BTS is a charity event, and yes, it seems that the inclusion of Askren dragged in some of the MMA garbage talk. I agree with the comment above saying that it doesn't belong in wrestling. It tarnishes a pure sporting pursuit, one of the few left in existence. I feel that the antics of FLOWrestling and its announcers and behavior also try to sensationalize things to an exaggerated extent at times, but that's just my personal opinion. They are a for-profit business, and sensation brings cash. J. Burroughs is marketing himself, and he should not be criticized in any way for trying to benefit financially from his success and fame. He has given much to the sport of wrestling, much to USA Wrestling. So let them use the smack talk in the BTS charity event; everyone agrees that it is for a good cause, and most of it was just in fun. Askren knew he couldn't win.
That said, let's keep it out of Men's Senior International Freestyle Wrestling. I can cite two examples of what I consider USA wrestlers crossing the line with needless, empty talk, and one involves JB. Let's travel back in time to 2016, to the UWW Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles. Yazdani is peaking in his career at 74 kg., and JB opts out of the event because of the birth of his child. Fair enough, family comes first. However, he then goes on to pull some kind of publicity stunt on FLO with a fake letter, supposedly from Yazdani, a "thank you" for not wrestling the tournament. First, birth of the child or not, neutral observers may have come to the conclusion that JB was dodging Yazdani. But to display the arrogance that JB did, when it was clear from comments from the Iranian coach that they were looking forward and preparing for this match, well, that was too much for me. Result: Yazdani techs Dieringer 10-0 and Iran defeats the USA. Iran sends Jordan Burroughs a gift on the birth of his daughter, some traditional Iranian art or craft. It was beautiful. Class points: Iran: 10 JB: 0
Second case of course was Kyle Snyder after his victory over Sadulaev in their first meeting. Kyle goes over the top in the post-match interview, criticizing Sadulaev's coaches for telling him that he could beat Snyder. He also states in no uncertain terms that in their second meeting, he would beat Sadulaev by a much bigger margin. I mean, man, you won on a last-minute takedown. It's not like it was a decisive victory. We know the outcome here. Sadulaev uses this perceived slight as motivation for training, and decks Snyder in their next meeting. Sadulaev mentions in an interview that he disagreed with the way Snyder trash talked after the match, and after being pinned, Snyder was asked about it. It seemed like it was the first time the idea that his comments could have been considered over the top, and he finally says "fair enough" or something to this effect. To his credit, Sadulaev talks about Snyder after the pin with the utmost respect, calling his a great wrestler and competitor, and looking forward to future meetings. Class points: Sadulaev: 10 Snyder: 0
I know that this is my personal opinion, and please, feel free to disagree. I also agree with Cael's policy of not talking to FLO anymore. Do you remember the interview with CP in which CP makes some recommendation or question about pulling a redshirt as if he were part of the coaching staff? Cael smacked him down. People will make arguments about this, saying that the public relations behavior of a Tom Ryan during the 2017/2018 season is good for NCAA wrestling, or it will grow the sport. I think it just looks stupid, as he says again and again how there will be three tests (the dual, B10s, and the NCAA Championships) and he feels that the Ohio State University is the best squad and so on. Cael stays silent, and his team wins each of the meetings. The Ohio State University squad even makes a video for the NCAA championships, saying how it's their year. Didn't happen. Criticize Cael for not granting more access, saying that he could do more for the sport. He is being himself, and I agree with it. He won't make himself a part and parcel of the FLO sensation brigade, and I salute him for being true to his concept of the sport.