Lesson About Playing Possum

Playing possum always works in a fight


Playing Possum Wrestling


There’s something to be said about being a faker in life during various situations. Playing a self-playing piano in front of someone can end up with you being called a, “…big, fat phony.” But in a fight, being a phony can be a big advantage. Some kids learn from their parents that winning or avoiding a fight can come through something as simple as pretending one is hurt; only to attack when their opponents’ backs are turned or let the confrontation end relatively pain-free.

For other children, professional wrestling taught them that faking – or “playing possum” – is an advantageous strategy . In a wrestling ring, injuries come at you quick and leave you vulnerable to attacks. Thanks to referees, a hurt wrestler has the opportunity to recover or waive the fight off without having to worry about being attack. This is when playing possum becomes effective. A wrestler is given the chance to recover and if his opponent is vicious enough to ignore the referee’s orders of staying away, the attacker is lulled into a false sense of security that could either leave the “hurt” wrestler’s opponent reeling or put in a losing predicament. Famous wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart and even Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle have used the “playing possum” strategy to achieve victory.

Though it may not be the most honorable way to win a fight, playing possum can give you an upper hand against insurmountable odds and lead you to victory.


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