Travel

What's In A Pro Wrestler's Backpack?

Professional Wrestling is a physically tough career, but that’s not just due to the rigours of the in-ring aspect of the work. Professional Wrestling is a permanently travelling tour, and that means that wrestlers have to be more or less permanently packed.

I sat down last Friday with WWE Superstar Sheamus for a chat, and the very first thing that he noticed was the backpack I was carrying.

“Oh, I’m a backpack carrier myself.”

Given the amount of travel that pro wrestlers endure — typically they’re performing around 300 days a year, and travelling a further forty or more — the contents of a wrestler’s backpack are thus worthy Lifehacker material. As an example, on the Tuesday past (Wednesday Australian time), Sheamus was in Columbus, Ohio, wrestling in the main event, and then all but immediately jumped on a plane to fly to Sydney for two days of media appearances before getting back on a plane again to (presumably) wrestle again on Monday night. That’s a gruelling schedule — how do you pack for that?

“Just the essential stuff; cash and clothes. I’ve got to have glue for my hair; sunscreen because I’m so pasty, my wrestling gear and my training gear. In my backpack I’ll have a small case of protein powder; I’ll have my iPad and charger.”

The iPad, as it turns out, is the only gadget Sheamus travels with.

“I was definitely one of the last guys to get one, but it’s been great for downloading shows and movies. You’ve got long flights where you’re just sitting there, or you’re spending a lot of time just sitting around in airports, so, it definitely helps eat the time up. I tend to watch old old WWE stuff too — I tend to try to watch the classics. I watch a lot of old Wrestlemanias, Royal Rumble, Summerslams, I’ll try to watch stuff that I really liked as a kid — performers like Stan Hansen, Japanese Stuff, anything with The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Mr Perfect, Triple H, Macho Man. Edge’s stuff.”

Sheamus is also a good example of someone who used one career to launch another; he worked for eight years as an IT technician for Symantec and Hartland in order to (essentially) fund his pro wrestling career.