If it were ratings/network based, they'd have dropped the Pentathlon which nearly nobody watches. I mean seriously, synchronized swimming is in the olympics. Synchronized swimming! Someone or someones on the board clearly had a problem with wrestling or a bias towards one of the other sports they kept in. The idea that wrestling was what was holding back the olympics from major tv ratings is ridiculous. That's before you even get into the fact that wrestling is one of the few sports that nearly any nation can practice and become good at. You don't need complex or expensive equipment, you don't need an arena or stadium, you don't need to spend a ton of money flying a large team across the country and it doesn't take a privileged background to be able to practice and excel. I'd be willing to beat the medal spread for wrestling is amongst the most varied of all olympic events. How do you keep trampolining in and cut wrestling? What an embarrassment.