Sports Entertainment In The UK

When it comes to sports entertainment in the UK, the country has a great deal to offer eager athletes. A range of weather and facilities enables individuals to enjoy sporting fun from swimming to polo, while options like the gun range and archery facilities offer entertainment for athletes of a different kind.

Although the UK has a variety of sports entertainment available, that spans categories such as bowling, tennis, fishing, water sports, cycling, golf, martial arts, and horseback riding, the region is most commonly known for a couple of sports more unique to the UK. These include football (soccer), boxing nights and polo.

Among the most popular form of sports entertainment in the UK is football, or what the Americans refer to as soccer. From the beginning, UK International Soccer Camps give young kids an early start to one of the world’s greatest games. These camps are staffed by dedicated professional coaches who strive to inspire lives through their soccer curriculum. Child development is nurtured via a solid love of the game and a commitment to athleticism.

Those who dedicate themselves wholly to soccer stand a chance of someday playing the game professionally. The England National Football Team, together with Scotland, is the oldest joint team in the world. The two teams played each other at the first ever football match over two centuries ago in 1872.

Winners of the FIFA World Cup, the England Football Team is one of the best in the world, demonstrating how highly the game is regarded. From scrappy kids in the street to well conditioned athletes on at the FIFA World Cup, countrymen and women of the UK favourite football is one of the most time-honoured forms of sports entertainment.

Polo is an impressive sport that carries with it an aura of sophistication and class. Anyone might easily recognise the horse, the equestrian helmet, the knee-high riding boots, and the mallet – all telltale symbols of this game. It is said that the British are responsible for spreading the game worldwide during the late 19th and early 20th century. And although it is widely played in countries from Iran to Thailand, the sport is often most commonly associated with the UK.

Perhaps what adds to the difficulty of the sport is the fact that much of the game depends on the horse. This is one sport in which victory depends on more than the players alone. Just like each member of the polo team, each animal must be extremely well-trained. A truly brilliant polo team will master their horses to the degree that both men and animals function together as one unit. That is what makes polo such a fascinating form of sports entertainment in the UK.

As well as having physical sports as entertainment, there is also evening dining entertainment based around sports. A number of evening events in the UK have been based around sports, such as boxing nights and sports dinner nights.

I recently heard about a sporting event called ‘white-collar boxing’. This event was a night of amateur boxing, the audience consisted of friends, family and general spectators, there to watch two amateur boxers fight for ‘fun’. Often these kind of nights may involve a meal and some other additional entertainment, making for a good night of sports entertainment.

How Sports Entertainment Is Hurting Wrestling

Watching TNA iMPACT! this week I was reminded of a comment that former WWE wrestler Lance Storm made several months ago. Storm opined that there is a difference between wrestling angles and storylines. Storm’s comment was in reference to something that WWE was doing at the time, but it applies to all wrestling promotions.

Storylines vs. Angles

The concept is actually quite simple. A storyline is a series of events that occurs between two or more characters over the course of several shows. A wrestling angle on the other hand builds directly to a climax in the wrestling ring.

The difference may seem very minor, but it comes hugely significant when you see how both WWE and TNA have approached their storylines recently.

Both companies are guilty of running storylines in the last few months which cannot ever result in a real wrestling match. The most obvious example right now would be TNA’s use of Earl Hebner in a storyline where he is feuding with Larry Zbyszko and Slick Johnson. None of the three participants in this story are active wrestlers so there is no possibility of a satisfactory conclusion to the angle.

Sports Entertainment

The problem stems I think from the re-definition of wrestling in to Sports Entertainment, an action triggered by Vince McMahon and his then World Wrestling Federation. McMahon has gone to great lengths to differentiate the product he presents from old-fashioned wrestling federations.

As the dominant force in the wrestling industry, WWE’s re-branding has had inevitable knock-on effect on every other wrestling promotion. In order to compete with WWE’s populist approach to the sport, their competitors have been forced to adopt some of the same elements that seem to have made WWE so successful.

With no one left trying to pull things back to a more traditional sports event based format, the result had been a continual slide further towards televised drama and away from presenting wrestling matches.

Soap Opera For Men

Over the last decade this situation has reached some sort of tipping point where the whole focus of the shows has changed. Less and less matches are presented as more and more time is spent presenting us with a “soap opera for men”.

The result is that less and less time is spent on wrestling angles (in fact many of the matches we do get seem more like a backdrop to the storyline rather than the exclamation point). That lack of attention on the core product (call it whatever you want, but it’s a wrestling show) has its costs.

Many reviewers have pointed out the lack of sizzle (for want of a better term) for recent WWE and TNA PPVs. Even when the announced matches seem like they ought to be a big deal, the presentation of them just doesn’t bring that home.

When the final show down between two wrestlers is no longer the climax of weeks of booking, but rather just a short pause before they go back to exchanging witty repartee, why would anyone pay to actually watch that match?

The Greatest Physiques in Sports Entertainment History

Professional wrestlers have always been well-known for their athletic abilities and entertaining performance. However, not many wrestlers have been considered to have aesthetically attractive bodies, since that was never a requirement. The rare ones who did work on their body image, however, were the very best at it. Here is a list of five of the greatest physiques in sports entertainment history.

Rocky Johnson – The father of The Rock, Rocky Johnson was probably one of the first professional wrestlers to actually take care of his body. Back then, most wrestlers looked like Dusty Rhodes, with their beer guts hanging out of their trunks. But not Rocky Johnson! Even at a time when he was constantly surrounded by overweight and out of shape colleagues, he was at the top of his game, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing in at 260 pounds. With a set of ripped abs and a muscular physique, Rocky Johnson was a sight to look behold.

Ravishing Rick Rude – At the height of his career, Rick Rude claimed that men wanted to be like him and women wanted to be with him. He might have been right since he did indeed have quite a ravishing body that looked more like a fitness model than that of a bodybuilder. Because of this, he was actually more of a polarizing superstar than even John Cena was. His appearance on stage would result in a mix of boos from men and cheers from all the women.

Triple H – Triple H had been into bodybuilding long before his wrestling days. Fortunately, he did not quit once he started wrestling. Although he did not maintain his body throughout his wrestling career, he did however, stay big. Triple H was at his peak physique in WrestleMania 18 when he competed against Chris Jericho for undisputed championship.

Batista – From the very beginning of his professional wrestling career, Batista has had an impressive body. Billed at 6 feet 5 inches and 318 pounds, he was huge, but unlike other 300 pounders, he was in perfect shape. The best part of his body is without a doubt his shoulders and traps, that are so muscular that he looks like a grizzly bear! His weakest part is probably his chest. Despite being slightly over-billed, he is a legitimately well-built man with great athleticism.

The Rock – Due to either his superior genetics, his solid work ethics, or both, the Rock has achieved one of the greatest physiques ever in the history of sports entertainment. While he may not be sporting ripped abs like others, he is very well proportioned as his arms, legs, chest and shoulders are just the perfect size. During his latest run with the wrestling industry, he gained more muscle, but his peak was probably during 1999 to 2000.