Modern American Show Sports can be traced back to 7 January 1938, in Akron, Ohio, when the first ever Professional Mud Wrestling match took place. These sports are more for Show or Spectacle than Competitive Sports, with the contestants not seriously trying to harm, injure or defeat each other [References: 1]. As such they can be seen as a ‘Red Herring’ in terms of Sports Development and Sports History. For more serious developments in sports history in North America in the 1930s, Professional Soccer and Gridiron Football Leagues developed in Mexico and Reduced Numbers Gridiron Football started in High Schools in Nebraska, USA, which these days is more widely known by its’ Arena Football offshoot, which is most popular in Mexico. [Reference: 2]
 Life Magazine (1938) January 24, 1938, page 23 [Internet] Available from Google Books at: https://books.google.ie/books?id=yEoEAAAAMBAJ&dq=life+magazine+jan+24+1938&pg=PA23&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=life%20magazine%20jan%2024%201938&f=false [Accessed 17 August 2023]
 Husa, Andrew, “A Historical Geography of Six and Eight-Man Football in Nebraska” (2017).Theses and Dissertations in Geography. 31.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/geographythesis/31 [Accessed 29 June 2023]
The Lingerie Bowl was first played in 2004 as a rival to the Super Bowl half-time show which was seen by many fans as two long and boring. It was aired on a rival TV network and featured two teams of scantily-clad Women. The Bowl eventually became a fully-fledged league in 2009. The owner of the League admitted it was aimed at beer-drinking college students and following claims of sexism the Lingerie was replaced by bicycle shorts and crop-tops, and the League renamed the Legends Football League. It is 7v7 American Football with very little in terms of protective clothing. In 2020 the League was renamed the X-League
Modern American Show Wrestling
Competitive Wresling dates back to at least the Original Olympic Games in Athens, Ancient Greece. Another Ancient versions of Wrestling is Sumo (Japan). Modern versions include Olympic (Greco-Roman), WWE (American), Lucha Libre (Mexico), and indeed also Mud Wrestling (England) and Jelly Wrestling (Ireland).
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WWE Wrestling (USA)
World Wrestling Entertainment is the Modern American made-for-TV version of wrestling.
Lucha Libre (Mexico)
Mexican version of WWE Wrestling
Professional Mud Wrestling started in Akron, Ohio on 7 January 1938 when Miss Leona Gordon and Miss Mildred Burke competed in the first ever fight. Professional Mud Wrestling, like World Wrestling Entertainment is more for show or spectacle with the contestants not seriously trying to harm, injure or fight each other. [References: 1]
Variations on Boxing include Olympic / Professional Boxing, Bare-Knuckle Boxing (currently not sanctioned), UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Kickboxing
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Ultimate Fighting is a modern take on Boxing and other fighting games that originated in USA.
Modified Rules Boxing-Ultimate Fighting
The first Modified Rules Boxing-Ultimate Fighting fight took place between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor, with two events – one Boxing and one Ultimate Fighting taking place in the fight, held on different nights. It follows the Irish tradition of Compromise Rules between Gaelic Athletic Association sports and other sports such as Australian Football, Shinty, Pelota, Baseball & Softball, Lacrosse and Golf.