Professional wrestling should be an Olympic sport like gymnastics
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While professional wrestling can be entertaining, and no one would deny that the participants are in excellent physical condition, there appear to be at least three reasons why it could not be an Olympic sport.
First and foremost, it is a choreographed fight between opposing competitors. Many of the moves require both competitors to work together and know in advance what the other one will do. Take the example of Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm. For Jericho to perform a move, Storm would have to be able to perform his portion of that move. If Storm is less skilled then he could make it impossible for Jericho to perform his move, or Storm could intentionally prevent Jericho from performing his move. Figure skating has pairs events, but in that case two competitors are working together and are scored together. In professional wrestling, two competitors are working against each other and would have to be scored separately.
Second, professional wrestling has a somewhat limited appeal. It is popular in North America and Britain, and to a lesser degree in some other parts of Europe. However, it is virtually non-existent in the rest of the world. The Olympics is a world-wide competition. We would not my Cricket an Olympic sport, not because it is a bad sport but because it is not commonly played or even understood in most of the world. Similarly, we should not make profession wrestling an Olympic sport because it is no commonly played or understood in much of the world.
Finally, the fact that professional wrestling is a "pretend fight" makes unsuited for the Olympics. I grant that this may just be my own preference, but it seems right. The Olympics has various kinds of dances, such as figure skating and floor routines in gymnastics. It has actual competitive fights, such Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, and fencing. Professional wrestling lacks the grace of gymnastics and the authenticity of judo. Putting it in the Olympics would add very little and take away quite a bit away from the nature of the Olympics.
Without denying the athletic nature of professional wrestling, it does not belong in the Olympics.
And although i agree with you that in mainland Europe there are not many big televised wrestling promotions, there are many independent wrestlers and promotions that would be pretty good and could put on just as good performances as some of the wrestlers from the bigger promotions like WWE or TNA.
While I doubt that independent promotions could put on a performance like the bigger promotions, my point was that we need to look beyond North America and Europe. Professional Wrestling is all but non-existent in Africa, South America and most of Asia. It makes no sense to make a world-wide competition out of something unknown to three-fifths of the world. Perhaps in thirty years, if Professional Wrestling extends beyond its current boarders, we could revisit the issue. For now Professional Wrestling is not suited for the global arena.
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct for the forfeit. As to arguments, Pro failed to justify why Pro wrestling should be in the olympics, which was his burden. He noted similarities to other things (like gymnastics)--which hurts his case, honestly, since he needs to give us a reason to put wrestling in the olympics DESPITE these similar things that were in his own case. This is largely a subjective debate, but in the end, I just didn't see any compelling justification from Pro. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.
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