This is why I asked if you really wanted the answer to this.
Though true, those 2 numbers among the general sport watching population are still so absurdly small that the difference is inconsequential, especially when we consider a powerlifting legal squat and bench to what the population would be familiar with. The emphasis on my analogy is the point that a successful lift in weightlifting is far easier to identify to an average person compared to one in powerlifting. Hell, I competed in powerlifting, did 3 meets, and I’ll still watch a lift and have no idea why it got redlighted.
Head off the bench, taking a step after getting the down command, downward motion of the bar, rack before command, hands too wide, bar too low, etc etc, to say NOTHING of the insane rules regard height of shoe heel, belt width, what underwear the lifter is allowed to wear, etc. It’s what I’m getting at with the wrestling vs Judo analogy (which, I realize was a self defeating analogy, as I was relying on people to understand the obscure rules inherent in judo to appreciate how obscure those very rules are), but when people see a lift that LOOKS good by all accounts, only to find out that there was a rule that prevented it from being a good rule, it can turn off the audience.
Hell, even the NFL is running into some of this. What the hell is a “football move” that must be done after receiving a ball to make a fair catch?
Exactly. Getting rid of it would take out a LOT of drama, and be a positive for the sport. Viewers would have a far easier time following it too.
Most uninitiated people (regular sports watchers) see it as cheating, because it looks wildly different from a deadlift. It’s a fantastic display of powerlifting, but if your goal is to get people to take the sport seriously, it detracts.
Crossfit allows hitching too. Oddly enough, if I were to discuss the 2 sports right now that pay the most money and have the most viewers, where would I go? It would be rather odd for crossfit and strongman to take a lesson from powerlifting here, no?
With a sport like this, it comes down to if you want “integrity of the sport” or a viewing audience. Strongman was a TV show that turned into a sport rather than the other way around, so it’s actually been heading in the opposite direction and trying to find some manner of legitimacy as it goes.