Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Claudia Gadelha pulls out of Invicta main event due to injury
The Brazilian magazine Tatame reported this morning that Claudia Gadelha suffered a broken nose in training and has dropped out of her match with Carla Esparza on next Saturday's Invicta show. It was supposed to be for the Invicta 115lb championship. She underwent reconstructive surgery today so it reminds me of when Japanese female wrestler Meiko Satomura broke her face a few years ago and she was out for a year. So when your main event falls apart a week before the show, what should the promoter do? The chances that Invicta could find a main event worthy opponent at short notice is very slim. So the smart move and probably the best move for match quality is to cancel the match and schedule Carla Esparza vs Ayaka Hamasaki for the April show and make Shayna Baszler vs Alexis Davis the main event. Instead Invicta decided to try and find someone to accept the fight. Look, you're always going to find a fighter to accept something like this even if it's a bad idea. That's why cancelling the match is a better move though I understand that's not the popular thing to do. So Aussie fighter Bec Hyatt has accepted this match though she clearly doesn't belong in any kind of main event. She was supposed to fight undefeated Scottish fighter Joanne Calderwood on the undercard of the show. I wonder if the match was offered to Joanne. I bet it was. Sometimes knowing when not to do something is more important than knowing when to do something. Bec Hyatt may know how to get publicity for herself. She has done a lot of interviews lately. But she's unproven as a fighter. All four of her wins have been over winless fighters in Australia. So Joanne was already a big leap in competition level for her. Carla Esparza is an even bigger jump. Newcomer Livia Von Plettenber will face Joanne. I give Bec a lot of credit for accepting a match that seems above her head. But a big fat raspberry to Invicta management for not biting the bullet and cancelling the main event. I guess it's hard to do the right thing.