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" I think that computers today allow us one last opportunity to provide something like a level playingfield in America."
- William Gibson

Rolem (Wrestling Robot)  
  A robotic wrestling companion.  

One of Earth's caretakers in This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny, is Konstantin Kharageosis, who also goes by Conrad (and various other names). Conrad stopped aging around thirty (hence the book title). At one point, Conrad goes slightly mad, and his companions set a robotic sparring partner upon him to keep him occupied.

Off in the distance, I heard a scream. 'Stop it, Hassan, it's not supposed to do that!'

Which meant that I was Conrad, and that I was in Egypt, and that the expressionless face before me was therefore that of the golem-wrestler, Rolem, a creature that could be set for five times the strength of a human being, and was probably so set, a creature which could be given the reflexes of an adrenalized cat, and doubtless had them in full operation.

Only a golem wasn't supposed to kill, except by accident and Rolem was trying to kill me.

From This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 1966
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This novel is one of my favorites; it bears repeated reading, and is in no way dated nearly forty years after publication. Zelazny creates a remarkable fusion of past and future in This Immortal. He does a fabulous job of reverting Earth to the age of heroic Greek mythology, where people who live too close to "hot spots" have children with mutations that just might make them satyrs or other creatures of myth.

Here's a bit more detail about the wrestling robot:

A worthy opponent was the golem. Hasan had it programmed at twice the statistically-averaged strength of a man and had its reflex-time upped by fifty percent. Its memory contained hundreds of wrestling holds and its governor theoretically prevented it from killing or maiming its opponent - all through a series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone or tear a tendon. Rolem was about five feet, six inches in height and weighed around two hundred fifty pounds...

Not surprisingly, this novel won the Hugo for best science fiction novel in 1966.

See the entry for robot, from R.U.R. by Karel Capek, who coined the word "robot."

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