Wrestling: The Greatest Sport That Will Never Be

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2009

As I watched The Legend of Bagger Vance, something dawned on me as the kid in the movie, Hardy Graves, said "this is the greatest sport in the world."

I thought about wrestling, the past, and how it all comes together in the one match or one move. 

I want to shoot on what I feel is "the greatest sport that never will be."

Wrestling is as unique as anything in the world.

It can make you cry, smile, be mad, be happy, and everything in between.

It's like a movie—for two hours you watch something come alive right in front of your eyes as it makes you believe it is real. You feel that emotion as you watch it—and everything else in the world goes away.

Watching The Legend of Bagger Vance, I listened to Will Smith as Bagger Vance saying, "It's only you and the field."

I think about those two wrestlers in the ring putting on a show for the fans and making the fans’ time spent watching worthwhile.

When you think about baseball, basketball, or football, you close your eyes and dream about the perfect play. It runs through that head of yours over and over as you try to live a dream.

However, in those sports, you have to respond to what the other person is doing and change your mindset.

In wrestling, you make the moves, crash and burn, and choose your destiny. It makes it that much sweeter when it works and connects just like your authentic move.

I close my eyes and think about my crash-and-burn move, where I'm standing on the top rope while looking out and seeing the crowd, announcers, and cameras, trying to block them out.

As I get ready to do my move, time stands still and nothing can go wrong. I put my fingers up like "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and start to fly. It is me in that ring doing that one move that the announcers, cameras, and fans will respond to.

What makes wrestling what it is?

Is it the heels?


Title belts?



There is so much that goes into the greatest sport that will never be.

As you read this, close your eyes and tell me what you see.

What do you feel?

What do you see?

When you see your hair start to stand up and get goosebumps, that's when you really feel what the wrestlers feel.

Jeff Hardy, Triple H, HBK, Taker, Randy Orton, John Cena, and every other wrestler feel what you feel when you close your eyes and feel the goosebumps all over your body.

Wrestling is the greatest sport that will never be.