Ultimate Wrestling Quiz
by Staff
Wrestling is an ancient sport with many legitimate and honorable modern incarnations. But let's face it -- the variation that brings the crowds and the big bucks is professional wrestling. We'll start off with some legit wrestling questions and then move into the world of WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan, piledrivers and steel-cage brawls.

What are the two main forms of amateur wrestling?

  • Greco-Roman and arabesque
  • freestyle and Greco-Roman
  • freestyle and grappling

When did women's freestyle wrestling become an Olympic event?

  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • never

What do sumo wrestlers use to purify the ring before a bout?

  • sand
  • water
  • salt
  • rice

How does a sumo bout start?

  • with the wrestlers leaping up from a crouch
  • with the kneeling wrestlers lunging toward each other
  • with the wrestlers facing away from each other and then spinning around

How does one win a sumo wrestling match?

  • by placing a foot upon the opponent's back
  • by pinning the opponent's hands behind his back
  • by forcing the opponent out of the ring
  • by kicking the opponent in the head

Which wrestler in the 1940s was the first to really promote himself as a character?

  • Fantastic Frank
  • Beautiful Billy
  • Gorgeous George
  • Incredible Ike
  • Stupendous Sam

Which famous pro wrestler refused a spot in the Wrestling Hall of Fame because he didn't like the direction pro wrestling had taken?

  • Johnny DeFazio
  • Bruno Sammartino
  • Bobo Brazil
  • Antonino Rocco

What does 'breaking kayfabe' mean?

  • unintentionally injuring an opponent
  • stepping out of wrestling character

What's a 'smark'?

  • a fan who knows what goes on behind the scenes but still enjoys watching the events
  • a fan who truly believes that pro wrestling is real
  • someone who goes to wrestling events and tries to discredit the fake wrestlers

What's the difference between a 'face' and a 'heel'?

  • Faces are skilled wrestlers, and heels know only fake moves.
  • Faces are the predetermined good guys and heels are the bad guys.

Do wrestlers ever switch from heel to face?

  • yes
  • no

About how long is the standard pro-wrestling match?

  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes

Which of these is NOT an example of a pro-wrestling move?

  • iron claw
  • Boston crab
  • camel clutch
  • Arizona rattlesnake
  • shooting star press
  • piledriver
  • Irish whip

What's the annual WWE event in which a whole group of wrestlers is dropped into the ring?

  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • WrestleMania
  • the Iron Man match
  • Royal Rumble

What's the worst thing that could happen to a pro wrestler?

  • a squash
  • a crusher
  • a botch
  • a no-sell
  • a screwjob

Which wrestler was once temporarily paralyzed after a botched piledriver?

  • The Iron Sheik
  • Junkyard Dog
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Andre the Giant
  • John Cena
  • Ric Flair

In 2001, this performer severely broke his leg in a high-flying leap.

  • Sid Vicious
  • The Miz
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Batista

Many consider WrestleMania III the peak of '80s wrestling fever -- it was the highest-attended professional sports event in the world. Where was it?

  • Detroit
  • Toronto
  • New York
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta

The main event in WrestleMania III was between these two bitter rivals.

  • Rowdy Roddy Piper and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage
  • Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant

Are pro wrestling bouts always fixed?

  • yes
  • no