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Unforgiven Ends with New Champions; Evans Knocks Out Liddell at UFC 88 September 8, 2008

Posted by skribbel24 in WWE.

Finding the usual opportunity in others’ misfortune at Unforgiven was Chris Jericho, who finagled his way into the World Heavyweight Championship Scramble after CM Punk was deemed unable to compete. A perfectly calculated, unforgivable attack by Randy Orton and a trio of fellow multi-generational Superstars on Punk bore a shocking result as Jericho – the first-ever Undisputed Champion in WWE history – is now the new World Heavyweight Champion.

What’s the deal with CM Punk? Ryan Clark writes this in a newsboard today: “I talked to someone moments ago and the decision to pull CM Punk from the Scramble match was a creative decision. CM Punk is NOT injured and all is well. He’ll be at RAW today.”

The first entrant in the bout, Matt Hardy fell to former ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero to make the self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior” the first interim champion in the match. He quickly rebounded to earn the second pin, returning the favor to Guerrero. Late in the match, Hardy dropped another pin to Finlay, only to pin The Miz seconds later with just over three minutes left. Playing defense to other attempted pinfalls, the new champion held on as time ticked out. After a passion-driven, career-long hunt to possess a World Title, the deliverer of the Twist of Fate has found himself atop the mountain in the Land of the Extreme.

Meanwhile, in UFC land, Rashad Evans knocked out Chuck Liddell with a brutal punch to pull off a stunning upset this weekend at UFC 88 in Atlanta. It was the best moment of Evans’ young career, a powerful right-handed strike directly on the chin in the second round. That right hand firmly establishes the undefeated Evans as one of the up-and-coming stars of the UFC, and potentially a light heavyweight title contender. On the other side of the coin, the loss was Liddell’s third in his last four fights, and it raises the question of whether The Iceman — long UFC’s biggest star — still has anything left. One of the most accomplished fighters in the history of the sport may be nearing retirement. Liddell’s professional MMA record falls to 21-6. Evans improves his record to 12-0-1.



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