The International Olympic Committee delivered a major body slam to wrestling this week when it dropped the sport from the 2020 Olympics.
"This is not the end of the process, this is purely a recommendation," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. "This is not about what's wrong with wrestling but this is good for the Games."
After the IOC announcement, Twitter was buzzing with reactions, slamming the decision to remove a sport that was part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
The hashtag #saveolympicwrestling started trending worldwide as many wrestlers, past and present, voiced their shock and displeasure about wrestling's Olympic ouster.
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— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) February 12, 2013
I wake up i get phone call from my agents @pagemagen he tell me no more wrestling in the Olympics it break my heart forever
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 12, 2013
The original Olympic sports: running, wrestling & boxing. #SaveOlympicWrestling
— Cael Sanderson (@caelsanderson) February 12, 2013
It's not over yet. We will keep fighting to save the sport we love. Don't stop dreaming and don't stop believing. #SaveOlympicWrestling
— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) February 12, 2013
Even football stars and politicians were upset with the IOC.
IOC come on seriously wrestling is a sport that almost every country does and you drop it I'm pissed #saveolympicwrestling
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) February 12, 2013
— Bruce Braley (@BruceBraley) February 12, 2013
Dan Gable, one of the most decorated U.S. Olympic wrestlers in history, wrote an open letter to the Des Moines Register saying that he plans to fight the IOC's decision: "Many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom have come through the wrestling ranks. We need to honor them and win this decision to have wrestling -- the world's oldest sport -- remain a part of the most prestigious athletic competition in the world, the Olympics."
Other than wrestling, three other Olympic sports were believed to be on the proverbial bubble: taekwondo, field hockey and modern pentathlon, but they survived the cut.
There's a chance that wrestling could return in future Olympic Games, but it will likely face an uphill battle. With the loss of wrestling, the IOC will add another sport for the 2020 Olympics. You can find a list of possible takers of this opening in the gallery above.
Should wrestling have been cut from the Olympics? Which sport do you think should have been dropped? Which one would you want to add? Share your thoughts in the comments below.