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A NEW book has gone on sale revealing the oddest grappling bouts of all time - and you can read exclusive extracts over the next fortnight right here.

Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches by Oliver Hurley features the likes of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Rey Mysterio, Kendo Nagasaki, a wrestling robot and a monkey.

In the first of our five pieces, one-legged star Zach Gowen discusses his violent encounter with future UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.


Detroit, Michigan, August 2003

When undersized, one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen was matched up in his hometown of Detroit against future UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, there was only one way it could go — Gowen was in for one of the most convincing beatings in modern wrestling history.

Gowen's left leg was removed when he was eight, as a result of osteogenic sarcoma, a cancer that could have been fatal had it spread.

By the summer of 2003 — little over a year after his pro debut — he was in the midst of a short-lived stint in WWE, during which he played a plucky underdog.

"One week I'm bagging groceries and the next week I'm on TV with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper," he says.

Lesnar, meanwhile, was wholly credible in his role of the huge, unforgiving bully. "He was like something out of a videogame," notes Gowen.


BEATING ... Brock v Zach

Before the bell rang to signify the start of the contest, Lesnar casually left the ring to taunt Gowen's mother, who was sitting in the front row.

A hopping mad Gowen took the opportunity to vault over the top rope on to a distracted Lesnar, which — in an inspired move — he followed by clubbing him with the prosthetic leg that he had removed prior to the match.

It was the last offence the 20-year-old would have all night.

Lesnar was soon disqualified when he clouted the one-legged wonder in the head with a folding chair but the onslaught continued as he flung Gowen — who was, by now, bleeding extravagantly — leg-first into the ring post. Twice.

As a finishing touch, Lesnar tipped Gowen off the stretcher that he was being wheeled away on.

It was, says Gowen, "one of the easiest, funnest matches I've ever had because I didn't have to do anything. All I had to do was get beat up, which is what I'm good at.

"For Brock to destroy the hometown kid in front of his family was really good TV. Brock was a real nice guy — he really took care of me. That's where the magic of pro wrestling is — to make it look like he's killing me but he's not really hurting me at all."

In fact, the only real damage was to Lesnar — and that was before the match even started.

Prior to the show, Lesnar, Gowen and WWE boss Vince McMahon were in the ring, discussing what would happen during the bout.


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"The original plan was that I would try to dive on to Brock but he would catch me and ram me into the post," explains Gowen.


"Vince goes, 'Well, that's a great idea. Why don't you guys try it?' And so I dove over the top rope but I came in a little too high and, on the way down, my right hip clipped him in the jaw.


"And it knocked him clean out. I think Brock was a little embarrassed but it was totally my fault.


"I don't know if I'm the only person to ever knock him out, either accidentally or on purpose, but I can say that I knocked out Brock Lesnar, UFC heavyweight champion."



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Pro wrestling back stage stories are notoriously overblown. For instance Vince McMahon and Randy Savage have real life beef. No one really knows what really happened, but I have heard several rumors that Macho Man raped a then underage Stephanie McMahon.

So this story may be true, but I would take it with grain of salt.
 

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probably just dazed him and knocked him on his ass, a 170 pound body hitting you in the face would knock anybody out, so nothing really surprising here. Just look at when brock did his moonsault off the top rope and landed on his head, then kept going.
 

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There's a difference in landing on your head and being hit in the jaw. If you are hit in the right place on your jaw its a nerve that literally puts you to sleep. Landind on your head just means you got dazed to all hell and might have suffered a concussion.
 

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I find this hard to believe. Not because of the situation (guys eating a plancha or suicide dive get knocked out all the time in matches and their "opponents" help them recover by playing the crowd or setting up rest spots for them) but rather because Tenacious Z is not the most credible of sources.

The reason he's not in the WWE anymore should lend a little credence to that.
 

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There's a difference in landing on your head and being hit in the jaw. If you are hit in the right place on your jaw its a nerve that literally puts you to sleep. Landind on your head just means you got dazed to all hell and might have suffered a concussion.
Can you provide a link to a good source that backs up this theory about a nerve that puts you to sleep?

What you've said implies an impact to the jaw that results in a KO is not a concussion, due to this supposed nerve.
 

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Can you provide a link to a good source that backs up this theory about a nerve that puts you to sleep?

What you've said implies an impact to the jaw that results in a KO is not a concussion, due to this supposed nerve.
It's called the mandibular nerve and it's located behind the ear near your TMJ point. When you are hit in the jaw it pushes against this nerve. I am no doctor, I just know what I was told by several doctors, but I am sure you could google it rather easily.

I am not saying that you cannot also get a concussion when hit in the jaw, I'm just saying the manidublar nerve is the 'button' that many people talk about.
 

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I am having a hard time believing this, Who know if this guy is trying to use Brock's name years later to make some money... people do this you know.
Zach Gowen doesn't have the best reputation, it's rumored that he had to spend the rest of his contract at home because no one wanted to work with him. They have this thing called "Wrestlers Court" which is very hush hush but where the veterns take you to task for major mistakes. They say that Gowen's court almost ended in a riot.
 
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