Episode 201: Friday the 13th
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Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Is that the sort of thing to be happy about? Not quite sure about that. Anyway, we’re back after a week off. Kaz went camping and Damon had to lose all of his money on Blackjack and The Bunny Ranch.
UFC 226 Fallout
Daniel Cormier shocked many in the combat sports world by knocking out arguably the greatest heavyweight champion of all-time in Stipe Miocic. After the historic win, he cut a promo and called out Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, who was at the fight, stormed the cage and began a WWE-style pushing match with the double champion. MMA fans hated this, calling it “WWE bullshit.” Wrestling fans loved it because they think Brock Lesnar is going to win for some reason. Either way, a Cormier/Lesnar title fight will do the massive numbers that UFC needs in the absence of GSP, Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor.
Injuries at G1 USA
During the G1 in USA Special in San Francisco, Hiromu Takahashi was injured while facing off with long-time nemesis Dragon Lee. Takahashi had Lee locked in his triangle choke submission, when Lee deadlifted him up, Rampage Jackson style, and tossed him through the air with a release Dragon Bomb. The crowd was noticeably horrified in real-time and even more horrified during a replay on the big screen. Takahashi was able to finish the match and fly back to Japan. According to NJPW and the Wrestling Observer, Takahashi does not have a broken neck and will not require surgery.
Another person falling victim to injury during the event was Jim Ross of all people. During the IWGP United States Championship match, Jay White suplexed Juice Robinson into the barricade next to the announcer’s desk. The impact of the guardrail and desk caused JR to suffer broken ribs. Josh Barnett, a former NJPW wrestler and UFC Heavyweight Champion, was noticeably upset. We’re not sure if it was a work or shoot, but you can see the footage here:
Extreme Rules is this Sunday. There are three matches with any sort of “extreme” implication. Those matches are a table match between Sanity and The New Day on the pre-show, a steel cage match between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, and the titular Extreme Rules match between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. The match between Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns has had the most build and will probably main event. It doesn’t even have a stipulation. There is a huge chance that the Extreme Rules PPV will end with a regular one-on-one match. Oh, and don’t forget the most extreme match of them all. A Wrestle-For-30 Minutes Match between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler. You can find the rest of the Extreme Rules card below.Next Episode: Episode 202: Scotty Fraytown
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