The International Olympic Committee announced today that, although traditional Greco-Roman wrestling has been nixed as an Olympic sport, professional wrestling will be featured at the 2020 Summer Games.
The committee stood by its earlier decision to remove amateur wrestling from the Olympics, but has replaced it with the far more interesting and exciting professional kind.
The 2020 Olympic games will feature pro wrestlers “competing” on behalf of their home countries in a single elimination tournament, culminating in a gold medal Hell in a Cell match.
Early reports indicate that Antonio Cesaro will represent Switzerland, Kofi Kingston will represent both Ghana and Jamaica, and the Ultimate Warrior will come out of retirement to wrestle on behalf of his native Parts Unknown.
A number of media outlets have decried the IOC’s decision to introduce professional wrestling to the Olympics, due to unfounded allegations that the matches would be rigged.
But Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, replied simply: “It’s what good for business.