Taylor pinned Yazdanicahati in IRAN and had the Iranian crowd cheering him. Yep, he has never accomplished anything.
Flirting with greatness certainly does not imply accomplishing nothing.
It’s almost as if the Taylor pessimists/haters are necessary to counterbalance his die-hard fans. Yes, Taylor pinned Yazdani Charati but it was clearly a gas tank issue – Yazdani was wrestling up 26.5 lbs., six months removed from winning Olympic gold.
Taylor generally gets the benefit of the doubt and is afforded seemingly endless opportunities – he is essentially a constant in the World Cup and in the Beat the Streets events. Not to say these opportunities are unwarranted but what other non-world team rep. gets similar exposure?
Taylor is great but if one takes a glance at the UWW database and checks ages of World/Olympic medalists, they’ll likely find that a 27 year old that has yet to wrestle in a world championships is a bit behind the curve.