Professional wrestling is a form of entertainment where the participants engage in simulated wrestling matches for means of entertainment. The simulated nature of professional wrestling is only one of the many differences it has with traditional wrestling.
Other differences can be found by looking at the rules of pro wrestling. Punching is permitted as long as the wrestler's fist is open. There are no restrictions to kicking, and the only "low blow" (punching or kicking) one can deliver is an actual blow to the crotch. A match can be won by pin fall, submission, count out, or disqualification. In order to win by pin fall, a wrestler must pin both his opponent's shoulders against the mat for three seconds. To win by submission, the wrestler must make his opponent give up, usually by putting him in a submission hold. A count out happens when a wrestler is out of the ring long enough for the referee to count to 10. Conditions for disqualification will be explained later. If either wrestler is in contact with the ropes, all contact between the wrestlers must be broken. This strategy is used very often in order to escape from a submission hold, and also, more seldomly, a wrestler can place his foot on the ropes to avoid loosing by pin fall.
Here is a list of offences punishable by disqualification:
- Refusing to break a hold when your opponent is in the ropes.
- Choking or Biting your opponent for more than five seconds.
- Outside interference.
- Striking your opponent with a foreign object. (smashing your opponent against a foreign object will usually not end the match in a DQ)
- Laying of hands on the referee.
Currently, the only wrestling organisation left in North America is the World Wrestling Federation, although there are others in Japan.