Ever wonder how wrestlers throw
fireballs? Or how they hit each other with chairs without getting hurt? I have,
too. After some searching, I finally found the answers to these age-old
1. How do wrestlers throw fireballs?
A: A substance called nitrocellulose is formed into a blazing paper known as
flash paper. It burns extremely quickly. When lit up (usually by a lighter
concealed by the referee until the right moment), it produces a dramatic flash
for a few seconds. The wrestler throws the fireball after lighting it, and if
timed right, will seemingly explode in the other wrestler's face. There is very
little damage to the other wrestler, and no one has actually been burned from
2. How do wrestlers color their tongues?
A: Food coloring, suckers, candy, Kool Aid...
3. How do wrestlers blow mist?
A: Although this is common in Japan, few wrestlers in North America perform it.
However, those who do blow mist in the U.S. are usually associated with it (for
instance, what stands out most in your mind about the old WWF wrestler in the
mid-90's, Quang?). The "evil green mist" is performed when wrestlers mix water
with food coloring. They then put the mixture in a small baggie or balloon, and
have the referee conceal it in his pocket until the planned time. Sometimes,
though, the wrestler will already have it in his mouth, but that's usually just
during a short match. Of course, there is a choking hazard here, so it would be
wise not to try this one at home.
4. How do wrestlers hit each other with chairs without getting hurt?
A: All of the fold-up chairs the wrestlers use are designed to take most of the
impact of a blow and most of the time, wrestlers don't hit their opponents very
hard, which reduces the risk of injury. Be warned: Regular kitchen chairs won't
take most of the impact (as if you didn't already know) and will end up actually
injuring your opponent.
5: How do wrestlers bleed?
A: Despite what you might have heard, 95% percent of the time, a wrestler bleeds
by "blading" himself, and not by using a blood capsule. Here's how it works: A
wrestler rolls out of the ring and hides himself from the view of the audience.
He then pulls out a small blade (usually concealed in a taped-up wrist or
finger) and quickly cuts his forehead. Cutting anywhere else is very dangerous
and is rarely ever attempted. However, cutting the forehead is somewhat
dangerous, because you can hit a major artery if you cut too deep. New Jack
learned this the hard way. The thirst for blood has let up lately, because of
the fear of AIDS.