6.) Jamie Varner uses the Death Valley Driver on Sherron Leggett at WEC 29, 8/5/2007.
The Death Valley Driver comes at the 3:30 mark
I always thought that once Perry Saturn left the ECW, he was criminally misused. He could have gone on to be so much bigger than he was if he was just allowed to have a decent gimmick. Saturn was a large inked up tough guy who, for whatever reason, was stuck with awful gimmicks like World’s Most Annoying Wrestler Lodi’s slave, guy who loves a mop and…dude, someone in WCW seriously looked at this guy and thought making him Lodi’s slave would be the proper way to utilize him. How did they manage to lose $60 million in one year and go out of business again?
Jamie Varner pays a wonderful tribute to the wrestling icon that should have been by using his signature move, the Death Valley Driver, on Sherron Leggett. Naturally, Steve Mazzagatti is perfectly okay with Varner’s slam, but stops the fight seconds later due to a punch that lands in the back of Leggett’s head. Oh, Steve. Your antics will never cease to amuse me (until you get someone killed).
5.) Alvin Walker Perfect Plexes Matthias Merkle at Kombat Komplett 4, 6/4/2011.
If you haven’t heard of Alvin Walker, he’s a 3-0 fighter that has competed exclusively in Germany. If you’re a self-proclaimed “wrestling fan” who grew up in the 80s/90s and forget his name after today, just admit that by “wrestling fan” you actually mean that you own more Brooke Hogan CDs than any human should ever admit to owning (i.e. more than zero).
Unfortunately, since being Perfect Plexed and knocked out by Alvin Walker, Matthias Merkle has still been giving this whole MMA business a shot, having been choked out by Jessin Ayari in March. Even more heartbreaking: Alvin Walker hasn’t fought since. Perhaps this is fitting though - You can’t top perfection.
4.) Yoshihisa Yamamoto DDTs Mark Kerr at PRIDE 27, 2/1/2004
It’s easy to rag on anything Mark Kerr has done this millennium; the term “monumental collapse” quickly comes to mind. But Mark Kerr was actually in control of this entire fight until he made the mistake of having a neck that Yoshihisa Yamamoto could grab. The Japanese grappler scored the desperate DDT, picking up a victory over “The Smashing Machine” while that still sort of meant something. If the victory looked like a fluke to you, then just look at Yamamoto’s 14-23-1 record, which includes a loss to Bob Sapp. Yep, certainly a fluke.
3.) Shannon Ritch Super Kicks John Wood at Shark Fights 2, 12/13/2008.
When these two first met at Shark Fights’ debut show, Ritch won by heel hook in under a minute. I guess Wood felt that Ritch didn’t kick his ass nearly enough, so the two met up again less than two months later. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but one of these guys improved to 43-62 (4) while the other went on to be known as some hapless can who jobs to the popular local fighters at regional shows. Like I said, I don’t want to spoil the ending.
2.) Travis Fulton Rock Bottoms Jeremy Bullock at Extreme Challenge 22, 11/21/1998.
Oh man, this fight.
I know the early days of our sport were all about criminal mismatches, but come on. I like to pretend that the matchmaker who decided to put the undersized, inexperienced Tae Kwon Do “fighter” in the cage with Travis Fulton at least cried himself to sleep for the rest of his life over how badly this one ended. Long story short, Bullock uses a pro-wrestling stall headlock on Fulton (aka “clinging on for dear life”), who then picks him up over his head and Rock Bottoms his ass straight to the mat. Bullock hasn’t fought since, which is probably the only positive thing to take out of this one.
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