Pro-Wrestling (or simply Wrestling) is a mode of spectacle which combines athletics with theatrical performance, which mimic a title match combat sport. The matches have predetermined outcomes in order to heighten entertainment value, and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and carefully performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury.
The unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on Greek Wrestling and Catch Wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks, strength-based holds and throws, and acrobatic maneuvers; much of these derive from the influence of various martial arts. Wrestlers may lift an opponent and throw them, drop them, or otherwise force them to the mat. A wrestler may also jump onto an opponent, whether standing or lying down, in any manner, including with a clenched fist, the toe of a boot, or a direct attack to the groin.
Wrestlers in Mexico (known as Luchadores) are traditionally more agile and perform more aerial maneuvers than professional wrestlers in the U.S. who, more often, rely on power moves and strikes to subdue their opponents. Luchadores often execute high flying moves by utilizing the ring's ropes to catapult themselves towards their opponents, using intricate combinations in rapid-fire succession, and applying complex submission holds.
Japanese Wrestlers incorporate kicks and strikes from martial arts disciplines, and a strong emphasis is placed on submission wrestling. In Japan, Wrestling is treated as a full contact combat sport as it mixes hard hitting martial arts strikes with shoot style submission holds.
- Wrestlers from other fighting games franchises include Zangief, R. Mika and Hugo from the Street Fighter series, Raiden and Tizoc from Fatal Fury series and King of Fighters series, Tina and Bass Armstrong from the Dead or Alive series.
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