I really liked the feedback I got last week on the Talent blog, so I will write another blog about the thoughts I have. This week will write about my thoughts on why weight cutting became so popular in the sport of wrestling.
First here are two thoughts that you must accept as truths or my argument won't make any sense.
1. A wrestler has to wrestle the correct weight class for himself to reach his fullest potential.
2. The toughest (mentally) guy wins the match when most everything else is equal.
So here we go, try to follow along. A long time ago in America the male society used to be much more macho. I came to this conclusion after reading "Duel in the Sun," which is a book about the 1982 Boston Marathon. It stated that in that year there were over 100 Americans who finished the marathon in faster than 2:30 and in 2007 there were less than 15. Running a marathon really isn't that tough, but running a marathon in under 2:30 hours might be one of the most grueling and difficult tasks known to man. It takes a real man to run a marathon under 2:30 hours and with the "everyone is a winner" point our society has come to, just finishing a marathon is enough of an accomplishment. So besides that argument, I think we can all agree that the American society isn't macho as it once may have been.
How many times have you heard wrestlers brag about how much weight they have cut as kind of a "macho" badge of honor. Well back in the day I am sure this phenomenon was even more prevalent. So since weight cutting takes a lot of mental toughness, then the toughest guys will obviously be able to cut the most weight. Since we also take the #2 premise above as a truth, then the toughest guy cuts the most weight and he also wins the most matches. So since these two things seem to go together people take their correlation as causation, when we all know that correlation does not prove causation. But most people don't look that in depth so a whole generation takes this to be a simple accepted truth. And that folks is how weight cutting became so highly looked upon in the sport of wrestling.
Warning: of course this is just my opinion, I hope you enjoy.