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    Should wrestling (WWE) be considered a sport?

    I used to debate this with people. While you need to train and be in good shape to go it, it is not waged on odds or skills. They will almost always know going into a match who is already winning. So to me, I view it more like dance than a sport. If that even makes sense. How do you guys feel about this? I used to watch it as a kid, not anymore, but I never called it a sport but apparently people call it a sport today.

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    WWE may be fake, but the people in it are all fit, and the moves all have to be very carefully choreographed, or people can get very hurt. So in that sense, I think it is a sport.
    I view a "sport" as anything that takes skill, ability, and toughness, whether that toughness be mental/physical. I love watching poker, and it's considered a sport even though anyone (above 21) can play it. You have people playing in their 80s still playing (like Doyle Brunson), and people who are not fit enough to play any physical sport, yet poker is counted as a sport because of the mental fortitude it takes to be in tournaments for hours on end.
    So, in that sense, I'd say WWE is a "sport", even if it is all fake.

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    I don't think even the most die hard of WWE fans would think that it's a real sport. It's mainly to watch beefy, larger than life characters boasting cheesy macho dialogue at each other and then see some clearly scripted behind the scenes shenanigans play out and then we finally get the actual match. That's fine since it can be fun to see all of that go down. I'm not a big fan of wrestling myself but it's fun to watch the wrestling promos. The best ones are the ones where the wrestler comes across that he is a bit mentally unstable. The Ultimate Warrior was great at it but Ric Flair IMO had a brilliant one.


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    In my point of view, I would say WWE is more of an entertainment than a sport. I do agree that most of these "wrestlers" are fit and can do stunts but that doesn't make it a sport. I mean if we can call it a sport, might as well call being a stuntman as a sport. I would call MMA a sport but not WWE.

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    I do consider wrestling as a sport even though it's scripted because it still involves athletic activities which requires physical strength, trainings and skills to perform such acts. I'm an avid wrestling fan when I was a kid, me and my cousin. We were so addicted to it to be honest and I miss those days when I still believed that it was for real. Even so, I still admire them because what they do is really hard and it takes a lot of pain and courage to be in that industry just to entertain people.

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    My whole thing is, that if it were a sport... Wouldn't that mean we need a true winner and true loser? Like I don't even think we need it to be about athletics. Golfing is a sport for peach sake (I say peach instead of petes or pete's lol). Like to me a sport involves a game or activity that will end in someone being declared the winner or loser but because WWE and this kind of wrestling in general is scripted and the winners and losers are predetermined, it doesn't make sense to consider it a sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    My whole thing is, that if it were a sport... Wouldn't that mean we need a true winner and true loser? Like I don't even think we need it to be about athletics. Golfing is a sport for peach sake (I say peach instead of petes or pete's lol). Like to me a sport involves a game or activity that will end in someone being declared the winner or loser but because WWE and this kind of wrestling in general is scripted and the winners and losers are predetermined, it doesn't make sense to consider it a sport.
    I have been watching WWE since I was a kid and I still do. I definitely consider it a sport. Back when I had no beard, the rumors that WWE is staged did not exist and we believed that it was legit wrestling. Now, not much has changed. Even with the 'discoveries' within it's presentation, one thing still remains true. Those men and women hurt each other in the ring. The moves they perform may be entertainment but really, what is so staged about a man being dropped from the ropes and trampled on? Another thing that makes it real is the fact that some wrestlers bleed a lot in fights and their blood has to be wiped off of the stage for the next match to begin. It takes great atleticism to be a wrestler in WWE and even with their well-built bodies, some wrestlers still have to undergo multiple surgeries due to sprains, broken bones, and ruptured muscles.

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    WWE is theater, not a sport. Sports are not scripted and predetermined on the basis of who is popular at the moment. Yes they both require training, stamina and skill, but it's the "here is the script" that doen't make WWE a sport.
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    I agree with much of what's already been said.
    The skill and fitness required to do it well I think very much qualifies wrestling as a sport.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    Of course it should be considered a sport. At least it involves physical activity, which for example eSports don't. And eSports is actually officially considered a sport by many countries. They have even applied to be in the olympics 2022 I think it is. Either way, wrestling require a lot of technique, not just strength. Actually, it's scientifically proven that wrestling is mostly about your technique, actually nearly 90%. The rest is strength.

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