Olympic wrestling’s vicious takedowns won’t be forgotten
Wrestling has been a fixture of the Olympics since 708 B.C. and is considered by many to be the oldest competitive sport. So when the International Olympic Committee voted Tuesday to cut freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling from the 2020 games, it came as something of a shock. "I think this is a really stupid decision," the Olympic historian David Wallechinsky told the New York Times. "It has been in the modern Olympics since 1896. This is a popular sport."
U.S. fans will still be able to revel in the cartoon violence of the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and fans worldwide can enjoy freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling one last time in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. But the days of spandex singlets appear to be numbered -- at least on the Olympic stage. To give the sport a proper send-off, we look back on some of its gnarliest, most brutal moments.