Column: Koco’s Corner #14 – (The Three Combat Sports “Stars of the Week” of 8/19 to 8/25 2012)
In ice hockey, the three stars of a match are the three best players as chosen by a third party, with the first star considered the best of the three players, akin to the man of the match in other sports. So once a week on Koco’s Corner I will choose the three stars of the week from all of the Combat Sports.
Pro wrestling went on a four week no show with the Olympics in town until star #1 this week snapped that trend when he stole the show at Summerslam.
1. Chris Jericho (Pro Wrestling)
Inside the sold-out STAPLES Center, Chris Jericho did what he couldn’t all year – win under the bright lights of the pay-per-view stage.
From the start, it was a tooth-and-nail war between Mr. Money in the Bank and Jericho, who was battling through injured ribs following attacks by Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio on Friday’s SmackDown. Going into the SummerSlam bout, there was heavy speculation as to whether Jericho could finally win “the big one.”
Just when it looked like Ziggler had Jericho where he wanted, Y2J battled back with a Codebreaker, sending Ziggler from the ring and onto the arena floor. With Vickie Guerrero looking on, Jericho prepared to capitalize and put Ziggler away by pushing him back in the ring. But before Y2J could advance on Ziggler, Vickie grabbed hold of his leg. Shaking off Vickie’s grasp, Jericho charged at Ziggler, locked him in the Walls of Jericho and forced him to tap out of the painful hold.
The win was sweet vindication for Y2J given his absolutely rough year that started when he was eliminated by Sheamus in the 2012 Royal Rumble Match. That set a trend that continued for the months to come at Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania XXVIII, Extreme Rules, WWE Over the Limit and Money in the Bank.
With the win, Jericho, the winner of 30 titles, proved to himself – and the entire WWE Universe – that he is indeed “The Best in the World at What He Does.”
Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho WWE Raw 8/20/12 (Night after Summerslam)
WWE.com Exclusive: Chris Jericho gives a heartfelt goodbye to the WWE Universe
2. Anthony Johnson (MMA)
Former UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson made a successful debut at light heavyweight, scoring a first round TKO victory in the main event of Titan Fighting Championship: 24 over Esteves Jones.
Johnson was released by the UFC after missing weight and falling to Vitor Belfort. He has won both of his fights with Titan FC since signing with the promotion.
Titan Fighting Championship 24: Anthony Johnson vs. Esteves Jones
3. Attila Vegh (MMA)
Attila Vegh dropped Travis Wiuff with a strong right-hand to the head just 25 seconds into their “Summer Series” light heavyweight finale, earning the win and tournament title in the process at Bellator 73. Vegh will now receive a match with Bellator 205-pound champion Christian M’Pumbu.