I didn't like the rules to begin with, but I reserved judgment. It has been three years now (since I have lived with the new rules - I know they have been in place for four years), and this Olympics has solidified in my mind what I like and don't like. So here goes for what it is worth:
I don't like the short time periods on the feet. There isn't enough time to get the offense going, and everyone is in defense mode waiting for the par terre.
I don't like all the stops and starts that the three periods and one minute, thrity second, thirty second format produces.
I really don't like the par terre start. It is an embarrassment. Like someone said above, it is a manufactured start position that doesn't flow with the action of real, live wrestling. I don't see any way to start the reverse lift par terre position without all the games and jumping the gun on both sides. There isn't a good way to police it. Inevitably, one wrestler gets cautioned; then the other wrestler gets cautioned; then they both jump the gun and action continues on the third start.
I can live with the last to score tie breaker, but there has to be a better way. If we are stuck with the three period format, then let a tie period be a tie period, and still score the best out of three. If we end up with three tie periods, or one period a piece and a tie, then let the most match points decide the winner. It doesn't make much sense for someone to win 1-1/0-6/1-1 when the opponent scored the most points but lost two periods on the tie breaker.
I do like the push out rule.
I guess that is all I like at this point. Wrestling is a shadow of what it once was right now. I sure hope that FILA has a change of heart about the rules and listens.
For you guys with foreign ties, what are people saying around the world? Are we in the US the only people complaining about the new rules?