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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    Irrespective of whether or not you find WWE-style wrestling entertaining, do you think it should be considered a "sport"? (For simplicity, I'm just calling it "wrestling" from here out)

    The noun "sport" is defined as:

    physical activity engaged in for pleasure (Merriam Webster)
    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature (dictionary.com)
    an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or a team competes against another or others for entertainment (Oxford Dictionary (via Forbes because accountwall))

    Many folks would call wrestling "fake" since there is no actual competition like in the Olympics, instead it's full of choreographed acting and the match winner is pre-determined before hand. But there seems to be disagreement among dictionaries about whether or not competition vs. others is a requirement to be a "sport." I guess there's no right or wrong answer yet, so what do you think?

    (Side note on the "fake" thing: Wrestlers often do some amazing and incredibly athletic things, many of which can be extremely dangerous if not done with a high degree of technical precision. And the slaps and body slams are certainly not fake at all, so even though punches are pulled and most of their pain reactions are obvious over-acting and melodrama, they do endure a lot of incidental physical abuse that isn't the least bit fake. And, contrary to what it might seem, the match is not actually choreographed before hand. The wrestlers themselves ad-lib the whole thing, finding opportunities during the match to subtly communicate what the next couple of moves will be and then acting them out accordingly. I think that's impressive.)
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    Irrespective of whether or not you find WWE-style wrestling entertaining, do you think it should be considered a "sport"?
    Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nap View Post
    I wouldn't call it a sport as there is no competition. It is basically a soap opera for men.
    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    Ah no, every move is rehearsed, the winner determined in advance. There is no competition.

    It's entertainment for some, but to call it a sport, no.

    And really, those trunks on fat over 40 men has no place on TV.
    The definition of "sport" doesn't necessarily call for "competition" though. Do we call fishing a "sport" if we're not actively comparing our successes to someone else? What about canoeing and kayacking? Hiking and backpacking? There are plenty of activities that don't involve competition but are still considered sports. I think they're typically distinguished as "non-competitive", but still sports. Do you disagree?

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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    The definition of "sport" doesn't necessarily call for "competition" though. Do we call fishing a "sport" if we're not actively comparing our successes to someone else? What about canoeing and kayacking? Hiking and backpacking? There are plenty of activities that don't involve competition but are still considered sports. I think they're typically distinguished as "non-competitive", but still sports. Do you disagree?
    Outside of hiking and backpacking (does anyone consider those sports?) Pretty much everything you listed has competitions in that sport.

    Wrestling is basically extreme acting where the actors are their own stunt doubles (99% of the time)
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    I'd say the main distinction is you can bet on a sport, because the outcome is unknown (or at least it's supposed to be.)

    Whereas he outcome of a wrasslin' match is set in stone a week in advance, when they are story-boarding the event.
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    The definition of "sport" doesn't necessarily call for "competition" though. Do we call fishing a "sport" if we're not actively comparing our successes to someone else? What about canoeing and kayacking? Hiking and backpacking? There are plenty of activities that don't involve competition but are still considered sports. I think they're typically distinguished as "non-competitive", but still sports. Do you disagree?
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    Irrespective of whether or not you find WWE-style wrestling entertaining, do you think it should be considered a "sport"? (For simplicity, I'm just calling it "wrestling" from here out)

    The noun "sport" is defined as:

    physical activity engaged in for pleasure (Merriam Webster)
    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature (dictionary.com)
    an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or a team competes against another or others for entertainment (Oxford Dictionary (via Forbes because accountwall))

    Many folks would call wrestling "fake" since there is no actual competition like in the Olympics, instead it's full of choreographed acting and the match winner is pre-determined before hand. But there seems to be disagreement among dictionaries about whether or not competition vs. others is a requirement to be a "sport." I guess there's no right or wrong answer yet, so what do you think?

    (Side note on the "fake" thing: Wrestlers often do some amazing and incredibly athletic things, many of which can be extremely dangerous if not done with a high degree of technical precision. And the slaps and body slams are certainly not fake at all, so even though punches are pulled and most of their pain reactions are obvious over-acting and melodrama, they do endure a lot of incidental physical abuse that isn't the least bit fake. And, contrary to what it might seem, the match is not actually choreographed before hand. The wrestlers themselves ad-lib the whole thing, finding opportunities during the match to subtly communicate what the next couple of moves will be and then acting them out accordingly. I think that's impressive.)
    I love WWE but it is not a sport, it is an athletic and specialized physical activity, but it does not have a competitive element because it is staged and fake to a large degree.
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by trouble13 View Post
    I would call the wrestlers atheletes

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    Yes, but it is not a sport.
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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Yes, but it is not a sport.
    It fits the definition of a sport
    noun

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    an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
    Sport | Definition of Sport by Lexico



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    Re: Should WWE-style wrestling be considered a "sport"?

    Quote Originally Posted by trouble13 View Post
    It fits the definition of a sport

    Sport | Definition of Sport by Lexico



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    Are they though? Are they really though?

    Because if you compete against someone normally means participating in a contest, and WWE is not a contest as the moves are choreographed, agreed in advance and the winner is already decided before the match takes place, that is not a contest, that is more like a dance with a modicum degree of "looks like violence" thrown into the mix.
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