In the last few years, only a handful of Pro wrestling tournaments were regionally specific. From 1959 through 1972, the JWA World Big League event was one of the most prestigious wrestling tournaments. The WWF’s Wrestling Classic was another, held in North America, and up to 16 WWF Superstars competed. However, in recent times, an increasing number of wrestling events have emerged worldwide.
The Most Popular Wrestling Competitions
Below are some of the top wrestling competitions.
NJPW World Tag League
The World Tag League debuted in 1980 as a derivative of G1 Climax. New Japan Pro-Wrestling brought this event, which evolved into the Super Grade Tag League eleven years later. Then in 1999, the World Tag League and NJPW merged to become the G1 Tag League, which lasted until 2012. Afterward, it was named NJPW World Tag League.
Fans and bettors can find the odds for this tournament at most online sports books. The matches are organized around a basic points system: a defeat is worth zero points, a draw is worth one, and a win is worth two. The top-scoring participants advance to the finals thanks to two blocks of eight teams.
NJPW New Japan Cup
Since 2005, popular wrestlers have been able to compete in this pro wrestling competition. It is another New Japan Pro-Wrestling event and is regarded as one of the largest tournaments by NJPW. Like in the G1 Climax tournament, the victor will get the opportunity to compete in the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The event winner will also be eligible to compete in the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
Originally, it was a heavyweight event with just 16 wrestlers competing in a single-elimination competition, but it has since grown to 32. It is an open-weight competition that brings in scores of spectacular spectators.
World Wrestling Championships
The 2022 World Wrestling Championships is the latest edition of the World Wrestling tournament. The 17th annual championships of combined events will be placed in Belgrade, Serbia, instead of Russia, from September 10 to September 18, 2022.
The World Wrestling Championships are amateur worldwide wrestling championships organized by the United World Wrestling. The Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling event debuted in 1904, while the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling tournament debuted in 1951. However, the inaugural Women’s Freestyle Wrestling event didn’t occur until 1987.
The UWW (United World Wrestling) Bureau approved Belgrade, Serbia, as the host city for the 2023 Senior World Championships. However, due to Russia’s limits on holding World Championships in 2021-2022, Belgrade will replace Krasnoyarsk as the host of the World Championships.
Fire Festival Tournament
The Fire Festival tournament is an annual pro-wrestling competition conducted in Japan by Pro Wrestling Zero1. The celebration is called Himatsuri, but it is more widely known as the Fire Festival in English-speaking countries.
Its format consists of two blocks of five contestants, with the champions of the first two blocks participating in the finals. Not until 2002 did this festival use this competition format. Before then, it used only two blocks of four entrants each. The winner of the Fire Festival receives the “Fire Sword,” a famous trophy given to all the tournament champions.
CZW Tournament of Death
Although this is quite an unorthodox and bizarre wrestling form, it makes this list because of its uniqueness. The CZW Tournament of Death is a round-robin event that has been running since 2002. It is an annual Pro wrestling tournament presented by Combat Zone Wrestling, where wrestlers participate in numerous single-elimination death matches.
It features a very intense format with visual scenery and lasts only one day. This hardcore wrestling event enables the use of props and weapons, making it one of the most difficult wrestling events in the world.
IWA Mid-South King of The Deathmatch
Another intriguing pro wrestling event is the Mid-South King of the Deathmatch. This is an ancient death match and North America’s longest-running intense competition.
It is a professional wrestling competition that has been running since 1997, and like the CZW Tournament of Death, participants wrestle in several death matches. The Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South King of the Deathmatch is a single-elimination tournament that employs different.
Top Wrestling Athletes Worldwide
Even though there’s strong debate about whether modern wrestling competitions are genuine or merely well-played by great wrestling ‘actors,’ millions of fans still love watching the events. Wrestling is a thrilling sport; many people enjoy it because professional wrestlers are strong and athletic and know how to perform in the ring.
Different wrestling companies have great professional wrestlers. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is the world’s largest corporation. It is presently the most popular and resourceful corporation, but there are also non-WWE-related wrestling corporations. There’s New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, Pro-Wrestling Noah, Ring of Honor, Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, and many other wrestling organizations across the globe.
To name the best wrestler worldwide will be difficult because there are several methods for determining who is the best and who is not. Below are some of the top wrestling athletes worldwide.
Abdulrashid Sadaev, often known as “The Russian Tank,” won his first senior international title at just 18 years old. He became a world champion in 2015 before winning an Olympic gold medal in 2016. Sadulaev also won global wrestling titles in 2018 and 2019. So in total, he has won up to five European titles.
Natalia Vorobeva has two Olympic medals and four world medals to her name. She won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, defeating two-time Olympic winner Stanka. Vorobeva then won her first global championship in 2015 after winning world silver medals in 2013 and 2014. She went on to win her second Olympic medal in 2016 and clinched a second world championship in Nur-Sultan.
Artur Aleksanyan has been one of the world’s most decorated Greco-Roman wrestlers in the past decade. He has won an Olympic or world medal for nearly seven years straight; four were gold.
Aleksanyan boasts four straight world-level title wins and earned a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He is the first Armenian Olympic Champion of the twenty-first century.
Since breaking onto the international scene in 2011, Jordan Burroughs has been one of the world’s most consistent wrestlers. His run of eight world or Olympic medals in nine years proves that.
Jordan didn’t stop there. After winning his first global title in 2011, he won an Olympic gold medal in London in 2012. He continued with world titles in 2013, 2015, and 2017 and world bronze medals in 2014, 2018, and 2019.
Vladimer Khinchegashvili has been one of the world’s best wrestlers for the past couple of years. His first significant breakthrough came in 2012 when he earned a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Khinchegashvili boasts of attributes like speed, endurance, strength, and flexibility. What made Khinchegashvili a top wrestling athlete was his race to Olympic gold in Rio in 2016. He also won a global silver medal in 2014 before rising to world champion status in 2015.
This US national made her country proud by being the first American woman ever to win five world wrestling titles. Adeline’s world titles came in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019. She has four gold medals from global championships and just two bronze finishes.
Wrestling has produced some of the most tenacious athletes ever to walk the planet, and its current evolutionary path will only bring more competition and recognition. There are now several individual competitions worldwide and a global tournament that brings different wrestling skills to the fore. Wrestling has become a way of life for so many people, and with further development on the horizon, there are many good things to come.