Professional Wrestling is a style of wrestling and also a form of entertainment. It involves staged performances that blend elements of athletics, drama, and storytelling. It typically involves two or more performers (known as wrestlers) engaging in scripted matches that are designed to entertain audiences.
In professional wrestling, the outcome of matches is often predetermined, and the wrestlers may follow a predetermined script or storyline to guide their actions and performances. Matches may include a variety of moves and maneuvers, such as throws, slams, holds, and strikes, and are often accompanied by dramatic gestures, facial expressions, and other forms of theatrical performance.
Professional wrestling has a long history, dating back to the early 20th century in North America, and has since become a popular form of entertainment around the world. Major professional wrestling organizations, such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), AEW (All Elite Wrestling), and NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling), regularly hold live events and television shows that draw large audiences.
Is it a sport?
There is some debate about whether professional wrestling should be considered a sport or not. Some people consider it to be a form of athletic entertainment, while others argue that it is more of a scripted performance or theatrical production.
On one hand, professional wrestlers undergo rigorous training and physical conditioning, and their performances require strength, agility, and endurance. Additionally, the outcomes of matches may be predetermined, but the physical demands and risks involved are very real.
On the other hand, the storylines and characters in professional wrestling are often carefully scripted and choreographed, and the matches themselves may be more about entertaining the audience than achieving a true athletic competition.
Ultimately, whether professional wrestling is considered a sport or not may depend on how one defines "sport" and what criteria you believe are necessary for an activity to be considered one. Professional wrestling does not fit our definition of a real sport. Although it is a physical activity, it is not a fair competition.
- Pehlwani — a form of wrestling from South Asia. A win is achieved by pinning the opponent's shoulders and hips to the ground simultaneously.
- Belt Wrestling — the aim is to knock down the opponent by grappling with their belt.
- Sumo — two wrestlers within a circular ring try and push the other out
- Sorro Wrestling — a traditional wrestling style from Niger.
- Pillow Fighting — a real-life semi-professional women-only sporting event (unusual sport)
- WWE Survivor Series — an annual pay-per-view event produced by the WWE
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