A wrestling ring is the ring stage in which professional e-wrestlers wrestle.
Configuration and constructionEdit
The corner structure of a LPW ring showing the attachment of the ring ropes to the ring post via the padded turnbucklesThe configuration and construction of the "traditional" ring is very similar to that of a boxing ring, though the wrestling version has three ring ropes (one fewer than the standard boxing ring which evolved into a four-rope structure). In addition, the ring ropes are not tethered together at their midpoint. Most (if not all) wrestling rings also incorporate more in the way of padding and shock absorbing construction than boxing rings, although this varies according to the preferences of the promoter.
Wrestling rings are generally composed of an elevated steel beam and wood plank stage covered by foam padding and a canvas mat, with the elevated sides then covered with a fabric skirt to prevent spectators from seeing underneath. Around the "ring" are three cables, the "ring ropes", wrapped in various types of piping (generally rubber hosing and tape). These 'ropes' are held up and tensioned by turnbuckles, which, in turn, hang on steel cylindrical poles, the "ring posts". Some independent groups use real rope, as opposed to cables. The ends of the turnbuckles facing into the ring are usually heavily padded, while the length of the turnbuckles are now commonly covered with a lighter padding.
Wrestling rings vary in shape and size, with most measuring between 14 and 20 feet on each side, measured between the turnbuckles. Lords of Pain Wrestling uses real ropes and uses an 18-foot ring. Because of this, the 18-foot ring is commonly held as the "standard" for wrestling rings in the United States and Canada.
The term squared circle is often used by wrestling promotions and promoters to refer to the ring. It is a term that originated in traditional Greco-Roman wrestling, since the action takes place on a square mat with a circle painted on it. This format is still used by amateur wrestling leagues throughout the world. Wrestling promoters could've adopted the term from these earlier roots, or it could simply be that it is referred to as a "ring," (circle) but is square in shape.
Generally, steel cables are used to support the rope structure of the rings, which allowed for greater top rope balance and spring-board. In LPW, they use tape covered rope. The rope offers far more comfort when running the ropes, as well as receiving moves on the ropes, but at a decrease in top rope stability.