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    Photo: Tony Rotundo

    Jagger's Saturday Mailbag - 12/11/2021

    New members of the WWE NIL team, AJ Ferrari (left) and Gable Steveson (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)


    By the time you read this, the Walsh Ironman is already underway and all I have to say is welcome back high school wrestling! It's been too long since we had a proper HS season and I can't wait to get back into it and see who's next in this golden era we found ourselves in. The Beast is right around the corner, followed by Powerade and the Doc Buchanan, where they give cowboy hats to the winners.

    I want to find terrible feeds of dual meets. I want to peruse local box scores. I want to see rivalries renewed among private schools, which I'm sure definitely don't recruit. Just kidding, of course they do, and who cares.

    It's not like they're sending them to Vietnam; it's just wrestling,
    get over it. Who's the next big star? How long before you see a familiar last name and ask if they're related to so and so? Another year for growth in girls high school wrestling to look forward to. Also, does anyone know the weights? Eh, I'll figure it out, but 144 sounds weird and I'll never get used to it. Anyway, you have Christmas shopping to do so let's get to it.


    Who is your sleepiest sleeper pick that you think will make a deep run in March? @PhilSlotsofnumbersafternisname

    Ryan Anderson of Binghamton. Heck, he's not even doing that well this year yet; that's how super sleepy he is. I know 2019 seems like ancient history, but Ryan was one of the top high school wrestlers in the country who's now found his way to D1. I trust that the talent is still there and with some experience, he should still be able to compete at a high level. Finally at his proper weight, don't be surprised if he makes some noise in March. Billy Baldwin might need his ascot to clean himself up if it happens.

    Bonus points for being another Jersey kid who went to PA to dominate high school.


    Is very cold in Dagestan. How do I rock awesome cut-off jeans on cold weather? @russia_jd

    I'll admit I've come around on this stupid parody account. I'm not going to bother answering your question, but I will admit you make me laugh with some of your replies.

    Keep it up.

    When Preparing to spend time with a weekend Wrestling event, What are your Go to Snacks, Meals, Or Crockpot items? @MichWrestlinRef

    Are those all the questions you guys have for me this week? You fools need to step it up or I'll be bagging groceries. Sure, that one guy below in the comments who tells me, “I suck,” will be happy about it, but we can't have Jagger pushing carts at the Stop and Shop in downtown Carlstadt.

    Sorry about the one-day delay, but admit it, it goes pretty good with your Saturday morning coffee.

    Almost forgot, I like a good meat and cheese tray with my weekend wrestling.

    What stipulation gets put on the future WWE match between Mr. Fast Twitch and Gable? @Rhino184

    How about that for a classic WWE swerve! Just as Gable restarts his college career after signing with WWE, they turn right around and ink the next hottest free agent on the market and the guy who's been hounding him with smack talk for a year now in AJ Ferrari! Does this deal mean AJ gets in the squared circle after his college days are over? There's no way to know.

    He hinted at it in an emoji-filled post, so it's very possible. Wrestlemania main event. AJ vs. Gable. 665-pound title belt in the middle of the ring. The guy who deadlifts it and touches all four corners uninterrupted is crowned champion. Is Gable still a Paul Heyman guy at this point? Has Paul turned on him for the Next Next Big Thing in Mr. Fast Twitch? Does Bobby Steveson get involved? Do the Creed Brothers use their insane mental strength to steal the title themselves?

    I know pro wrestling and real wrestling have had a contentious relationship in the past, but this feud between two college wrestling lightning rods has a very legit chance at playing out on Monday Night Raw in the future. (minus the ginormous belt) WWE wouldn't be where they are if they didn't know what they were doing and they've longed for the acceptance of real wrestling fans and with this NIL situation, they have a chance to capitalize on not only the best young athletes in America but to have their name all over the college game where they've long been shunned. Buckle up; this is only the beginning.


    Between Scuffle and Midlands, which tournament are you looking forward to most and which is the better tourney this year? @DutrowJim

    You really can't go wrong with either, but I am partial to the Scuffle this year because I'm just very interested in this Cornell team and want to see them butt heads with the cream of the ACC and Oklahoma State. Midlands also rocking a strong field, though with some hot Big Ten on Big Ten action that will inevitably lead to forfeits that ruin
    the field, but does have two strong Ivy schools in Princeton and Penn looking to test their mettle.

    All I know is it's four days of wrestling over a five-day period on the heels of the Collegiate Duals in what's sure to be a monster late-December. Buy some extra TV's on whatever dumb name they have for post-Christmas sales and get to work setting up your own watch party.

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