Rampage was great in defeat smiling at Silva as he was getting his ass handed to him. Kinda like "You got me motherfucker."
I was also saddened by Cro Cop's loss. The crowd went nuts though because he's such a cocky bastard heel. I wasn't too surprised though because I remember all the punishment Noguiera took from Sapp before submitting him.
I actually saw the one in August, and that was pretty good (being none too familiar with MMA other than what I read), but THIS was the bomb! It had everything that none of the WWE PPVs I saw this year had. Action, real surprises, energy, humor, it had it all! Plus an amazing venue, the Tokyo Dome, which also had the return of Hulk Hogan a few weeks ago.
Fuelinjected, I second your opinion.
After a quarter of a century on this planet, there's three things I know for sure... 1)I'm smarter than I was a year ago. 2)WWE isn't. 3) I'd make a fine Mrs. HHH II. 1300 bitches and counting....
Was the whole card good, or just the fights already mentioned? My girlfriend said she might tape it for me, but I told her not to worry about it. If it's as good as it sounds, I might have to change my mind.
Nobuhiko Takada made the announcement to the crowd that PRIDE would indeed have a 100%-PRIDE only fight show on New Year's Eve on Fuji TV that would run against K-1's show on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Antonio Inoki's show on Nippon TV. Takada said that PRIDE was not going to back down. This squashed the rumors that PRIDE was going to give their Saitama Super Arena building booking away to K-1 for Bob Sapp vs. Akebono. Takada said that although Antonio Inoki was his fighting teacher, Inoki had never been involved in such a high-level of fighting as PRIDE. PRIDE's farewell from Inoki was officially declared.
The way this was done was amazing. Takada told the crowd before the show that Inoki wasn't at the building to watch the event and he started asking, "Why did Inoki turn his back on PRIDE?"
So, there's gonna be three big fight shows on free tv on New Year's Eve this year?!? Is Inoki Bom Ba Ye going to go back to pro-wrestling, because there probably aren't that many fighters free to work for it.
Wondering if anyone out there has come across a comprehensive year-in-review type feature, column or webpage yet? Just trying to put together a faux year in review for Inside The Ropes and looking for a good point of reference.