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Indie Wrestler Sparks Debate Over Pro Wrestling as “Performance Art”, Josh Barnett & Davey Richard Sound Off

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Indie wrestler Jordynne Grace, who you may know from Beyond Wrestling, Women’s Wrestling Revolution or SHINE, started a lively debate on Twitter this weekend arguing in favor of professional wrestling being referred to as a “performance art” rather than a legitimate “sport”.

Grace went back and forth with numerous fans on Saturday. Part of her argument is that “the insistence upon calling it a sport has really brainwashed some wrestlers into believing they are really in competition with one another while in the ring,”  later stating that not all wrestlers can be considered athletes because, “some people I’ve wrestled are the laziest, clumsiest people in the world.”


One of the more interesting ideas that was brought up in the discussion was implementing other forms of entertainment alongside the actual in-ring product at live wrestling shows. Obviously we’ve seen a small version of this with musical performances at major WWE events, and at the Lucha Underground live tapings. You could also make the case that the entire wrestling industry was built around a sideshow act that travelled with carnivals and circuses.

The debate over “art” vs. “sport” picked up so much steam that former UFC Heavyweight Champion and long-time wrestler Josh Barnett joined the discussion. Josh argued that “without sport you have zero framework for wrestling”, and claimed that people want to consider it an art form because “there are barely any legitimate wrestlers” left in the business, “and barely any legitimate wrestles training people.”

So what do you think? Should pro wrestling be considered a legitimate sport, or is it healthier for the industry overall to rebrand itself as true performance art? Sound off in the comments section below or hit us up on Twitter @PW_DotCom.

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ICW No Holds Barred Volume 11 Results: Tony Deppen vs Daniel Garcia, Dan Maff vs Calvin Tankman, New Jack!

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ICW No Holds Barred Volume 11 – Then & Now Results
April 8, 2021
81Bay Brewing Co., Tampa, FL

This show is available now on IWTV. We’ll have more detailed results and our thoughts on the show soon.


  1. Tony Deppen def. Daniel Garcia
  2. Lee Moriarty def. Steve Madison
  3. Justin Kyle def. Bruce Santee
  4. Jon Davis def. Dominic Garrini
  5. Brandon Kirk def. Danny Demanto
  6. Dan Maff def. Calvin Tankman
  7. Nolan Edward def. Jake Crist
  8. The Carnage Crew & New Jack def. The Rejects & Neil Diamond Cutter

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IWTV Family Reunion Results: Daniel Garcia vs Kevin Ku, UWFi Rules Match, Six Different Indie Titles On The Line

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IWTV Family Reunion Results
April 8, 2021
81 Bay Brewing Co., Tampa, FL

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This show is available on-demand at independentwrestling.tv. More detailed results and our thoughts on both parts will be added to this page soon.

PART ONE

  1. Boomer Hatfield & Erica Leigh & The Boar def. A Very Good Professional Wrestler & Matt Makowski & Travis Huckabee
  2. Daniel Makabe def. Jaden Newman
  3. Will Wrestle def. Judge Hugo Lexington Black
  4. IWTV Independent Wrestling Title #1 Contender’s Match: Wheeler YUTA def. Adam Priest
  5. UWFi Rules: Dominic Garrini def. Robert Martyr
  6. Funny Bone & Nurse Ratchet & Super Beast def. D-Rogue & James C & Willow Nightingale
  7. IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title: John Wayne Murdoch def. Jake Crist (c) – NEW CHAMPION!
  8. IWTV Independent Wrestling Title: Lee Moriarty (c) def. Edith Surreal

PART TWO

  1. Fatal 4-Way Tag: AC Mack & MV Young def. Ashton Starr & Jared Evans and Erica Leigh & The Boar and The Kings of the District
  2. New Texas Pro Title: Mysterious Q (c) def. Ryan Davidson
  3. ACTION Title: Arik Royal (c) def. Marcus Mathers
  4. Alex Kane def. Bryan Keith
  5. Gary Jay def. Billie Starkz
  6. New South Title: Derek Neal (c) def. Cabana Man Dan
  7. C4 Title & Limitless World Title: Daniel Garcia (c) def. Kevin Ku
  8. Eight-Man Tag: A Very Good Professional Wrestler & Daniel Makabe & Tre Lamar & Wheeler YUTA def. Arik Cannon & Dan Champion & Jigsaw & Lucky 13

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STF Underground Episode 100! WrestleMania Prediction Round Table, Guest Cameos From Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & More!

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STF Underground

Welcome to EPISODE 100 of STF Underground!

In this episode we celebrate 100 episodes strong with a WrestleMania round table. This episode features guest cameos from previous guests such as Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & more! PLUS, a surprise run in that you won’t want to miss!


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