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Love participating in or watching wrestling?

If so, you’ll definitely enjoy these wrestling quotes. 

When people think of sports many don’t think about wrestling, but it’s one of the oldest sports in the world.

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According to a survey conducted by the National Wrestling Coaches Association,

more than 90% of wrestlers credit wrestling quotes with helping them stay focused and achieve their goals

The survey findings indicate that wrestling quotes help athletes to achieve their goals by improving their self-confidence and performance level

The ancient Greeks were known for training in physical activity such as wrestling.

And it’s not just a sport that can keep you physically active and healthy, it’s also something that can help you mentally too. 

There are life lessons that can be learned from the sport.

And many wrestlers share about the character lessons that they learned from participating.

If you’re in the sport, you’ll really enjoy the following wrestling quotes and sayings.

And if you don’t know about it, these quotes will help you gain a better understanding of the sport.

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According to research by the University of Oklahoma’s Wrestling Program, athletes who use mental skills training techniques such as goal-setting and positive self-talk have better performance outcomes.

The research findings hint that wrestling quotes can help athletes mentally prepare for matches and inspire positive self-talk.

1. “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” – Dan Gable

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2. “Wrestling is not an action; it is a sport.” – Anushka Sharma

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3. “There is no honour in not fighting at all.” – The Undertaker

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4. “Wrestling is ballet with violence.” – Jesse Ventura

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5. “Wrestling’s a form of expression, and it expresses vastness.” – John Darnielle

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6. “I am not the biggest, I am not the strongest, but I am damn sure the toughest!” – Daniel Bryan

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7. “I pride myself on being a jerk because I am brutally honest all the time.” – CM Punk

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8. “I woke up and realised life is great and people are awesome and life is worth living.” – Hulk Hogan

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9. “If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed.” – Dan Gable

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10. “I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.” – Socrates

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Research conducted by the University of Illinois’ Wrestling Program found that wrestlers who used positive self-talk during matches had improved moods and reduced stress.

The research findings suggest athletes can use wrestling quotes to boost their mood and as a source of positive self-talk leading to better performance outcomes.

11. “I think that if you go through life and no one hates you, then that means you’re not good at anything.” – Triple H

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12. “Wrestling has been a way of life with me day in and day out. I won’t get too far away from it. I might walk through the wrestling room once a week. I could go every day if I wanted. But just walk through, make sure it’s still there.” – Dan Gable

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13. “Learning from the best, you will eventually become the best if you have the talent already, if you have that potential.” – Randy Orton

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14. “Wrestling teaches you nothing comes easy. Nothing in life comes easy, so you have to work at it.” – Mike Sullivan

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15. “In order to become a wrestler, one should have the strength of a weight-lifter, the agility of an acrobat, the endurance of a runner and the tactical mind of a chess master.” – Alexander Medved

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16. “Wrestling will be around forever. It’s been around thousands of years. It’s going to be around till the end of time.” – Mark Schultz

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17. “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.” – Dan Gable

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18. “The only things that matters in wrestling are your teeth and your testicles. Anything else, keep wrestling, stop whining.” – Gary Dierks

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19. “This is a sport (wrestling) that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are.” – Carl Albert

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Wrestling quotes about success

20. “Wrestling needs to be about the art form again. It needs to be about painting a picture and having a really good match.” – Terry Gene Bollea

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21. “No activity I know is more of a confidence builder and at the same time more ‘humility training’ than wrestling.” – Jim Leach

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22. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

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23. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

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24. “Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” – Amit Ray

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25. “A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world.” – Dan Gable

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26. “This whole wrestling world is a different breed, there’s no doubt.” – Roman Reigns

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27. “Never stop fighting till the fight is done!” – Elliot Ness

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28. “Anybody can win the matches you can dominate, but it’s the tough matches that are going to make the difference.” – Jim Zalesky

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29. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.” – Bear Bryant

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30. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” –Tommy Lasorda

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31. “Wrestling is a team sport, and an individual sport all rolled into one.” – William Baldwin

32. “Wrestling and acting couldn’t be any more different in terms of what it takes to entertain. Wrestling is explosion, acting is implosion. One really screws up the other.” – Roddy Piper

33. “In wrestling, there’s a shelf life, and some wrestlers don’t pay attention to the shelf life.” –Dwayne Johnson

34. “I can take anyone down at anytime; they can’t take me down; no one can ride or turn me; I can control anyone.” – Dan Gable

35. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed.” – Dan Gable

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36. “When the day comes when you don’t believe in yourself, there’s the door. Get the hell out!” – John Cena

37. “There’s no drama like wrestling.” – Kane

38. “Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency…” – The Rock

39. “There are things you don’t do in life. You don’t tug on superman’s cape…” – Roman Reigns

40. “I forgot how it feel like to have the top of my foot hurt so bad from kicking people on the face…” – Randy Orton

41. “Nobody remembers second place” – John Cena

42. “Everything I do is to become better, the best ever and I’m not going to stop.” – Dolph Ziggler

43. “If your goal isn’t to be on top, then you don’t deserve to be here ” – Big E Langston

44. “Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give. The last you earn. Give it. Earn it.” – The Rock

45. “If Shakespeare was alive today he would be writing wrestling shows” – Chris Jericho

46. “Wrestling is a universal language. The moves, the facial expressions, most people understand.” – Shinsuke Nakamura

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47. “Determination is the strength needed to succeed.” – Dan Gable

48. “You can run, I will chase you. You can hide, I will find you. We’re gonna fight and I’m gonna hurt you.” – John Cena

49. “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” – Marcus Aurelius

50. “Whatcha gonna do, when Hulkamania runs wild on you!” – Hulk Hogan

51. “Never Back Down and Never Quit.” – John Cena

52. “There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.” – J. G. Holland

53. “Wrestling is one of the last truly rebellious American things left.” – Billy Corgan

54. “We’re the greatest athletes in the world without a doubt.” – Hulk Hogan

55. “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

56. “I’m the man that made wrestling famous.”- Hulk Hogan

57. “Hard work pays off, dreams come true. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.” – Scott Hall

58. “I go out and give it 110% every time I’m out there. I try hard” – Rowdy Roddy Piper

59. “Do you know what it’s like going through life better than everyone else? It’s hard.” – CM Punk

60. “Give yourself up to loneliness, fear nothing and work hard.” – Bret Hart

61. “WIFE = Wrestling Is For Ever.” – M.Rehan Behleem

62. “We can wrestle sometimes and see who is OK and who is KO.” – Natalya Vorobyova

63. “I have never seen a wrestling match or prize fight, and I don’t want to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.” – Hedy Lamarr

64. “I am actually as good as everybody else pretends to be. It’s scary.” – Dean Ambrose

65. “Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line.” – Ric Flair

66. “I’m the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.” – Bret Hart

Wrestling quotes from those in the ring

67. “I breathe wrestling. It’s in my blood. I have kind of a confidence when I walk.” – Kane

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68. “In wrestling, my mustache made me look more like a villain. A good mustache can give you the look of the devil.” – Jesse Ventura

69. “We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner.” – Dan Gable

70. “I don’t know that I’m a free spirit or anything like that. I just have my own way of doing things. That’s the charm of wrestling. What works for you might not work for me.” – Dave Schultz

71. “Professional wrestling is a beautiful yet cruel mistress. She will treat you well and treat you horribly, but outside of my family, it is my one true love.” – Luke Harper

72. “I’m not interested in being famous. I’m interested in doing my job and doing it well, and that’s wrestling, and that’s what I love.” – AJ Lee

73. “The wrestling begins before you even engage in the clinch, I’ve said this already. This is one thing people don’t know, wrestling begins on the feet with the stand up.” – Israel Adesanya

74. “When I hear people boo, that just makes me want to go out there and work harder.” – John Cena

75. “I would say wrestling gives you confidence. It gives you strength. It helps you learn discipline, and to know that you have to love the process and respect the process, and if you just keep going, you can accomplish anything.” – Alexa Bliss

76. “Hopefully I can become the Babe Ruth of the World Wrestling Federation and be the champion at the same time.” – Hulk Hogan

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77. “Helen Hart is the only person I know with an autographed copy of the Bible.” – Jerry Lawler

78. “The Undertaker, with his Mickey Mouse tattoos and his 33-pound head.” The Rock

79. “Once you’ve wrestled, everything in life is easy.” – Dan Gable

80. “Haha, you lose! I got your delicious Subway sandwich Jerry ‘stupid’ Lawler!” – Santino Marella

81. “Hey, I drank milk that was a day past its expiration date. Now that is extreme!” – Kurt Angle

82. “I took the California Highway Patrol exam and didn’t pass, so I tried to be a cop and failed.” – John Cena

83. “I’m Jerry Lawler, I make fun of women because I have no self-esteem.” – Santino Marella

84. “You’re throwing The Rock out? No wonder WCW went out of business.” The Rock

85. “I would rather hurt a man… than love a woman.” – Mick Foley

86. “That was the absolute worst catchphrase I’ve ever heard in the history of Monday Night Raw.” – Stone Cold Steve Austin

Wrestling Quotes To Express Love For The Sport

87. “Wrestling is something that nothing else can replace for me.” ― Daniel Bryan

88. “As far as wrestling goes, as long as my body is able to withstand the physical beating, I will keep wrestling.” ― Trish Stratus

89. “Wrestling―what men do during boys basketball season.” ― Dan Gable

90. “The best wrestling characters are an extension of your real-life personality, and I’ve always been a bit of an attention seeker.” ― Tenille Dashwood

91. “It’s amazing that even though I’ve lost everything else, I still have wrestling.” ― Hulk Hogan

92. “Wrestling is my first love.” ― Randy Orton

93. “I have passion for music just like I have passion for wrestling, just like I have passion for creating and acting.” ― Chris Jericho

94. “In Mexico, wrestling is part of the cultural fabric. The guys wear masks and they are real-life superheroes.” ― Chris Jericho

95. “I’m in professional wrestling, which is what I do for a living. I coordinate stunts. I memorize them.” ― Kurt Angle

96. “It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired―you quit when the gorilla is tired.” ― Robert Strauss

Wrestling Quotes To Make You Enjoy Watching

97. “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.” — Fred Rogers

98. “The reality, or substance, of professional wrestling is the ability to perpetuate a fantasy. I never distinguished between fantasy and reality. I made my fantasy reality for over 60 years.” — Lou Thesz

99. “Anyone can wrestle until they are tired.” — Cael Sanderson

100. “One of my goals is to have NO wrestler go undefeated.” — Jeff Buxton

101. “Boxing and wrestling are evidence that mankind has not rid itself of all savage behavior.” — Muammar al-Gaddafi

102. “Are you wrestling faster than the audience can process? The answer to that question is oftentimes yes. If that is true, then you are failing.” — Jim Ross

103. “Wrestling hurts. Your body’s not meant to take that abuse. I’ve closed that door, but I don’t know that I’ve locked it for good.” — Stacy Keibler

104. “People will respect what wrestling has to offer to this world. It will take educating themselves on more than just guys in there swinging for the fences.” — Clay Guida

105. “We believe that our RAW team will, basically, exploit Shane’s McMahon lack of regular wrestling.” — Mick Foley

106. “Well, I’m wrestling alligators.” — Claire McCaskill

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107. “When I was a kid at four years old, that’s when I started amateur wrestling with my dad and family. And when that’s instilled in you, it never goes away.” — Dwayne Johnson

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108. “I spent most of my time wrestling looking up at the lights.” — John McCain

109. “I owe a lot to my dad, just for having provided the wrestling business for us to get into.” — Owen Hart

110. “Kyokoshin I’ve done most, but I competed in Sports Karate also, that’s my style that I come from, and mixed with the wrestling that’s how I got the takedowns.” — Georges St-Pierre

111. “The daughters of Sparta are never at home! They mingle with the young men in wrestling matches.” — Euripides

112. “Guys like me come along very seldom in the wrestling business. You can count ’em on a couple of fingers.” — Stone Cold Steve Austin

113. “A lot of people don’t realize that wrestling is acting; you’re playing a role and a part.” — Chris Jericho

114. “I’ve always loved the showmanship of professional wrestling. While I love making movies, I love that platform, too.” — Dwayne Johnson

115. “When my wrestlers got their hands raised, I jumped for joy.” — Dan Gable

116.”If you can refine your skills and eliminate your mistakes, you will start winning. That’s the price you must pay to be successful in wrestling, and in most aspects of life.” — Jay Robinson

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117. “I think pro wrestling doesn’t seem to get a lot of mainstream attention until somebody dies.” ― CM Punk

118. “I stopped playing video games, I stopped playing other sports, and I just dove head first into wrestling and it’s been my passion ever since I discovered it.” ― Kevin Owens

119. “Wrestling is part of what I do, but far from the only thing.” ― Chris Jericho

120. “Believe it or not, I kind of went into professional wrestling so I could get an avenue into acting.” ― Kurt Angle

121. “When I first started training for wrestling I kind of abandoned everything else.” ― Kevin Owens

122. “I was done with wrestling and I was teaching with competition behind me. It was that experience that gave me confidence and propelled me to fight.” ― Charlie Brenneman

123. “Wrestling seemed like something I might be good at, so I stuck with it and gave it a shot. I ended up in a pretty good place. I was very fortunate.” ― Seth Rollins

124. “Luckily I stayed in shape due to wrestling.” ― Bill Goldberg

125. “I love the business of pro wrestling and it is something I know better than anything else I know about.” ― Stone Cold Steve Austin

126. “Wrestling seemed like something I might be good at, so I stuck with it and gave it a shot. I ended up in a pretty good place. I was very fortunate.” ― Seth Rollins

Wrestling Quotes To Encourage You To Work Harder

127. “All I want is wrestling to grow while living my dream, and if I can help, then that’s beyond my dreams.” ― Drew McIntyre

128. “You can’t just learn wrestling overnight.” ― Tony Ferguson

129. “I was really into sports, playing track and field, amateur wrestling, volleyball, and soccer. I was a very active kid and teenager.” ― Jinder Mahal

130. “In college, I tried to start wrestling as soon as I could and when it was available to me, as I loved competing, and then got into MMA under Pat Miletich, where I was able to sharpen all my skills and develop into a true fighter.” ― Robbie Lawler

131. “I left home when I was 13. When I was 15, I was living in a youth hostel, and I was the 167-pound amateur wrestling champion.” ― Roddy Piper

132. “When I was a kid, I never thought much about football. I thought about following in my family’s footsteps and going into professional wrestling.” ― Dwayne Johnson

133. “Ultimate Warrior had a hell of a gimmick, but wrestling is about so much more than that. You have to be consistent, work main events every night and have matches that people really believe in and want to see.” ― Hulk Hogan

134. “I have high expectations for myself – as an athlete, as a man, as an individual – and wrestling has helped me build a lot of character knowing that I have to remain humble but also fight complacency.” ― Jordan Burroughs

135. “Preparation is a mentality… With wrestling being my background, I’ve always learned to overwork, overwork. Work, work, work, work. It’s not always the talented that wins, but it’s the one who puts in the most preparation and thought into things.” ― Dominick Cruz

136. “As long as you are enjoying your wrestling and enjoying what you are doing, that’s all that really matters.” ― Sheamus

Which of these wrestling quotes is your favorite?

As you can see, there are many different aspects to wrestling.

While some people think of professional wrestling as pure acting, there is a lot more than that to the sport.

And there are plenty of athletes that participate in wrestling from grade school through college and elite athletes even compete in the Olympics. 

Wrestling is a part of sports history around the world all the way back to ancient times.

It’s something that we can all learn from even if we have never had a chance to participate in it.

It’s a test of not only strength and physique but also strategy and stamina. 

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