Slapstick Saturday: The rope-a-dope edition

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Vladimir Kozlov was a USA Open Heavyweight Sambo Champion, as well as a USKBA International Heavyweight Grappling Champion and bona fide Russian bad ass. But that didn't mean shit to his toughest opponent to date: An 18-foot low stretch rope.

Welcome to another edition of "Slapstick Saturday," Cagesiders, where your old pal Hulk Holland pokes fun at every botch, blooper and bomb the world of professional wrestling has ever given us.

Who did we rope in this week?

The one and only Vladimir Kozlov, who proved that in mother Russia, ropes run you! Today's Slapstick is of particular relevance, as tomorrow night is the Royal Rumble, which means 30 professional wrestling superstars will enter the ring with one purpose in mind.

Get the other guy over the top rope.

It's not as easy as it looks. During his ill-fated run as tag team partner with Santino Marella on Monday Night RAW, ol' Vladdy went bull-in-a-china-shop mode against the Usos when they tried to double-team the "Milan Miracle" and the results were, well, see for yourself.

Wow.

It wasn't long after that when WWE sent Kozlov back behind the iron curtain for good.

Do svidaniya!

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