Ric Flair told why the Undertaker will return and named his possible closest rival

We recently wrote that WWE is rumored to be planning an appearance for the Undertaker at its last big four PPV this year’s Survivor Series, but are not going to give him any matches there. However, RIC Flair believes that one day we will see the Undertaker in a full-fledged wrestling match again, as he detailed in his interview for Inside The Ropes. “I think that Last Ride was awesome. There has never been a better person in our business, and looking at it from every possible angle, I believe he will return. I think that’s what he wants, and I think the fans deserve to see him perform in front of 80 or 90 thousand people live. I think he needs to fight again once we get COVID under control, and that’s going to happen on Mania. I think the match with AJ was great, and I think it’s possible to meet them in the ring as well. And I’m sure AJ will do everything possible to get in the ring with him.”

Seamus admitted that he asked WWE to give him a program against big And on SmackDown, made a forecast for his future

Seamus started a fight against big And on SmackDown earlier this month, which gave us several matches and segments between the wrestlers. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he recalled his match against big And under the rules of holding anywhere and said that big And deserves to be the next WWE champion. “The world saw a different side of big And during this match, a guy who should have been a world champion a long time ago. I hit him as hard as I could, and he hit me back even harder. This match is entirely to his credit. He did it the way it turned out, and I still have marks on my back that remind me of this match every day. He’s a great guy and I think he’ll get to the world title soon,” says Seamus. Seamus continued, noting that their small feud on SmackDown was his initiative. Seamus wanted to show fans how tough big E can be, and show a side of him that no one has ever seen. He added that while everyone knows that big can Make people laugh, now people also know that when it comes to fighting, he can also stand up for himself against anyone.

Ray Mysterio provided an update on his recovery from injury

Ray Mysterio appeared on the last edition of the post-show SmackDown, Talking Smack, where he focused on his recovery from injury. Recall that in late summer, Mysterio suffered a torn triceps during a team match with his son Dominic against Seth Rollins and Murphy and subsequently underwent surgery. “There is no reason why I can’t return to the ring in the near future. At first, I was a little concerned because the procedures (after the operation) were slow and it took me a while to recover my strength. But I’m already 99% ready. So I’m waiting for big things to happen”.

Roman Raines does not consider himself a healer

After his return, the transformed Roman Raines in an Alliance with Paul Heyman made a lot of noise in the walls of WWE. In a recent interview with CBS Sports, the reigning WWE universe champion dismissed suggestions that he is now a healer, instead, the wrestler says, he acts depending on the situation for the character. A lot of people want to say, “Oh, he’s sick.” And “Oh, he’s a baby face,” and this and that. I try to ignore it. I try to look at it in the context of the storyline of a character who has a choice of what to do. Some of his decisions will be perceived as good, some as bad, and some people won’t understand because they don’t understand his point of view.

Triple H “saved” the last issue of SmackDown; which stars were most important for FOX in the Draft; Rock and more

Ringside News has learned that Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn were unhappy with the work of the production team in the first half of the last special episode of SmackDown. There were a lot of missed shots and bad angles. Overall, the situation is described as chaotic. The same resource reports that many good moments on the show were created thanks to Triple H. Moreover, hunter “saved” the show from the position it found itself in during the first hour. *

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the most desirable stars to guide FOX to the Draft were Roman Raines, Seth Rollins with the Mysterio family, and Bailey with Sasha banks. WWE is interested in high ratings on FOX and further collaboration, so all of the above stars were drafted to the blue brand.

WON assure us that Dwayne Johnson is interested in a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. But you can’t be sure that a person with a rock schedule will be Free by then. Three big matches with his participation have already been disrupted due to his employment in other jobs: solo fights with Lesnar and Triple H and an inter-gender tag team match at WrestleMania 34.

British wrestler Ben Carter, who was once hunted By both WWE and AEW, apparently signed a contract with the McMahon company. Miro on Twitch commented on his situation as follows: “we lost Ben Carter. Ben Carter is missing, he’s gone to the dark side, so… I want to wish Ben Carter the best of luck and all the best, and I was really impressed with his performances.”

Jim Ross has spoken out about the potential return of the Miz to the role of world champion

Jim Ross on his latest podcast discussed the Miz’s career and recognized him as the industry’s super-successful wrestler. During the conversation, Ross recalled his first and only world title of his career, when he defended the championship against John Cena at WrestleMania 27. “I really don’t know why the Miz won the world title back then, because Vince made that decision on his own. I would say it was Vince’s gut feeling and he was confident enough that the Miz would make a contribution to the company as a WWE champion.

It was probably the most interesting way to get through this WrestleMania, and when people left this show, did they think about the Miz retaining the title? Or were they looking forward to Rock and Cena’s match? We both know the answer to that question. They were waiting for the Rock and Cena. He played an interim role that night, even being the main champion in the main event of WrestleMania,” Ross said. The legendary commentator also noted that he does not believe in another Miz title run with the WWE championship, although he notes that he will not be surprised by this decision. Jim added that wrestlers like the Miz don’t really need titles because they can attract attention in other ways. “You can never say never in WWE, because they do really strange things and from time to time beyond their own limits, which is not unusual for any professional genre or an entire creative group. I just don’t think the Miz will be a world champion again. But if it happens, will it surprise me? No, although I doubt that will happen. He’s one of the guys that Jake Roberts was. He doesn’t need a title to get to some goal. As long as Miz is able to communicate freely with everyone, he will be the best guy in the business,” Jim added.

3 wrestling confrontations that are still worth watching during the pandemic

Brian Danielson Ave. Nigel McGuinness – ROH

Every WWE fan knows one of the main characters in this confrontation. Daniel Bryan has already achieved everything possible in the biggest wrestling company in the world, but he began to be considered one of the best performers much earlier. As, however, and his rival, who, unfortunately, did not manage to make a bright career in the big Federation because of the hepatitis b virus. This confrontation, I must say, is far from small, and surprisingly, the first match of its participants was held in the status of two major Champions of the promotion. Danielson was a world champion, and McGuinness was a “pure” ROH champion. I think we should tell you about some unusual rules that were added in matches with the last title at stake. First, participants could use ropes to interrupt pain or hold only three times during the match, second, the wrestler could not hit the opponent with a fist on the head (there was a certain system of punishments) and be on the floor for more than 20 counts of the judge, and third, the “clean” champion lost his title after disqualification or count. This was the first time that Nigel and Brian met in a match like this, on April 29, 2006, on the second day of the Weekend Of Champions. Both had already accumulated an impressive Rhine of several hundred days, each of which was at stake.

Tetsuya Naito Ave. Kazuchika Okada – NJPW

The most distinctive feature is the influence of the audience on the confrontation between Okada and Naito. Although Kazuchika is 6 years younger, the two were well acquainted with the NJPW dojo. By 2012, each of these two had already overcome the classic “young lion” path, during which they were sent to develop their skills on another continent, and it was time for them to break into a row with the main faces of NJPW. However, if Okada did it super successfully in the image of the “Rainmaker”, seriously targeting the main ACE of the company Hiroshi Tanahashi, then Naito was a “genius of Stardust” and, to put it mildly, his first attempt to join the top was unsuccessful. After a nasty loss in 2012, in 2013 Naito finally took the biggest tournament and thus got a ticket to a match for the IWGP heavyweight championship against Kazuchiki Okada at the biggest show of WrestleKingdom. It would seem that a ticket to the main match at TokyoDome will help Tetsuya gain a foothold as one of the main faces of the company, but in fact it brought him an incredible psychological wound, which will take a long time to heal. The fact is that in the final of the climax, Naito met with his mentor Hiroshi Tanahashi, who, in turn, was in the middle of his huge and probably most important confrontation with Kazuchika Okada.

Mayu Iwatani Ave. IO Shirai – STARDOM

There were several interesting women’s stories on my mind, but when it came to the final selection, I didn’t have to think too long, because this confrontation contains the strongest matches. In addition, it is an occasion to recall another great Japanese promotion, which some may know as the forge of the best women’s wrestling in the world. The only person who doesn’t know about IO’s talent and current position is the lazy one, while Iwatani is now the main face of STARDOM, and it’s not hard to guess what the story of passing the torch is waiting for us. To begin with, a little bit about the matchup. First of all, we will be interested in the World Of Stardom Championship (red, the main title) and Wonder Of Stardom Championship (white, the second most important title of the promotion), as well as a little touched on the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship (team titles) and Artist Of Stardom Championship (titles among trios). Stardom also has two key singles tournaments, the Cinderella Tournament and the 5 Star Grand Prix. The first is a regular single-elimination tournament with a match for any title at stake, while the second tournament uses a system with blocks, and winning it guarantees the opportunity to fight for the red title.

“Know that I am innocent.” Iranian fighter executed after taking part in peaceful protests

The world still can’t believe what happened. Everyone is in shock!

27-year-old Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari was executed in the Adel-Abad prison in the city of Shiraz. US President Donald trump, UFC President Dana white, IOC President Thomas Bach and many other influential people tried to save him. But the Iranian authorities were adamant: afkari was hanged, and The family was not even given a chance to say goodbye to him before his execution.

“His death will not be forgotten”
The current President of the United States, Donald trump, drew attention to the case of a fighter arrested for participating in the protests and personally appealed to the government of Iran to pardon Navid. But Iran did not think to listen to the head of the United States.

The 27-year-old was initially charged only with participating in peaceful protests against the country’s economic policies. But apparently, the authorities realized that the execution just for going to a demonstration would cause too much resonance. And they also accused Navid of killing a law enforcement official during anti-government protests.

Representatives of the organization for the protection of human rights said that Afkari was subjected to severe torture, as a result of which he was forced to confess to what he had done.

The US reaction after the execution was immediate. Us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke out. He didn’t choose his words when assessing what had happened.

“This is a vile and cruel act. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This is an outrageous attack on human dignity, even by the abhorrent standards of this regime. Official Iran will not be able to drown out the voices of the people. Today, we join Navid Afkari’s family and all Iranians in mourning his death at the hands of this cruel and ruthless regime. His life and death will not be forgotten.”

“You broke my heart”
News of Afkari’s execution caught his colleagues right during the competition. The UFC mixed martial arts tournament was held in Las Vegas, where lightweight fighter Bobby green defeated Alan Patrick in the main card. However, the joy of winning quickly turned to devastation and bewilderment when Bobby was told what had happened in Iran. He even had to interrupt the interview because he couldn’t control his emotions.

“You just broke my heart by saying that this guy lost his life. Thought we’d save him. He lost his life. He lost his life simply for the fact that protested. It’s devastating. It’s very sad, I thought we would save him. You broke my heart. There’s nothing to talk about right now, someone is losing their life, and I’m just standing here. I don’t want to talk now, I can’t talk about the fight. This is driving me crazy. I can’t talk. Thank you, I’m sorry.”

Rey Mysterio told when he plans to end his career as a wrestler

Rey Mysterio on the Keepin It 100 podcast discussed his son’s wrestling debut. During the conversation, Mysterio recalled the untold number of injuries and said that stem cell treatment helps him perform actively in the ring to this day. “Stem cell treatment helps regenerate and heal any part of your body that has been affected by injuries. Considering the number of operations I had on my left knee, it helped me a lot. Any of my injuries brought me to the hyperbaric chamber. I had injections in my left and right knee. I repaired my shoulder, which I injured in the match against Samoa Joe at Money in the Vapka, and I also repaired my ankle, which I injured before WrestleMania, and both of my wrists, and both of my biceps, since both of them are torn. I also treated my spine, it was probably the worst pain, ” Mysterio said. When asked how long he can still be active at this level, ray said: “at the rate I’m going, I can imagine myself doing this for about five more years, so I’ll probably retire after 2025 if my health doesn’t let me down.”

Chris Jericho wants Samoa Joe in AEW

Right now, Samoa Joe is part of the WWE commentary team and it doesn’t look like that will change in the foreseeable future. However, in an interview with Saturday Night Special, Chris Jericho said that he would like to see Joe in AEW, and answering the question about who from WWE he would like to see in All Elite. I don’t know if Joe is injured right now or if he’s not feeling well, but I’ll tell you what, he’s an amazing wrestler. He’s a great speaker and just a great guy, I’d love to see him at AEW. I don’t know if he wants to. He may be injured and he’s a great commentator, so if he comes to AEW and steals my potential commentator position, then forget it.

Jon Moxley revealed what he plans to do at AEW after losing the World championship

At the recent All Out, Jon Moxley defended his AEW World championship for the fifth time. His run has already surpassed Chris Jericho’s title run in length, but we understand that sooner or later he will still have to hand over his title to some other star. During an interview on Busted Open Radio, Jon Moxley said that he would not mind going to conquer the team division after losing his title, and even named possible team partners: “One day, maybe Brody [Lee] and I can act as a Shield-Wyatt super team or something. Maybe with someone I’ll get praise from, like a guy like PUCK, or even young guys like Joey.

Chris Jericho shared his reaction to Roman Raines ‘ hill turn

The return and Hil-turn of Roman Raines was one of the most discussed events of the last month. Chris Jericho during his traditional stream Saturday Night Special answered a question from one of the fans and told how he feels about the idea of making a Raines heal Novel. “Oh, you know, I like sickly-tern of the Novel Raines. I really like the idea of putting Paul Heyman on it. They look really cool together. I think it’s great. You know, I’ve been saying for years that Roman Raines will become an even bigger star if he’s allowed to just be himself. I think he’s going to be an even bigger star now, ” Jericho says.

AJ styles was in the original plans for the first episode of AEW Dynamite

It turns out that the first episode of AEW Dynamite was supposed to be a big meeting of former Bullet Club members. Young Bucks and Kenny omega were supposed to meet AJ Styles, Carl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, but the plans fell through at the last minute. Matt Jackson spoke about the initial plans for the first broadcast of AEW Dynamite during the Talk N ‘ Shop podcast. He, without naming AJ styles, said that he, along with Anderson and Gallows, was supposed to appear on the first episode and make a huge splash on the audience, but plans changed closer to the show. “What people don’t know is that for the first episode of Dynamite, we were going to invite not just Carl Anderson and Luke Gallows, but another person with them, who I won’t name, but this guy is also from Bullet Club, which is probably better not to mention.” Jackson also said that the interest from AEW helped AJ Styles sign a very good contract in terms of money, which was the main reason why plans for the first episode of Dynamite fell through. “When we were originally going to do the first Dynamite broadcast, we were preparing it at the Madison Square Garden arena. After the team match, the three of them were supposed to jump over the fence to join us in the ring, and we were going to have something like a big meeting of Bullet Club members. We would have done everything Too Sweet, and then the three of them would have attacked us, beating us to death, which would have led to a big story. But it obviously didn’t work. I remember the first guy in this conversation we’re talking about called us and said: “Sorry, guys, I just got a really good offer, and I would never have gotten it without interest from you, so I’ll stay here, but I want to say thank you very much.”

The reason for Daniel Bryan’s absence from the WWE show is known

For more than two months, Daniel Bryan has been absent from the WWE show, and his last match so far is the final of the tournament for the Intercontinental championship against AJ styles. Wrestling Observer Newsletter shares the reasons for the performer’s absence. The source draws attention to the fact that Brian disappeared shortly after the segment with AJ Styles and Renee young, who were later found to have a coronavirus. Moreover, his wife bree Bella was late in pregnancy at the time, so Brian’s “vacation” is a kind of precautionary measure. However, a month has passed since the birth of Daniel’s second child, so it is quite possible that soon we will see him again on the screens.

Chris Jericho finds it impossible to join Brock Lesnar to AEW

During his recent interview with Sportskeeda, AEW star Chris Jericho discussed the free agent status that Brock Lesnar currently has. As it turned out, the “God of Demos” does not believe that Lesnar will be able to get out of the hands of Vince Mcman, because they have a strange “love affair”. “I don’t think he’s really a free agent at all. I think it takes too much money to poach Brock himself and then get Vince to approve… I mean, Vince has two billion dollars in the Bank. What can you spend on Brock Lesnar that Vince can’t? For starters, Vince and Brock have a strange love affair, ” says Chris.

WWE banned its stars from interacting with fans on Twitch and Cameo

Recently, the Cameo platform for video greetings has become increasingly popular among wwe stars, and some, such as AJ styles, also use Twitch to communicate with fans. Apparently, they won’t be able to do that now. According to Wrestling Inc, Vince McManus last week issued a decree that talents can no longer” interact with external third parties, ” which will presumably include platforms such as Cameo and Twitch. During a conference last Sunday, employees were told that WWE owns not only the names of their characters, but also real names. Now the stars have until October 2 to stop interacting with third parties. Fines, suspensions and contract cancellations will be used as punishment for ignoring the new ban. A little later, Fightful reported that the stars are dissatisfied with the new decree. The reason for this ban is the leakage of confidential information.

Makhov still became an Olympic champion. But not on the carpet, but because of the disqualification of both finalists

An amazing story from the fight. After all, Makhov himself is now suspended for using growth hormone.
Everyone is already used to the fact that doping news from the IOC is always bad for Russia. Our athletes are either accused of something again, or their old medals are taken away from them. Today is a nice exception. As a result of two disqualifications, the Olympic gold of London goes to the famous heavyweight with an amazing fate — Bilal Makhov.

Makhov’s competitors were disqualified for the second time
Wrestling has never been considered a doping sport. This is in the 800 m, in weightlifting or Cycling, after rechecking samples a few years after the competition, the entire top six, or even eight, can be suspended. It is all the more surprising that two wrestling disqualifications happened in the same weight category at once. And if you dig into this story-it becomes quite uncomfortable.

First they caught David Modzmanashvili, who beat Makhov in the semi-final in London 2012. It is interesting that for the Georgian wrestler this violation became the second. Back in 2008, he won Europe, but after his test gave a positive result and the athlete was sent to a two-year ban.

And six months after the news about Modzmanashvili about the 2012 Games, even more sensational news arrived — the winner of that Olympics, Artur Taymazov, also failed to pass the doping test of time. And his sample is positive.

What is most surprising, and for Taimazov this violation is the second. After London, Arthur became a true legend of Uzbekistan. The most decorated athlete in the history of the country. He has three Olympic golds, plus a silver in Sydney 2000. This is despite the fact that the whole of Uzbekistan at that time had six Olympic victories. In all kinds of sports.

However, in 2017, Taimazov was stripped of Beijing gold — reanalysis revealed banned turinabol and stanozolol. Gold, curiously, also passed to Russia-Bakhtiar Akhmedov. He lost Taymazov in the final. And two years later, for the same turinabol, his results were canceled for London. Thus, Arthur became the first wrestler in history to be stripped of two Olympic gold medals at once. Now Taymazov is a state Duma Deputy.

History of freestyle wrestling

The appearance of wrestling as an element of military and applied art dates back to ancient times. Wrestling was one of the most popular sports in the program of the ancient Olympic games. But it was classical, or as it is accepted to call it later Greco-Roman wrestling. Wrestling freestyle appeared much later, and its main difference from the classic, was a more diverse Arsenal of techniques for gaining the upper hand over the opponent.

The essence of the fight, which takes place between two wrestlers, is that one of them must lay the other on both shoulders, using different techniques. In free-style wrestling, throws, grabs of the opponent’s legs, cuts and turns are allowed. The fight is given 5 minutes. If the winner is not identified after they expire, an additional 3 minutes are assigned. The meeting lasts until the winner is identified and is extended if necessary. The English County of Lancashire is considered the birthplace of free-style wrestling. Later, free-style wrestling was brought by European immigrants to North America, where it became widespread. It was especially loved by students of higher educational institutions in the United States, where freestyle wrestling proved to be a very tough and aggressive sport, in which there are no restrictions for techniques, including painful grabs, pressure on the joints of the limbs and other dirty nuances that were considered permitted. When the Olympics were held in St. Louis in 1904, the freestyle wrestling tournament was included in the Olympic games program for the first time. Lobbyists of this type of martial arts, as hosts of the Olympics, were the Americans. The Olympic Committee made concessions and included this type of wrestling in the competition called free style wrestling. All athletes declared to participate in the wrestling tournament represented the United States. European athletes, mostly, were not familiar with this type of martial arts, which is why they did not participate in the freestyle wrestling tournament. Over the following years, starting in 1904, the athletes of the US national team won more than a hundred Olympic freestyle wrestling awards of various merits.

After a while, free-style wrestling began to spread in other countries. It became extremely popular and loved by the Soviet Union, Turkey and Iran. It became most popular in the Transcaucasian republics of the USSR. It was popular in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The first free-style wrestling championship in the Soviet Union was held back in 1945. He made his Olympic debut 7 years later in 1952. For many years, Soviet and now Russian athletes have been irreconcilable rivals of the Americans in this type of wrestling. In 1912, the international Union of wrestlers was established and started functioning. Today it includes more than 130 national federations. 1921 was the year of formation of the International Amateur wrestling Federation. The first European championship was held in Paris in 1928. Since 1951, world Championships have been held. Women’s freestyle wrestling was included in the Olympic games program only in 2004 at the Athens Olympics.