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NWA World Heavyweight Champion and UFC 5 Tournament Champion Dan Severn

Although the worlds of professional wrestling and ultimate fighting are rivals today, such wasn’t always the case. In fact, one wrestler who worked to bridge the gap between the two was Dan “The Beast” Severn, who worked in both UFC and in the NWA. On February 24th, 1995, Severn defeated Chris Candido for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Severn would reign as champion for four years before losing the title to Japanese wrestler Naoya Ogawa. In 1996, Severn fought in the UFC 5: The Return Of The Beast tournament, defeating Joe Charles, Oleg Taktarov, and finally Dave Beneteau to win the UFC V tournament championship.

Road Warriors Zubaz Signing at a JC Penneys - Wrestling Ringside [January 1993]

Good guys, Hawk and Animal, signing posters for fans who made it out to see them. The Road Warriors had a hand in popularizing the colorful weightlifting pants and marketing them to a larger mainstream audience. Both Hawk and Animal held portion of the Zubaz company and, as part of a partnership with JC Penneys, would hold special in-store signings for fans.