History::Professional wrestling


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Originating as a popular form of entertainment in 19th-century Europe<ref name="FILA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and later as a sideshow exhibition in North American traveling carnivals and vaudeville halls, professional wrestling grew into a standalone genre of entertainment with many diverse variations in cultures around the globe, and is now considered a multimillion-dollar entertainment industry. While it has greatly declined in Europe, in North America it has experienced several different periods of prominent cultural popularity during its century and a half of existence. The advent of television gave professional wrestling a new outlet, and wrestling (along with boxing) was instrumental in making pay-per-view a viable method of content delivery.

Professional wrestling sections
Intro  History  Scope and influence  Genre conventions  Rules  Dramatic elements  Wrestlers  Styles and characteristics in different countries  Culture  See also  Footnotes  References  External links  

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