MPs have settled a debate that has run at least since Big Daddy body-slammed Giant Haystacks in front of a TV audience of millions in the 1980s.
An all-party parliamentary group on wrestling has determined that the professional pursuit in Britain should be classified as a sport within its training schools and as theatre or entertainment once the show begins.
The adjudication in a 103-page parliamentary report into the state of wrestling is more than an attempt to resolve a moot point. The MPs hope it will tackle serious problems in the industry which they heard included “hyper-masculine, homophobic and sexist” promoters, “fundamentally exploitative” working practices and a “toxic” culture.
British wrestling has been on the rise…