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Professional wrestling in China has been a rarity since it became a republic in 1912.[1]


Although professional wrestling did not exist after the foundings of the Republic of China in 1912 and the People's Republic of China in 1949, the art form originates from Japan has a long backstory with various organizations bickering back and forth, it is unclear how big the market is in China, and indeed, if there would even be enough to argue about.[2] Ashley Desilva is a local independent wrestler who has performed all over the country, and wrestles under the ring name Ash Silva. He says that China is a fertile ground for professional wrestling.[2]

Beginning in the mid-2010s, the United States-based WWE, expanded its market into China by performing several house shows in Shanghai and Beijing.[3][4] The WWE Network over the top streaming service, launched in 2014, is currently available in Hong Kong, Macau and the Taiwan area.

Notably one of the WWE's profile stars, John Cena, speaks Mandarin.[5]


Notable wrestlers

See also


  1. ^ "#DiscoveringWrestling Presents – State of the Middle Kingdom: An exploration of the burgeoning Chinese Pro Wrestling Scene". March 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Professional wrestling on the rise in China - Xinhua |". Archived from the original on September 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Staff, The Ringer (October 6, 2016). "WWE's Slow Boat to China". The Ringer.
  4. ^ Gough, Neil (December 25, 2016). "'Suplex' in Chinese? Professional Wrestling Tries a Big New Market". The New York Times – via
  5. ^ "John Cena speaking Mandarin, the world's hardest language, will blow your mind". July 4, 2019.