• Drew McIntyre On Why The New “Leg Slap” Rule In WWE Won’t Impact His Claymore Kick
During a recent interview with Forbes, former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre discussed the company’s new rule of wrestlers not being allowed to slap their leg anymore while performing a kick during a match to create a sound effect.
WWE’s rival promotion All Elite Wrestling actually made fun of the new rule on the latest episode of AEW Dynamite.
Here’s what McIntyre said about this new rule impacting his Claymore Kick finisher:
“For the general fans, if you’re good enough that you can do it, like a Shawn Michaels, then you’re not gonna catch it.
It’s become so blatant at times, that I think you’ve got to pick and choose your moments.
But, when it comes to the Claymore, let me explain how the Claymore works, people said to me ‘you’re slapping your leg,’ that’s not the case with the Claymore.
When I raise my leg, and kick forward, you’ve got a 6’6, 270-pound man jumping and kicking you.
I’ve got a very strong shoulder, so when I’m throwing that kick and I also put some shoulder behind it, I’m just adding force.
So, you see, it’s not really a leg slap for me, it’s just extra force.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (March 20, 1995) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1995, we lost Old School WWF Legend Big John Studd at the age of 47 due to liver cancer and Hodgkin’s disease.
Big John Studd wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1982 until 1986 and again from 1988 till 1989.
His biggest accomplishment was winning the second annual Royal Rumble match in 1989, which was not only the first ever 30-man Royal Rumble match, but also the first one that aired LIVE on pay-per-view.
He retired from the sport of professional wrestling later that year.
† REST IN PEACE BIG JOHN STUDD
February 19, 1948 – March 20, 1995