Body slams, throwing chairs, and knockout punches, These are the wrestling moves we love to watch. While the fans know that most of the moves in pro-wrestling are scripted, what they may not realize is that the injuries can be very real.
No matter how strategic and planned the moves are, injuries in pro wrestling can be inevitable. There isn’t much protective gear involved in wrestling, but we are seeing more and more pro wrestlers make the move to wear mouthguards to protect their teeth.
To learn more about this new trend in pro wrestling we talked to Skyler Fayden. Skyler has been wrestling for nearly 7 years. He wrestled for various promotions, between Texas to Ohio, mainly based in Oklahoma. He gave us some insight on why he wears a mouthguard and why it is so important for wrestlers.
“I started wrestling in a mouthguard to better protect my teeth since there is a lot of heavy impact to the face. After a few months of wrestling in a bulky chunk of plastic that I couldn’t talk or breathe out. My friend, Tripp Cassidy, advised me to get a SISU, and I haven't looked back.
If you plan on being a wrestler, a mouthguard should be a standard in gear, up there on the list with boots and knee pads. You only get one set of adult teeth for the rest of your life,” says Skyler (pictured left).
Wrestling is very physical and injuries are common. The high flying acrobatics and slams can cause serious injury. Dental injuries are easily preventable. A broken or chipped tooth can be a painful and expensive set back. Dental bills can run in the thousands of dollars and cause problems for years. More and more wrestlers are starting to recognize this and wear mouthguards. Even wrestlers in the WWE like Pete Dunne have been seen wearing a SISU when they enter the ring.
Whether you are a pro wrestler flying off the top rope or a youth athlete running on the field, wearing a mouthguard is a smart decision that can save you massive amounts of time, pain, and money in the long run.