Yet some in the wrestling community saw it coming and warned that the sport's historic stature no longer would be a valid birthright.
"It's a shock based on the relative merit of the sport, but it should not be a surprise for anyone close to FILA (the international wrestling federation) or anyone who understands how the IOC makes decisions," said Bill Scherr, a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist.
"Hundreds of thousands of young wrestlers around the world will suffer because of an inept and ineffective leadership at the sport's international federation. FILA does no lobbying with the IOC, does not participate as a good citizen in IOC activities and does not market itself."
Wrestling didn't realize that ass-kissing was an Olympic sport.
According to both Scherrs, wrestling's leaders wrongly assumed their sport was out of danger after giving up two men's weight classes to make room for women in the Olympics.
Bill Scherr heard otherwise while talking to IOC members on behalf of Chicago's failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and he sent warnings to FILA through its U.S. representatives.