Daniel Harnsberger is Appalachian Mountain Wrestling's Dan Richards, the Progressive Liberal, a trash-talking East Coast elite. Brendon Miller/Bluegrass Sports Nation hide caption

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Appalachian Wrestling's Greatest Villain: 'The Progressive Liberal'

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Trinity High School junior Mack Beggs waits for a signal from the referee in the final round of the 6A Girls 110 Weight Class match during the Texas Wrestling State Tournament on Saturday in Cypress, Texas. Beggs, a transgender boy, is required by state policy to compete against girls. Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption

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Sam Polinsky, known by his lucha libre wrestling moniker Sam Adonis, enters the ring waving his Trump American flag and riling up the audience in Mexico City. James Fredrick for NPR hide caption

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In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter

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Actor Aamir Khan plays former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, training his on-screen daughters in the art of wrestling, in the film Dangal. Aamir Khan Productions hide caption

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Unexpected Heroines Of An Indian Box Office Hit: Female Wrestlers

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Neetu trains nearly 8 hours a day at a wrestling facility in Rohtak, India. Her coach says, "She doesn't take a break for even one minute." Poulomi Basu/for NPR hide caption

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A Child Bride At 13, She's Turned Herself Into A Prize-Winning Wrestler

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"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, clad in his trademark kilt, speaks in 2009 at the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Piper fought in the main bout at the first WrestleMania in 1985, losing a tag-team match to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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A still image from a WWE video tribute to Mae Young shows the famed wrestler during the early years of her career. Young died last week in South Carolina. WWE hide caption

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