Backyard wrestling is an offshoot of ProfessionalWrestling, with one major difference: it's often not done with professionals. Often the creation of a few overenthusiastic wrestling fans and {{Spot Monkey}}s, this sport emphasizes Kayfabe, Big Spots and {{Garbage Wrestling}}. Several notable pro wrestlers, including The Hardy Boys and Wrestling/RobVanDam, got their start in backyard wrestling, but official word from Wrestling/{{WWE}} and other organized promotions is to discourage the practice (due to liability reasons) and not recognize tapes of backyard wrestling as training.

The whole phenomenon gained popularity during the Monday Night Wars and was due in no small part to Wrestling/MickFoley's "Dude Love" video, where he [[ leaped off a roof.]]

[[IThoughtItMeant This game has nothing to do with the]] ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' series.

!!Although all backyard wrestling is different, the practice as a whole commonly contains examples of:
* ADarkerMe: A staggering number of gimmicks in backyard wrestling are pretty much just a guy in black clothes who does flashy dangerous moves.
* AscendedFanboy: To name a few, Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada, Wrestling/CMPunk, the [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/MattHardy Boyz]], Shannon Moore, Wrestling/BryanDanielson, Mick Foley, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/NewJack, Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi, even the Music/InsaneClownPosse and Creator/HardGay all have their roots in backyard wrestling. The "ascended" part comes from them "going legit" and being professionally trained afterwards.
* AffectionateParody: Some leagues have gimmicks that parody established wrestlers and teams.
* CerebusSyndrome: In 1980s, the big trends in pro wrestling were the cartoonish World Wrestling Federation, the technical wrestling displayed in direct defiance of the WWF and {{camp}} that poked fun at the state of the industry. Backyard antics were a lot less dangerous then, so while there was insistence on being legitimately trained before wrestling professional matches, wrestling in the backyard for fun was seen as okay. Then the 1990s brought the rise of brutal striking and submissions, as mixed martial arts were starting to take off, Wrestling/{{WCW}} struck gold with the Wrestlng/NewWorldOrder, Wrestling/{{ECW}} brought ultra violence never before seen on national television aired outside Puerto Rico or Japan while the WWF found new "attitude". Backyard bouts became increasingly violent and the stance changed to "don't even think of wrestling in a backyard".
* DoNotTryThisAtHome: One of the main reasons these disclaimers are shown on wrestling programs.
* MrFanservice: Every backyard league has the good looking pretty boy with the long hair.
* FanNickname: More like FanHater nickname. The very derogative "yard tard".
* FollowTheLeader: A sad amount of gimmicks and storylines are recycled from things Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{TNA}} did before. They also tend to follow trends of the larger promotions. Garbage tending to die down in the yards if there have not been any major garbage matches on TV and picking back up when they are, for example
* GenreShift: Sometimes an entire backyard fed "goes legit", such as Wrestling/{{CZW}}, which even had a temporary relationship with the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Generally how one gets into backyard wrestling is from watching WWE on TV or something along those lines and being inspired by the whole thing. Backyarders may or may not be interested in "going pro". Some may just want the experience of wrestling without actually choosing it as a profession or spending time and money in a wrestling school.
* OldShame: The Ascended Fanboys mentioned above are generally believed to regret their backyard experiences and try to discourage potential wrestlers-to-be from engaging in the practice. In particular, CM Punk's departure from backyard wrestling ended up stopping him and his brother from being on speaking terms. Many former backyard wrestlers go so far as to become trainers specifically to help stop other aspiring professional wrestlers from doing backyard stuff.
* PlayingWithFire: Inferno matches are very popular in backyard wrestling.
* RooftopConfrontation: Disturbingly persists, despite being a consistent source of injuries.
* SmallNameBigEgo: An unfortunately common event in backyard wrestling is for some backyarders to hold themselves in higher regard than even trained wrestlers, the causes for such egos are varied.
* SpearCounterpart: Both genders do both, but backyard wrestling is considered such to the more private phenomenon of "apartment wrestling", since most of its participants are female. Apartments gained national attention first, despite their more private nature, because Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah had her students pose for CatFight pictures in apartment rooms for Bill Apter's magazine during the 1970s.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Justified since backyard leagues rarely have the money for impressive shows, even by indie standards. Most of them have only Windows Movie Maker to work with.
* WhereItAllBegan: [[GimmickMatches Falls count anywhere matches]] ending up in a backyard is a rare but amusing occurrence. Matt and Jeff Hardy explicitly invoked this when their TNA feud culminated in "The Final Deletion", a falls count anywhere match filmed entirely in a backyard.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Just TRY and count how many backyard wrestling leagues have the letter X in their name, JUST TRY.