Wrestling isn’t a sport. It’s sports entertainment, a term first coined by WWE to effectively sum up what is essentially the perfect fusion of theatre and athleticism. Performers take to a giant stage – or ring – and act out a semi-improvised play of sorts, full of twists, turns, and grandstanding spectacle designed to keep the audience entertained. They also often play out fully-scripted scenes backstage, involving dialogue and the occasional bit of wrestling as part of ongoing fictional feuds with fellow grapplers. And all while often wearing little more than a pair of boots and some very tiny shorts.

It’s a physically demanding profession, and one that …

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