Should professional wrestling be considered a sport? – Podcast

Ayomide Akinshilo

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With Wrestlemania 34 just around the corner, many fans are gearing up for the biggest professional wrestling of the year.
WWE’s flagship event will be held on Sunday, April 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Los Angeles.
Sports enthusiasts will argue that what WWE is producing is not a sport but rather scripted action but true wrestling fans would tell you it is Sports entertainment.

John Cena vs Randy Orton. Photo: Big Ed's Photos/Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/elnewberry/3299990889/in/photolist-62BjjD-6YkBvZ-7B4vg8-62FTps-62ARzR-62FW9Q-62G3a9-7B8j9w-8WWGip-8WZH2Q-6wPSkH-62FyJY-62AS6K-62BQCz-6RtGP2-dFMfU5-62Bk9B-6T1nV3-62AQuK-62BMde-62Bjyn-62EXQw-62AHHP-62EQjU-62FxEh-62AGpa-62G2yQ-rg4w9v-8UuS59-62Aydv-4RPWvJ-62ARjT-62FBA9-aekX3C-7KBr3x-ZPCiM-62FWJL-ZNBZH-62BXai-62Gb7h-62AyQe-62BG5e-62Go1N-ZTS5L-62BhXX-aekWTN-62B9uP-62Ba7v-62BkMe-62Fytw
John Cena vs Randy Orton. Photo: Big Ed’s Photos/Flickr

While it is true that the results of every match are predetermined, there is no doubt that wrestling is a sport. The only difference between what WWE and other promotions are producing is the presence of theatricality and spectacle.
The wrestlers suffer the same body damage as other athletes. Broken bones, muscle tear, internal bleeding, concussions and dizziness are some of the major things wrestlers have to face on a weekly basis.
The upcoming Wrestlemania event would feature a main event fight between former MMA star Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns while another former MMA star Rounda Rousey will team up with Olympic gold medalist and legendary wrestler Kurt Angle to face another legend Triple H and his wife Stephaine McMahon.
Student journalists Akinshilo Ayomide and Finn Brennan sat down to record a podcast and put forward an argument that wrestling is truly a sport.
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Ayomide Akinshilo