Azerbaijani Wrestler Celebrates Gold Medal Win with Most Beautiful Dance Ever

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJuly 18, 2013

He came. He saw. He styled on you.

Azerbaijani wrestler Rasul Chunayev ended his match quickly. Why? Because he had something he desperately needed to give to the world—a gift that was one part Newsies show-tune jig, two parts Thriller album and 100 percent the best thing you'll see today.

The two-stepping celebration came after Chunayev defeated Russian wrestler Islambek Albiev at the 27th Summer Universiade earlier this week, according to Deadspin’s Tim Marchman.  

The match was over almost immediately, with Chunayev defeating his opponent in short-order to win the gold medal in the 66-kilogram weight class. The victory was huge for the young Azerbaijani, who clambered to his feet and celebrated the moment with moves typically reserved for people who are “off to see the wizard.”

Chunayev’s dance was interpretive, and its true meaning can be taken in so many ways.

With that being said, at the end of the day, the message was simple.

In simple terms, Chunayev’s dance was a celebration of life. Not since Napoleon Dynamite grooved to “Canned Heat” has the world seen someone get it in and get it done in such authoritative fashion. 

The dance itself is segmented into two parts, with the first routine a fusion of early River Dance, crip-walking and Oklahoma! elbows. Nothing is done half-way. Each elbow is swung not just out, but up. The steps he’s taking comprise a flawless two-step, but all that changes quickly.

The second course of this visual buffet of movement involves heel-to-toe moonwalking and pirouetting with arms upraised in the gospel of victory. The wrestler marries Michael Jackson with Superstar and perfect harmony with the world is achieved.

Simply put, it’s stunning. 

This is what your body is capable of. We have a young Azerbaijani man to thank for reminding us.


Thank you, Rasul. You are a diamond in the rough.