Toe wrestling is similar to thumb or arm wrestling. After removing shoes and socks (which are usually removed by the opposing contestant), contestants link toes. The referee then says “Toes away”, and contestants attempt to “pin” their opponent’s feet for three seconds.
As goofy as this sport sounds to some, it is actually gaining popularity in the U.K. World Championships started in 1976 in a Wetton pub. The championships are now, however, held in the Bentley Brook Inn, near Ashbourne. The organizers have in fact attempted at being included in the Olympics games, but unfortunately for some, the application was denied.
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Some rules are as follows:
Matches are played by two men or two women – no mixed matches allowed
The match does not start until the referee has made sure that both players are ready and says “toes away”.
Big toes are interlocked.
Both players keep their non-wrestling foot off the ground throughout the match.
Both players have to keep their the hands and bottoms flat on the ground at all times.
If the pain becomes to severe, a player can surrender by saying “toe much”.
No steroids or other artificial stimulants, except for alcohol, are allowed.
Referees’ decisions are final.