Strikeforce – Sarah Kaufman Vs. Ronda Rousey Play By Play

I think we’ve hyped this one enough. It’s time for the fight. It’s the veteran vs. the hot prospect. Kaufman looks like the tough tomboy from around the block. Rousey just looks mean.

Sarah Kaufman vs. Ronda Rousey

R1

Kaufman was down on the mat in 12 seconds. Rousey threw some quick jabs to get inside, clinched, and didn’t get the judo toss, but Kaufman went down from a trip. 20 seconds in, she went for the arm. Kaufman fought and fought, but the stoppage was right around 50 seconds.

Winner: Ronda Rousey by 1st round submission

She called out Cyborg and called her Cyroid. And then she told her to come to 135 so they can fight. Cyborg may shrivel up trying to cut to 135.

From The Vault – THE ISLANDERS!

So I got this DVD comp of the short but sweet, late eighties, heel run of Haku and Tama, The Islanders. Wasn’t totally sure what to expect going in but I was assured it was great, so I decided to dive right into it when it came in the post.

May 30th 1987 Superstars
Islanders vs. Can-Am Connection

Going into this match both teams were babyfaces, and dammit, Bruno on commentary was oh so excited about the good clean technical match we had in front of us! However something smelled fishy as Bobby Heenan came down to ringside and Jesse Ventura seemed to have the scoop. He laughed a knowing laugh and Bruno and Vince weren’t happy. Then the Islanders did the greatest pop-in interview, they simply did a nice big belly laugh. Bruno: “I don’t know what dat was allll about Vince”. Of course about 5 minutes in, Haku and Tama go rudo all over the Can-Ams asses and Bobby gets in the ring and hugs them.

The first three post-turn matches are a great squash, a match against THE YOUNG STALLIONS~! and a match against Rick Martel and JYD (I dunno where Zenk went). The main thing that came out of these was how unbelievably great Tama was as a heel. Just such a total cocky prick. He was great.

August 15th 1987
Strike Force arrives! (and my sister was born, but that’s significantly less important)

So with Zenk having disappeared, Martel was out on his own in singles action (against Big Bad Barry Horowitz). The Islanders apparently weren’t through with making him a sad little model, so they hit the scene and beat the crap out of him. However they didn’t account for Tito Santana (who was working the Spanish broadcast) hitting the ring for the save. Tito was all fired up and Strike Force was formed!

A couple of weeks later, the Islanders squashed a couple of fools and then made their way over to the Spanish table. They had a bone to pick with Tito. A brawl broke out, the feud intensified.

October 3rd 1987 Boston Garden
Islanders vs. Strike Force

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