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Well, the ancient sport has just been reinstated, meaning that wrestling will continue its presence at the Olympics uninterrupted through at least 2024!
Here are 35 reasons we're thrilled.
Because we like seeing men hold each other... face down.
Because even when they're ugly, wrestlers are always kinda beautiful.
Because it gives skilled athletes a chance to show off their skill and sass.
Because it's the closest thing we have to The Hunger Games now that American Gladiators is off the air.
Because at its best moments, it's not just about competition... it's about cooperation too.
Because we learn so much about camerawork and angles just by watching.
Because the costumes are fabulous!
Because it shows that even small, injured players can get the upper hand... very David vs. Goliath.
Because we love choosing the better of two hot and sweaty men.
Because we love seeing beefy guys dominate one another.
Because the faces, biceps, and bulges are priceless.
Because wrestling gives us a real world, hands-on education about physics and bodies in motion.
Because sometimes gymnastics just isn't as awesome as you want it to be.
Because Janet has nothing on wrestling's wardrobe malfunctions.
Because even some of the most competitive moments can be so tender, so gentle.
Because it gives us great ideas on how to pass the time on our next playdate.
Because we love the joy the sport brings to both the competitors and their spectators.
Because it's the closest sport men have to competitive waltzing.
Because bragging and victory laps in wrestling rock.
Because wrestling bodies can inspire mind-bending works of sculpture.
Because it's one of the most ethnically diverse sports the Olympics has to offer.
Because everyone can participate, no matter their body type.
Because it makes public the wondrous things that normally happen behind closed doors in private gymnasiums.
Because it lets male athletes share close, intimate moments without shame.
Because it shows us how incredible, flexible, and accomodating the human body can be.
Because it teaches us how to stay grounded when others want us to get carried away.
Because it lets us appreciate us the beauty of a hard body.
Because it teaches us how to pick up other guys.
Because it provides great visual metaphors for dealing with life's tangled relationships.
Because another man is the best workout equipment an athlete can find.
Because we'd miss photos of moves like "the crotch rip" and "the splay."
Because we'd miss all the morally questionable wrestling moves...
...like the infamous "butt drag."
Because its climactic moments of victory are second to none.
Because wrestlers, both top and bottom, love the anticipation.