In 2009, ESPN producer Lisa Fenn worked on a story about two high-school wrestlers, Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett. Sutton was hit by a train when he was a child and had both his legs amputated; Crockett is legally blind. After the story aired, Fenn stayed in Sutton and Crockett's lives, and the three formed a surprising, enduring bond. [more inside]
Frank Deford, a 50-year veteran of Sports Illustrated, once labeled Meltzer the most accomplished reporter in sports journalism.
“You could cover the Vatican or State Department,” Deford said recently, “and not do as good a job as Dave Meltzer does on wrestling.”
For nearly 30 years, Dave Meltzer has published the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
, featuring weekly behind the locker room door insight into the business of professional wrestling.
How far reaching has Meltzer's impact been? In one famous incident, Hulk Hogan, frustrated by what he perceived as consistently negative coverage in the publication, burned a copy
of the newsletter during a live Pay-Per-View event.
While Hulk Hogan
may have been professional wrestling's biggest box office star of the past generation, from a critical standpoint, Ric Flair
is widely regarded as the most talented wrestler of the modern era
in terms of actual in-ring ability, as well as being known as one of the best promo men
(the ability to give entertaining interviews promoting upcoming matches) in the history of the business.
In recent years, however, Flair's legacy has been tarnished, with his name more likely to be making news for any number of embarrassing
out of the ring incidents and dire financial situation
as for his in-ring exploits, to the point where comparisons to Randy “The Ram” Robinson
are not out of place. Grantland explores Ric Flair's fall from grace in "The Wrestler in Real Life"
A female has won a match for the first time at the prestigious Iowa State Wrestling Tournament . . . by default.
Her opponent stated, “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan (Black, the tournament’s other female entrant) and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa.” [more inside]
Getting Off The Mat
- After losing 15 years of his life to drug addiction and prison, Richard Jensen
as a 36-year-old college wrestler.
These days, we remember the age of legends
by reliving them, virtually. Is it a sign of the fall of civilization when modern leaders
are so bland as to be indistinguishable from one another? Oh how I miss the golden years
Ever had the urge to don a pair of tight pants
, oil yourself up
another man? Then you should head on over to the Kirkpinar Greased Wrestling Festival
, held each year at the end of June. But beware
; the moves can be highly dirty and involve battering your opponent around the head
, pulling their ears
and even pushing your hand into your opponents shorts and squeezing their testicles
. This sure isn't your father's wrasslin'!
Akebono's sumo retirement ceremony
American-born sumo Yokozuna Akebono retired from the sport Sepetember 29th in Kokogikan, Japan.
This excellent photo essay talks about a few of the 300+ people scheduled to help cut off the topknot, a little on the history of Sumo, and why he needs 8 men to help him with the belt tying ceremony
Also a few good photographs of another American-born Yokozuna, Musashimaru, and one Japanese one, Takanohana.
Not many still-practiced sports existed at the dawn of recorded
history. Sumo wrestling is one of them. I've been trying to learn
about Sumo lately, and with the Aki-Basho tournament coming
up next month, now is the time to follow
web as the drama unfolds.
takes to the field this Saturday.