Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Don Leo Jonathan [CAN] vs. Killer Kowalski [CAN] - A very slow, plodding match saw only one heated exchange which left both men with busted noses. Jonathan put Kowalski away after a second MORMON SWING.
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Satoru Sayama [JPN] vs. Antonio Inoki [JPN] - Inoki asserted his dominance over Sayama in this match, hitting three belly to back suplexes before landing an ENZUIGIRI and submitting Sayama with the OCTOPUS HOLD. Inoki speculated after this match that he could end up back in the rankings after a victory of this nature.
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: William Muldoon [USA] vs. Johnny Saint [ENG] - Muldoon made an impressive debut in UWFI, putting Saint away in just three minutes with a double shoulder lock. Muldoon said he was looking forward to facing the top competition in UWFI and wanted a ranked opponent for the next card.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Nick Bockwinkel [USA] vs. Kazuo Yamazaki [JPN] - Yamazaki and Bockwinkel had an intense match starting out, looking like either one of them could pick up a win until Yamazaki landed a high kick and submitted Bockwinkel with a JUJIGATAME.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Gary Albright [USA] vs. Harley Race [USA] - Race has not fared as well as many would have figured in UWFI and tonight was no exception as Albright put him down with a FULL NELSON SUPLEX just five minutes into the match to land Albright in the rankings.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Danny Hodge [#7; USA] vs. Fit Finlay [#9; IRE] - Finlay was set on climbing back up the ranks to another title shot, but Hodge had other plans tonight as he dominated Finlay, winning after an OKLAHOMA SIDE ROLL was transitioned into a leglock to submit Finlay.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Bryan Danielson [USA] vs. Nigel McGuinness [ENG] - This was an excellent, back and forth match between two of the best technical wrestlers in the world that saw Danielson rally back from a brutal beating early, submitting McGuinness with CATTLE MUTILATION at the 20 minute mark.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Dan Severn [#10; USA] vs. Kiyoshi Tamura [#6; JPN] - Tamura picked apart at Severn here, using his superior speed to keep "The Beast" at bay for the entire match before locking in the ARM BAR to submit Severn just north of the 15 minute mark.
Tag Match 1 Fall; 45 Minute Time Limit: Frank Gotch [#5; USA] and Ed Lewis [#8; USA] vs. George Hackenschmidt [#4; RUS] and Volk Han [RUS] - This was an all time classic match as these two teams went the distance. Three of the top ten ranked wrestlers in UWFI were in this match and at no point were any of them in significant danger, until Volk Han tagged in, that is. Han tore at Gotch in the last ten minutes of the match but wasn't able to put him away as the match went the full 45:00 and saw the Russians win 17-13.
SEMI FINAL - Pro Wrestling World Championship Eliminator 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Nobuhiko Takada [#2; JPN] vs. Youssuf Ishmaelo [#3; TUR] - Youssuf Ishmaelo does it again! Takada looked promising in all of his previous performances in UWFI, but Ishmaelo finally won a chance to challenge for the belt after submitting Takada with a Neck Wrencher at 22 minutes even.
MAIN EVENT - Pro Wrestling World Championship 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Lou Thesz [CHAMPION; USA] vs. The Destroyer [CHALLENGER; USA] - This was a long, hard fought defense for Thesz as the Destroyer forced him to waste two points early escaping submissions. Thesz rallied back, putting Destroyer down with an airplane spin before ultimately using a THESZ PRESS to set up a GRECO ROMAN BACKDROP. The press interviews saw Thesz say that he doesn't want to wrestle Ishmaelo because he's a dirty fighter and that's not what the sport is about but Ishmaelo has earned his title match and Thesz will give it to him.
THE OFFICIAL UWFI TOP 10 RANKINGS: #10. William Muldoon #9. Antonio Inoki #8. Ed Lewis #7. Nobuhiko Takada #6. Gary Albright #5. Frank Gotch #4. George Hackenschmidt #3. Danny Hodge #2. Kiyoshi Tamura #1. Youssuf Ishmaelo [Ch] Lou Thesz
Jim Ross: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome everyone at home watching to Vodafone Arena as the UWFI presents its first Pay-Per-View event here in Istanbul, titled 'E=MC2'. Speaking of geniuses, I am joined at this time by a man who certainly needs no introduction, Mr. Gordon Solie. Gordon, tonight we have arguably the biggest wrestling match of all time as our main event."
Gordon Solie: "Jim, I couldn't have said it any better. Lou Thesz is, in a way, the wrestling equivalent of Einstein. The man is a genius on the mat, the strategies he comes up with and his knowledge of the sport are truly second to none. That said, tonight, he faces a major threat in Youssuf Ishmaelo."
Ross: "Without a question, the man that calls himself 'The Terrible Turk' has run roughshod over many an opponent here ni UWFI and I think the biggest earmark of Ishmaelo is that he's the one man you can never count out. Who will ever forget that incredible match against Frank Gotch, where the Turk lasted nearly 40 minutes before submitting? Ishmaelo has shown on more than one occasion he is certainly though enough to get it done tonight in front of his countrymen. With that said, let's take you to some comments from the champ himself, recorded earlier today."
Lou Thesz: "His style isn't a traditional style, certainly not a conventional style. To say Ishmaelo is different than anyone I've ever faced would be a disservice to him. Despite his rough style, he's a talented wrestler and I know in my heart he's going to bring everything he's got into the ring tonight and it's up to me to deal with that and come out the champion.
I don't see any major problems if he fights clean. If he decides to do as he does and wrestle a bit on the rough side, I'll have to adjust to that. The referees certainly don't see any problem with that style and the fans find that style entertaining. It's a problem that I'll have to deal with once the bell rings but between now and then, I'm not thinking about the 'what ifs', only preparing to deal with everything."
Ross: "Certainly a laid back tone from the champion, Thesz is a consumate professional and tonight we know we're going to see a total war. However Gordon, that's not the only match with championship implications we have tonight."
Solie: "Absolutely not, we have an eliminator tonight that pits Kiyoshi Tamura and Danny Hodge against one another. Now if you recall, these two had another match that went to points with Tamura winning but of course, that wasn't an eliminator. This time, they have an hour to work with and Hodge is certainly more than determined to give that loss back."
Ross: "Without a doubt, Hodge told an Oklahoma newspaper that he wouldn't come back without a title shot at the winner of tonight's main event and I certainly would never count out the great Danny Hodge. From there, George Hackenschmidt faces Antonio Inoki while Frank Gotch goes head to head with William Muldoon. It doesn't take a genius to figure this out, but if both Hackenschmidt and Gotch win, they're obviously headed for a fourth bout where the winner challenges for the title."
Solie: "It definitely seems that way, Jim but one of the things that I find interesting is that William Muldoon asked for a highly ranked opponent. He didn't ask for Gotch specifically but by all accounts he was overjoyed to find out he was facing Gotch tonight because he wants to prove that he belongs ranked amongst the elite in UWFI. You have to think that if he can last against Gotch and even win, that raises his stock significantly and could potentially propel him to a title match."
Ross: "Muldoon certainly stands to gain a lot regardless tonight. A loss like the one Ishmaelo took to Gotch wouldn't be anything to be ashamed of, look at where Ishmaelo has landed. He's in the main event tonight challenging the World Champion. Another match to watch closely is the one between Gary Albright and Ed Lewis."
Solie: "Certainly, Jim. Albright has rebounded well from the loss to Takada in his debut and he's been more than impressive in his prior wins. Albright is a man that many experts will hotly debate being under-ranked in the top ten. Tonight, he has the chance to prove the doubters wrong and land himself, potentially anyway, in an eliminator."
Ross: "Albright is a monster, no bones about it. Speaking of monsters, Steve 'Dr. Death' Williams will debut in UWFI tonight as he takes on The Destroyer. Destroyer of course is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Lou Thesz in a match that seemed like Destroyer might have had a big chance against the champion. Tonight, Destroyer has to use every tactic he's got at his disposal if he wants to last against the man who calls himself 'Dr. Death'."
Solie: "Williams is certainly coming here tonight to prove himself and you know The Destroyer is ready to climb back up the rankings, but now we'd like to take you to comments from the challenger in tonight's main event."
Ishmaelo [through an interpreter]: "The American has come thousands and thousands of miles and for what, to lose a championship belt? I have all the gold! I command I be paid in gold for my victories and tonight I will take his belt made of gold! I'm going to break his ribs! He will not walk out of Turkey! He can not beat me!"
Solie: "He definitely is an...interesting gentleman to say the least. Can you imagine that guy as World Champion?"
Ross: "It's a possibility, we've come to learn that anything can happen when the Terrible Turk is in the ring. Folks, the big one is just moments away. Nearly forty four thousand people have jam packed this stadium in hopes that Youssuf Ishmaelo can dethrone a man that many consider to be the greatest professional wrestler of all time. Plus, you get Tamura vs. Hodge II, Hackenschmidt vs. Inoki, Gotch vs. Muldoon and many more exciting matches tonight from Istanbul!"
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Harley Race [USA] vs. Kazuo Yamazaki [JPN] - Yamazaki seemed primed to score the upset of the century until Race fought back and put him away with a PILEDRIVER. This was a longer match, clocking in at around d10:00.
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Bryan Danielson [USA] vs. Johnny Saint [ENG] - Two of the best mat wrestlers in the world went hold-for-hold in a match that will certainly be hard to follow but unlike Saint's exploits against Nick Bockwinkel, this did not go the distance as Danielson submitted Saint with CATTLE MUTILATION.
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Fit Finlay [IRE] vs. Don Leo Jonathan [CAN] - Jonathan made one critical error in this match and it lead directly to the ending of the match as Finlay hit a brutal TOMBSTONE to gain a knockout victory. Finlay demanded to be ranked after the match, saying that he should have never left the rankings to begin with.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Steve Williams [USA] vs. The Destroyer [USA] - Williams was in a big mismatch from the start and it was obvious to everyone watching. Destroyer used his speed to pick Dr. Death apart, submitting him with an intelligent sleeper hold.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Nobuhiko Takada [#7; JPN] vs. Volk Han [RUS] - Han is coming off of a most impressive performance against Ed Lewis and Frank Gotch and Takada is looking to prove himself again. This was an explosive match that ended in just seven minutes as Takada submitted Han with a JUJIGATAME.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Gary Albright [#6; USA] vs. Ed Lewis [#8; USA] - Albright continued his ascent up the ranks in UWFI, scoring a brutal KO victory over the Strangler in 8 minutes with a FULL NELSON SUPLEX. Albright demanded to be ranked #2 after this victory.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Frank Gotch [#5; USA] vs. William Muldoon [#10; USA] - This was about as epic a bout as you would hope to see from these two. Gotch has had a history of quickly dispatching of tougher foes while having trouble putting away opponents that were on his level. That would be the case tonight, as Muldoon held Gotch to a 30 minute match that went to points. The crowd were infuriated at the time limit expiration and the points showed a 7-5 win for Gotch. Gotch told the press he doesn't consider that a victory so much as an indication of where the match would have gone had it went another 30 minutes. Gotch noted that he would want a rematch if this performance doesn't land him in an eliminator.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: George Hackenschmidt [#4; RUS] vs. Antonio Inoki [#9; JPN] - Hack appeared to dominate this match, landing no less than FIVE suplexes on Inoki, but Inoki caught Hack with the ENZUIGIRI and submitted him with the cobra twist to pick up a major win.
SEMI FINAL - Pro Wrestling World Championship Eliminator 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Kiyoshi Tamura [#2; JPN] vs. Danny Hodge [#3; USA] - These two had a match reminiscent of their 30:00 match that saw Tamura win slightly on points. That would not be the case tonight, as Hodge walked through Tamura's onslaught and submitted Tamura with a Boston Crab in 24 minutes. Tamura showed Hodge the utmost respect following the match, shaking Hodge's hand.
MAIN EVENT - Pro Wrestling World Championship 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Lou Thesz [CHAMPION; USA] vs. Youssuf Ishmaelo [CHALLENGER; TUR] - This was every bit of the classic you would expect, as Ishmaelo dominated Thesz throughout much of the 27 minute match. Thesz would fight back and defeat the Turk with, of all techniques, a series of dropkicks, the latter of which connected right on the jaw and knocked the Turk unconscious. The crowd in Istanbul was less than happy with the result. Thesz told the press he enjoyed the match and called Ishmaelo the most dangerous man he's ever faced and said he was looking forward to giving Danny Hodge a shot at the belt in Osaka.
THE OFFICIAL UWFI TOP 10 RANKINGS: #10. William Muldoon #9. Ed Lewis #8. Bryan Danielson #7. George Hackenschmidt #6. Kiyoshi Tamura #5. Frank Gotch #4. Nobuhiko Takada #3. Antonio Inoki #2. Gary Albright #1. Danny Hodge [Ch] Lou Thesz
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Johnny Saint [ENG] vs. Satoru Sayama [JPN] - This was as commanding a performance as we've seen by Sayama to this point in UWFI as he brutalized Saint in seven minutes. Sayama nearly knocked both men out with a release tiger suplex, but was able to recover. He would drop Saint a second time with a jumping spin kick and ended the match with the TIGER SUPLEX.
Single Match 1 Fall; 15 Minute Time Limit: Fit Finlay [IRE] vs. Kazuo Yamazaki [JPN] - This was another commanding performance for the Japanese superstars as Yamazaki pummeled Finlay, wrenching at Finlay's arms whenever he got the chance however it would be a violent head kick that knocked Finlay out to give Yamazaki a huge win. Yamazaki told the press that he feels as though he deserves a spot on the rankings after such a dominant performance against a man who has not only been in eliminators but has had a championship match.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: William Muldoon [#10; USA] vs. The Destroyer [USA] - This was an excellent back and forth matchup as Destroyer tore at "The Solid Man" for the opening half but Muldoon would come back and put Destroyer away with the BODY LIFT AND THROW. Muldoon told reporters that he would like a rematch with Frank Gotch with a special 45 minute time limit regardless of the outcome of Gotch's match with Danielson tonight.
Single Match 1 Fall; 20 Minute Time Limit: Kiyoshi Tamura [#6; JPN] vs. Volk Han [RUS] - These two are certainly no strangers to one another, having waged many classic battles against one another in the RINGS promotion in the 1990s. Tamura would continue the theme of the night as the Japanese superstar picked up a win in a compact, intense, action packed match. Han would control the early moments, nearly submitting Tamura twice before Tamura landed a head kick and locked in two ARM BARS to submit his old nemesis.
Tag Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Ed Lewis [#9; USA] and Steve Williams [USA] vs. Katsuyori Shibata [JPN] and Kazushi Sakuraba [JPN] - Laughter7 of Shibata and Sakuraba would look to take down two of the mammoth Americans in their debut match but unfortunately, Shibata would be knocked out by an OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE just four minutes into the match.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Frank Gotch [#5; USA] vs. Bryan Danielson [#8; USA] - Determined to erase the disappointment of beating William Muldoon on points, Gotch came to Osaka determined to put Danielson away in convincing fashion and that's precisely what he did. Gotch dominated Danielson for the entire eight minute match before finishing Danielson off with the GOTCH TOEHOLD.
Single Match 1 Fall; 30 Minute Time Limit: Nobuhiko Takada [#4; JPN] vs. George Hackenschmidt [#7; RUS] - Continuing the trend his fellow UWF classmates had set tonight, Takada demolished Hackenschmidt, hitting SIX belly to belly suplexes and looking the JUJIGATAME in twice to submit Hackenschmidt and cementing himself in the next eliminator.
SEMI FINAL - Pro Wrestling World Championship Eliminator 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Gary Albright [#2; USA] vs. Antonio Inoki [#3; JPN] - Gary Albright turned in arguably the most dominant performance of the entire night. Albright first dropped Inoki with a belly to belly suplex before following up with the FULL NELSON SUPLEX twice to put down the Japanese legend and earn himself a shot at the World Championship. Albright said he'd be honored to face either Thesz or Hodge, but he won't let the respect he has for them cloud his judgment and that he will walk away champion.
MAIN EVENT - Pro Wrestling World Championship 1 Fall; 60 Minute Time Limit: Lou Thesz [CHAMPION; USA] vs. Danny Hodge [CHALLENGER; USA] - As you would expect, the champion absolutely dominated the challenger, putting him away with just two of his patented THESZ PRESS. Thesz talked to the press after the match and said that Gary Albright is a great friend of his and that he looks forward to facing him for the World Championship. Thesz called Albright an authentic wrestler and noted that there are very few men in the history of wrestling quite as accomplished or dangerous as Albright.
THE OFFICIAL UWFI TOP 10 RANKINGS: #10. Bryan Danielson #9. George Hackenschmidt #8. Satoru Sayama #7. Kazuo Yamazaki #6. Antonio Inoki #5. Frank Gotch #4. William Muldoon #3. Nobuhiko Takada #2. Kiyoshi Tamura #1. Gary Albright [Ch] Lou Thesz