Imagine jumping off a cage 30 feet from the air onto a table or 20 feet while doing a swanton bomb off of a ladder or imagine being the one to receive it.
For several years, the debate over whether wrestling is a ‘real’ sport was perpetuated. Many argue it is nothing but a fake sport with fake injuries and promos that are scripted. But what is the true definition of a ‘real’ sport?
Oxford Dictionary defines a sport as, “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”
While wrestling certainly is scripted, it is nowhere near being a ‘fake’ sport. Like many other sports, wrestling requires major physical exertion whether it be from a tag team (a team of two or more wrestlers) or an individual to please a crowd for entertainment. This means that a wrestler must have skill, strength, stamina and especially willpower.
Take for example, Wrestlemania 32, the biggest wrestling event of the year, when Shane McMahon jumped off of a cage over 20 to 30 feet in the air just to ‘wow’ the crowd.
Does anyone remember Jeff Hardy’s 20 foot swanton bomb, a signature move, from the top of a ladder or Kalisto’s Salida Del Sol, a finishing move, off the top of a ladder at WWE Table, Ladders and Chairs in 2015.
To be quite honest, wrestling is a much more complicated sport than many others.
Wrestlers not only need to impress the crowd with their match, perform more than 150 matches per year around the globe, take physical risks, but they also need to be ‘over’ with the crowd.
Being ‘over’ with the crowd means gaining their support as the crowd decides who gets to make it to the main roster.
If the wrestler is not over with the crowd, then they likely will not receive a push.
An example of this would be at Wrestlemania 34. Since last year’s Wrestlemania 33, it had been reported by several sources including Dave Metzler of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that Roman Reigns would win the universal title.
After a long year of him burying every young talent, the fans were sick of him and didn’t want to see him as champion, so without anyone’s knowledge, WWE had Lesnar retain.
Wrestling also comes with a risk of injuries as well. While many believe the ring to be soft and cushiony, it is actually pretty solid along with the tables.
They might not be as sturdy as real concrete tables, but getting power bombed through a wood table still doesn’t sound fun.
Daniel Bryan was one of the superstars to be a victim of this major risk. On Feb. 8, 2016 he was forced to retire due to brain and head injuries he experienced throughout his career.
Luckily for Bryan, he managed to get cleared a few weeks ago for a return after hundreds of hours of rehab and doctor visits.
Some aren’t too lucky. Paige has also been out with an injury for well over a year and made a return in late November but was forced to retire due to recurring neck injuries on April 9.
Wrestling may be scripted but is undoubtedly one of the most crazy sports to ever exist and requires outstanding and even life-threatening performances from the superstars.