Professional wrestling is a way of involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, usually between actors with established character roles. The wrestling matches are based on classic wrestling and wrestling, with modern additions of blunt attacks, stunts, feats of strength, fast athletics, and occasionally improvised weaponry. Professional wrestling is also generously incorporated. Like some of the true boxers they mimic, professional wrestling characters have big egos, quirky personalities (often tied to a gimmick), and turbulent interpersonal relationships. These people have a script very similar to coincidences. The performances take place primarily in a ring similar to that used in boxing. On televised wrestling shows, many additional “behind the scenes” scenes are also shot to complement the drama in the ring.
Professional wrestling in the United States and the United Kingdom began in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a genuine competitive sport based on Greco-Roman wrestling and later more popular capture wrestling. In the early 1920s, wrestlers began choreographing some of their matches to make the matches less physically demanding, shorter, and more entertaining. This allowed the wrestlers to perform more frequently and attract a wider audience. Authentic matches were still held in the 1930s, but much less frequently. This business model was very successful and was imitated in other countries, with particular success in Mexico and Japan. Historically, professional wrestlers tended to have a strong background in amateur wrestling or wrestling, but this gradually faded over the years and promoters began to attract athletes from other sports. Today’s professional wrestlers don’t necessarily need amateur training to be successful in sport. However, many professional wrestlers still find it beneficial to have a solid amateur training before embarking on a professional career.
For decades, those in the island community of the wrestling industry did not admit that their “sport” was actually theater, as suspension of disbelief was considered vital to enjoyment. In the modern era, the industry is more transparent about it.