Rule Book

Midwest All-Star Wrestling/Pro Wrestling 4 Causes Officials Rules

How to achieve victory (Win):

• Victory is awarded through the use of a legal hold or series of legal holds and
maneuvers. either by scoring a pin fall or by forcing an opponent to submit. To be
pinned: both of a contestant’s shoulders must be held to the mat for three consecutive
seconds, as witnessed and counted by the referee in charge.

Contests can also be awarded:

• if opponent can’t answer the 10-count administered by referee.
• If referee disqualifies one of the competitors.
• If one of the competitors can’t continue the contest.

Illegal Holds:
Wrestlers failing to adhere to these restrictions will be subject to disqualification and/or subsequent
disciplinary action (including fines and/or suspensions).

• The use of a closed fist is not permitted. A referee is authorized to disqualify a wrestler
for the use of a closed fist after appropriate warnings.
• Kicking with the point of the toe or heel is not permitted. Kicking with the flat of the
foot or the instep is allowed.
• Pulling of hair, mask. tights or athletic gear of any sort to gain an advantage is
prohibited.
• Eye-gouging or other efforts which would tend to impair an opponent’s vision will not
be allowed.
• Biting any part of an opponent’s anatomy is strictly prohibited.
• Bending an opponent’s individual fingers in such a way as to bring about a possible
fracture or sprain is not allowed.
• Choke holds or strikes/thrusts to the throat are prohibited as is any use of the ring ropes
for the purpose of impairing an opponent’s breathing.
• Any wrestler who deliberately strikes his opponent in the privates is subject to
immediate disqualification.
• Taping of knuckles: wrists or any part of the hand, except as certified to be necessary by
a physician, is prohibited.
• Any wrestler using a non-regulation object as a weapon against his opponent is subject
to immediate disqualification
• Any abuse, physical or verbal, of an official shall be grounds for disqualification and
possible fine or suspension.
• Any interference in a match on the part of an individual who is not a designated
participant shall be grounds for the disqualification of the contestant (s) who, in the
referee’s judgment was being aided by said interference. This stipulation shall apply to
managers and seconds as well as to any other parties who illegally involve themselves in
a wrestling match.
• Attacking an opponent before the opening bell after the final bell or between falls will be grounds for disciplinary action at the discretion of the referee or reviewing officials.

Additional standards of conduct:
• Unless otherwise stated therein a referee will disqualify a wrestler when an infraction for which
said wrestler has been warned twice shall be committed for a third time: however, a referee
shall have the discretion to disqualify a participant at any time said referee feels that a
deliberate infraction of the rules would otherwise alter the outcome of a match in favor of the
wrestler committing the infraction.
• A hold shall not be allowed if either contestant is in physical contact with the ropes or if any part
of either contestant’s body is outside the vertical plane of the ring ropes. The referee will
instruct the wrestler applying the hold in such cases to desist and the wrestler applying the hold
will have five seconds as counted off by the referee in which to comply.
• If a wrestler is thrown outside the ring, he shall have ten seconds as counted off by the referee
in which to re-enter the ring. The count shall continue only while the remaining contestant is in
a neutral corner making no effort to impede his opponent’s return to the ring. If the referee’s
count is interrupted at any point, it shall be resumed at it’s beginning, not at the point of
interruption, and only after order has been restored.
• The above ten-count procedure shall likewise apply in the case of a wrestler who is in or
approximately in a prone position on the canvas without being in physical contact with his
opponent and who. In the Judgment of the referee: is temporarily unable to wrestle.
• Any wrestler taking a full ten-count in the above circumstances shall be declared the loser of the
match.

Tag team match rules and regulations:
• In the event one member of a tag team is unable to wrestle or fails to make an appearance: his
partner has the option of finding a substitute, forfeiting the match, or facing two opponents by
himself.
• Only one member of a tag team is to be in the ring at any given time while the match is in
progress. A five second transition period is permitted to facilitate wrestlers on a team
exchanging places in the ring.
• Wrestlers on the same team can exchange places in the ring only after a legal tag-out has been
accomplished; This must consist of a wrestler inside the perimeter of the ring ropes using one of
his hands to make physical contact with one of the hands of his partner outside the perimeter of
the ring ropes. Who shall be in a standing position, within arm’s length of his own corner, with
both feet on the mat and one arm over the top rope. A tag-out shall not be allowed if the
wrestler on the outside of the ring is not appropriately positioned.
• The referee may. at his discretion, disallow any tag-out which he does not see or which he has
reason to believe did not occur in accordance with the above stipulations.
Winning the contest:

• Unless otherwise contractually stipulated: a tag team event may be won (or a fall therein may
be won) by defeating only one member of the opposing team.
Time Limits:
• Undercard contests, unless stated, carry a 15-minute time limit.
• Main Event contests, unless stated, carry a 30-minute time limit.
• Championship contests, unless stated, carry a 1-hour time limit.

Thanks to professional wrestling great Dory Funk Jr. and the Funkin’ Dojo for rules and regulation
guidelines.