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> Is professional wrestling a sport?, No smack-downs allowed

Do you consider professional wrestling to be a sport?
 
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While all sports provide entertainment and many professional wrestlers are athletic, I'm going to agree with Tuff Stuff magazine and classify professional wrestling as entertainment rather than a sport.

What do you say? Is pro wrestling a sport?

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QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Apr 19 2005, 06:11 PM)
What do you say?  Is pro wrestling a sport?

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I think anything where the result (winner/loser/score) is determined by scriptwriters and promoters and not the events on the playing field (in this case ring) should not be considered a sport.

These guys are just actors playing characters .. I admit you do have to be athletic to be a wrestler.. and there is a huge risk of injury if things go wrong .. but basically, as many wrestlers have said, the results are mostly scripted - and many of the big moves are rehearsed to look cool and painful, but not cause severe pain or injury to the participants.

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QUOTE(jrlenox @ Apr 19 2005, 02:43 PM)
I think anything where the result (winner/loser/score) is determined by scriptwriters and promoters and not the events on the playing field (in this case ring) should not be considered a sport.
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Though I have to admit .. I was a huge WWF fan when it first became big in the mid 80's with the MTV craze and all .. anyone remember the saturday morning cartoon ?

I quickly knew it was fake .. but the characters plots were enjoyable. Hillbilly Jim was my favorite ...

and then I grew out of it ...

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Sounds like an oxymoron...
It's not a sport, but the participants are Athletes wink.gif


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QUOTE(meuandthelot @ Apr 20 2005, 09:18 AM)
Sounds like an oxymoron...
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QUOTE(jrlenox @ Apr 20 2005, 04:15 AM)
Though I have to admit .. I was a huge WWF fan when it first became big in the mid 80's with the MTV craze and all ..
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I did too, my Grandfather & Uncle owned a bar in Chicago. I remember these guys at the event, then stopping in the bar... Dick the bruiser, Ukon moose cholak(sp?) & others..been awhile. The Shiek & Baron Von Rashke only at the event.

I can still remember a few(well alot..lol) YELLING "he's got a stick, he's got a stick"..Don't remember what it was, but one of the wrestlers had a foreign object, and the people were Yelling LOUD. Hey thanks for the memory Jog!!!!

PS- Not saying it's a sport just that it's funny. They are athletes, not just athletic.


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QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Apr 20 2005, 06:03 PM)
There's athletic people where I work too, but that doesn't make it a sport.   wink.gif

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yeah ... but if all the athletic people at your office put on silly outfits and started body slamming each other .. would people buy tickets ? wink.gif


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i honestly used to love the wrestilng, I think it was more of the characters though than the actual "wrestling". thats what I think is wrong with the wwe today, there are no real characters. nobody can really support john cena or triple h, because they are just so boring. when I was a kid we had The Rock fighting Stone Cold at wrestlemania, we had Xpac fighting Kane, when Kane was really Kane and everybody was scared of him. The undertaker, what was up with being the american bad...? he was good enough when he was with edge, christian and viscera. Shaun Michaels, when I watched it he was a legend who everybody worried about, now he's just some average joe!

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I used to know a lot of the now defunct ECW Wrestlers My 2 sons went to school with a girl named Francine who was a manager for a tag team called the Pit Bulls. We used to get in to the local events for free and after the matches were over she would take us back in the locker room. We met Stone Cold,Cactus Jack,The Sand Man,Terry Funk and many others.They all were really nice people and believe it or not they were all very polite and appreciated the fan support.

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you met the cactus jack, im officialy jealous...legend



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yeah ... but if all the athletic people at your office put on silly outfits and started body slamming each other .. would people buy tickets ?  wink.gif
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Maybe. I might suggest it as a way to increase revenue. laugh.gif

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Hmmmm, I would've never guessed it!!!

Pee Wee Herman - "Paul Reubens" 2x State Champion, Dade County FL

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QUOTE(meuandthelot @ Apr 25 2005, 07:54 PM)
Hmmmm, I would've never guessed it!!!

Pee Wee Herman - "Paul Reubens" 2x State Champion, Dade County FL

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I just liked it for all the information on cards and checklist data cool.gif

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haha, this is so fake. even the blood on cena and jbl during the 'i quit' match was fake. lol biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


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haha, make it a drama, ace. smile.gif

its almost funny how these guys think these stuff up. even the ECW one night stand was preposterous. fakers. lol.

the fighting techniques are quite something, though. i'll give these guys that.


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There's no way that pro wrestling could be considered a sport...primarily for all the reasons mentioned above. I do think that these guys are exceptional in the area's of strength, a few are even pretty good when it comes to conditioning...but they got into pro wrestling either because they were no good at other sports, or washed out of other professional sports. The Rock was an up and coming talent on the football field before a major knee injury side lined him for good. How he was able to get his knee in good enough shape to do the things in the ring that he's done, I don't know.

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