While checking out the site's policy on pro wrestling, I came across a meta discussion on the topic. These days, the term "professional wrestling" is almost always associated with the worked sport, and that's primarily what the meta question discusses. However, this answer mentions the possibility of their still being competitive wrestling leagues:
If there are legit leagues out there, then questions about those would be on-topic.
This got me wondering if any such thing exists. I am not aware of any "major" (regional or national) athletic organizations where people are paid money to compete in wrestling matches -- all forms of competitive wrestling are amateur (and none of them follow pro-wrestling-like catch rules). MMA comes close but those are a mix of wrestling, kickboxing, martial arts, etc.
I know the history of pro wrestling is a bit murky, but I was under the impression that the "sport" had become almost entirely worked by the mid-1920s, and that any legitimate competitive leagues didn't survive very far past that.
I heard rumors a few years ago that a group wanted to start up a legitimate catch-as-catch-can wrestling league, but I never heard anything beyond that.
Are there any groups out there that pay athletes to participate in wrestling matches (any style)?