popular, but you can see an occasional hexagonal and even octagonal wrestling ring.
How Much Does It Cost To Build a Wrestling Ring?
It costs about $500 to build a wrestling ring. The price goes up significantly if you’re using solid steel beams. The costs go up significantly for professional wrestling rings, as they can cost anywhere from $5000 up to $10,000.
Building a wrestling ring at home has some benefits. For example, you don’t have to follow the standard dimensions, and you can make it as small or as large as you wish.
It’s possible to build a wrestling ring for less than $500 if you already have some of the materials lying around. You can use old car tires instead of expensive solid steel beams without sacrificing quality too much.
Thick plywood is also pretty cheap such as the Woodpeckers Baltic Birch Plywood (available on Amazon.com). You get six sheets of 6 mm (0.24”) thick, high-quality birch plywood in one box.
You can use any large piece of canvas or tarp to cover the plywood, but remember to add some soft foam too. You can get whatever type of foam mats you want in a foam store.
As far as the rope and turnbuckles are concerned, you can get them in almost any hardware store. I recommend that you use soft rope and don’t tighten it too much to avoid injuries. It’s a fun DIY project, and it’ll take some time, but you’ll save a lot of money instead of buying a pre-made wrestling ring.
Does a Wrestling Ring Hurt?
A wrestling ring hurts. Since a wrestling ring has minimal padding and is made of wooden planks and steel beams, it’s a hard surface to land on. Wrestlers claim that the impact is similar to landing on concrete.
According to Reddit user, CheekyFunShenanigans, getting bumped is similar to slipping on ice. I’d assume that it’s only slightly worse than that. Still, the countless injuries in wrestling rings are enough proof that wrestling is one of the most painful sports in existence.
The main problem with wrestling rings is that the padding isn’t incredibly shock-absorbing, so wrestlers are essentially landing on hard wooden planks.
But the worst offender has to be the ring posts. If you bang your head against one, you’re risking severe injury because the posts are made of solid steel.
Ouch! And I thought that stubbing a toe against my bed was painful.
Wrestling rings are primarily made of wooden planks that sit on steel beams that provide most of the structure. The foam mats and the canvas go on top of the planks to make the surface softer to bump on, but it still hurts a lot.
Virtually all professional wrestling rigs use thin foam, so landing on the floor is similar to landing on dirt.
Thankfully, you can build a wrestling ring using the thickest foam padding you can find and rubber tires to make the experience less painful. Also, it’ll be much cheaper than building a professional wrestling ring.
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