Is pro wrestling a fake sport? | The Tylt
The WWE is definitely entertaining to watch, but sports fans have long debated if pro wrestling is a "fake" sport. On one hand, fans argue that wrestlers are extremely athletic and like boxing, it's a fighting sport. Detractors say wrestling is choreographed, pre-determined for the winner; some would even say it's completely fake. Is it time to just acknowledge that pro wrestling is a fake sport?
Is pro wrestling a fake sport?
Is pro wrestling a fake? Is pro wrestling a sport? These polarizing questions have long been asked, and super interconnected.
What people are really asking is wrestling a "fake sport." Many argue wrestling isn't a sport because it's fake. Others are wrestling is a sport because while the winners are staged, and parts of the WWE shows are scripted, wrestlers must be in peak physical condition and athletic ability.
Who will finally win this debate?
Bleacher Report writer Joe Burgett writes that wrestling is a placebo for sports:
See as a sports writer I have seen many sports such as MMA, boxing, and others. That are sort of the same as wrestling, yes you have differences in them, but still they are all fighting sports.
I think wrestling is the placebo to sports, its just like a sport in every way, like a placebo is to medicine. It looks like a pill acts like a pill, and you take it and you believe it works, just like wrestling. We watch it, and it is just like any other sport, when it seems different.
While Burgett mentioned how not fake wrestling is—Jacob Waring elaborated on the unfair assessment. He wrote:
I'm going to give you the bottom line on why pro-wrestling is without a Shadow of a doubt not fake[...] There is no room for error, as many complex wrestling moves can result in serous injuries or death.
Vice Sports writer Ben Halls wrote about the bizarre reality between the "fake sport" and real deaths in pro wrestling. Ultimately, he acknowledged fatalities, but made it clear that wrestling is for entertainment only—it's not a real sport.
Wrestling shares similarities with boxing and mixed martial arts—many consider them all real sports.
Wrestling is a way of life for fans.
But critics even get upset when wrestling is covered under the sports news section. Entertainment news section, perhaps? For instance, ESPN viewers were upset when SportsCenter included wrestling.
Other debatable competitive sports are still labeled sports. And since professional wrestling is competitive, fans believe it should be considered a sport by everyone—whether or not you like wrestling.
Critics argue wrestling is pre-determined, unlike other "debatable" sports. Cheerleading, golfing, gaming, gymnastics and so on are also debatable "real" sports. However, all require athletic prowess and involve judged competition—unlike wrestling.