Check out this fun collection of motivational wrestling quotes.
There’s something for everyone as we address inspirational insights on wrestling (from the likes of Dan Gable), funny wrestling quotes, motivational sayings for amateur wrestlers, and quips from professional wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and John Cena.
It’s a fun read for any wrestling fans and a must-read for wrestlers and wrestling coaches.
Best Wrestling Quotes
1.) Home is where the mat is.
2.) A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world.
3.) Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.
4.) Anyone who never fails is someone who never tries.
5.) Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
6.) Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
7.) The biggest risk in life is not taking one.
8.) Potential is interesting. Performance is everything.
9.) You can’t build a reputation for what you could have done.
10.) It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
Funny Wrestling Quotes
11.) Victory goes to the wrestler who makes the next-to-last mistake.
Jackie Mason (changed player to wrestler)
12.) Today in America, a professional wrestler is struck down with a folding chair once every thirty-five seconds. And not one is seen by a referee.
13.) Wrestling is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you are tired; you quit when the gorilla is tired.
14.) You always know who’s gonna win pro wrestling – the guy with the best nickname. “Here from Philadelphia comes the iron man, Mike the Hammer Armstrong? And he will be wrestling… Eugene.
15.) We can wrestle sometimes and see who is OK and who is KO.
16.) Mediocrity is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.
17.) If professional wrestling did not exist, could you come up with the idea? Could you envision the popularity of huge men in tiny bathing suits, pretending to fight?
19.) Your mom pays me to go easy on you.
Good Wrestling Quotations
20.) Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
21.) We don’t rebuild; we reload.
22.) Take pride in how far you’ve come; have faith in how far you’ll go.
23.) Success is not a random event.
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24.) Great accomplishments require great sacrifices.
25.) Victory happens when ten thousand hours of training meet one moment of opportunity.
26.) If we cannot find a way, we will make one.
27.) Wrestling begins at the end of your comfort zone.
28.) This whole wrestling world is a different breed; there’s no doubt.
29.) Success is not measured; it is earned.
30.) Without sacrifice, there can be no victory.
31.) The harder you work, the luckier you get.
32.) Look in the mirror; that’s your competition.
33.) Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
34.) Success starts with believing in yourself.
35.) Excuses stop here.
Motivational Wrestling Insights
36.) Wrestling is overcoming obstacles. Every drop of sweat, every black eye, and every mile run reinforce that the will to train sets winners apart.
37.) Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
38.) Respect your opponents, but don’t ever fear them.
39.) Being defeated is only a temporary condition; Giving up is what makes it permanent.
40.) Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
41.) Wrestling’s a form of expression, and it expresses vastness.
Inspirational Sayings for Wrestlers
Wrestlers draw inspiration from many sources, including their heroes, day-to-day experiences, and some good wrestler quotes. Check these out.
42.) Champions are people who get up when they can’t.
43.) When you go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.
44.) He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.
45.) Wrestling is a team sport and an individual sport all rolled into one.
46.) There are no losers in wrestling, only winners and learners.
47.) The reward isn’t as good without the struggle.
48.) Failure is part of success, but failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.
49.) I am not the biggest, I am not the strongest, but I am damn sure the toughest!
Inspiring Insights for Wrestlers
50.) Take a technical wrestler, get them tired, and they aren’t as technical. No matter what kind of wrestler get them tired, and they aren’t as technical. No matter what kind of wrestler, everyone is afraid of getting tired. It’s those who learn to perform when they’re tired that find success.
51.) A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, determination, dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
52.) Grappling with fate is like meeting an expert wrestler: to escape, you have to accept the fall when you are thrown. The only thing that counts is whether you get back up.
53.) No activity I know is more of a confidence builder and, at the same time, more humility training than wrestling.
54.) No exercise brings into play all the muscles of the body in a more thorough manner, and none is more interesting than wrestling. He will find no other exercise more valuable in the cultivation of faculties that will help him to succeed in agility, strength, determination, coolness, and quick exercise of judgment.
Short Wrestling Quotes
55.) Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
56.) The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
57.) Wrestling is one of the last truly rebellious American things left.
58.) 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 (Hulk Hogan)
59.) If Shakespeare was alive today, he would be writing wrestling shows.
60.) Remember, when you are not training, someone somewhere is training, and when you meet him, he will win.
61.) Nothing in life comes easy, so you have to work at it
62.) To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.
63.) Once you’ve wrestled, everything in life is easy.
64.) What you do in the off-season determines what you do in the regular season.
Famous Wrestling Quotes
65.) It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s going to be around till the end of time.
66.) I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
67.) There’s no drama like wrestling.
68.) No activity I know is more of a confidence builder and at the same time, more ‘humility training’ than wrestling.
Congressman James Leach
69.) In wrestling, there’s a shelf life, and some wrestlers don’t pay attention to the shelf life.
70.) 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, former Speaker of the House
71.) 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.
Notable Wrestling Sayings
72.) Take a strong wrestler; get them tired, and they aren’t as strong. Take a quick wrestler, get them tired, and they aren’t as quick. Or, take a technical wrestler, get them tired, and they aren’t as technical. No matter what kind of wrestler, everyone is afraid of getting tired. It’s those who learn to perform when they’re tired that find success.
73.) The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
74.) No matter what kind of wrestler, everyone is afraid of getting tired.
75.) But it’s the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the ‘wall’, like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival is in hard workouts that develop mental confidence to the point where you won’t submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.
76.) Never wrestle with a strong man or bring a rich man to court.
77.) Wrestling: What men do during basketball season.
78.) 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.
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Dan Gable Quotes
79.) Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.
80.) Right out of high school, I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.
81.) I shoot, I score. He shoots, and I score.
82.) More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.
83.) The obvious goals were there- State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion. To get there, I had to set an everyday goal which was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work so hard in practice that someone would have to carry me off the mat.
84.) When you finally decide how successful you really want to be, you’ve got to set priorities. Then, each and every day, you’ve got to take care of the top ones. The lower ones may fall behind, but you can’t let the top ones slip.
85.) You don’t forget about the lower ones, though, because they can add up to hurt you. Just take care of the top ones first. In 25 years as a head coach and assistant, I think I might have missed one practice. Why? Because practice is my top priority. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t accomplish something in my family life or my profession because those two things are my top priorities.
Dan Gable Quotes on Wrestling
86.) 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 walkthrough, make sure it’s still there.
87.) Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
88.) Wrestling is the only sport I’ve ever competed in that puts you totally in a situation of constant motion without breaks. I could play football or baseball, swim — but there’s always some kind of situation that would break my thoughts, break my concentration.
89.) But it’s the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the ‘wall,’ like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival in hard workouts that develop the mental confidence to the point where you won’t submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.”- Lou Banach 32. “If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed.
90.) The 1st period is won by the best technician. The 2nd period is won by the kid in the best shape. And the 3rd period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.
Rulon Gardner Quotes on Wrestling
91.) When you’re in school growing up, you have teachers who sit and read to these kids, and what better opportunity to sit and read a story — one that’s not fake. It’s not a dreaming story – it’s not Harry Potter. It’s a real-life story, with glorious moments to horrific moments, including the frostbite — and what better way to show kids their potential than with a real-life story?
92.) There is enough reality in my life, so I try not to read things that have too much stress.
93.) Every day, I turned a “you can’t” into a “you can.”
94.) How do you beat an individual who hasn’t been beaten in 13 years? With the help of others.
95.) I grew up on a farm, and I always learned when you work, you go forward; you don’t stop and say, well, I’ll take a break. You always go forward and get the job done.
Professional Wrestling Quotes
96.) Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?
97.) Hard work pays off, and dreams come true. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.
98.) When I’m good, I’m good, brother, but when I’m bad, I’m better.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
99.) Just when they think they know the answers, I change the questions.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
100.) Wrestling is my first love.
101.) They say I’m insane; I say thank you very much.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
102.) I go out and give it 110% every time I’m out there. I try hard
Rowdy Roddy Piper
103.) If Shakespeare was alive today, he would be writing wrestling shows.
104.) You don’t throw rocks at a man with a machine gun.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
105.) I came to chew bubblegum and to kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
106.) I bring smiles to people’s faces. I also stand on people’s faces. Balance.
107.) Do you know what it’s like going through life better than everyone else? It’s hard.
Pro Wrestlers’ Insights
108.) 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.
109.) If I’ve heard this saying once, I’ve heard it a thousand times – Everything happens for a reason. And it possibly does. I just haven’t found the reason that this all happened yet.
Jerry “The King” Lawler
110.) Wrestling is a universal language. The moves, the facial expressions, most people understand.
111.) Wrestling is ballet with violence.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Quotations
112.) The Rock says, ‘Know your role and shut your mouth.’
113.) If you smell what The Rock is cooking.
114.) Success isn’t always about greatness; it’s about consistency.
115.) The Rock says this, if the Rock hits you, he’ll kill you. If he misses, the wind behind the punch will give you pneumonia, and you’ll die anyway, so the choice is yours, Jabroni.
116.) Finally, The Rock has come back to (whatever city he’s in at the time).
117.) Don’t you ever, and the Rock means ever, come at the Rock and ask him a question like that again, or else the Rock will knock your teeth so far down your throat!
John Cena Quotes
118.) Never back down and never quit.
119.) My favorite thing about Saturday Night’s Main Event, it was that one time where I could stay up late with my dad and four brothers, and we would all beat the tar out of each other while the show was on, and it was all okay because my dad was a wrestling fan.
120.) I don’t doll myself up for TV because I want people to accept me for who I am.
121.) I’m the one person who wears the words “hustle, loyalty, respect” on my T-shirts and merchandise. My audience is children. It’s very flattering to see a kid wear your T-shirt; it’s even more flattering to have a dad come up to you and say, “I watch you with my kid. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a role model for my son.”
122.) By the time I was 15 and I stepped into the high school gym, I was just stronger than everybody.
123.) A lot of the stuff that I say don’t even make TV because it gets cut out. So if you’re at the live events, you get to hear what I have to say, but if you’re watching on TV, you’re only getting about 50% of it.
124.) I’m not trying to brainwash my critics. If they’re critics, they’re critics, and that’s their job to be critical, but I certainly enjoy the involvement I have with my fans. I enjoy the time I get to spend with them, and I don’t waste time with someone stubborn who is not going to come around.
Sumo Wrestling Quotes
125.) Admit it; life would be boring without sumo wrestling.
126.) If it is true that men are better than women because they are stronger, why aren’t our sumo wrestlers in the government?
127.) Sumo Wrestling: Because you don’t build character watching TV.
128.) Even if you can be the world’s best at one thing, you’ll be the world’s worst at something else. Supermodels make pathetic sumo wrestlers.
129.) Bad habits are like having a sumo wrestler in the back of your canoe rowing in the opposite direction.
J. Loren Norris
130.) I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo wrestler, and I used that to my advantage, but my home runs were achieved by technique.
131.) One of the things I discovered in Japan was from watching sumo wrestling. At the end, you can never tell who has won the fight and who has lost because they do not show their emotion because it could embarrass the loser. It is unbelievable. That is why I try to teach my team politeness. It is only here in England that everybody pokes their tongue out when they win.
132.) Touch me, and your first wrestling lesson is free.
133.) I count pins while you count lights.
134.) This is how I roll.
135.) Every day I’m wrestling!
136.) Give them a reason to remember your name.
137.) Get off your back and wrestle!
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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