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Wrestling with Wrestling Manual

I just ran across an article about the world's oldest sports manual.  Columbia University researchers found a wrestling  instructional manual in Egypt dating back to 200 A.D.  It  mentions some of the moves still used in wrestling today like a headlock and underhooks.  However, I don't think researchers took a close enough look at the document. I think it is missing several key elements that makes wrestling great: 1) Ring girls.  Let's be honest.  One of the main reasons to watch wrestling is to see the girls in bathing suits holding up numbers telling us what round we're about to watch. 2) Costumes.  Whether it's a crazy mask or a boa or shorts that are just a little too tight, every good wrestler has an outfit. 3) Swagger.  Hulk Hogan is not great because he can wrestle.  He's awesome because he can rip his own shirt off his chest quickly. 4) Endorsements.  I would have never had the urge to buy a Slim Jim at the gas station without the help of the late Macho Man Randy Savage.  This commercial has to make the original creators of wrestling proud.

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