Wrestling mats during World Wrestling Club Cup, December 1, 2016, Kharkov, Ukraine Photo by Dmitry Niko Edited by Enda Mulcahy

Wrestling & Sumo

Wrestling and Sumo

Competitive Wresling dates back to at least the Original Olympic Games in Athens, Ancient Greece. Another Ancient versions of Wrestling is Sumo (Japan). Modern versions include Olympic (Greco-Roman), WWE (American), Lucha Libre (Mexico), and indeed also Mud Wrestling (England) and Jelly Wrestling (Ireland).

Olympic Wrestling (Greco-Roman)

Olympic Wrestling is the version which dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome and the original Olympic Games. It is the version in the Modern Olympics also.

WWE Wrestling (USA)

World Wrestling Entertainment is the Modern American made-for-TV version of wrestling.

Lucha Libre (Mexico)

Mexican version of WWE Wrestling

Sumo (Japan)

John Gunning was the first Irishman to compete in the Sumo World Championships for Ireland

Mud Wrestling

Professional Mud Wrestling started in Akron, Ohio on 7 January 1938 when Miss Leona Gordon and Miss Mildred Burke competed in the first ever fight. Professional Mud Wrestling, like World Wrestling Entertainment is more for show or spectacle with the contestants not seriously trying to harm, injure or fight each other. [References: 1]1

  1. Life Magazine (1938) January 24, 1938, page 23 [Internet] Available from Google Books at: https://books.google.ie/books?id=yEoEAAAAMBAJ&dq=life+magazine+jan+24+1938&pg=PA23&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=life%20magazine%20jan%2024%201938&f=false [Accessed 17 August 2023] ↩︎