Does that mean that wrestling is fake? It's true that the plots are predetermined and the moves are choreographed. Wrestlers aren't really trying to beat up and injure each other. Sometimes, the bitterest enemies in the ring are really best friends, and the outlandish stories surrounding the characters are usually not true. However, simply calling wrestling "fake" is like calling an action movie fake. When you see a movie, you know that the actor didn't really jump a burning car over an exploding bridge , but you're still entertained. Stunt people and special effects crews worked to make those scenes seem real, and their work can be very impressive.
The matchups for each day of the tournament are announced a day in advance. They are determined by the sumo elders who are members of the judging division of the Sumo Association . As many more wrestlers are in each division than matchups during the tournament, each wrestler only competes against a selection of opponents from the same division, though small overlaps can occur between two divisions. With the exception of the san'yaku -ranked wrestlers, the first bouts tend to be between wrestlers who are within a few ranks of each other. Afterwards, the selection of opponents takes into account a wrestler's prior performance. For example, in the lower divisions, wrestlers with the same record in a tournament are generally matched up with each other and the last matchups often involve undefeated wrestlers competing against each other, even if they are from opposite ends of the division. In the top division, in the last few days, wrestlers with exceptional records often have matches against much more highly ranked opponents, including san'yaku wrestlers, especially if they are still in the running for the top division championship. Similarly, more highly ranked wrestlers with very poor records may find themselves fighting wrestlers much further down the division. For the yokozuna and ōzeki , the first week and a half of the tournament tends to be taken up with bouts against the top maegashira , komusubi , and sekiwake , with the bouts within these ranks being concentrated into the last five days or so of the tournament (depending on the number of top-ranked wrestlers competing). Traditionally, on the final day, the last three bouts of the tournament are between the top six ranked wrestlers, with the top two competing in the final matchup, unless injuries during the tournament prevent this.
Like the Kingpin, Ted DiBiase can fight extremely well if he has to. But his real powers are those of capitalism and influence. In his most famous storyline, it was the Million Dollar Man who ended Hulk Hogan’s epic four-year title reign by first buying the contract of Andre the Giant, then paying off a referee’s evil twin to call the match in Andre’s favor, and finally bribing Andre to hand over the belt. When the powers-that-be ruled a title couldn’t be bough or sold, DiBiase nearly won the title legitimately anyway, until Hulk Hogan interfered. The point is that while he may or may not have the power to beat Spider-Man in a fight, his ability to turn every aspect of the world against his foe—and his supervillain cackle—is what really makes him dangerous.