Chris Jericho was recently on the interview circuit promoting his upcoming SyFy show "Robot Combo League."
In one of the more noteworthy moments of an interview with the Miami Herald, Jericho had the following to say about choreographed wrestling in the Olympics:
“Think about it, pro wrestling as an Olympic sport would be pretty cool. Look at figure skating or gymnastics, what is it? It’s a choreographed performance that is judged. It’s whoever puts on the best performance."
As ridiculous as this sounds, pro wrestling would garner strong interest, if not ratings, if it were an Olympic sport. Wrestling has always been a guilty pleasure of Americana, and its worldwide appeal in places like Japan and Mexico would create some interesting international rivalries.
If a nation were to send WWE superstars to the Olympics, it would need ring generals with a history of having strong matches with just about anybody. Some of the more polished wrestlers honed their craft on the independent scene and became acclimated to different styles.
Given the choreographed nature of pro wrestling—not to mention how visually appealing a good match is—pro wrestling could be the perfect replacement for amateur wrestling which is set to be dropped from the Olympic games in 2016.