In a global first, personality tests will be used to weed out ‘unsuitable’ professional wrestlers. England is to become the only country in the world where all smackdown hopefuls will face psychometric tests designed to reveal whether they have the right personality for a career in the ring.
From 2012, all training applicants will undergo a series of psychological assessments that examine whether they have “a blend of empathy, communication and resilience” that is suited for life as a snarling, gurning, muscle-rippling wrestler.
The tests are a recruitment tool favoured by many blue-chip companies, and in recent years have also been used to identify potentially high-performing athletes and sportsmen and women. However, this is the first time that the world of Pro Wrestling will apply any criteria for applicants other than volume and girth.
The move is designed to stem the flow of professional wrestlers who only realise their mistake after a terrible pounding in the ring and leave the profession suddenly, often screaming.
Pro-Wrestling commentator and retired wrestler Chris 'Coffee' Kowalchik welcomes the move, although he adds "We could just tell people who want to be wrestlers that the whole thing’s fixed, of course."