photos courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Almost a month ago, Senior-level wrestling came back with the Rumble on the Rooftop, presented on FITE TV. It was the first significant wrestling event held in over 100 days. Around that time, FloWrestling announced that they would be holding a card of their own near their headquarters in Austin, Texas. The headline bout featuring world champions Kyle Dake and Frank Chamizo was the first matchup announced and has captured the imagination of wrestling fans around the nation (and most likely the world). Both are charismatic and highly-confident competitors that have their sights set on an Olympic gold medal in 2021.
After the main event, the card has gone through a couple of facelifts. Anthony Ashnault pulled out of a match with Luke Pletcher, which led Flo to bring 2009 NCAA champion, Darrion Caldwell, out of the MMA cage. That same weekend that Caldwell was announced as a participant, the wrestling corner of the Twitter-sphere exploded and Patrick Downey was dropped from a grudge-match against 2018 world champion David Taylor. Downey had a handful of tweets directed at members of the women’s freestyle world team and men’s Greco-Roman squad, who were upset that they were not included on the card. As the weekend progressed, we learned that prominent women’s world medalists were offered a fraction of the purse promised to some of the top men in this event.
There are plenty of discussions that need to be held in the future about whether Flo’s offers were unfair to the women and whether Flo has a responsibility to put more effort into promoting women’s wrestling. We’re not going to get into those talks here. Right now, we’re going to focus on the five matches that will take place on Saturday night. Here’s a preview of each bout and a projected winner for each.
Vito Arujau vs Sammy Alvarez (140 lbs)
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