Wrestling and the Olympics

Updated: February 12, 2013

By Mr. Twisted

Badminton. Baseball. Basque pelota. Cricket. Croquet. Equestrian. Golf. Gymnastics. Polo. Sailing. Softball. Table tennis.

What do all of these events have in common? They are all part of the Olympic Games and recognized as official Olympic sports. They also now have something else in common: they are going to remain Olympic sports, whereas wrestling…

…will not.

wrestlingAn article this morning in the New York Times explains how the IOC (International Olympic Committee) leaders voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games, citing a “process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics.” The spokesman issuing the statement, Mark Adams, did not make any mention of how much sand, exactly, was in the vaginas of the committee.

Seriously, what kind of candy-assed, spineless, anti-testosterone pacifists are running the Olympics? Though I do understand that wrestling is probably not the largest audience drawer in the games, we’re talking about a sport that pre-dates the Olympics themselves—and I’m not just talking about the modern Olympics.

Wrestling can be traced back thousands of years to Egyptian cave drawings. Back in the days when the Spartan infantry was the dominant force in Europe, what did they use to train their soldiers and keep them in shape and mentally tough? Wrestling. The Romans adopted a great deal of these same techniques for their own use (hence the term “Greco-Roman”). When American settlers began moving west, they discovered wrestling to be quite popular among various Indian tribes. As a concept it has even been mentioned in various folklore and mythology going back for thousands upon thousands of years.

The point being that wrestling is, at its core, one of the most fundamental “sports” man has ever engaged in; it owes itself to the basis of combat and, as a result, is the most primal and purest form of one-on-one competition known to mankind. Man has known for a very long time the benefits of this sport.

These concepts have not changed—we are not “evolved” to the point where wrestling or grappling is somehow beneath us or we have figured out better ways to train. As I have written before, grappling takes all of life’s lessons and distills them down to their most basic form and forces the individual to deal with them in the here and now—not in the hypothetical, but where your body feels the immediate effect of making the wrong choice.

But the geniuses on the IOC apparently know better. They are telling us that Rhythmic Gymnastics is a better sport. Have you ever watched Rhythmic Gymnastics? It’s dancing. And I don’t care how much athletic skill it takes, for those of you getting all mad and ready to write and tell us that dancers are strong and athletic. Yes, they are. So are ballet dancers. So are the dancers that have to keep up with Beyonce. Those break dancers that were incredibly popular when I was in junior high also had a lot of physical skill, but I don’t see people clamoring to make that an Olympic sport.

How about badminton? If the argument is being made that they only dropped wrestling because it wasn’t drawing a large enough audience, are they really going to sell us on badminton being a huge attention getter? Are there a ton of people lining up to see a couple people smack a birdie (or whatever the hell it’s called) over a net that can’t decide if it is set for volleyball or tennis?

Then we have equestrian. What types of folk do you suppose make it into the Olympics as equestrian “athletes”? As a wrestler, a kid could easily come from the poorest neighborhood in the United States and have a single mom who is barely making ends meet and still become one of the best wrestlers in the world. Think that’s possible in equestrian? Not only no, but hell no; it’s a rich kids’ sport, pure and simple. Sure, there may be some of you out there who didn’t grow up wealthy and you had a horse or two, but you couldn’t have competed at that level without the best horse, the best trainers, and a whole list of other stuff that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s not a sport decided on athletic skill and mental fortitude so much as it is on mom and dad’s bank account.

News8And so it has become that wrestling has taken a back seat to events such as these. In this ever-increasing namby-pamby world that we live in, the idea of one-on-one combat where individuals must use their most fundamental physical and mental attributes to succeed is probably considered too mean, too aggressive, and just too darn hard for the modern athlete.

I say screw ‘em. They can take their dancing and their super expensive horses and completely turn the Olympics into the spectacle of media slobbering it was already becoming. Let the Olympics become a place where everyone can come up with a “triumph over tragedy” story where the media falls all over themselves trying to make each athlete seem as though they shouldn’t be alive, let alone playing…table tennis.

In the meantime, combat athletes can know, deep down, that what they are doing transcends the Olympics; it goes beyond having a medal draped around their neck or having the National Anthem played for them. Their sport is how warriors have been made since the dawn of time and doesn’t need to be validated by a committee who thinks that diving into a pool of water has more business being a “sport” than wrestling. We’ll keep training while they continue to reflect a world that would rather celebrate pretty horses with rich kids on them than athletics in its most natural form.

Quite frankly, I’m not sure anything cool should be associated with the Olympics anymore. This is the same organization that keeps putting food on the table for Champion Douchebag Bob Costas, after all…






  1. Josh

    February 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    By the way, the birdie thingy thats usewd in badmiton is called a shuttle-cock, quite stupid, but I completely agree. Wrestling has been a staple in the Olympics since the beginning. I am astonished that they would even think about taking it out. I wrestled for 17 years, and the sport has taught me so much about myself. The discipline, the motivation, anything and everything that a wrestler needs, he, or she, has to learn it their own. I love the sport, and hope that they keep it in. They will have another vote on it coming in September, and hopefully they will make the correct decision.

  2. Angry Hippie

    February 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I lost all respect for the Olympics after the 96 Olympics in my hometown, nothing but a fiasco with europhiles and the american elite acting like assclowns. I did meet and shake hands with that Russian wrestler that looks like he ate ponies for breakfast, that guy was a beast, and a pretty cool dude.

  3. Tyson

    February 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Fuckin’ A, bubba! Absurd AND disgusting!

  4. WacoKid

    February 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Basque Pelota, Cricket and Croquet were only in the 1900 Olympics. Polo hasn’t been in an Olympics since 1936. Baseball and Softball weren’t in the London Olympics last year and won’t be in the 2016 games, but might be in the 2020, they haven’t decided yet.

  5. Will

    February 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I could’ve sworn that Baseball was actually also going to be dropped from the Olympics, in favor of the World Baseball Classic, as it doesn’t conflict with the professional season. In any case, this is an absolute travesty that the Olympics is going to drop one of its oldest and well-respected sports. Maybe its time that some sort of World Martial Arts tournament be established in favor of combat sports in the Olympics, as clearly those pussies don’t know what constitutes a real sport.

  6. Shoppy

    February 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Baseball is no longer an olympic sport. Git ur faxts strate!

  7. Gunship Load

    February 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    As for the “Rhythmic Gymnasts” (dancers)…

    How could you possibly overlook the the most important of dancers…

    Those that swing on a pole?

    Now that should be a Damn Olympic Sport!

  8. Drew

    February 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Can’t believe it. Wrestling out of the Olympics. A sport that most likely made some one think about an Olympic competition between Greek states and other countries. Olympics started with combat skills. I could see replacing it with cage fighting but I think boxing should be replaced by cage fighting with all the problems and scandal of refereeing. It’s as bad as Ice skating, um ahem, or so I’ve been told. I wasn’t for Carter or any country boycotting the Olympics but If more sports get voted out and they are not Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronized Swimming, Ping Pong or Badminton I say start boycotting Olympics. As far as wrestling this may start a Wrestling competition every four years like other sports and allow it to be broadcast more. NBC only showed small snippets and I really wanted to see more.

  9. SrA Tom

    February 20, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I heard about this and it made me ill. I wrestled in high school, I wasn’t very good, but it made me appreciate the pure athletic skill, an raw aggression needed to succeed at the sport. It taught me some important life lessons, if you want something bad enough, and push yourself as hard as you can, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to doing. So if the olympic committee doesn’t think that’s important or relavant, then they can choke on a bag of dicks.

  10. ron poorman

    August 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Boycott the olympics.

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