Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Fit Finlay [#6; IRE] vs. Satoru Sayama [JPN] - The show started off on a quick note, as Finlay smashed Sayama with a headbutt, followed it up with a TOMBSTONE and put Sayama away with a second TOMBSTONE. This is the second straight dominant victory Finlay has attained and will no doubt shoot him up the UWFI rankings.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Nick Bockwinkel [USA] vs. Rikidozan [JPN] - Rikidozan completely dominated Bockwinkel in this match, giving Bockwinkel little to no offense and dropping him with two piledrivers. The ending saw both men smash each other with a hard elbow, with Rikidozan making it up before the referee's count of ten. Since he made it up, and this was the third down for Bockwinkel, Rikidozan scored a controversial victory.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Danny Hodge [#9; USA] vs. Killer Kowalski [CAN] - Hodge proved that size doesn't matter when you're a superior wrestler. This match saw the second double knockdown in the history of UWFI, but both men survived and immediately after, Hodge got Kowalski with an OKLAHOMA SIDE ROLL transitioned into a submission hold.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Antonio Inoki [#5; JPN] vs. Jim Londos [GRC] - Inoki landed an early suplex and an ENZUIGIRI and seemed to have it all going for him until Londos rallied back, locking in the BOSTON CRAB to submit the Japanese legend. With this win, you'd have to think Londos will end up in the rankings.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Ed Lewis [#10; USA] vs. Don Leo Jonathan [#7; CAN] - Ed Lewis desperately needed a win here to stay in the rankings, but he would find that the Mormon Giant would be too much for him as DLJ put the Strangler Away with the MORMON SWING. Jonathan told reporters post-match that he feels he's a top five wrestler and wanted to face one of the top three ranked wrestlers after this victory.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Dan Severn [#4; USA] vs. The Destroyer [USA] - To this point it was a very rare sight to see Dan Severn leave his feet, much less get suplexed twice in one match. The Destroyer accomplished just that, but Severn countered every other big move Destroyer attempted and submitted him with the WAKIGATAME in a great mat wrestling match.
SEMI FINAL - Pro Wrestling World Championship Eliminator 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Frank Gotch [#2; USA] vs. Youssuf Ishmaelo [#3; TUR] - A total 38 minute war saw Youssuf Ishmaelo gain the respect of every fan in the arena as he not only held his own against Gotch, he actually did not submit or get knocked out. Ishmaelo delivered three suplexes to Gotch, which Gotch returned in kind. Gotch locked in the GOTCH TOEHOLD at the end of the match and Ishmaelo made it to the ropes, dropping his point total to 0 and giving Gotch one more crack at the belt.
MAIN EVENT - Pro Wrestling World Championship 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Lou Thesz [CHAMPION; USA] vs. George Hackenschmidt [CHALLENGER; RUS] - The Russian Lion came to the ring tonight knowing he had much to prove and seeing his arch rival Frank Gotch become the #1 contender must have lit a fire under Hack, because he dominated Lou Thesz, suplexing him early and clamping on the RUSSIAN BEAR HUG to force a submission from Thesz. In the post-event interviews, Hack said he expected more resistance from Thesz but found the match to be incredibly easy after the first suplex. Hack said he's looking forward to the rematch with Gotch and that he'll prove once and for all who the greatest wrestler of all time really is.
THE OFFICIAL UWFI TOP 10 RANKINGS: #10. Antonio Inoki #9. Jim Londos #8. Rikidozan #7. Danny Hodge #6. Don Leo Jonathan #5. Lou Thesz #4. Youssuf Ishmaelo #3. Fit Finlay #2. Dan Severn #1. Frank Gotch [Ch] George Hackenschmidt
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Nick Bockwinkel [USA] vs. Johnny Saint [ENG] - This was the second match in UWFI history to go to points. Both men took to the mat but neither gained a significant advantage. After 15 minutes of action, Saint won the match 13-12.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Rikidozan [#8; JPN] vs. Jim Londos [#9; GRC] - Londos made quick work of Rikidozan, putting him away with two AIRPLANE SPINS transitioned into leglocks. Rikidozan told reporters after the match that he was injured in training prior to the bout. Regardless, Londos stands to shoot up the rankings with this big of a win.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: The Destroyer [USA] vs. Antonio Inoki [#10; JPN] - Inoki was on the verge of slipping out of the rankings prior to this match, but quickly reminded everyone that he's a world class wrestler as he knocked the Destroyer out with the ENZUIGIRI just three minutes into the match.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Satoru Sayama [JPN] vs. Killer Kowalski [CAN] - This was a bloody match but it wasn't a particularly long match as they entered brutal strike exchanges that caused Sayama's eye to swell and Kowalski to bleed heavily from the mouth. Kowalski would finish Sayama off with a shoulder breaker which appeared to legitimately injure Sayama, causing a ref stoppage TKO.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Youssuf Ishmaelo [#4; TUR] vs. Danny Hodge [#7; USA] - Ishmaelo, coming off of his Alexander Gustafsson-esque performance, took Hodge far too lightly here, dropping the junior heavyweight with a backhand and rushing in with a takedown. Hodge would intercept the takedown and use the OKLAHOMA SIDE ROLL transitioned into a Boston crab to submit the Terrible Turk and score arguably the biggest upset to date in UWFI.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Lou Thesz [#5; USA] vs. Don Leo Jonathan [#6; CAN] - Fresh off of one shocking upset in a short match, we get yet another as Don Leo Jonathan rallied back after an early side Saito from Thesz, putting the former champion down with the MORMON SWING in just under four minutes. This marks two straight matches where men who were previously though to be top level prospects in UWFI have fallen to what some could view as 'lesser' opponents.
SEMI FINAL - Pro Wrestling World Championship Eliminator 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Dan Severn [#2; USA] vs. Fit Finlay [#3; IRE] - This night can be deemed the Night of the Squash Matches, as Finlay headbutted Severn early and rattled the beast with a hard scoop slam. Severn couldn't answer the referee's 10 count, and Finlay finds himself in the position to challenge for the World Championship.
MAIN EVENT - Pro Wrestling World Championship 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: George Hackenschmidt [CHAMPION; RUS] vs. Frank Gotch [CHALLENGER; USA] - In a match that was hotly contested and made up for the lack of a long match on the undercard, Frank Gotch put Hackenschmidt away via three knockdowns, the first coming after an Iowa backdrop. The latter two knockdowns were caused by brutal forearm uppercuts. Hack stood up quickly after the third knockdown but it was too late as he suffered his third knockdown. In the press interviews, Hack demanded a rematch on the grounds that he was not knocked out.
THE OFFICIAL UWFI TOP 10 RANKINGS: #10. Killer Kowalski #9. Dan Severn #8. Youssuf Ishmaelo #7. Lou Thesz #6. Jim Londos #5. George Hackenschmidt #4. Danny Hodge #3. Don Leo Jonathan #2. Antonio Inoki #1. Fit Finlay [Ch] Frank Gotch
Post by maddog1981 on Dec 26, 2013 18:14:06 GMT -4
You know. Thesz/Hack/Gotch is really a murderer's row of title defenses. I wouldn't be too annoyed with the belt being a hot potato at this point. Finley is a good winnable defense for Gotch and so would Inoki/DLJ.
I'm guessing Hack with a win here will be taking on Hodge in the next eliminator?