Why Pro Wrestling Should Be an Olympic Sport and How It Could Happen.

Kyle Shelf Contributor IJuly 27, 2010

31 Jul 1996: Kurt Angle of the United States holds the American flag at the free-style wrestling competition during the Summer Olympics at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Let's face it, professional wrestling is far more popular worldwide than most Olympic sports.


Though I don't actually believe that pro wrestling is a true sport, I do feel that its displays of athleticism are far superior than most other Olympic events.

I'd say that I'm fairly new to wrestling. Much newer than most of the internet's wrestling community, but trust me, I'm hooked.

Since last year's Wrestlemania push, I've formed my own opinions of every WWE superstar.

I've grown to hate John Cena, but I don't know why.

I think The Miz is worthy of a belt, purely due to his mic skills.

I feel the same about CM Punk. I don't like "The Chosen One," but I enjoy his theme music.

I'd be content if Randy Orton won the WWE Championship, and never lost it.

But now I suppose I should get back to the main point of this article, the title you probably clicked on in utter confusion.

More of an insane fantasy than an actual usable idea, but something I'd definitely love to see. How could professional wrestling exist as an Olympic sport?

Well, first things first: It would be a huge draw. I mean RAW is in the top five in cable TV viewership almost every week.

The WWE alone between house shows and live events sells out, or nearly sells out 3-4 arenas every week.

This type of popularity exists worldwide as the WWE has embarked on several international tour schedules this year alone.

Also, we have all seen the Hulk Hogan interview where he stated he'd prefer to possess the belt of an international tour.

Next comes the actual Olympic event.

Now I never stated that winners of the matches would necessarily be declared a higher rank in terms of medals.

It could be judged on anything and everything: from a wrestler's use and execution of high risk maneuvers to his technical ability.

Points could also be deducted from a wrestler if they were unsafe to work with.

The storytelling aspect could also play a huge role. Imagine the pop. Imagine the heat wrestlers of competing countries would receive.

Yes, I know this sounds extremely far fetched, but hey, let's face it, it's pretty much as crazy as some of the predictions I've read these past few weeks regarding Summerslam.

Just imagine, watching something created for pure entertainment, and have it actually mean something larger.