Epic Facts About Wrestling

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It doesn’t matter how epic fighting scenes are, especially on the big screen. Wrestling also has epic fighting scenes, especially on the global screen.

That being said, here are some epic facts about wrestling:

  • Wrestling is deemed an earliest form of combat, along with boxing. It even goes way back into the 20th century BCE, during the Bronze Age of Ancient Egyptians.
  • The earliest depictions of wrestling were found in an Egyptian burial ground called Beni Hasan.
  • Homer’s Iliad mentions wrestling in a detailed point of view. This Ancient Greek epic poem was set during Troy’s 10-year siege – otherwise known as the famous Trojan War.
  • Wrestling serves as one of the key competitions during the earliest Olympic Games.
  • King Henry VIII of England was thrown by King Francis I of France in a wrestling match during 1520’s Field of the Cloth of Gold, a summit meant to increase the kings’ friendship bond.
  • The national sport of Turkey is oil wrestling, where contenders douse themselves with olive oil.
  • Amateur wrestling is considered more athletic, while professional wrestling is considered more theatrical – since 1921.
  • There are two categories of wrestling disciplines as per the United World Wrestling organization: international and folk.
  • International disciplines include Greco-Roman, where a contender is forbidden to hold an opponent below the belt; Freestyle, where a contender is allowed to use legs for both offense and defense; Amateur Pankration, a type of mixed martial arts that originated in Greece; and Beach, where contenders wrestle inside a sand-filled circle platform.
  • Folk disciplines include Oil, the national sport of Turkey; Collegiate, a frequently practiced sport in the United States; and Sambo, a type of martial arts that originated in Russia.
  • Other forms of wrestling include professional, which has three kinds: Anglo-American (e.g. WWE), Puroresu (in Japan), and Lucha Libre (in Mexico).

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5 of the Best Venues in the World for a Great WWE Viewing Experience

There is something about watching the WWE surrounded by other fans that makes the experience more exceptional. Over the years, the WWE had its share of the greatest matches witnessed by fans in various venues across the globe. Every place may be unique with crowds that have their own brand of quirks and ways of showing their excitement and support. But there are venues that provide the greatest WWE spectator experience. Here are some of the world’s best WWE venues for great viewing experiences.

Allstate Arena (Rosemont, Illinois, USA)
Allstate Arena
Location: 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont
Chicago is home to some of the world’s greatest sports fans. People in this city are proud and loud when it comes to supporting their favorite sports and teams. And professional wrestling is not an exception with fans that are not only knowledgeable but enthusiastic and creative in cheering for their picks. The Allstate Arena has seen its share of WWE events that have left crowds with the finest moments in the sport. Watching a WWE event like WrestleMania in Allstate Arena guarantees the kind of atmosphere that make for exciting viewing.

Madison Square Garden (New York, NY, USA)
Madison Square Garden
Location: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
Madison Square Garden and WWE share a rich history together with the former serving as venue for numerous wrestling events in the past. It has also been a venue for some of WWE’s biggest events which further points to its importance and significance in WWE wrestling.

Rogers Centre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Rogers Centre
Location: 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Rogers Centre is a huge venue that can easily accommodate the WWE crowd. And judging from the two WrestleMania events have been held there, it is among the stand-out places when it comes to providing the mix of atmosphere and compelling crowds that make for an unforgettable viewing experience.

Staples Center (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Staples Center
Location: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
The popular arena is a familiar name not just in the US but in many other countries in the world. It has served as venue for numerous big events in the past including quite a few of the SummerSlams and other major WWE events.

Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Florida, USA)
Sun Life Stadium
Location: 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens
The Sun Life Stadium does not have a long history with WWE. But its hosting of the WrestleMania XXVIII showed that it can easily holds its own among the top WWE venues in the world. The open-air stadium provided an atmosphere and vibe that may not be often seen in indoor venues where many WWE events are held. And when you add the enthusiastic and loud crowd, the combination can be outstanding.

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