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Al’s favorite MMA matches

And finally these are my favorite MMA bouts. If you have any suggestions on other fights, let me know.

  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson at Pride 28: High Octane (Pride Middleweight championship match)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II
  • Leonard Garcia vs.  Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48: Faber vs. Aldo
  • Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida (Ultimate Fighter Team Hughes vs. Team Serra coaches match)
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida at Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
  • Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis at WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis (WEC Lightweight championship match)
  • Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99: The Comeback
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber (UFC Bantamweight championship match)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale (Ultimate Fighter 1 Light Heavyweight tournament final)
  • Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 115: Franklin vs. Liddell
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir at UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 (UFC Interim Heavyweight championship match & Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira coaches match)
  • Chris Santos vs. Gina Carano at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg (Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight championship match)
  • Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight championship match)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin (UFC Light Heavyweight championship match)
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2 (UFC Light Heavyweight championship match)
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida at Pride Total Elimination 2005 (Pride 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix first-round)
  • Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Pride Critical Countdown 2005 (Pride 2005 Middleweight quarter-final)
  • Cub Swanson vs. Mackens Semerzier at WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
  • Takanori Gomi vs. Hayato Sakurai at Pride Shockwave 2005 (Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix final)
  • Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs. Mark Hunt at Pride Elimination Absolute 2006 (Pride 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix first-round)
  • Frank Mir vs. Wes Sims at UFC 46: Supernatural
  • Drew McFedries vs. Alessio Sakara at UFC 65: Bad Intentions
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Tyson Griffin at UFC 67: All or Nothing
  • Roger Huerta vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC 69: Shootout
  • Randy Couture vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 Couture vs. Nogueira
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem at Pride 29: Fists of Fire
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Kazushi Sakuraba at Pride Shockwave 2003
  • Kazuhiro Hamanaka vs. Nino “Elvis” Schembri at Pride 26: Bad to the Bone
  • Don Frye vs. James Thompson at Pride 34: Kamikazee
  • Daijiro Matsui vs. Murilo Rua at Pride 16: Beasts from the East
  • Tara LaRosa vs. Kelly Kobold at BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee (BodogFight Women’s Bantamweight Championship)
  • Shinya Aoki vs.  Yuichiro Nagashima at Dynamite 2010 (special MMA/kick-boxing rules)
  • Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi at Pride 33: Second Coming
  • Takanori Gomi vs Tatsuya Kawajiri at Pride Bushido 9: The Tournament (Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix quarter-final)
  • Yves Edwards vs Joachim Hansen at Pride Bushido 9: The Tournament (Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix quarter-final)
  • Joachim Hansen vs Hayato Sakurai at Pride Bushido 9: The Tournament (Pride 2005 Lightweight semi-final)
  • Luiz Azeredo vs Takanori Gomi at Pride Bushido 9: The Tournament (Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-final)
  • Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler at Bellator LVIII (Bellator Lightweight championship match)
  • Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo at UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields (UFC Featherweight championship match)
  • Ben Henderson vs. Mark Boceck at UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Sergei Kharitonov at Pride Final Conflict 2004 (Pride 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-final)
  • Dan Henderson vs. Quinton Jackson at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion (UFC Light Heavyweight & Pride Middleweight unification championship match)
  • Randy Couture vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 44: Undisputed (UFC Light Heavyweight championship match)
  • Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy (UFC Welterweight championship match)
  • Joey Beltron vs. Aaron Rosa at UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin
  • Phil Baroni vs Ikuhisa Minowa at Pride Bushido 7
  • Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle at UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson
  • Fedor Emilianenko vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride Shockwave 2004 (Pride 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix final)
  • Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale
  • Randy Couture vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 15: Collision Course
  • Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos (UFC Lightweight title eliminator match)
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le at UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
  • Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua at UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
  • Brian Melancon vs.Adam Schindler at Bellator XX
  • Jessica Aguilar vs. Carla Esparza at Bellator XLVII
  • Abel Cullum vs. Hideo Tokoro at Dream 9 (Dream Featherweight Grand Prix quarter-final)
  • Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Taiyo Nakahara at SRC-Sengoku Raiden Championship 14 (SRC Bantamweight Grand Prix quarter-final)
  • Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale (The Ultimate Fighter Team Bisping vs. Team Miller coaches match)
  • Heath Herring vs. Iouri Kotchkine at Pride 22: Beasts from the East 2
  • Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight championship match)
  • Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley (Strikeforce Welterweight Championship match)
  • Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy at UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama
  • Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion
  • Hikaru Shinohara vs. Gebeka Beck Ninez  at Deep-Glove
  • Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
  • (UFC Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Enson Inoue vs. Igor Volchanchyn at Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
  • Jason Miller vs. Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
  • Kerry Vera vs. Leslie Smith at Bellator VII
  • Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Miami (Strikeforce Welterweight Championship match)
  • Rich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard at UFC 79: Nemesis
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79: Nemesis
  • Roy Nelson vs.  Fabricio Werdum UFC  at 143: Diaz vs. Condit
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey (Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight championship match)
  • Lloyd Woodard vs. Patricky Freire at Bellator LXII (Bellator Season 6 Lightweight tournament quarterfinal match)
  • Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey (Strikeforce Womens’ Bantamweight title eliminator match)
  • Brian Rogers vs. Andreas Sprang at Bellator 66 (Bellator Season Six Middleweight tournament semi-final match)
  • Keith Winiewski vs. Chris Clements at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
  • Mollie Estes vs. Randi Miller at Invicta FC One
  • Kaitlin Young vs. Leslie Smith at Invicta FC One
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier (Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix championship final and Strikeforce Heavyweight championship match)
  • Cub Swanson vs. Ross Pearson at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida
  • Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II
  • Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira vs. Sergio “Serginho” Moraes at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II (The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil Middleweight final)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 148: Sonnen vs. Silva II
  • Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote at UFC 148: Sonnen vs. Silva II
  • Sara McMann vs. Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler (Invicta FC Bantamweight title eliminator match)
  • Sarah D’Aleilo vs. Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler
  • Carla Esparza vs. Sarah Schneider at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler
  • Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Angelica Chavez at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler
  • Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
  • Benson Henderson vs.  Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz (UFC Lightweight championship match)
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera
  • Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
  • Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
  • Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
  • Robert White vs. Kenny Booker at Bellator 84
  • Ale Cali vs. Erwin Tagle at PXC 34 (PXC Flyweight championship match)
  • Leslie Smith vs. Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt
  • Carla Esparza vs. Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt (Invicta FC Strawweight championship match)
  • Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar (UFC Featherweight championship match)
  • Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz
  • Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale
  • Uriah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale (Ultimate Fighter 17 Middleweight tournament final)
  • Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez
  • Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5: Waterson vs. Penne
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 (UFC Heavyweight title eliminator bout)
  • Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2
  • Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
  • Tecia Torres vs. Rose Namajunas at Invicta FC 6: Cyborg vs. Coenen 2
  • Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 6: Cyborg vs. Coenen 2
  • Leslie Smith vs. Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6: Cyborg vs. Coenen 2
  • Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga
  • Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson
  • John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague at UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
  • Saiful Merican vs. Tok Sophon at ONE FC 12: Warrior Spirit
  • Chris Lokteff vs. Tony Johnson at ONE FC 12: Warriors Spirit
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rory Macdonald at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks
  • Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks
  • Tim Elliott vs. Ali Bagautinov at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks
  • Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Silva
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate at UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva II (UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship match and TUF: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate coaches’ fight)
  • Tecia Torres vs. Felice Herrig at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler (UFC Welterweight championship match)
  • Sarah McLeod vs. Shawna Anderson at Fight To Win – Prize Fighting Championship 6: Bakken Rumble
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Al’s Favorite Boxing Matches

These are my favorite boxing matches. Again the list is small so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Michael Moorer vs. George Foreman for the Lineal, WBA, & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (1)
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (2)
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (3)
Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier (1) for the Lineal heavyweight championship

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Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest. In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw (professional boxing). In Olympic boxing, due to the fact that a winner must be declared, in the case of a draw – the judges use technical criteria to choose the most deserving winner of the bout.

While humans have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, boxing as an organized sport may have its origin in the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century with the 1867 introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

The earliest known depiction of boxing comes from a Sumerian relief in Iraq from the 3rd millennium BCE[2] Later depictions from the 2nd millennium BC are found in reliefs from the Mesopotamian nations of Assyria and Babylonia, and in Hittite art from Asia Minor. The earliest evidence for fist fighting with any kind of gloves can be found on Minoan Crete (c.1650–1400 BCE), and on Sardinia, if we consider the boxing statues of Prama mountains (c. 2000–1000 BC)

Al’s favorite Muay Thai/kickboxing bouts

Here are my favorite kicboxing/Muay Thai matches. It’s a small list so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

  • Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 11
  • Gokhan Saki vs. Rico Verhoeven at Glory 11 (Glory 11 Heavyweight Tournament semifinal)
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven at Glory 11 (Glory 11 Heavyweight Tournament final)
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan at Glory 13 (Glory 13 Welterweight Tournament semifinal)
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman at Glory 13
  • Andry Ristie vs. Davit Kiria at Glory 14: Zareb (Glory Lightweight championship bout)
  • Jorina Baars vs. Cris “Cyborg” at Lion Fight 14 (Women’s Welterweight championship bout)

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Karate and Muay Thai.[1][2] Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.[3][4][5]

Japanese kickboxing originated in the 1960s, with competitions held since then.[6][7] American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships. Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. This approach became increasingly popular since the 1970s, and since the 1990s, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridization with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling.

There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include International Combat Organisation, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, World Kickboxing Organization, International Sport Karate Association, International Kickboxing Federation, World Sport Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others. Consequently, there is no single kickboxing world championship, and champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, Glory, SUPERKOMBAT, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, among others. Bouts organized under different governing bodies apply different rules, such as allowing the use of knees or clinching, etc.

The term “kickboxing” can be used in a narrow and in a wide sense.

The narrow use is restricted to the styles that self-identify as kickboxing, i.e. Japanese Kickboxing (with its spin-off styles or rules such as Shoot boxing and K-1), Dutch Kickboxing, and American Kickboxing.
In the wider sense, it includes all stand-up combat sports that allow both punching and kicking, including Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Savate, Adithada, Lethwei, Sanda, and certain styles of Karate (especially full contact karate).

Al’s favorite pro wrestling matches

This is the first of four posts detailing my favorite lists of various matches. This one relates to professional wrestling.

  • The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania XXV
  • Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon in a street fight at the King of the Ring 2001
  • Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III ( Intercontinental Championship match)
  • Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart at Summerslam ‘91 (Intercontinental Championship match)
  • Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a non-sanctioned match at Summerslam 2002
  • Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a 3 Stages of Hell match at Armageddon 2002 (WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line)
  • John Cena vs. Umaga in a Last Man Standing Match at Royal Rumble 2007 (WWE Championship on the line)
  • Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder match at No Mercy 2008 (WWE World Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio in a Ladder match at Summerslam 2005 (Mysterio’s custody of his son Dominick on the line)
  • Triple H vs. The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match at Wrestlemania XXVII
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler at Bragging Rights 2010
  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio at Halloween Havoc 1997 (WCW Cruiserweight Championship and Mysterio’s mask were on the line)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match at Wrestlemania 22
  • Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at Wrestlemania XIX
  • Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI (WWF Championship and WWF Intercontinental championship were both on the line)
  • Chris Benoit vs. John Cena on Smackdown
  • Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian in a TLC match on Smackdoown (WWF Tag Team championship match)
  • “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart at Wrestlemania VIII (Intercontinental Championship match)
  • Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder match at Summerslam 1995 (Intercontinental Championship match)
  • Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder match at Wrestlemania X (Intercontinental Championship match)
  • Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart at Wrestlemania X
  • Triple H vs. The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XVII
  • The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian in a TLC match at Wrestlemania XVII (WWF Tag Team championship match)
  • Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus at Wrestlemania 22 (WWE Women’s Championship match)
  • John Cena vs. Edge in a TLC match at Unforgiven 2006 (WWE Championship match)
  • Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIX
  • C.M. Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011 (WWE Championship match)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara in Money in the Bank Ladder match at Money in the Bank 2011 (Smackdown Money in the Bank briefcase on the line)
  • Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania XX (WWE World Heavyweight championship on the line)
  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XX (WWE Championship match)
  • John Cena vs. Big Show at Wrestlemania XX (United States championship match)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Rey Mysterio at Monday Night Raw
  • Ultimo Dragon vs. Steven Regal at Slamboree 1997 (WCW World Television championship match)
  • Triple H vs. The Rock in a Steel Cage Match at Rebellion 1999 (WWF Championship on the line)
  • Rob Van Dam vs. Matt Hardy vs. Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair in a Money in the Bank Ladder match at Wrestlemania 22 (Money in the Bank title shot on the line)
  • Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell match at Hell in a Cell 2011 (WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match at Bad Blood 2004
  • Shawn Michaels & Triple H vs. Randy Orton & Edge at New Year’s Revolution (World Tag Team Championship match)
  • Shawn Michaels & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Big Show in a TLC match at TLC: 2009 (WWE Unified Tag Team Championship on the line)
  • Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio at The Bash (WWE Intercontinental championship and Mysterio’s mask were on the line)
  • Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas in a ladder match at One Night Stand 2007 (World Tag Team Championship was one the line)
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon in a Handicap Ladder match at King of the Ring 1999 (control of the WWF was on the line)
  • Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard in a “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at Starcade ‘85 (NWA United States was on the line)
  • Triple H vs. Chris Jericho in a Hell in a Cell match at Judgement Day 2002
  • Triple H vs. Kevin Nash in a Hell in a Cell match at Bad Blood 2003 (WWE World Heavyweight championship was on the line)
  • Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon & Big Show in a handicap Hell in a Cell match at Unforgiven 2006
  • Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a submission match at Wrestlemania 13
  • The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair in a No Holds Barred match at Wrestlemania X8
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Batista at Armageddon 2004
  • Batista vs. The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison match (WWE World Heavyweight championship on the line)
  • C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania XXVIII (WWE Championship match)
  • Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match at Wrestlemania 29 (Triple H’s Career was on the line)
  • John Cena vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania 29 (WWE Championship match)
  • Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett in a Street Fight on Smackdown
  • Vince McMahon and C.M. Punk in a Street Fight on Monday Night Raw
  • Terry Funk vs. The Sandman vs. Big Stevie Cool in a Three-Way Dance at Barely Legal (#1 Contender’s match for EWU Heavyweight championship)
  • Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan at Superbrawl VIII (WCW World Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels at Taboo Tuesday 2004 (World Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker at No Way Out 2006 (World Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton at Friday Night Smackdown (World Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Taz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Heat Wave 1998 (FTW Heavyweight Championship match)
  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage in a No Disqualification Match at Spring Stampede 1997
  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at The Great American Bash 1997
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler at Money in the Bank 2013 (World Heavyweight title match)
  • Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger vs. Antonio Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Fandango vs. Dean Ambrose in a Money in the Bank Ladder match at Money in the Bank 2013 (World Heavyweight championship contract on the line)
  • Triple H vs. The Rock in a Ladder Match at Summerslam 1998 (Intercontinental championship on the line)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena at Summerslam 2013 (WWE Championship match)
  • C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar in a No D.Q. match at Summerslam 2013
  • Shane McMahon vs. Eric Bischoff in a Falls Count Anywhere Match Summerslam 2003
  • Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk in an empty arena match on Memphis Wrestling
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus in a Best Two out of Three Falls Match at Extreme Rules 2012 (World Heavyweight Championship on the line)
  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge in a No Disqualification Match at Smackdown in 2002
  • C.M. Punk vs. Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules 2009
  • The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre, and the Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno) vs.  Sensational Sherri, The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) (with Jimmy Hart), Donna Christanello, and Dawn Marie in a traditional Survivor Series match at Survivor Series 1987.
  • Christian York and Joey Matthews vs. Danny Doring and Roadkill at Anarchy Rulz 2000
  • Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred Match at Extreme Rules 2009 (Intercontinental Championship on the line)
  • Doom vs. Arn Anderson and Barry Windham in Street Fight at WCW Starcade 90 (NWA Tag Team championships on the line)
  • Randy Savage vs. Crush in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Wrestlemania X
  • Cactus Jack vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a Falls Count Anywhere Match on Raw is War
  • Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes vs. Shawn Michaels and Triple H in a Submissions Count Anywhere match at Breaking Point
  • Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble 2014
  • Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro at NXT Arrival
  • John Cena vs. Randy Orton at in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at TLC 2013 (WWE World Heavyweight Unification championship match)
  • The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2014
  • Triple H vs. Kane vs. Booker T vs. Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series 2002 (World Heavyweight championship on the line)
  • Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Christian in an Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber 2014 (WWE World Heavyweight championship on the line)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton in a No Disqualification Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania XXX (WWE World Heavyweight championship on the line)
  • The Real Americans vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match at Wrestlemania XXX (WWE Tag Team Championship on the line)
  • The Fantastics vs. The Midnight Express at the Great American Bash ‘88 (N.W.A. United States Tag Team championship match)
  • Adam Rose vs. Camacho at NXT Takeover
  • Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze at NXT Takeover (NXT Championship Number 1 Contendership on the line)
  • Charlotte vs. Natalya at NXT Takeover (NXT Women’s Championship match)
  • Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville at NXT Takeover (NXT Championship match)
  • Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit in an Ultimate Submission Match at Backlash 2001
  • Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit in a 2 out of 3 falls match at Judgement Day 2001 (Angle’s Olympic medals on the line)

Is there a match you think should be on this list? Shoot a link in the comment section

Alman on Batman’s Justice League Moments

I was scrolling through Youtube and I found some of my favorite Batman moments from the “Justice League” cartoon that aired in the early 2000s.

Batman gets some information from Deadshot

Batman and Amanda Waller have a bit of a stand off.

One of my favorite moments from Kids Stuff, which is in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.

Another clip from “Kids Stuff”

Batman squares off against Doctor Destiny

Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger,[4][5] and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939). Originally named the “Bat-Man”, the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.[6]

Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime.[7]

Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Gordon, and vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will. A large assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his archenemy, the Joker.

The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, Batman, the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. The success of Warner Bros.’ live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the public’s interest in the character.[8]

Pictures from Manito

And last but not least – as far as photo posts go – here are some pictures I took from Manito Park last weekend with my friend Jasmine (the one who drew me the Batman picture).

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Manito Park and Botanical Gardens is a 90-acre (0.36 km2) public park with arboretum, botanical gardens, and conservatory, located at 17th Ave and Grand Blvd in Spokane, Washington, United States. It is open daily without charge.

The park was originally a public recreation area called Montrose Park. In 1903 its name was changed to Manito, said to mean Spirit of Nature in the Algonquian language. A park commission was formed in 1907 with annual funding, and in 1913 the famed Olmsted Brothers firm completed their landscaping plans for Spokane parks, including Manito Park. The Park was at one time a zoo until 1932 when the zoo closed down because of the lack of funding during the Great Depression. Today some remnants of the zoo can still be seen, such as an iron bar sticking out of a rock that was once part of the bear cages.

Aside from the gardens, Manito is home to more common park fare. The park has two play structures, one in “upper Manito” and the other by the duck pond at “lower Manito”. The duck pond lies in the northwest corner of the park and is home to many ducks and geese. The Park Bench Cafe, located at the intersection of Manito Place and Tekoa St., is a small cafe which serves drinks and snacks during the Summer. Sections of the park remain in a natural, wild state. Exposed basalt is common throughout the park, especially so in the undeveloped areas where large rocks and cliffs dominate the landscape. During Winter the grass covered hills of lower Manito are a popular destination for sledding.

Duncan Garden – formal 3-acre (12,000 m2) European garden with a large granite fountain; designed and built in 1913. The arrangement of the flower beds, and also the plants make the Duncan Garden symmetrical.

The Duncan Garden in 2003, before and after flowers were planted.
Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden – perennial plants.
Gaiser Conservatory – greenhouse located immediately north of the Duncan Garden. One wing contains desert plants and the other contains tropical plants.
Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden – in honor of Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s sister city. In 1967 noted landscape architect Nagao Sakurai began its design. After his stroke in 1973, designs were completed by Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai and the garden was dedicated in 1974.
Rose Hill – 1500 rose bushes representing over 150 varieties; an All-America Selections rose test garden.
Dahlia Garden – one of the American Dahlia Society’s eight trial gardens. Adjacent to Rose Hill.
Lilac Garden – over 100 cultivars represented; Spokane is known as the “Lilac City”.

Cheney Wrestling Camp phtos

Last week Cheney had a wrestling camp for kids and adults. I managed to get some photos.

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The beardly coach Brad R. teaches the athletes a crossface technique.

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Two varsity wrestlers going through a drill.

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While most of the halls were empty at Cheney High School during Thanksgiving break, the upstairs gym was filled with wrestlers who are ready to go to work.
Cheney High wrestling head coach Brad Rasmussen is in his third year of leading the program, which had a rocky start this season due to the recent windstorm and several athletes not coming to practice because they did not have power.

“We weathered the storm and we’re getting back into the swing of things,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen said this year’s numbers have been good, with 32 wrestlers including 13 freshmen. One of his goals when he became the high school head coach was to stay connected with the wrestling coaches at both Cheney and Westwood middle schools in hopes of getting younger athletes excited to compete at the high school level when they become freshmen.

“Our freshmen turnout was double what it was in the last couple of years,” Rasmussen said. “It’s a good sign for the future.”

Besides the freshmen, the Blackhawks have several varsity wrestlers coming back this year including Michael Ferguson and Devon Waterman, who both went to state last year.

Ferguson had a stellar 2014-15 season at 220 pounds, winning several tournaments and matches throughout the regular season. He ended the year with a third-place finish at state in his first appearance. In the summer he competed in the ASICS/Vaughan Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

Waterman (182) won his first district title and qualified for his second state trip where he took eighth in his division. He spent some time during the offseason playing football for the Cheney Blackhawks.

“It’s always nice to see kids who have seen the end game return,” Rasmussen said. “They help lead the rest of the team and everyone looks up to them. These kids are going to do some damage for us.”

Other seniors include Cameron Wiseman, who won his first district championship last year, Billy Bakke, who finished fourth in his division at districts and Garrett Pederson, who advanced to regionals and was one win away from state.

Also returning is Taylor Nguyen, who advanced to regionals and Francisco Martinez, who placed fourth at districts.

Zack Nguyen, no relation to Taylor Nguyen, is a transfer from Shadle Park High School who Rasmussen coached at the middle school level.

“These guys have the potential to do big things,” Rasmussen said. “There’s a lot of new blood, and kids who have never wrestled, but that’s fine. We expect big things from them.”

Rasmussen said the team has been able to make up practices over Thanksgiving break to get ready for the first week of competition, which included a jamboree at Shadle Park (Dec. 2), the Deer Park Invite (Dec. 5) and a nonleague dual against Colville (Dec. 9).

The first two weeks is focused on conditioning, to help athletes get into “wrestling shape,” as well as fundamentals and technique. Rasmussen said coaches are emphasizing solid positioning and both mental and physical toughness.

“We’re having a good push in the first couple of weeks and we’ll be flying through Christmas break,” Rasmussen said. “The kids have a good attitude and they are encouraging each other. They haven’t had a day off, but they’re all smiles. They love it.”

While December is mostly filled with tournaments and nonleague contests, Cheney does not have a Great Northern League match until January. Rasmussen said this gives coaches some time to get the team together and establish varsity spots.

One tournament Rasmussen is looking forward to is the Inland Empire Classic, Dec. 11-12, which Cheney didn’t compete in last year because too many athletes were sick. Instead, the team went to Spangle and competed in the Liberty Invite.

“It will be fun to watch guys like Ferguson and Waterman scrap and see where they are,” Rasmussen said. “The Eisenhower Mat Classic (Dec. 19) is a good tournament too.”
As far as goals are concerned, Rasmussen said the goal is to get better every day.

“It might sound cliché, but it’s true,” Rasmussen said. “We want to leave the room better than we were when we came in.”

He added that wrestlers have their individual goals, kids have their own goals. He believes his team has the ability to win some league matches.

Another goal Rasmussen has is to take more wrestlers to state this year than he had in the previous two.

In his two years as head coach, Rasmussen has had four state qualifiers — two in his first year and two more last year — and 12 regional qualifiers — seven in 2013-14 and five in 2014-15.

“I want to keep that trend going,” Rasmussen said. “We have the ability to do that as a team and I’m excited for that.”