In G-R Wrestling, only holds or techniques above the waist are legal.
This year, the G-R Wrestling governing body instituted a particular rule. This rule stated, in part, that the contestants must grasp their arms around each other and try to execute technique. If one combatant breaks the grip, his opponent would be awarded a penalty point. This was the deciding point of the match.
Now, Mr. Karelin could not make up for the difference and he lost the match.
The last time these two people fought (last year's World Championship's), Mr. Karelin picked up Mr. Gardner and slammed him to the mat. Mr. Gardner ended up with two broken ribs. OUCH!
Heavyweight fights tend to be less energetic than the lighter divisions. The quality fo the athltics is no less valid.
Yes, TV coverage sucked. Maybe we should write NBC stating our displeasure