If you are like many people, you grew up watching WWE idols like Hulk Hogan and Triple H take it to the ring each week on evening television but paid no attention to wrestling matches held at schools or shown during the Olympics. If it was exclusive and on satellite tv service, you had to have it. Well, today, we’d like to talk about the real differences between the wrestling you see on TV and a legitimate wrestling match.
For a period of time, the legitimacy of TV wrestling was unknown. Wrestlers were forbidden from revealing the secret that everything was staged and any who even hinted at it were shunned. Today, it is well known that it is all an act. The wrestlers are following a script that dictates who wins, who loses, what moves they will perform and, of course, all the dramatic dialogue that peppers each show. Even though the wrestling moves are staged and rehearsed, occasionally injuries do occur. Being a TV wrestler is still a very physically demanding job and requires the actors to stay in top shape in order to perform effectively.
The legitimate sport of wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat and can be traced back as far as the Trojan War. Today, wrestling is a respected sport worldwide with a variety of different disciplines regulated by the International Federation of Wrestling Styles (FILA). FILA ensures the integrity of wrestling matches by enforcing rules such as what types of moves are legal and which are forbidden and requiring all official matches to be overseen by certified judges and referees.