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#1 NJDan

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:59 AM

Beat the Streets is also pleased to announce that it will be presenting its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to professional wrestling & sports entertainment icon, Ric Flair.

 

https://www.teamusa....-Eric-Goldstein



#2 MadMardigain

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:06 AM

Whoooo!

Well he technically comes from an amateur wrestling background so he’s about as connected as several other recent celebrities they have invited to help bring a little more attention to the event. Maybe he’s contributed some money and attention to some amateur wrestling events in the North Carolina area. Agree it’s a stretch, but not much more than some of the other previous people they brought in other than the fact he also did pro wrestling.

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#3 steamboat_charlie

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:07 AM

They're just trying to generate some excitement.  Guest of honor "Dick Ballinger" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.  No disrespect to Dick, if he's still with us...


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:19 AM

Yes, but they are generating excitement by honoring a practitioner of a style of entertainment that surely hurts the sport.



#5 BigTenFanboy

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:30 AM

His late son Reid wrestled at Blair Academy, and as for it hurting wrestling.. well that's an opinion.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:45 AM

Unpopular opinion: We should have surrendered the name wrestling to them decades ago and moved forward with something else (maybe stolen the name grappling?) if we wanted to be thought of as distinct from "sports entertainment".  As per usual, our purism hurts our sport.


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#7 GockeS

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:47 AM

can i get 2 claps and a ric flair!! 

 



#8 GockeS

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:49 AM

btw, the matches may have been fake, but the training wasn't.

If you missed the biopic that espn or some such did on him... it sounded pretty intense.

 

I have never been a fan of wrasslin', but what some of these guys did to earn their fame/fortune... pretty amazing.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

There has always been something both very homoerotic (super gay) and very homophobic (anti-gay) about so-called professional wrestling (e.g., WWE)—the over-the-top costumes, the exaggerated and feigned emotions, the flamboyance and drag aesthetics, the pornographic aspects, etc.  The appropriately named Ric "Flair" may be an instance of it, though I'm not so familiar with his history and "resume".   In fact, here is a video that makes some of these points.  It's also kind of funny:

 


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#10 dmm53

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:25 AM

Ric does have some, um, flair:

 



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:44 AM

my guess is BTS will have a hard time holding those alligators down...

 

anyway...

 

anyone who has a negative thing to comment on flair being there might need to consider cutting their own head off... for sure yell at those kids on your lawn before you do, but, no... really... cut your own head off...


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#12 cjc007

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:11 PM

Ric Flair. What a great ambassador of amatuer wrestling!

He should do color commentary for Flo at BTS.

An upgrade over Joey Floey.

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#13 sgallan

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:57 PM

BTS, is a fund raiser for a good cause. The matches are basically at a catch weight and while all wrestlers did want they do, is the intensity of show, not reputation. Maybe interest was down and they were looking for more donors? Ask a thousand people about BTS, nothing. Ask 100 people who know some wrestling, less then 15 percent.It is a find raiser.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:10 PM

BTS, is a fund raiser for a good cause. The matches are basically at a catch weight and while all wrestlers did want they do, is the intensity of show, not reputation. Maybe interest was down and they were looking for more donors? Ask a thousand people about BTS, nothing. Ask 100 people who know some wrestling, less then 15 percent.It is a find raiser.

Appealing to the fans of pro wrestling is not going to grow amatuer wrestling imo.

Look how many fans Kurt Angle brought in when he jumped the proverbial "shark".

Charging a fee to view the event is another stumbling block, but that's another issue.

Is the Undertaker available for a non holds barred acting act with the Nature Boy?

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#15 JasonBryant

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:18 PM

Can we quit whining about every little thing? We applaud wrestlers in every profession EXCEPT this one - Flair was brought into the business by Verne Gagne - a wrestler from Minnesota who gave countless amateur wrestlers careers.

And we have a problem with that? Meh.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:33 PM

Beat the Streets is also pleased to announce that it will be presenting its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to professional wrestling & sports entertainment icon, Ric Flair.

 

https://www.teamusa....-Eric-Goldstein

 

i guess you are a 17 times world champion too hum.....



#17 GockeS

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:56 PM

man, people gripe about everything.



#18 BigTenFanboy

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

Appealing to the fans of pro wrestling is not going to grow amatuer wrestling imo.

Look how many fans Kurt Angle brought in when he jumped the proverbial "shark".

Charging a fee to view the event is another stumbling block, but that's another issue.

Is the Undertaker available for a non holds barred acting act with the Nature Boy?

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Actually appealing to ANYONE who is not currently a wrestling fan WILL help grow the sport.

People here bitch and moan about wanting to grow the sport and how it'll never be mainstream.

Here's an opportunity to tap into the mainstream market and holier than thou wrestling "purists" bitch and moan that Ric Flair or Kurt Angle are fakers and haven't done enough to grow the sport. BS. Ric Flair has always been a supporter of wrestling. His late son Reid wrestled at Blair Academy where he was a National Prep place finisher and wrestled in the cadet freestyle circuit.

Kurt Angle through his Olympic Gold effort in 1996 helped grow the sport.

The fact that he has been repeatedly recognized as an Olympic Gold Medalist on WWE TV helps grow the sport by reminding everyone that real wrestling is out there. When he was featured on MTV's I Want to be a High School Wrestler helping a high school kid named Dove join his HS wrestling team helped grow the sport. Just because the sport isn't overflowing with tons of kids willing to wrestle doesn't mean these people haven't helped grow the sport. The sport is a pretty damn tough one and isn't appealing to most. Maybe the sport is just too difficult and unappealing to the masses regardless of who promotes it for it to grow to the numbers your delusional mind thinks it should. As for those of you who think Prowrestling hurts wrestling. No it doesn't. What hurts wrestling is the weight cutting, skin infections, negative image of being "gay" and potential for injury, not to mention the ridiculous level of commitment with little to no recognition in return. Here we have someone who is a hell of a lot more famous than Kyle Snyder or Jordan Burroughs and is going to attend and help promote the sport and we wrestling fans take a crap on him calling his award a joke. News flash, Ric Flair being at BTS will cause more mainstream media attention than Burroughs vs Chamizo or Snyder vs Sadulaev combined ever will, because quite frankly no one outside of the small tiny wrestling fanbase gives a crap.


Edited by BigTenFanboy, 15 May 2018 - 03:17 PM.

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#19 cjc007

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:43 PM

Can we quit whining about every little thing? We applaud wrestlers in every profession EXCEPT this one - Flair was brought into the business by Verne Gagne - a wrestler from Minnesota who gave countless amateur wrestlers careers.

And we have a problem with that? Meh.

It's not whining to point out how ridiculous it is to give Ric Flair a lifetime achievement award for amatuer wrestling.

In fact, it's absurd!

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:20 PM

Gotta have some Ric Flair Drip

 






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