Graham "Buzzsaw" Hastings (44) announced today that he was retiring from the Azeroth Fighting League (AFL). This came after a thrilling finals battle against his own son Bob Hastings for the Eastern Kingdoms' division World Championship title.

After nearly 25 years in the ring, Hastings will be passing the torch along to his son Bob and moving to the town of Southshore in the Hillsbrad Foothills where he's been employed by King Varian Wrynn to spearhead peace negotiations and hopefully diffuse a long-running conflict between the Alliance and the Horde.

As you may well be aware, the AFL is one of the few organizations on Azeroth that brings the races of the Horde and Alliance together and allows them to compete in friendly competition in an ongoing effort to mend the rift between the two sides.

Like the Druids of the Cenarion Circle or the Priests of the Church of Light, the members of the AFL put aside their cultural differences to join together in practicing a common hobby and in the process develop a bond with their fellow man, be it human, orc, or otherwise.

In an interview with the Stormwind Observer, Hastings had this to say:

"I'll always look back fondly on the time I've spent in the ring and am eternally grateful for the opportunity to be the face of the AFL for so long. I hope that I've been an inspiration to those who have watched along, no matter for how long, and I hope that my presence in the AFL has had a positive and lasting effect on the world.

"The AFL has made great strides in bringing the Horde and Alliance together in the spirit of friendly competition and it's my dearest hope that this spirit will live on in the hearts of all of the fans, and that we may, one day, live in a world where people of all races can come together to live in happiness and harmony."

One week from today Bob Hastings will face Kalimdor's champion Wayden "The Rock" Stonehoof for a shot at the World Championship title in the Gurubashi Arena, birthpace of the sport, deep with the jungle of Stranglethorn Vale.

Be sure to check back next issue as we dive deep into the AFL career of Buzzsaw. From his astounding against-all-odds victory at Pit Mania IV with his tag partner Kurt Krogan and his tragic loss the very next year against the his once-close partner, to his explosive return to the main stage 15 years later, we'll explore the trials and triumphs of this living legend.

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