The promoters make money, the wrestlers satisfy both athletic and exhibitionist urges, and the fans are not invisible in the dark, but are directly catered to throughout the performance.
The God Zeus wrestled the God Cronus for the possession of the universe, and to celebrate the win by Zeus, they made wrestling the decisive final event in the pentathlon.
I was excited to attend this speech, because growing up I idolized many of the wrestlers on television. His movements steadily have become reflexes and his reflexes are second nature. Rules are supposed to be followed, but if the dramatic tension in a certain situation makes them redundant, then wrestling — being the unique form it is — allows the wrestlers to break them, which is unthinkable in conventional sport.
Wrestling also was blessed by Greek mythology. It even goes back to the caveman days. Because pro-wrestling involves no sport[ing]. The dramatically choreographed sport entertains an audience of violence-starved fans who covet moves, such as the coined "People's Elbow".
Professional wrestling's recent boom in popularity began in the late 90's, but unlike it's past success it is not as safe as once was Pro wrestling was a real battle of good and evil. The first world champion was George Hackinsmit, a huge man who was a great crowd pleaser. The fans loved it when a wrestler would speak his mind, and on TV they could see the wrestlers real personalities.
Barthes's critique -- which is above all a rewriting of what was to understand what is -- is useful here insofar as it may be applied back to theatre as another open-air spectacle.
Greeks and Romans used the violent wrestling method, Ankraction.