Katya Kavaleva could do well in WWE

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators

WWE’s Performance Center has had a plethora of experienced professional wrestlers and athletes come through its doors, but I don’t know if there has been anyone quite like Katya Kavaleva.

WWE recently released a video of Kavaleva’s tryout at the Performance Center back in March. In the video, Kavaleva gives some of her martial arts background, as well as showcases some of her workouts.

This was Kavaleva’s second tryouts, she had been to the WWE Performance Center back in February.

I’m going to come clean and say that I didn’t really know of Kavaleva outside of her training with the Blackzilians – becoming the first woman to do so – and her calling out Gabi Garcia. After viewing some of her training footage at her WWE tryout, as well as videos of her sparring and competing in Taekwondo, the fantasy booker in me thinks she’d do well in WWE and the company should sign her to a developmental deal – if they haven’t already.

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Crunch Time: LeGrand is more than deserving to receive the Warrior Award

Note: This is my Crunch Time column for the March 16 issue of The Cheney Free Press.

WWE will have their flagship event, Wrestlemania 33, is a few weeks away and I’m excited. For us pro wrestling fans, the event is kind of like the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards.

As part of the festivities, WWE holds its annual Hall of Fame ceremony, honoring performers and managers who have made their mark in the wrestling business. The Hall of Fame also has a celebrity wing that recognizes celebrities, including President Donald Trump, that have made memorable appearances on WWE programming.

In the last few years, the WWE has given out the “Warrior Award” named after WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior.

According to the WWE’s website, the award is given to an individual “who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of Ultimate Warrior.”

On March 13, WWE announced that the year’s recipient of the award is former Rutgers football player and motivational speaker, Eric LeGrand. LeGrand was paralyzed after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a game in 2010. During a kickoff, LeGrand collided with the ball carrier. After the tackle, he was on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field.

To read the rest of the column, follow http://www.cheneyfreepress.com/story/2017/03/16/sports/legrand-is-more-than-deserving-of-wwes-warrior-award/20229.html.

Eric LeGrand to receive the 2017 Warrior Award

Former Rutgers University football standout and motivational speaker Eric LeGrand will receive the 2017 Warrior Award on the night of the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

I’ve seen home people harp on LeGrand getting the award because “Warrior would want a backstage WWE person to get it.”

During his 2014 Hall of Fame speech, Warrior did say that backstage personnel should be honored – and I agree with him – but he never said “Now WWE, if you name an award after me, you HAVE to give it to a WWE employee.”
Laggard was paralyzed after an injury and, like Warrior, he is a motivational speaker. He’s also earned the following accolades:

* Unsung Hero Award by the New Jersey Hall of Fame
* Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2012 ESPYs
* No. 52 retired by Rutgers University
* Most Influential Person in New Jersey by The Star-Ledger.

If you don’t like that LeGrand is receiving this honor, get the f*** over it.

DDP to be Inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame

Today, Rolling Stone broke the story that Diamond Dallas Page will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame this year. He’ll go in with Kurt Angle, the Rock and Roll Express and Teddy Long.

I’m excited for DDP. He had a good wrestling career – winning the WCW world title three times and a plethora of other championships – and had a run as a manager before that. Page has also built an empire outside of the business in DDP Yoga and has changed many lives. The video above is just a sliver of the good that Page has done.

I do DDP Yoga and it works, but enough of the shameless plug. Congrats to DDP and I look forward to seeing him going into the Hall.

George Steele, Ivan Koloff: Big Buckets of Win

As many of you know, WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele and former world champion Ivan Koloff passed away last weekend. Both wrestlers were icons in their own right and had good runs in the 80s as well as prior to that.

Among their many accolades, I’ll always remember Steele for his program with Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Miss Elizabeth while Koloff was instrumental in helping Nikita Koloff attain success.

Interestingly enough, both men played wrestlers who were far from their true selves. While Steele ate turnbuckles and spoke in one syllable words, he had a master’s degree and was a teacher. Koloff, who portrayed a Russian nationalist was actually from Canada.

Big bucket of win for both men.