A WWE scale ring measures 20x20 feet. It has four corner posts that hold together four side rails or walls, which makes a square, the basic ring structure. Matches take place in the ring, and therefore it is a vital tool in running a pro-wrestling show. Fledgling wrestlers train in rings as well. Having a properly built one is of the utmost importance in terms of comfort and safety.
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Things you need
- 4 steel corner posts
- Ring padding
- 4 Ring aprons
- 12 turnbuckle pads
- Ring canvas
- 3 ring ropes
- Four steel beam side supports
- 2 yards of rope to tie everything together
Place the four corner posts into a 20x20-foot square. Each post is about 9 feet tall and should be made of squared steel tubing. Tie the four side supports to the ring posts. These can be wooden but steel is better. These should be 2x2 inches and about 15 inches tall.
Lay down ten steel crossbeams (measuring 2x2 inches wide and 20 feet across) across the length of the frame you've made out of the four corner posts and side rails. The ends of each cross beam should be resting on the tops of the side rails on either side. Secure the crossbeams down to the side rails on both sides with bungee cords or ropes.
Cover the steel crossbeams with wood planks or wood panelling. The wood should cover the whole of the frame you've made so that no steel is exposed. So far you have the wood covering the crossbeams that are tied to the side rails which are attached to the corner posts.
Cover all the wood with padded foam about two inches thick. Put the canvas on top of the foam. Canvas size will depend on ring size. The canvas will have several grommets (holes) at the edges. Tie the canvas down to the ring frame with rope using the grommets to help you.
Secure the three ring ropes tightly and fasten the turnbuckles to the ring posts. The ring ropes are about 60 feet long but are divided in four parts (one for each side of the ring) by the turnbuckles.
Put on the ring apron by tying it to each of the four corner posts. The apron is so you can't see under the ring. It acts as a giant skirt around the ring. It comes in four sections and should be about 1 foot by 20 feet or the length from one corner post to the next.
Tie on the 12 turnbuckle covers. The covers are cloth pads that cover the turnbuckle heads that are solid steel bolts. In each of the four corners you have three turnbuckles. The turnbuckles keep the ropes in place.
Tips and warnings
- Wrestling rings vary from 16 to 20 feet in size.
- Ring ropes can be standard garden hose or steel cable encased in hard rubber.
- Ring aprons are usually nylon or cloth.