Backlash to the IOCís decision to sack wrestling from the Olympic program has resonated throughout the sportís tight-knit community ó from the amateur level all the way to the pros.
A number of WWE superstars who competed as amateurs at the high school and collegiate levels have expressed anger and confusion at Mondayís shock announcement.
Dolph Ziggler, who left Kent State in 2003 as the programís all-time leader in wins, was on his way to speak at a high school in Arkansas on Monday morning when he caught wind of the news through social media.
ďIíve been getting texts all day from my buddies, guys I havenít talked to since high school sending me texts and Facebook messages.Ē said Ziggler, a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. ďItís hitting close to home more than usual. I know itís not 100 percent yet but there are so many Olympic events, itís unfortunate theyíve chosen a legitimate sport and one of the original sports ever. Itís mind-blowing that itís even on the chopping block.Ē