Professional wrestling  

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"In 1982, Andy Kaufman brought his professional wrestling villain act to David Letterman's show by way of a staged encounter with Jerry "The King" Lawler of the Continental Wrestling Association (although the fact that the altercation was planned was not publicly disclosed for over a decade)."--Sholem Stein

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Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional sport, where matches are arranged by the promotion's booking staff, and is also considered an athletic performing art, containing strong elements of catch wrestling, mock combat and theatre. It has origins in carnival sideshows in the late 19th century as part of displays of athletics and strength. Modern professional wrestling usually features striking and grappling techniques, which are modeled after diverse sets of wrestling and pugilistic styles from around the world.



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