As winter season approaches, so does wrestling season. Very different from most other collegiate sports, wrestling is a one-on-one tussle of grappling, pulling, and pinning on the ground. It's also about strength and maneuverability. But if you think that that makes the sport unique, wait until you see the referees sliding on the mat!
It’s wrestling season .. which means we gonna see a whole bunch of refs doin this 😂😂 https://t.co/LpwvRORwKc— cam ;) (@cam ;)) 1510768461.0
Shared by student athlete @Cams_hungry2, the video shows a referee swiftly half sliding, half walking across the mat during a wrestling match.
While hilarious, many were perplexed by what they had just seen.
So when a commenter asked why the referee did that, Cam explained: "He did it so he can stay low and see if the kid was on his shoulders cause that’s a pin."
A pin is a victory point in wrestling, achieved when a wrestler holds an opponent's shoulders or shoulder blades down on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time.
@_M4RS He did it so he can stay low and see if the kid was on his shoulders cause that’s a pin— cam ;) (@cam ;)) 1510887333.0
Now we understand better!
@Cams_hungry2 Oh that’s very cool. I don’t know about wrestling but since you explained it I understand a little better. Thank you.— Mars - Wolf (@Mars - Wolf) 1510889179.0
Another wrestler admired the skill and dedication of the referee: "Easily [the best] move I’ve ever seen a ref do."
Even other wrestlers are distracted by this maneuver.
Fluffy writes: "bro one time i lost a match because i my ref was doing that and i started laughing lmaooo."
bro one time i lost a match because i my ref was doing that and i started laughing lmaooo https://t.co/fKIRr68O21— fluffy (@fluffy) 1510945592.0
By the way, you have to respect a guy who's chill with calling himself "Fluffy."
But maybe the referee wasn't doing a good job after all?
@Count_Cash @Cams_hungry2 ikr! He was pinned several times!— Lynn Timon (@Lynn Timon) 1511023277.0
Then Twitter did what Twitter does best.
First, someone made the referee's slide into a GIF.
@Cams_hungry2 @Tae2Fake Had to make this into a gif lol https://t.co/EHA9ZpZBox— BANGhetto 🇧🇩 (@BANGhetto 🇧🇩) 1510938653.0
Then, some music was added (turn up your audio for this).
I strongly dislike myself for this https://t.co/z8otL9lYUD— CJ Fogler (@CJ Fogler) 1510957997.0
The video even caught the attention of a producer on NBC's TODAY show.
@Cams_hungry2 Hello...NBC’s TODAY show here. Do we have permission to show your video on all of NBC’s platforms with credit to you?— Brittany Haviland (@Brittany Haviland) 1511040983.0
Turns out there are other videos out there.
@Cams_hungry2 @gio_seisa not the first time wrestling refs slide into the dm’s https://t.co/k6oW6NXP9y— burt macklin (@burt macklin) 1511025146.0
Come to think of it, have we seen this somewhere else?
Oh that's right, in entertainment wrestling...
@Deadspin @Shannon_Penn https://t.co/1E7rYoCHV3— Tyler Ashworth 🏠 (@Tyler Ashworth 🏠) 1510953326.0
...in cute pet videos...
@Cams_hungry2 https://t.co/TBbqmxvsqA— Tyler Sylvester (@Tyler Sylvester) 1510938596.0
@Cams_hungry2 @80mercy Reminded me of this https://t.co/MzeNnjzrFt— 'Muhammad' RLee (@'Muhammad' RLee) 1511017401.0
...and of course in the cartoons.
@Deadspin https://t.co/YvhNa45KFk— Scott Fairbanks (@Scott Fairbanks) 1510952650.0
But will this catch on?
While hilarious and laugh-inducing, will this become the next meme? The next social media trend? As big as planking?
Ashley and Cole hope so.
@Cams_hungry2 @foosie_ https://t.co/r2AVMU3hYS— ashley 💫 (@ashley 💫) 1510939713.0
@foosie_ @Cams_hungry2 I hope to god— ashley 💫 (@ashley 💫) 1510940880.0
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