Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion 35 years ago today. He had just turned 20-years-old just 145 days before beating Trevor Berbick for the WBC heavyweight title. He had fulfilled his and D’Amato’s bold predictions of him becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion and would only continue amassing a celebrity status in the next […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Five)"
Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton had been expertly implementing Cus D’Amato’s deliberate strategy to get Tyson to become the youngest world heavyweight champion. With Don King’s influence, HBO established a tournament to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion; a perfect storm of circumstance was brewing that eventually led to Tyson’s unraveling, but not before he unified […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Four)"
The Streak was 21 consecutive victories by The Undertaker at WrestleMania, WWE’s annual premier event. Debuting with a win against Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka at WrestleMania VII, his final victory came against CM Punk at WrestleMania 29 before it was broken the following year by Brock Lesnar. Despite Vince McMahon’s proclamation1 that he thought it was […]Read more "The Streak Ended Too Soon"
Tyson was being hyped as “the next great heavyweight” by sports publications and introduced as “the exciting young heavyweight the world has been waiting for” during his bout against Steve Zouski. Nearing the summer of ’86, three months into HBO’s heavyweight unification series, Tyson signed new multi-fight, million-dollar deals1 with HBO and ABC that further […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Three)"
WrestleMania X8 was well-received upon its original air date on March 17th, 2002, and continues to be looked on fondly in fan retrospectives. However, despite generally being regarded as a good WrestleMania, it usually falls short of fans’ hypothetical top1 ten2 rankings3. Sometimes it’s even denigrated as a “one-match show,” which, aside from being untrue, […]Read more "Icon vs. Icon Was the Right Call"
Tyson began finding more nationwide exposure after his first appearance on Sports Illustrated, and his carefully managed matchmaking resulted in his highlights shown on cable television. His manager, Jimmy Jacobs, and his trainer, Kevin Rooney, were trusted friends of Cus D’Amato, continuing to see that D’Amato’s declarations of Tyson becoming the youngest heavyweight champion would […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Two)"
Growing up in the late ’90s meant wrestling was everywhere. Then WWF’s Monday Night Raw and WCW’s Monday Nitro competed head-to-head every week for five-and-a-half years, with both shows drawing massive ratings. ECW was the leading figure of the smaller independent promotions and a legitimate alternative to the WWF and WCW. However, the red hot […]Read more "The Waning Popularity of Professional Wrestling"
1986 wound up becoming a triumphant year for Mike Tyson. After starting the year 15-0, unranked, and roughly only two months removed from Cus D’Amato’s passing, he ended the year 28-0 while winning the WBC heavyweight championship, becoming the youngest man to become heavyweight champ in the process. Unlike ’85, Tyson didn’t gift us the […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part One)"
It’s likely something you don’t think about much, but numbers are all around you every day in your daily life. Even the days of the months and the time we base on our daily schedules are composed of numbers; it’s fair to argue this world is a numerical one. That’s enough fuel to kickstart another […]Read more "The Numerology Behind LeBron’s Numerical Change"
Welcome back to this edition of “Game Film,” where we will finish the remainder of Tyson’s professional fights in 1985 in this article. Last time I only managed to get through six bouts before ending the article, but luckily for us, Tyson finished all but one of this stretch of opponents in the first round. […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1985 Fights (Part Two)"