Learning how to make a trampoline wrestling ring can turn your backyard into a showcase of aspiring professional wrestling talent. Sure, you may not have the bright lights or flashy pyrotechnics of a WWE pay-per-view, but you can still recreate the drama and excitement of a wrestling event. Believe it or not, turning your trampoline into a wrestling ring isn’t as difficult as you may think. So, run down to your local hardware star and get ready to rumble.
In order to make a trampoline wrestling ring, you’ll need to have these handy:
- A trampoline
- Four 8″ PVC pipes
- 12 large metal hooks with screws
- Rope or cord
- Any additional decorations
- Mark out the corners of the trampoline. Yes, we know the trampoline is a circle and doesn’t actually have corners, but take a look at the legs of the trampoline to get an idea of where four evenly spaced spots around the circle are. After you’ve got them marked out, dig holes in the ground about a foot deep. These will hold your ring posts in place.
- Secure the PVC pipe to create ring posts. Place each of the four PVC pipes in the holes you just dug. If you want to make sure they’re extra secure, you can cement them into place or build up mounds of dirt around them to add stability. At this point, you will notice that making a trampoline wrestling ring involves trying to turn a circle into a square. While this isn’t exactly possible, just make sure to line you ring posts up as closely to the frame of the trampoline as possible. That way, no one will fall off when they’re in the middle of an Irish whip.
- Add the turnbuckles. Going to the trouble of buying full-blown turnbuckles probably isn’t worth it (unless you’re really serious about your trampoline wrestling career). Instead, pick up some large screwable hooks from the hardware store. Screw three of them into each ring post (measure twice, screw once) and you will have a perfectly acceptable substitute for professional turnbuckles. Make sure the screws you get are large enough to threads your ring ropes through.
- Go for the ropes. There are a number of materials you can use for ring ropes on your trampoline wrestling ring. Bungee cord, elastic bands, or plain old rope can all do the trick. One of the best bets is using thick nylon rope and wrapping it entirely in electrical tape. That way, you won’t have to worry about embarrassing and painful rope burns. Once you’ve got the rope wrapped up, thread it through the hooks and around the ring.
- Finish it off with some decorations. At this point, do whatever you want to make the trampoline wrestling ring your own. Add an apron around the trampoline, spray paint a logo in the center, make turnbuckle pads out of pillow stuffing. It’s up to you. Just remember, give your ring a few test runs before you start an all-out brawl in it.