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Wrestlemania 37 Preview-Every Match in Mania History Ranked

Thursday, April 8, 2021

 


Wrestlemania 37 is this weekend from Tampa.  Fans in attendance for both nights; it's the first Peacock Mania (for historical purposes).

I'm old; I've seen each Mania in real time and have been doing these previews in one forum or another for a quarter century.  Here's this year's card.

NIGHT ONE:

WWF Title: Bobby Lashley (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre

-McIntyre won the belt a year ago; earlier this year he dropped to Miz (cashing in the briefcase after Lashley attacked Drew) who then dropped to Lashley.  I'd assume they look to give McIntyre the full babyface crowning moment in front of a crowd; the match will be fine and unlikely an ounce better than that.  

(EDIT: 3 1/2 stars; it was good and they went the other way on the booking, deciding to keep Lashley strong. I see these guys as essentially interchangeable so thats fine.  

Smackdown Women's Title: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair

-Banks beat her former partner Bayley last fall to take this belt which has been in existence since '16. Belair won the Rumble and here we are.  Belair's a babyface - and I'd guess gets that same result McIntyre gets; they go all the way with her and she takes the belt in a match that will be fine and maybe a little better than that.  

(EDIT: 3 3/4 stars; they worked really hard and the match got over; somewhere along the line, probably when WWE started talking about "Wrestlemania moments" this show became less "here are athletes competing" and more "this is a really important moment in the life of the real person portraying this wrestling character" and your mileage may vary on how that plays.  They did the switch and it was the best match of Night 1)

RAW Tag Title: The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. AJ Styles and Omos

-The RAW tag belts have been commissioned since '02; as I mention in each of these quarterly previews, the lineal WWF tag belts are no longer active for some unknowable reason.  The New Day (which now is just Kingston/Woods, with Langston having split off for a singles run) is on their 4th reign with these belts, taking them a few weeks ago from The Hurt Business (Lashley's stable, Alexander/Benjamin had the belts, subsequently, they got kicked out of the stable which appears to have broken up).  AJ and his giant bodyguard will be taking those belts Saturday; there's nothing to indicate the giant bodyguard can work, but presumably they'll book around that and the match will, once again, be fine.  

(Edit - Not much to this, more of a TV match, they did the switch)

Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins

-Night One is the lesser of the two nights, but there is one workrate match, its here.  Rollins is unused to the middle of the card, but he's currently running in place with a heatless gimmick.  Cesaro has apparently signed a new deal and is getting some semblance of a push; his winning here would make sense.  If they give it time, it's the best match of Night One.

(Edit- 3 1/2 And this was good and too short and Cesaro went over in a very important moment in his life
as a performer, apparently)

Bad Bunny and Damian Priest vs. The Miz and John Morrison

-Bad Bunny might get booed; WWE lost the ability to successfully manage fan reaction years ago (Cena was both their top attraction and overly pushed as a babyface, both things can be true) and in the before times would routinely find that the guys they really wanted to be cheered, despite a lack of in ring ability, would not get cheered.  They'll get some grace period this weekend, but it might not cover this match.  The babyfaces go over in a match that won't be terrible. 

(Edit - 3 1/2 - the very top end of its possible outcomes; it was all performance "look at the moves we taught this celebrity" but the celebrity worked hard and the match hung together)

Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon

-Strowman's the babyface, the story is that Shane keeps calling him dumb.  This match might be terrible.  

(Edit - it wasn't terrible, I never need to see either guy again, but it was fine)

Tag Team Turmoil: Lana and Naomi vs. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott) vs. Natalya and Tamina

(This was terrible)

-Winners will get to wrestle again in night two for the RAW tag belts; this will not be good.  

So, night one is rough.  Shane, a celebrity, some of the lesser women on the roster - that's three matches that just will not be good and the only match with the potential for a top end is more likely to get limited time and be constrained by the house style.  Banks/Belair probably winds up as the match of the night.

(Edit - Pretty good; if they had doubled the length of Cesaro/Rollins and scrapped that terrible gauntlet match this would have been strong)

NIGHT TWO

WWE Universal Title: Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

Business picks up in Night 2.  Regins has had the Universal belt (created in '16) since August (he pinned Strowman in a 3 way, Wyatt was the champ - spoiler, that dynamic might happen again here). Crowd reaction to Reigns will be interesting; as I mention in these quarterly previews, he's the most compelling character in North American wrestling post heel turn and that might lead to his entering the match as the fan favorite.  Edge won the Rumble - Bryan was able to wedge himself in the match; in storyline, he was able to get Reigns to tap out at Fastlane, but, Edge, serving as the referee, did not record the fall.  That led to an Edge turn; so he and Reigns are both heels here.  Bryan entering the program helped the story and really, really, just dramatically helps the match quality - this is really likely to be an excellent match. The only result that won't happen is Reigns taking a clean fall - I'd guess that Edge pinning Bryan to take the belt is the most likely result.  

(Edit - 4 stars; really strong, the crossface spot in a 3 way Mania main event was everything. Reigns goes over strong.)

RAW Womens Title:  Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley

-Asuka took the belt from Banks at Summer Slam; she's a babyface - it looked like we were going to do a Flair challenge here, but Charlotte either got pregnant or has Covid or is unhappy that La Sombra is gone - it's a little murky, but they brought Ripley up from NXT and she stepped in as the challenger; Ripley's likely to take the belt, the match should be good, we'll see what Ripley can do here.  

(Edit-3 1/4 stars, Ripley did take the belt and it was fine.)

US Title: Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus

-Riddle's a shooter with a cringe worthy gimmick; he loses the belt here to Sheamus in what is likely a strong match.  This is the real US belt; Harley Race's belt - Riddle took it in February, pinning Morrison in a 3 way to take Lashley's belt (see how they do that?)

(Edit- 3 1/2 stars; this was a good hard hitting match (with one badly botched spot) in a good, hard hitting feud and Sheamus did take it - this run of workrate matches really suffered from being too short, this match was 10 minutes.)

IC Title: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews

-This is something called a Nigerian Drum Circle match; Crews has adopted some level of an African accent; Peacock is currently scrubbing old WWE content for perceived violation of contemporary racial attitudes (that's a bigger job than they appreciate).  This match might draw a raised eyebrow. Crews takes, I assume in what should be a good match.  Langston's had the IC since December, he took from Zayn, who is in the match right below.  

(Edit - Crews did take in a match that was too short to be good, given a screwy finish)

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul)

Logan Paul is a YouTube celebrity; he means nothing to me and his likely interference will be grating.  Owens and Zayn are two of the best wrestlers in WWE, still, and have a deep, deep realtionship spanning multiple promotions and (heck) decades.  Zayn, as El Generico, was an all time great babyface and now, as the paranoid, half crazed heel, is one of the brighter spots on WWE television.  This is the match I'm most looking forward to all weekend and they'll have Paul be determinative in the finish, I'd guess as a babyface.  

(Edit - 3 3/4 stars this was great, as great as a 9 minute match could be and it was the second best match of WM 37. Owens, clean.)

The Fiend (with Alexa Bliss) vs. Randy Orton

-This program is a tire fire.  

(The match was pointless. But short.)

Women's Tag Titles: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) (with Reginald) vs. Tag Team Turmoil winners

-This is not going to be good. 

(Edit - this match was not good)

So - Night Two is pretty strong; both the secondary belt matches are likely good, Owens/Zayn will be as good as the time allows; the title match is a can't miss and just don't watch those other two matches.  

It's Wrestlemania 37 - big crowds expected for both nights, which will either be really welcome or distubring or both.  As I write this, Cole/O'Reilly from NXT Night 2 has yet to air; my guess is that will be the match of the week.  

Through 36, here's every (maybe, I haven't cross checked) Mania match ranked.  Times are approximate, ratings are mine.

1      IC Title: Razor Ramon d. Shawn Michaels 19 min (10) 5

2.       Owen Hart d. Bret Hart 20:30 (10) 5

3.       Bret Hart d. Steve Austin 22 min (13) 4 ¾

4.       IC: Ricky Steamboat d. Randy Savage 14:30 (3) 4 ¾

5.    World Title: Chris Benoit d. HBK d. HHH 24:30 (20) 4 ½

6.       WWF Title: Kurt Angle d. Shawn Michaels 27:30 (21) 4 ½

7.     Undertaker d. Shawn Michaels 30:30 (25) 4 1/2

8.       WWF Title: Shawn Michaels d. Bret Hart 62 min (12) 4 ½

9.       Tags: Edge/Christian d. Hardys d. Dudleys 22 min (16) 4 ½

10.    Tags: Edge/Christian d. Hardys d. Dudleys 15:30 (17) 4 ½

11.   WWF Title: Randy Savage d. Ric Flair 18 min (8) 4 ¼

12. WWF Title: Seth Rollins d. Brock Lesnar/Roman Reigns 16:30 (31) 4

13. WWF Title: Brock Lesnar d. Kurt Angle 21 min (19) 4

14. Undertaker d. Shawn Michaels 24 min (26) 4

15.   WWF Title: Steve Austin d. The Rock 15 min (15) 4

16. Kurt Angle d. Chris Benoit 14 min (17) 4

17. Eddy Guerrero d. Kurt Angle 21:30 (20) 4

18. HHH d. Brock Lesnar 22:30 (29) 4

19. Money in the Bank 15 min (21) 4

20.   IC: Bret Hart d. Roddy Piper 14:00 (8) 4

21. Shawn Michaels d. Chris Jericho 22:30 (19) 4

22. Daniel Bryan d. HHH 26:00 (30) 4

23. WWE Title: Kofi Kingston d. Daniel Bryan 24 min (35) 4

24. Smackdown Tags: Ladder: John Morrison d. Jimmy Uso/Kofi Kingston (36) 18:30 4

25. Undertaker d. CM Punk 22 (29) 4

26.   Ultimate Warrior d. Randy Savage 20:30 (7) 4

27. RAW Tags: Hardys d. Cesaro/Sheamus d. Cass/Enzo d. Anderson/Gallows 11 min (33) 4

28. Undertaker d. HHH 29 min (27) 4

29.   WWF Title: Steve Austin d. Rock 28 min (17) 4

30.   WWF Title: CM Punk d. Chris Jericho 22:30 (28) 4

31. IC: Seth Rollins d. Finn Balor/Miz 15:30 (34) 4

32.   Undertaker d. HHH 30:30 (28) 4


33.   Edge d. Mick Foley 14:30 (22) 3 ¾

34. WWF Title: Daniel Bryan d. Randy Orton/Batista 23:30 (30) 3 3/4

35.   IC Ladder Match 15:30 (32) 3 3/4

36.   IC Ladder Match 14 min (31) 3 3/4

37.   MITB: 14 min (24) 3 ¾

38.   WWF Title: Steve Austin d. Shawn Michaels 20 min (14) 3 ¾

39.   WWF Title: Hulk Hogan d. Randy Savage 18 min (5) 3 ¾

40. Kevin Owens d. Seth Rollins 17:30 (36) 3 3/4

41. WWF Title: AJ Styles d. Shinsuke Nakamura 20:30 (34) 3 3/4 

42. AJ Styles d. Shane McMahon (33) 3 ¾

43. Smackdown Women's Title: Charlotte Flair d. Asuka (34) 13:30 3 3/4 

44. Women's Title: Charlotte d. Sasha/Becky 16 min (32) 3 3/4

45.   IC/Euro: Chris Jericho &Chris Benoit d. Kurt Angle 13:30 (16) 3 ½

46.   WWF/IC Titles: Ultimate Warrior d. Hulk Hogan 23:30 (6) 3 ½

47.   WWF Title: Diesel d. Shawn Michaels 20:30 (11) 3 ½ 

48.   World: Undertaker d. Batista 16 min (23) 3 ½

49.   World: Rey Mysterio d. Kurt Angle d. Randy Orton 9:30 (22) 3 ½

50.   Rock d. Steve Austin 18 min (19) 3 ½

51.   Christian d. Chris Jericho 15 min (20) 3 ½

52.   MITB 19 min (23) 3 ½

53.   MITB 12:30 (21) 3 ½

54.   Undertaker d. HHH 18 min (17) 3 1/2

55.   Randy Orton d. Seth Rollins 13:30 (31) 3 1/2

56    WWF Title: HHH d. Rock d. Mick Foley d. Big Show 36:30 (16) 3 ½

57.   NXT Women's Title: Charlotte Flair d. Rhea Ripley 20:30 (36) 3 1/2 

58.   Shawn Michaels d. Ric Flair 20:30 (24) 3 ½

59.   World Title: Undertaker d. Edge 24 min (24) 3 ½

60.   Brainbusters d. Tito Santana/Rick Martel 9 min (5) 3 ½

61    MITB 13:30 (26) 3 ½

62.   MITB 14:30 (25) 3 ½

63.   WWF Title: John Cena d. Shawn Michaels 27:30 (23) 3 ½

64.   Rock d. John Cena 30:30 (28) 3 ½

65.   John Cena d. Rock 24 min (29) 3 1/2

66.   US Title: Kevin Owens d. Chris Jericho 16:30 (33) 3 1/2

67.   Smackdown Tags: The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) d. Aleister Black and Ricochet, Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura (with Lana), and The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) 10 min (35) 3 1/4

68.   Brock Lesnar v. Dean Ambrose 13 min (32) 3 1/4

69.   Ric Flair/Randy Orton/Batista d. Mick Foley/Rock 17 min (20) 3 ¼

70.   Rey Mysterio d. Eddie Guerrero  12:30 (21) 3 1/4

71.   Chris Jericho d. AJ Styles 17 min (32) 3 1/4

72.   Tags: Cactus Jack/Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) d. New Age Outlaws 10 min (14) 3 ¼

73.   Matt Hardy d. Jeff Hardy 13 min (25) 3 ¼

74.   World Title: Chris Jericho d. Edge 15:30 (26) 3 ¼ 

75.   Undertaker d. Diesel 16:30 (12) 3 ¼

76.   Randy Orton d. CM Punk 15min (27) 3 ¼

77.   US: John Cena d. Rusev 14:30 (31) 3 1/4

78.   John Cena d. Bray Wyatt 23 min (30) 3 1/4

79.   World Title: Edge d. Alberto del Rio 11:30 (27) 3 ¼

80.   Tags: Nastys d. Hart Foundation 12 min (7) 3 ¼

81.   Rockers d. Haku/Barbarian 10:30 (7) 3 ¼

82.   Kurt Angle/Ronda Rousey d. HHH/Stephanie 21 min (34) 3 1/4

83.   World: Alberto del Rio d. Jack Swagger 12:30 (29) 3 1/4

84.   Steve Austin d. Savio Vega 10 min (12) 3 ¼

85.   Hart Foundation/Danny Davis d. British Bulldogs/Tito Santana 9 min (3) 3 ¼

86.   Tags: British Bulldogs d. Greg Valentine/Brutus Beefcake 12 min (2) 3 ¼

87.   Terry Funk/Dory Funk d. Tito Santana/Junkyard Dog 11:30 (2) 3 ¼

88.   Tags: Shelton Benjamin/Charlie Haas d. Eddie Guerrero/Chavo Guerrero d. Chris Benoit/Rhyno 8:30 (19) 3

89.   Tags: Vader/Mankind draw Owen Hart/British Bulldog 16 min (13) 3

90.   Jr. Title: Taka Michinoku d. Aguila 6 min (14) 3

91.   IC: Chris Jericho d. Steve Regal 7 min (17) 3

92.   Mr. Perfect d. Blue Blazer (Owen Hart) 6 min (5) 3

93.   Greg Valentine d. Ricky Steamboat 9 min (4) 3

94.   Boneyard Match: Undertaker d. AJ Styles 19 min (36) 3

95.   LOD/Ahmed Johnson d. Farooq/Savio Vega/Crush 11 min (13) 3

96.   Too Cool/Chyna d. Eddie Guerrero/Perry Saturn/Dean Malenko 9:30 (16) 3

97.   IC: RVD d. Steve Regal 6:30 (18) 3

98.   Kurt Angle d. Kane 11 min (18) 3

99.   Orient Express d. Rockers 7:30 (6) 3

100.   Cody Rhodes d. Rey Mysterio 12 min (27) 3

101.   US: Chris Benoit d. MVP 9 min (23) 3

102.   AJ Styles d. Randy Orton 16 min (35) 3

103.   WWF Title: HHH d. Chris Jericho 18:30 (18) 3

104.   WWF Title: Randy Orton d. HHH d. John Cena 14 min (24) 3

105.   Euro: Shane McMahon d. XPac 8:30 (15) 3

106.   Euro Title: HHH d. Owen Hart 11:30 (14) 3

107.   WWF Title: HHH d. Booker T 18:30 (19) 3

108.   WWF Title: Randy Savage d. Ted DiBiase 9 min (4) 3

109.   WWF Title: John Cena d. Batista 13:30 (26) 3

110.   WWF Title: John Cena d. HHH 22 min (22) 3

111.   HHH d. Sheamus 12 min (26) 3

112.   IC: Razor Ramon d. Jeff Jarrett 13:30 (11) 3

113.   RAW Womens Title/Smackdown Womens Title: Becky Lynch d. Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair 21:30 (35) 3

114.  Women's Tags: Alexa Bliss/Nikki Cross d. Kabuki Warriors 15 min (36) 3

115.   Universal Title: Brock Lesnar d. Bill Goldberg 5 min (33) 3

116.  Universal Title: Brock Lesnar d. Roman Reigns 16 min (34) 3

117.   WWF Title: Hulk Hogan d. Sgt Slaughter 20:30 (7) 3

118.   Tatanka d. Shawn Michaels 18:00 (9) 3

119.   Steiners d. Headshrinkers 14:30 (9) 3

120.   Shawn Michaels d. Tito Santana 10:30 (8) 3

121.   Ted DiBiase d. Jake Roberts 12 min (6) 3

122.   Seth Rollins d. HHH 25:30 (33) 3

123. Undertaker d. Shane McMahon 30 min (32) 3

124.   Shawn Michaels d. Vince McMahon 18:30 (22) 3

125.   Shane McMahon d. Vince McMahon 14 min (17) 3

126.   World Title: HHH d. Randy Orton 23:30 (25) 3

127.   Brutus Beefcake d. Mr Perfect 8 min (6) 3

128.   Tags: Demolition d. Rick Martel/Tito Santana 8 min (4) 3


129.   Hulk Hogan d. Rock 16:30 (18)

130.   Rey Mysterio d. CM Punk 6:30 (26)

131.   Jr. Title: Matt Hardy d. Rey Mysterio 5:30 (19)

132.   Jr. Open 10:30 (20)

133.   Undertaker d. Ric Flair 19 min (18)

134.   Vader/Owen Hart/British Bulldog d. Yokozuna/Ahmed Johnson/Jake Roberts 11:30 (12)

135.   World Title: Batista d. HHH 21:30 (21)

136.   US Title: JBL d. Chris Benoit 10 min (22)

137.   Brock Lesnar d. Undertaker 25:30 (30)

138.   WWF Title: Roman Reigns d. HHH (27 min (32)

139.   Undertaker d. Bray Wyatt 15 min (31)

140.   JBL d. Fit Finlay 8:30 (24)

141.   IC: Rick Rude d. Ultimate Warrior 9 min (5)

142.   Boss Man/Akeem d. Rockers 8 min (5)

143.   Universal Title: Seth Rollins d. Brock Lesnar 2:30 (35)

144.   IC: Sami Zayn d. Daniel Bryan 9:30 (36)         

145.   Daniel Bryan/Shane d. Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn 15:30 (34)

146.   Aleister Black d. Bobby Lashley (7:30) (36)

147.  Fandango d. Chris Jericho 9 min (29)

148.  Randy Savage d. Crush 9:30 (10)

149.  IC The Rock d. Ken Shamrock 5 min (14)

150.  IC: The Demon Finn Balor d. Bobby Lashley 4 min (35)

151.  RAW Women's Title: Becky Lynch d. Shayna Baszler 8:30 (36)

152.  Undertaker v. Roman Reigns 23 min (33)

153.  Hardcore Title: Kane d. Raven d. Big Show 9 min (17)

154.  Hardcore Title Battle Royal 15 min (16)

155.  WWF Title: Bret Hart d. Yokozuna 10:30 (10)

156.  Bret Hart d. Bob Backlund 9:30 (11)

157.  Roddy Piper d. Goldust 12 min (12)

158.  Shane McMahon d. Miz 15:30 (35)

159.  WWF Title: John Cena d. Edge d. Big Show 14:30 (25)

160.  Euro: Eddie Guerrero d. Test 8 min (17)

161.  IC: Boss Man d. Perfect 10:30 (7)

162. The Shield d. Sheamus/Randy Orton/Big Show 10:30 (29)

163.  Roddy Piper d. Adrian Adonis 7 min (3)

164.                        Randy Savage d. Greg Valentine 6 min (4)

165. Tags: Daniel Bryan/Kane d. Dolph Ziggler/Big E Langston 6:30 (29)

166.                        Women's Title: Mickie James d. Trish Stratus 8:30 (22)

167.                        Hulk Hogan d. Vince McMahon 20:30 (19)

168.                        HHH d. Batista 24:30 (35)

169.                        Islanders/Bobby Heenan d. British Bulldogs/Koko B Ware 7:30 (4)

170.                        Hart Foundation d. Greg Valentine/Honky Tonk Man 7:30 (5)

171.                        Hulk Hogan/Mr. T d. Roddy Piper/Paul Orndorff 13 min (1)

172.                        Tags: Money Inc d. Hulk Hogan/Brutus Beefcake 18:30 (9)

173.                        Hardcore Title: Bob Holly d. Al Snow d. Billy Gunn 7 min (15)

174.                        Undertaker d. Randy Orton 14 min (21)

175.                        Edge d. Booker T 6:30 (18)

176.                        IC: Road Dogg d. Ken Shamrock d. Goldust d. Val Venis 8:30 (15)

177.                        Lex Luger d. Mr Perfect 11 min (9)

178.                        Roman Reigns d. McIntyre 10 min (35)

179.                        WWF Title: Undertaker d. Sid 21:30 (13)

180.                        Ricky Steamboat d. Hercules 7 min (2)

181.                        Hercules d. Haku 6:30 (5)

182                         US Title: Jinder Mahal d. Randy Orton/Bobby Roode/Rusev (34) 8 min

183.                        HHH d. Goldust 14:30 (13)

184.                        Tags: Owen Hart/Jeff Jarrett d. DLo Brown/Test 4 min (15)

185.                        Tags: Owen Hart/Yokozuna d. Smoking Gunns 9:30 (11)

186.                        Mankind d. Big Show 7 min (15)

187.                        Headbangers d. Doug Furnas/Phil Lafon d. Godwinns d. New Blackjacks 10:30 (13)

188.                        Goldust/Luna Vachon d. Marc Mero/Sable 9 min (14)

189.                        Euro: DDP d. Christian 6 min (18)

190.                        Randy Orton d. Ted DiBiase/Cody Rhodes 9 min (26)

191.                        Bobby Lashley d. Umaga 13 min (23)

192.                        Undertaker d. Kane 17 min (14)

193.                        Otis d. Dolph Ziggler 8:15 (36)

194.                        Elias d. King Corbin 9 min (36)

195.                        Baron Corbin d. Kurt Angle 6 min (35)

196.                        RAW Tags: Street Profits d. Angel Garza/Austin Theory 6:30 (36)

197.                        Smackdown Women's Title: Bayley d. Lacey Evans/Sasha Banks/Naomi/Tamina                                 19:30  (36) 

198.                        HHH d. Sting 18:30 (31)

199.                        Women: Trish d. Victoria d. Jazz 7 min (19)

200.                        Chris Jericho d. Jimmy Snuka/Roddy Piper/Ricky Steamboat 9 min (25)

201.                        WWF Title: Miz draw John Cena 15 min (27)

202.                        WWF Title: Yokozuna d. Bret Hart 9 min (9)

203.                        WWE Title: Drew McIntyre d. Brock Lesnar 4:30 (36)

204. RAW Women’s Title: Bayley d. Charlotte d. Sasha d. Nia 12 min (33)

205. League of Nations d. New Day 10 min (32)

206.                        Floyd Mayweather d. Big Show 11:30 (24)

207.                        APA/Taz d. Goodfather/Val Venis/Bull Buchanan 4 min (17)

208.                        Rick Martel/Ton Zenk d. Don Muraco/Bob Orton 5:30 (3)

209.                        12 Man Tag 11:30 (28)

210.                        RVD/Sabu/Sandman/Tommy Dreamer d. Elijah Burke/Matt Striker/Marcus Cor Von/Kevin Thorne 6:30 (23)

211.                        Undertaker d. Mark Henry 9:30 (22)

212.                        IC: Big Show d. Cody Rhodes 5 min (28)

213.                        Universal Title: Braun Strowman d Goldberg 2 min (36)

214.                        Bill Goldberg d. Brock Lesnar 13:30 (20)

215.                        Steve Austin d. Scott Hall 10 min (18)

216.                        Tags: Natural Disasters d. Money Inc 8:30 (8)

217.                        Tags: Billy Gunn/Chuck Palumbo d. Hardys d. Dudleys d. APA 14 min (18)

218.                        British Bulldog/Lex Luger d. Blu Brothers 6:30 (11)

219.                        Tags: Men on a Mission d. Quebecers 7:30 (10)

220.                        Boss Man/Bull Buchanan d. D Lo Brown/Godfather 9 min (16)

221.                        Kane d. HHH 11:30 (15)

222.                        Tags: RVD/Booker d Dudleys d. La Resistance d. Mark Jindrak/Lance Cade 8 min (20)

223.                        Smackdown Tags: Luke Harper/Eric Rowan d. Usos/New Day 6 min (34)

224.                        IC: Rocky Maivia d. The Sultan (Rikishi) 9:30 (13)

225.                        US: John Cena d. Big Show 9 min (20)

226.                        Rikishi/Kane d. XPac/Road Dogg 4:30 (16)

227.                        Ted DiBiase draw Brutus Beefcake 10 min (5)

228.                        WWF Title: Hulk Hogan d. King Kong Bundy 10 min (2)

229.                        Tags: Kane/Show d. Carlito/Chris Masters 6:30 (22)

230.                        Boss Man/Virgil/Slaughter/Duggan d. Mountie/Repo Man/Nastys 6:30 (8)

231.                        Demolition d. Tenryu/Kitao 4:30 (7)

232.                        Tags: Demolition d. Powers of Pain/Fuji  9 min (5)

233.                        Lawrence Taylor d. Bam Bam Bigelow 11:30 (11)

234.                        Greg Valentine/Brutus Beefcake d. Rougeaus 4 min (3)

235.                        Tags: Nikolai Volkoff/Iron Sheik d. Barry Windham/Mike Rotundo 7 min (1)

236.                        Killer Bees d. Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff 6 min (3)

237.          The Shield d. Kane/NAO 3 min (30)

238.                        IC Randy Savage d. George The Animal Steele 7 min (2)

239.                        Batista d. Umaga 7 min (24)

240.                        Kane d. Randy Orton 11 min (28)

241.                        Undertaker d. Big Boss Man 10 min (15)

242.                        Undertaker d. Jake Roberts 6:30 (8)

243.                        Roddy Piper draw Bad News Brown 7 min (6)

244.                        Rick Rude d. Jimmy Snuka 4 min (6)

245.                        Ted DiBiase d. Jim Duggan 5 min (4)

246.                        Ted DiBiase d. Don Muraco 5:30 (4)

247.                        Tatanka d. Rick Martel 4:30 (8)

248.                        Randy Savage d. Butch Reed 4 min (4)

249.                        Edge d. Randy Orton 36:30 (36)

250.                        WWF Title: Hulk Hogan d. Andre the Giant 12 min (3)

251.                        Battle Royal 12:30 (30)

252.                         Battle Royal 10 min (4)

253.                        Battle Royal 9:30 (32)

254.                        Battle Royal (2)

255.                        Tag Team Battle Royal 8:30 (14)

256.                        Razor Ramon d. Bob Backlund 4 min (9)

257.                        Virgil d. Ted DiBiase 8 min (7)

258.                        Barbarian d. Tito Santana 4:30 (6)

259.                        Rick Martel d. Koko B Ware 6 min (6)

260.                        Honky Tonk Man d. Jake Roberts 7 min (3)

261.                        IC Title: Brutus Beefcake d. Honky Tonk Man 9 min (4)

262.                        Tito Santana d. Executioner (Buddy Rose) 5 min (1)

263.                        IC Title: Junkyard Dog d. Greg Valentine 7 min (1)

264.                        Undertaker d. Kane 8 min (20)

265.                        Ricky Steamboat d. Matt Borne 4:30 (1)

266.                        Rick Rude draw Jake Roberts 15 min (4)

267.                        British Bulldog d. Warlord 8 min (7)

268.                        Mark Henry d. Ryback 8 min (29)

269.                        Hercules draw Billy Jack Haynes 8 min (3)

270.                        Harley Race d. Junkyard Dog 3:30 (3)

271.                        Tags: Big Show/Miz d. John Morrison/Truth Killings 3:30 (26)

272.                        Randy Savage d. One Man Gang 4 min (4)

273.                        Women: Victoria d. Molly Holly 5 min (20)

274.                          RAW Women: Nia Jax d. Alexa Bliss (34)

275.                        Undertaker d. Jimmy Snuka 4:30 (7)

276.                        Tags: Rikishi/Scott Taylor d. APA d. Charlie Haas/Shelton Benjamin d. Bashams 6 min(20)

277.                        Hardcore: Spike Dudley d. Maven d. Goldust 3:30 (18)

278.                        Undertaker d. John Cena 3 min (34)

279.                        Bushwackers d. Rougeaus 5 min (5)

280.                        Paul Orndorff draw Don Muraco 4:30 (2)

281.                        Doink d. Crush 8:30 (9)

282.  Women's Tags: The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) d. The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) (c), Nia Jax and Tamina, and Beth Phoenix and Natalya 10:30 (36)

283.  John Cena/Nikki Bella d. Miz/Maryse 9:45 (33)

284.                        Butterbean d. Bart Gunn 30 sec (15)

285.                        Mr. T d. Roddy Piper 10 min (2)

286.                        Hulk Hogan d. Sid 12:30 (8)

287.                        WWF Title: John Cena d. JBL 11:30 (21)

288.                        Women: Jazz d. Lita d. Trish 6:30 (18)

289.                        WWF Title: Yokozuna d. Lex Luger 14:30 (10)

290.                        Bret Hart d. Vince McMahon 11 min (26)

291.                        Don Muraco d. Dino Bravo 5 min (4)

292.                        Butch Reed d. Koko B Ware 3:30 (3)

293.                        One Man Gang d. Bam Bam Bigelow 3 min (4)

294.                        Earthquake d. Greg Valentine 3 min (7)

295.                        8 Man 1:30 (27)

296.                        Ultimate Warrior d. Hercules 4:30 (4)

297.          Paige/AJ d. Bellas 6:30 (31)

298                        Big Moss Man d. Akeem 2 min (6)

299. Women: 14 Divas Match (30) 6:30

300. Smackdown Women: Naomi d. Alexa/Becky/Carmella/Mickie/Natalya 5:30 (33)

301.                        John Morrison/Trish Stratus/Snooki d. Dolph Ziggler/Layla/Michelle McCool 3:30 (27)

302.                        Kelly Kelly/Maria Menounos d. Beth Phoenix/Eve 7 min (28)

303.                        Women: Chyna d. Ivory 2:30 (17)

304.                        Women: Wendi Richter d. Lelani Kai 6 min (1)

305.                        Beth Phoenix/Melina d. Maria/Ashley 6:30 (24)

306.                        Women: Trish d. Christy Hemme 4:30 (21)

307.                        Torrie Wilson/Sable d. Stacy Keibler/Jackie 2:30 (20)

308.                        Women: Alundra Blayze d. Lelani Kai 3:30 (10)

309.                        Women: Sable d. Tori 4:30 (15)

310.                        Women: Melina d. Ashley 3 (23)

311.                        LOD d. Power&Glory 1 min (7)

312.                        Owen Hart d. Skinner 1 min (8)

313.                        Ultimate Warrior d. HHH 1:30 (12)

314.                        Tags: Demolition d. Andre the Giant/Haku 9 min (6)

315.                        Test/Albert d. Al Snow/Steve Blackman 7 min (16)

316.                        RAW Tags: Braun Strowman/Underaged Child d. Cesaro/Sheamus 4 min (34)

317.                        Jim Duggan d. Bad News Brown 4 min (5)

318.                        Earthquake d. Hercules 5 min (6)

319.                        Jim Duggan d. Dino Bravo 4:30 (6)

320.                        Dino Bravo d. Ronnie Garvin 4 min (5)

321.                        Jake Roberts d. George Wells 3 min (2)

322.                        The Mountie d. Tito Santana 1:30 (7)

323.                        Andre the Giant draw Hulk Hogan 5:30 (4)

324.                        King Kong Bundy/Lord Littlebrook/Little Tokyo d. Hillbilly Jim/Little Beaver/Haiti Kid 4:30 (3)

325.                        Gimmick Battle Royal 3 min (17)

326.                       Undertaker d. Big Show d. Albert 10 min (19)

327.                        Torrie Wilson d. Candice Michelle 4 min (22)

328.                        US Title: Samoa Joe d Rey Mysterio 1 min (35)

329.                        Akebono d. Big Show 1 min (21)

330.                        Kerry Von Erich d. Dino Bravo 3 min (7)

331.                        Undertaker d. King Kong Bundy 6:30 (11)

332.                        Adrian Adonis d. Uncle Elmer 3 min (2)

333.                        Rock d. Eric Rowan 30 sec (32)

334.                        King Kong Bundy d. SD Jones 30 sec (1)

335.                        IC: Rey Mysterio d. JBL 30 sec (25)

336.                        Hart Foundation d. Bolsheviks 30 secs (6)

337.                        WWF Title: Hulk Hogan d. Yokozuna 30 secs (9)

338.                        Earthquake d. Adam Bomb 30 secs (10)

339.                        Red Rooster (Terry Taylor) d. Bobby Heenan 30 sec (5)

340.                        ECW Title: Kane d. Chavo Guerrero 30 sec (24)

341.                        Sheamus d. Daniel Bryan 30 sec (28)

342.                        Corporal Kirschner d. Nikolai Volkoff  1:30 (2)

343.                        10 Woman Tag 3:30 (26)

344.                        Women: Fabulous Moolah d. Velvet McIntyre 1 min (2)

345.                        Brutus Beefcake draw David Sammartino 12:30 (1)

346.                        WWF Title: Randy Orton d. Bray Wyatt 10:30 (33)

347.                        Great Khali d. Kane 5:30 (23)

348.                        Andre the Giant d. Jake Roberts 9:30 (5)

349.                        Bodyslam Match: Andre the Giant d. John Studd 6 min (1)

350.                        Boogyman d. Booker/Sharmell 4 min (22)

351.                        Dusty Rhodes/Sapphire d. Randy Savage/Sherri Martel 7:30 (6)

352.                        Bam Bam Bigelow/Luna Vachon d. Doink/Dink 6 min (10)

353.                        Terri Runnels d. The Kat 2:30 (16)

354.                        Miss Wrestlemania Battle Royal 6 min (25)

355.                        Jake Roberts d. Rick Martel 8:30 (7)

356.                        Undertaker d. Giant Gonzalez 7:30 (9)

357.                        Firefly Fun House Match The Fiend Bray Wyatt d. John Cena 13 min (36)

358.                        Michael Cole d. Jerry Lawler 14 min (27)

Final Build: 2021 MLB Top 150

Monday, March 29, 2021

 


1. M.Trout CF LAA 

2. G.Cole SP NYY 

3. J.DeGrom SP NYM 

4. J.Soto RF Wash 

5. M.Betts LAD RF 

6. A.Bregman 3B Hou 

7. S.Bieber SP Cle 

8. C.Bellinger CF LAD 

9. M.Scherzer SP Wash 

10. R.Acuna RF Atl 

11. F.Tatis SS SD 

12. J.Ramirez 3B Cle 

13. A.Rendon 3B LAA 

14. A.Judge RF NYY 

15. A.Nola SP Phi 

16. DJ LeMahieu 2B NYY 

17. M.Chapman 3B Oak 

18. F.Freeman 1B Atl 

19. T.Turner SS Wash 

20. N.Arenado 3B StL 

21. G.Springer CF Tor 

22. C.Yelich LF Mil 

23. F.Lindor SS NYM 

24. C.Kershaw SP LAD 

25. M.Machado 3B SD 

26. W.Buehler SP LAD 

27. L.Castillo SP Cin 

28. T.Story SS Col 

29. Y.Darvish SP SD 

30. J.Flaherty SP StL 

31. B.Harper RF Phi 

32. B.Snell SD 

33. Y.Grandal C CWS 

34. C.Seager SS LAD 

35. T.Glasnow SP TB 

36. C.Correa SS Hou 

37. M.Semien 2B Tor 

38. M.Conforto RF NYM 

39. Y.Alvarez DH Hou 

40. T.Bauer SP LAD 

41. L.Giolito SP CWS 

42. X.Bogaerts SS Bos 

43. B.Woodruff SP Mil 

44. K.Maeda SP Min 

45. K.Tucker RF Hou 

46. B.Lowe 2B TB 

47. S.Strasburg SP Wash 

48. Z.Greinke SP Hou 

49. G.Marquez SP Col 

50. K.Bryant 3B Chi 

51. R.Laureano CF Oak 

52. J.Altuve 2B Hou 

53. K.Marte 2B Ari 

54. B.Bichette SS Tor 

55. M.Muncy 1B LAD 

56. B.Nimmo LF NYM 

57. JT Realmuto C Phi 

58. O.Albies 2B Atl 

59. J.McNeil 2B NYM 

60. T.Grisham CF SD 

61. H-J Ryu SP Tor 

62. J.Donaldson 3B Min 

63. M.Ozuna Atl LF 

64. C.Kluber NYY SP

65. P.Corbin SP Wash 

66. V.Guerrero 1B Tor 

67. G.Torres SS NYY 

68. L.Robert CF CWS 

69. B.Buxton CF Min 

70. M.Yastrzemski RF SFG 

71. E.Suarez SS Cin 

72. P.DeJong SS StL 

73. R.Devers 3B Bos 

74. Y.Moncada 3B CWS 

75. C.Morton SP Atl 

76. P.Alonso 1B NYM 

77. J.Turner 3B LAD 

78. T.Anderson SS CWS 

79. J.Baez SS Chi 

80. J.Berrios SP Min 

81. Z.Wheeler SP Phi 

82. L.Lynn CWS SP 

83. J.Musgrove SD SP

84. K.Gausman SFG SP 

85. S.Gray Cin SP 

86. P.Goldschmidt 1B StL 

87. B.Anderson 3B Mia 

88. W.Smith LAD C 

89. R.Arozarena LF TB 

90. S.Marte Mia CF 

91. K.Wong 2B Mil 

92. M.Kepler RF Min

93. D.Lamet SD SP 

94. W.Smith LAD C 

95. K.Hendricks SP Chi 

96. A.Heaney SP LAA 

97. C.Paddack SP SD 

98. C.Burnes SP Mil 

99. A.Rizzo 1B Chi 

100. M.Olson 1B Oak 

101. J.Hader RP Mil 

102. D.Bundy SP LAA 

103. E.Rodriguez SP Bos 

104. R.Hoskins 1B Phi 

105. C.Biggio 3B Tor 

106. C.Carrasco SP NYM 

107. J.Gallo RF Tex 

108. K.Schwarber LF Wash 

109. J.Segura 2B Phi 

110. W.Contreras C Chi 

111. C.Carrasco SP NYM 

112. J.Paxton SP Sea 

113. L.McCullers SP Hou 

114. M.Fried SP Atl 

115. N.Cruz DH Min 

116. M.Canha LF Oak 

117. J.Pederson LF Chi 

118. N.Madrigal 2B CWS 

119. D.Swanson SS Atl 

120. A.Verdugo CF Bos 

121. W.Merrifield RF KC 

122. K.Seager 3B Sea 

123. J.Soler DH KC 

124. J.Luzardo SP CWS 

125. M.Minor SP KC

126. J.Winker LF Cin 

127. A.Bohm 3B Phi 

128. M.Gonzalez Sea SP 

129. K.Hayes 3B Pit 

130. W.Adames SS TB 

131. G.Urshela 3B NYY 

132. D.Fletcher 2B LAA 

133. JP Crawford SS Sea 

134. I.Happ CF Chi 

135. M.Boyd SP Det 

136. M.Brantley LF Hou 

137. A.Hicks CF NYY 

138. H.Bader CF StL 

139. D.Gregorious SS Phil 

140. S.Manaea SP Oak 

141. Z.Gallen SP Ari 

142. S.Sanchez SP Mia 

143. F.Montas SP Oak 

144. Z.Plesac SP Cle 

145. P.Lopez SP Mia 

146. C.Sale SP Bos 

147. D.Keuchel SP CWS 

148. E.Diaz RP NYM 

149. L.Hendricks RP CWS 

150. M.Haniger RF Sea 



March, 2021 Athlete of the Month

Sunday, March 28, 2021

 February



Nathan Chen.  Runners-up: Paige Bueckers, Nikola Jokic, James Harden

1/4 down in the race for 2021 Athlete of the Year - here are the contenders:


January-Travis Kelce
February-Tom Brady
March- Nathan Chen

256 Team All Time Basketball Tournament: Region 5 Round 1: Series 7 and 8

Friday, March 26, 2021

5-6




7. 1961 NBA CHAMPION BOSTON CELTICS 10. 2001 SACRAMENTO KINGS

Celtics: 57-22, 1st East Div, 8th Off, 1st Def
              d. Nats East Finals 4-1
              d. Hawks NBA Finals 4-1
              #101 overall seed

Coach: Red Auerbach

Starters
C Bill Russell (26 San Francisco)     16.9 PPG    18.1 PER  13 Win Shares
F Tom Heinsohn (26 Holy Cross)     21.3             18.4          6.6
F Sam Jones (27 NC Central)           15                17.7          8.1
G Bob Cousy (32 Holy Cross)          18.1            17.4           7.2
G Bill Sharman (34 USC)                 16               17              5.4

Rotation Reserves
C Gene Conley (30 Wash St)            6.3               11             2.8
F Gene Guarilia (23 Geo Wash)        3.2               9.7            .3
F Satch Sanders (22 NYU)                5.3               11.7          3
G KC Jones (28 San Francisco)         7.6               11            3
G Frank Ramsey (29 Kentucky)       15.1               15.2        6.5

Leaders: Russell: 2nd Reb, 2nd Reb/Gm, 5th WS
               Cousy: 3rd Asst, 3rd Asst/Gm, 4th Def WS
               Sharman: 1st FT%
               Ramsey: 4th FT%

The thing about these Celtics teams is they are not good offensively; this team is last in the league, but they're first in defense and that carries them to NBA titles. Up against an offense 40 years in the future though - more challenging. Russell's got double digit WS.

Kings: 55-27, 2nd Pac Div, 9th Off/7th Def
            d. Suns West First Rnd 3-1
            Lost Lakers West Semis 4-0
            #156 overall seed

Coach: Rick Adelman (how about a third Adelman team in the Region)

Starters
C Vlade Divac (32)                                 12 PPG  17.7  PER  7.4 Win Shares
F Chris Webber (27 Michigan)               27.1        24.7           11
F Peja Stojakovic (23)                            20.4        18.4           10.1
G Jason Williams (25 Florida)               9.4           12.8           3.8
G Doug Christie (30 Pepperdine)          12.3         14.8           8.7

Rotation Reserves
C Scot Pollard (25 Kansas)                    6.5           15             5.4
F Lawrence Funderburke (30 Ohio St)  4.9           16.1          1.9
F Hedo Turkoglu (21)                            5.3           11.7           2.8
G Bobby Jackson (27 Minnesota)          7.2           13.1          3.1
G Jon Barry (31 Geo Tech)                    5.1           12.4           2.4

Leaders: Christie: 1st Steals, 3rd FT%, 3rd Steals/gm, 3rd Steal %
               Webber: 5th PER

CWebb has the mid 20s PER; he and Peja double digit WS.

Lineup Matchup:
C Russell (Celtics)
F Webber (Kings)
F Peja (Kings)
G Cousy (Celtics)
G Sharman (Celtics)
Bench: Push

GAME ONE

1ST

9 MIN KINGS 11 CELTICS 5
CELTICS Heinsohn(1) Ramsey, Cousy, 
KINGS Webber, Vlade, Christie(3) Christie, Peja

6 MIN KINGS 21 CELTICS 15
CELTICS Ramsey, Russell, Heinsohn, Cousy, Heinsohn
KINGS Webber(3) Peja, Peja(3) Williams

The length, the athleticism, the 3s, the 40 year difference - can the Celtics hang with the Kings?

3 MIN CELTICS 28 KINGS 26
CELTICS Russell, Russell, Sam Jones, Russell(1) Heinsohn, Ramsey, Russell
KINGS Webber(3) Webber(1) Christie(1)

1ST QTR SCORE: CELTICS 32 KINGS 28
CELTICS Guarilia, Sam Jones
KINGS Christie

Russell scores 7 in a 3 minute stretch and it's the Celtics who lead by 4.  

2ND

9 MIN CELTICS 40 KINGS 35
CELTICS Conley, Cousy, Sam Jones, Sharman, 
KINGS Barry, Funderburke(1) Williams, Divac

6 MIN CELTICS 44 KINGS 42
CELTICS Sharman, Cousy
KINGS Jackson, Jackson, Williams(3)

6 for Cousy in the first 6 of the 2nd, but the lead narrows.

3 MIN CELTICS 49 KINGS 49
CELTICS Sharman, Sharman(3)
KINGS Webber, Webber, Peja(3)

HALFTIME SCORE: KINGS 56 CELTICS 52
CELTICS Sharman(3)
KINGS Jackson, Turkoglu(3) Jackson

Bill Sharman's the entire Celtics offense the last 6 minutes and virtually all the last  9 - that's not enough as the Kings take the lead.

3RD

9 MIN KINGS 66 CELTICS 57
CELTICS Sharman(3) Sam Jones
KINGS Peja, Peja(3) Peja, Vlade

6 MIN KINGS 70 CELTICS 65
CELTICS Russell(1) Sharman(3) Sharman, Sam Jones
KINGS Williams, Webber

It's Peja vs Sharman to open the half - battle of the sharpshooters.

3 MIN KINGS 83 CELTICS 69
CELTICS Conley, Sharman
KINGS Jackson(3) Pollard, Christie(3) Webber, Peja(3)

THIRD QTR SCORE: KINGS 89 CELTICS 83
CELTICS Sanders, Cousy, Conley, Russell, Sam Jones, Sam Jones, Cousy
KINGS Vlade, Christie, Pollard

Heinsohn picks up his 5th as he tries to keep up with Webber; the Celtics trail 6.

4TH

9 MIN KINGS 91 CELTICS 87
CELTICS Sanders, Ramsey
KINGS Christie

8:00 BOS: Cousy finds Russell for the dunk - Celtics down a bucket.

7:47: SAC: Bobby Jackson with the pull up.  

5:58: BOS: Buckets become hard to find - defense surging, Ramsey gets the midrange 2.
5:20: BOS: Funderburke is rejected by Russell, Ramsey connects the other way and it is tied.
4:26: BOS: Sac misses a couple of time - and Sharman connects from the wing to give the Celtics, who trailed by 14, the lead.

4:12: SAC: Turkoglu settles it down for the Kings.  Tied.
3:46: SAC: Sanders misses - JWill knifes one to Jon Barry up and under the other way and the Kings go up

Starters on the floor for both sides at 3 minutes.  Kings 97-95.

2:43: BOS: Russell misses from the lane, but Boston maintains possession and Sam Jones hits from the foul line.
2:18: BOS: Cousy picks J-Will's pocket and cruises home for the layup that gives Boston the lead.
:38: BOS: Neither side can find the bucket until Sharman goes off glass and now the Celtics are up 4.
:22: BOS: Webber misses, Heinsohn is fouled and makes 1.

:15: SAC: Webber drives and scores.

:14: BOS: Sam Jones is fouled, makes 1.

JWill misses the triple - Heinsohn board and that will be that.

:05: BOS: Heinsohn 2 FT

FINAL: CELTICS 105 KINGS 99

14 point Kings game with 3 left in the third - Celtics win by 6, they hold Sac to 10 4th quarter points.

Russell: 14 pts/24 rebounds - Player of the Game
Sharman: 26 pts/5 rebounds
Sam Jones: 17 pts/10 rebounds
Heinsohn: 10 pts/10 rebounds
Cousy: 14 pts/8 assists
Ramsey: 12 pts

Webber: 19 pts/14 rebounds/5 assists
Peja: 21 pts
Divac: 8 pts/13 rebounds/9 assists
Christie: 15 pts/6 rebounds
Jackson: 13 pts/7 rebounds

GAME TWO

1ST

9 MIN KINGS 10 CELTICS 4
CELTICS Sharman, Sharman
KINGS Peja, Peja, Webber, Divac, Divac

6 MIN KINGS 16 CELTICS 5
CELTICS Sam Jones(1)
KINGS Williams, Divac, Webber

Sacramento comes on denying Boston on nearly every possession, really competing - they know they kicked away a real chance at game one and now here they are in game 2.

3 MIN KINGS 25 CELTICS 11
CELTICS Sam Jones, Heinsohn, Heinsohn
KINGS Divac, Jackson, Christie(3) Jackson

1ST QTR SCORE: KINGS 30 CELTICS 18
CELTICS Cousy, Sanders, Conley
KINGS Jackson(3) Turkoglu

Boston overcame a 14 pt deficit to take game one, they'll need to do it again if they win today.

2ND

9 MIN KINGS 35 CELTICS 30
CELTICS Heinsohn, Heinsohn, Conley, Heinsohn, Ramsey, Heinsohn
KINGS Pollard(1) Webber, Peja

6 MIN KINGS 41 CELTICS 40
CELTICS Ramsey(1) Conley, Conley, Cousy(3) Cousy
KINGS Christie(3) Vlade(3)

Heinsohn goes for 8, Gene Conley for 6 - and the Celtics cut the deficit to 1.

3 MIN KINGS 50 CELTICS 49
CELTICS Guarilia, Sam Jones(3) Russell, Sam Jones
KINGS Webber, Christie, Williams (3) Williams

HALFTIME SCORE: CELTICS 55 KINGS 51
CELTICS Russell, Heinsohn, Russell
KINGS Pollard(1)

18 point swing - Celtics trailed by 14 now up 4 at the half, looking to close Sac out.  

3RD

9 MIN CELTICS 62 KINGS 60
CELTICS Heinsohn, Sanders(3) Heinsohn
KINGS Barry, Pollard, Jackson(3) Webber

6 MIN CELTICS 72 KINGS 67
CELTICS Sharman(3) Ramsey, Cousy, Russell(3)
KINGS Jackson, Turkoglu(3) Williams

Boston's largest lead at any point in the series happened in this stretch, 7, its now 5.

3 MIN CELTICS 72 KINGS 72
CELTICS  Ramsey
KINGS Webber(3) Peja

THIRD QTR SCORE: CELTICS 80 KINGS 79
CELTICS Sanders, Sam Jones, Sam Jones
KINGS Webber(1) Webber, Webber, Webber

All CWebb for the Kibgs, 10 points in the last 6 minutes and they trail by 1.  Good finish coming.

4TH

11:32: BOS: Boston gets a couple chances, ending with a Sharman FT
11:06: BOS: Great Heinsohn contest on the perimeter on Peja leading to a Russell dunk the other way.  

10:49: SAC: Heinsohn fouls Jackson, who hits 1.
10:31: SAC: Cousy throws one away and Peja hits a 12 footer.
9:45: SAC: Offensive foul on Sharman leads to a Webber dunk that gives the Kings the lead.
9:27: SAC: Webber steals the ball - finds JWill for the corner 3.  87-83
9:07: SAC: Heinsohn misses - Christie doesn't and the Kings are up 6.
8:41: SAC: Heinsohn misses - Peja doesn't and it's 8.

8:33: BOS: Russell from the post.  
8:24: BOS: Cousy steal - finds Sharman for the breakaway layup.  

8:06: SAC: Peja in traffic. 
7:34: SAC: Christie strips Russell, finds Webber who hits a thunderous dunk to give the Kings the 8 pt bulge.

6:51: BOS: The Celtics get a couple chances, Heinsohn scoring on the putback.
6:28: BOS: Kings miss - Cousy makes a FT the other way.
5:27: BOS: Empty trips leads to Russell hitting the fadeaway in the paint.  95-92 Kings.

5:13: SAC: Peja hits the long triple.  
4:53: SAC: Conley misses, Webber goes right at the rack.

4:40: BOS: Sharman one FT

4:43: SAC: Vlade from the foul line and the Kings are up 9.

CELTICS Sharman, Sharman, Cousy, Sharman(3) Sharman (3) Cousy(3)
KINGS Christie(3) Funderburke, Funderburke, Christie(3) Divac(1)

3 minutes pass and the Celtics have cut it to 5 after Cousy's 3.  113-108

1:35: SAC: Cousy picks up his 4th, fouling Williams who hits 1

1:28: BOS: Russell's fouled, makes 1.
:40: BOS: Both sides miss - Russell is fouled again, makes both to cut it to 3.

:25: SAC: Boston doesn't foul - looking to make a stop - but CWebb hits a midrange J and that might do it.

Boston can't get a bucket - Webber hits a couple FT for the final.

FINAL: KINGS 118 CELTICS 111

Monster effort for CWebb - he hit the big backbreaking shot and forces a decisive game 3.

Webber: 30 pts/15 boards/5 assists-Player of the Game
Divac: 14 pts/10 boards
Peja: 17 pts/8 boards
Christie: 16 pts/8 boards
Williams: 13 pts/8 assists
Jackson: 13 pts

Russell: 18 pts/23 boards/4 blocks
Heinsohn: 20 pts/7 boards
Sharman: 21 pts
Cousy: 15 pts/11 assists/7 boards
Sam Jones: 12 pts/7 boards

GAME THREE

1ST

9 MIN KINGS 7 CELTICS 2
CELTICS Cousy
KINGS Webber, Divac, Peja(3)

6 MIN CELTICS 14 KINGS 13
CELTICS Cousy(3) Sam Jones, Sharman(3) Heinsohn, Russell
KINGS Webber, Peja

Game 3 - winner moves on.  Been a helluva series.  

3 MIN CELTICS 23 KINGS 21
CELTICS Cousy, Sam Jones, Heinsohn, Heinsohn(1) Heinsohn
KINGS Peja, Vlade, Webber, Webber

1ST QTR SCORE: KINGS 26 CELTICS 25
CELTICS Cousy
KINGS Webber, Barry(3)

Tight, anxious moments here in Boston Garden.  Winner moves on.

2ND

9 MIN KINGS 34 CELTICS 31
CELTICS Sanders, Conley, Ramsey
KINGS Barry(3) Barry(3) Turkoglu

6 MIN CELTICS 41 KINGS 38
CELTICS Cousy(3) Russell, Sam Jones, Sam Jones(3)
KINGS Vlade, Vlade

Back and forth - the Celtics surge ahead.

3 MIN CELTICS 49 KINGS 44
CELTICS Russell, Cousy, Sam Jones, Ramsey
KINGS Vlade, Webber, Vlade

HALFTIME SCORE: CELTICS 55 KINGS 52
CELTICS Russell, Russell, Sharman
KINGS Turkoglu(1) Turkoglu(1) Christie, Webber(3)

Bill Sharman's got 3 fouls, we'll see how that plays out - C's up 3.

3RD

9 MIN CELTICS 59 KINGS 54
CELTICS KC Jones, Sharman
KINGS Williams

6 MIN KINGS 65 CELTICS 63
CELTICS Heinsohn, Heinsohn
KINGS Peja, Christie, Webber, Jackson(3) Webber

Sacramento has the huge last 3 minutes, outscoring the Celtics 11-4 and they take the two point lead.  4 Bill Sharman fouls.  

3 MIN CELTICS 67 KINGS 67
CELTICS Russell, Sharman
KINGS Pollard

THIRD QTR SCORE: KINGS 70 CELTICS 67
CELTICS Sam Jones, Sam Jones, Sam Jones
KINGS Peja, Webber, Webber, Webber(3 buzzer)

Oh, do we have one here - CWebb hits a 3/4 court heave at the buzzer to give the Kings the lead with 12 minutes left in the series.

4TH

11:48 BOS: Boston runs a play for Russell who hits a jump hook. 

11:35: SAC: The Kings also go inside, Pollard hits a short one.

10:44: BOS: Both sides miss; Sam Jones comes through with a midrange.
10:15: BOS: Kings turn it over, Sanders gives Boston the lead.

9:38: SAC: Big moment here, 5th foul on Russell, Peja hits both - Kings up 1 and Russell checks out.  
9:15: SAC: Webber blocks Sharman and Christie hits the other way.

8:27: BOS: Both sides miss - Sam Jones hits a baseline J.

8:20: SAC: Vlade layup.
7:59: SAC: Sharman misses and Webber drills a midrange to put the Kings up 5.  

7:30: BOS: Conley hits a FT - Russell checks back in.
7:16: BOS: Sam Jones steals the ball and takes a 3 from the top -- and rips it home to cut the Sac lead to a point.

6:27: SAC: Both sides miss - Bobby Jackson hits a corner 3.

5:52: BOS: Boston gets a couple of chances - ending with a Sharman 3 from the wing and it's 89-88 Kings.

4:33: BOS: After some empty trips a Satch Sanders putback gives Boston the lead.

4:24: SAC: Turkoglu from the paint.
4:10: SAC: Cousy misses - Vlade hits from the foul line.
3:40: SAC: Heinsohn misses and Doug Christie hits a 3 and the Kings have their biggest lead of the day.

2:58: BOS: Boston gets a couple chances, eventually Sam Jones converts.
2:25: BOS: Peja misses and Sharman hits from the lane.

2:14: SAC: Peja drives and scores.  98-94

2:02: BOS: Heinsohn from the paint.  
1:36: BOS: Vlade misses, Sam Jones finger roll on the Russell dish ties the score.  
1:17: BOS: Cousy knocks the ball away from Webber and Heinsohn scores in traffic and the Celtics have the lead.
:42: BOS: JWill went to the goal but got rejected by Russell, Heinsohn turns that into points and Boston is up 4.

:33: SAC: Webber just goes isolation and hits the J.

Heinsohn gets pressed - AND THROWS IT AWAY.

Kings get the ball with 21 seconds left, down 2 - they run a play from halfcourt - CWebb gets the ball on the baseline - drives -- shoots SCORES!  CHRIS WEBBER TIES THE SCORE!  4 SECONDS TO GO!

Celtics timeout.  Inbounded at half court.

The Ball goes to Heinsohn - turnaround - buzzer -- IT'S GOOD!  IT'S GOOD!  TOMMY HEINSOHN HITS A SHOT AT THE BUZZER TO WIN THE SERIES!   HEINSOHN WINS THE SERIES AT THE BUZZER!  


FINAL: CELTICS 104 KINGS 102

Tommy Heinsohn hits the biggest shot in the tournament to date and the Celtics advance.  32 points and 18 boards for Webber in the loss.  

Heinsohn: 19 points/14 boards - Player of the Game
Sam Jones: 28 points/7 boards
Russell: 14 pts/17 boards/4 blocks
Cousy: 14 pts/7 assists
Sharman: 14 pts





2. 2007 NBA CHAMPION SAN ANTONIO SPURS 15. 2001 DALLAS MAVERICKS

Michael Finley v. Michael Finley

Spurs: 58-24, 2nd SW Div, 5th Off/2nd Def
            d. Nuggets West 1st Rnd 4-1
            d. Suns West Semis 4-2
            d. Jazz West Finals 4-1
            d. Cavs NBA Finals 4-0
            #28 overall seed

Coach: Gregg Popovich

Starters
C Tim Duncan (30 Wake Forest)              20 PPG   26.1 PER  13 Win Shares
F Matt Bonner (26 Florida)                      4.9           16.4           2.2
F Michael Finley (33 Wisconsin)             9              13.7           4.7
G Tony Parker (24)                                  18.6          21.4           9.6
G Manu Ginobli (29)                               16.5          24.1           10.6

Rotation Reserves
C Fabricio Oberto (31)                            4.4            11.9            4.1
F Robert Horry (36 Alabama)                 3.9            11.9            2.9
F Bruce Bowen (35 Cal St Fullerton)     6.2             7.1             4.1
G Beno Udrih (24)                                  4.7            10.3            1
G Brent Barry (35 Oregon St)                8.5             16.6            6.8

Leaders: Duncan: 5th Reb, 3rd Blocks, 5th Blocks/Gm, 4th PER, 1st Def Rtng, 3rd WS, 3rd WS/48, 5th +/- 3rd VORP
               Barry: 3rd 3Pt%
               Finley: 1st TO%
               Ginobli: 5th Def Rtng, 2nd WS/48, 4th +/-

It's the Spurs big 3 - Duncan/Parker/Ginobli all over 20 PER, Dunan/Ginobli cross 10 WS.

Mavs: 53-29, 3rd MW Div, 4th Off/13th Def
            d. Jazz West First Rnd 3-2
            lost Spurs West Semis 4-1
            #229 overall seed

Coach: Don Nelson, Rolando Blackman, Sidney Moncrief, Kiki Vandeweghe all assistants

Starters
C Shawn Bradley (28 BYU)               7.1 PPG   16.2 PER  6.3 Win Shares
F Dirk Nowitzki (22)                          21.8          22.8          14.6
F Michael Finley (27 Wisconsin)       21.5          18.2          8.5
G Steve Nash (26 Santa Clara)          15.6           19.6          8.4
G Howard Eisley (28 B College)       9                11.7          4.4

Rotation Reserves
C Christian Laettner (31 Duke)           7.5            16.7         2.6
F Juwan Howard (27 Michigan)         17.8           16.6         2.2
F Eduardo Najera (24 Oklahoma)       3.3             14            1.1
G Hubert Davis (30 North Carolina)   7.3             9.1           1.5
G Greg Buckner (24 Clemson)            6.2             12.1         2

Leaders: Bradley: 1st Blocks, 3rd Blocks/Gm, 1st Block %, 4th Def +-
               Davis: 4th 3Pt%
               Nash: 4th 3Pt%, 3rd True Shooting
               Dirk: 4th True Shooting, 5th Off Rtng, 2nd WS, 4th WS/48

Fun collection (and a collection the Spurs wiped out in the playoffs) Dirk's over 20 PER and double digit WS.  Michael Finley is a 27 year old 21 PPG scorer playing against himself, a 33 year old 9 PPG scorer. Nash is here.  Laettner.  Juwan Howard.  Fun.  

Lineup Matchup:
C Duncan (Spurs)
F Dirk (Mavs)
F Finley (Mavs)
G Parker (Spurs)
G Ginobli (Spurs)
Bench: Spurs

GAME ONE

1ST

9 MIN MAVS 5 SPURS 4
SPURS Parker, Duncan
MAVS Dirk, Nash(3)

6 MIN SPURS 11 MAVS 7
SPURS Duncan, Parker, Duncan(3)
MAVS Nash(1) Howard

Dirk picks up 2 fouls and sits - that's just not something Dallas can afford to stay with the Spurs.  7 already for Duncan.

3 MIN SPURS 19 MAVS 9    
SPURS Parker(3) Finley(3) Parker
MAVS Nash

1ST QTR SCORE: SPURS 29 MAVS 17
SPURS Ginobli(3) Duncan, Barry (3) Finley
MAVS Finley, Finley, Buckner, Najera

Dirk plays just the first 3 minutes and the Spurs really take advantage.

2ND

9 MIN SPURS 38 MAVS 21
SPURS Udrih(3) Barry(3) Bowen(3)
MAVS Bradley, Buckner

6 MIN SPURS 43 MAVS 26
SPURS Udrih, Horry(3)
MAVS Najera, Harvey(1) Finley

This one is over - and maybe this is just what we get for this 2/15 matchup.

3 MIN SPURS 50 MAVS 26
SPURS Bonner(3) Parker, Ginobli
MAVS

HALFTIME SCORE: SPURS 59 MAVS 36
SPURS Duncan, Oberto, Bonner, Bonner(3)
MAVS Eisley, Finley(3) Nash(3) Howard

Dirk checked in and quickly picked up #3 - Matt Bonner hits for 8 in 6 minutes and it's a laugher in San Antonio.

3RD

9 MIN SPURS 68 MAVS 40
SPURS Parker, Bonner, Ginobli(3) Barry
MAVS Laettner

6 MIN SPURS 74 MAVS 47
SPURS Finley, Duncan, Parker
MAVS Laettner(3), Dirk, Finley

47 is not enough points to score. 

3 MIN SPURS 79 MAVS 51
SPURS Duncan, Barry(3) 
MAVS Howard, Eisley

3RD QTR SCORE: SPURS 85 MAVS 53
SPURS Ginobli, Parker, Horry
MAVS Eisley

An absolute ass whipping here in game one.  

4TH

9 MIN SPURS 89 MAVS 60
SPURS Finley, Duncan
MAVS Dirk(1) Dirk, Howard, Howard

6 MIN SPURS 95 MAVS 68
SPURS Duncan, Udrih, Udrih
MAVS Dirk, Dirk(3) Eisley

3 MIN SPURS 103 MAVS 78
SPURS Parker, Duncan, Ginobli, Finley
MAVS Dirk, Dirk(3) Finley, Finley(3)

FINAL SCORE: SPURS 109 MAVS 86
SPURS Duncan, Butler, White
MAVS Dirk(3) Maxwell(3) Alexander

Garbage time makes this one look closer than it was; never in doubt.  

Duncan: 23 pts/13 rebounds - Player of the Game
Parker: 19 pts/10 assists/5 rebounds
Ginobli: 12 pts/7 assists/5 boards
Finley: 11 pts
Bonner: 11 pts
Barry: 11 pts

Dirk: 20 pts/8 boards
Finley: 16 pts/5 boards
Nash: 11 pts/6 assists

GAME TWO

1ST

9 MIN SPURS 8 MAVS 5
SPURS Duncan, Parker, Finley, Duncan
MAVS Finley, Nash(3)

6 MIN SPURS 11 MAVS 11
SPURS Ginobli(3)
MAVS Finley, Finley, Bradley

Dallas just got blasted in game one - they come out scrapping on defense in game 2.

3 MIN SPURS 18 MAVS 16
SPURS Finley, Duncan, Duncan(3)
MAVS Nash(3) Nash

1ST QTR SCORE: MAVS 26 SPUTS 24
SPURS Bowen, Barry, Barry
MAVS Najera, Najera, Howard, Laettner, Najera 

Well, look at this - huge rebound from Dallas, they lead after 1.

2ND

9 MIN MAVS 30 SPURS 28
SPURS Duncan, Parker
MAVS Howard, Eisley

6 MIN MAVS 38 SPURS 32
SPURS Finley, Finley
MAVS Dirk(1) Howard, Finley (3) Dirk

Dallas extends their lead - Nowitzki missed most of the first half in game one with foul trouble, but he's logging minutes today and the Mavs are up half a dozen.

3 MIN SPURS 40 MAVS 37
SPURS Duncan, Udrih(3)
MAVS Laettner

HALFTIME SCORE: MAVS 48 SPURS 43
SPURS Udrih, Bonner, Parker
MAVS Dirk, Finley, Finley, Bradley

The Spurs had 59 at the half in game one - just 43 today.

3RD

9 MIN MAVS 51 SPURS 45
SPURS Duncan
MAVS Finley, Finley (1)

6 MIN MAVS 53 SPURS 50
SPURS Duncan(3) Parker
MAVS Nash

Tight, tight, tight - we could have a good finish in game 2.  Strong Dallas effort.

3 MIN SPURS 57 MAVS 54
SPURS Oberto, Bowen
MAVS Dirk, Eisley

3RD QTR SCORE: MAVS 65 SPURS 62
SPURS Udrih(3) Bonner(3) Barry
MAVS Bradley, Nash, Bradley, Najera

Defensive struggle here in game 2 - each possession just toughly contested.  

4TH

11:51: SA: Duncan gets the play run for him and sinks one from the block.

11:35: DAL: Juwan Howard flips it up and in.

11:13: SA: Duncan layup.

10:52: DAL: The younger Michael Finley hits from the wing.

10:31: SA: The older Finley responds with a corner 3.  
10:05: SA: The older Finley steals a pass from the younger Finley and cruises home for the dunk.  Michael Finley War!
9:32: SA: Laettner misses - Parker hits the line drive 2.  Spurs by 4.
9:04: SA: Dallas misses  Ginobli doesnt.
8:36: SA: Dallas misses.  Ginobli doesn't and now the Spurs are up 8.

8:25: DAL; Young Finley hits a FT

7:52: SA: Oberto gets a putback.  

7:45: DAL Dirk hits a midrange.

7:16: SA: Parker from 11.

7:09: DAL; Short floater from Juwan.

6:12: SA: Duncan drives the baseline and scores, Spurs by 9.

3 MIN SPURS 89 MAVS 86
SPURS Duncan, Duncan, Parker
MAVS Dirk, Buckner(3) Howard, Davis, Dirk(3)

Down the stretch they come - Duncan has five fouls, starters on for both sides.

2:58: SA: Parker banks one high from the baseline.

2:47: DAL: Dirk drills a triple from the top.  Dallas cuts it to 2.

2:20: SA: The Spurs get a couple chances - Ginobli scores in  traffic.
2:07: SA: Duncan blocks Finley and it turns into a Bonner 2.  

1:47: DAL: Dirk from the foul line.

1:37: SA: Parker drives and scores.  
:32: SA: Empty trips - but Parker scores from the block and that will end it.

Duncan hits a FT.  That's all.

SPURS 100 MAVS 91

Dallas gave it all they had today - but the Spurs were just too much.

Duncan: 29 pts/13 boards - Player of the Game
Parker: 20 pts/7 assists
Finley: 13 pts/5 boards
Ginobli: 9 pts/11 boards
Bonner: 7 pts/10 boards

ALL REGION TEAM:
C Shaq ('96 Magic)
F Bird ('86 Celtics)
F Favors ('19 Jazz)
G Curry ('18 Warriors)
G Hardaway ('96 Magic)