Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Four)

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 […]

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The Streak Ended Too Soon

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 […]

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Icon vs. Icon Was the Right Call

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, […]

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Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Two)

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 […]

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