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San Francisco Lowrider Car Show returns to the Cow Palace

The historic San Francisco Lowrider Council slates a great summer day in San Francisco to celebrate culture, community, and history as it celebrates “King of the Streets” 40th Anniversary at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave. in Daly City on Saturday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event starts with a colorful Lowrider Car Show & Hopping Contest and ends in the historic Mission District with cruising in full car regalia on Mission Street

There’s more than meets the eye about the celebration organizers say. “It’s important to remember that the San Francisco Lowrider Council exists due to community efforts to fight the racial injustice that made the council necessary to resist the San Francisco Police Department’s racist actions against Latinos and people of color,” said Roberto Y. Hernández, founder and president of the San Francisco Lowrider Council.

SFLC Photo Credit: Buggsy Malone
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Introducing Moonjumper Alpha, a font inspired by ... the Cow Palace?

Think of the Cow Palace and a flood of old school memories surface, from roller derby to professional wrestling to the Dickens Faire and the literal livestock that inspired the name.

But since the Daly City convention hall and concert pavilion rebranded itself some time in the early 1970s, its logo has said something else: Space travel. Video games. Arcades. The Cow Palace lettering on the upper arch of the main building, with its reversible “A” and retro-futurist angles, would fit in on a Millennium Falcon control panel.

That’s the inspiration for the Moonjumper Alpha font from Ben Zotto, maker of the San Francisco street sign-inspired Fog City Gothic. It was also inspired by The Chronicle; at the end of a Fog City Gothic interview, I nominated the Cow Palace logo, “the Comic Sans of local fonts,” as a future project.

Article by Peter Hartlaub, SF Chronicle
Original 650 illustration by Kaz Palladino/Awkward Affections

Showdown at the Cow Palace: When Evel Knievel (& his fans) fought the Hells Angels in Daly City

Evel was known for all sorts of semi-sane stunts, but even still…the ramp looked like something that had been hastily constructed by Wile E. Coyote during his pursuits of the Roadrunner. It began as a runway way up in the seats among the crowd and shot down to the arena floor for speed before ascending up again for the skyward launch.

The jump itself was doable by Evel’s standards, but perilous in an indoor setting: soar over an oddball collection of vehicles — a van, some pickup trucks and a VW bug packed into a tidy row, side by side — before rapidly maneuvering his rocketing piece of machinery into one of the exit tunnels to the concourse.

Yet, whether or not Evel successfully landed the jump at the Cow Palace that night depends on who you ask. Either he nailed it in fabulous form… or, he wiped out in such dreadful fashion that many in attendance thought he had died.

Article by Charles Russo, The Six Fifty
Evel Knievel's epic Cow Palace jump (1972)

Evel Knievel's epic Cow Palace jump (1972)

Since the Cow Palace opened as the California State Livestock Pavilion in 1941, it has hosted an almost comically diverse array of events — from the Republican National Convention to Van Halen, from hemp shows to gun shows, from the roller derby and Wrestlemania to the rodeo and hockey games.

But in retrospect, no event seems more larger-than-life than Knievel’s visit. He jumped 12 cars successfully on March 2, 1972, and then 15 cars with a wipeout the following day.

Knievel had performed at the Cow Palace in 1970, but that was a much smaller jump, and before the peak of his fame. When Knievel arrived at the Cow Palace in 1972, the biopic “Evel Knievel” was playing a few hundred yards away at the Geneva Drive-In.

When the show was announced, Chronicle motor sports writer Gordon Martin suggested people buy their $5 general admission tickets for the first night, because the “foolhardy” stuntman likely wouldn’t make it to the second.
Martin Luther King’s vision of love as a moral imperative still matters

Martin Luther King’s vision of love as a moral imperative still matters

King spent his public career working toward ending segregation and fighting racial discrimination. For many people the pinnacle of this work occurred in Washington, D.C., when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Less well-known and often ignored is his later work on behalf of poor people. In fact, when King was assassinated in Memphis he was in the midst of building toward a national march on Washington, D.C., that would have brought together tens of thousands of economically disenfranchised people to advocate for policies that would reduce poverty. This effort – known as the “Poor People’s Campaign” – aimed to dramatically shift national priorities to address the health and welfare of working people.

King focused on the role of love as key to building healthy communities and the ways in which love can and should be at the center of our social interactions.

The moment of impact at “Media Burn” in 1975 — as a Cadillac rammed a mountain of TVs — was just part of the goings-on around the art event in the Cow Palace parking lot. Photo by John F. Turner

That time a Cadillac drove through a stack of TVs at Cow Palace is now a book!

Driving a finned 1959 Cadillac Eldorado through a stack of TV consoles in the Cow Palace parking lot was the easy part. Producing a book on the explosive public art intervention is what took 45 years to complete.

But art curator Steve Seid could not let go of the legend of “Media Burn,” the event staged July 4, 1975, by a pioneering San Francisco collective called Ant Farm. So after Seid retired from a career at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives in 2016, he went encyclopedic on Ant Farm and its signature event — a crash of machines that beat both Mark Pauline’s Survival Research Laboratories and Burning Man by 10 years or more.

Seid’s work of art history, “Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image,” was published in November as a softbound book with full-bleed double-truck images and an account of the year it took to customize the Caddy into a land rocket called the Phantom Dream Car and accumulate 40 TV sets.
The Untold Story of WWE Legend and The Creator of Royal Rumble, Pat Patterson
Patterson’s career began in 1958 in Montreal. Following this, he moved to San Francisco, where he made a name in the Bay Area for two decades. During this time, he secured the Tag Team Championship ten times with seven different partners; furthermore, he won the Legendary Cow Palace Battle Royal twice, 1975 and 1981. He met Ray Stevens in San Francisco and had teamed up with him. The duo moved to AWA in the 1970s and secured the World Tag Team Championship in 1978. The following year, the team lost the gold and Patterson made his way to WWE.

Patterson had an immediate impact on the WWE audience and took the ring by the storm. In September 1979, he secured a win at Rio de Janeiro to become the first Intercontinental Champion.
Back from the Sixties and better than ever, Britain's elite rock band together to help an old friend.
The ARMS benefit concert was a series of charitable rock concert in support of Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis in 1983. The first event took place at the Royal Albert Hall on September 20 which proved so popular with both the audience and the musicians that the decision was taken to perform 9 more concerts in the USA with the Cow Palace being blessed with a 3-night engagement all courtesy of the late-great Bill Graham.

With a stage full of Rock N Roll royalty ranging from Eric Clapton to Joe Cocker, from Jeff Beck to Jimmy Page as well as a plethora of rockstars, each night's setlist was littered with covers, originals and collaborations. After the third evening's encore, Jimmy Page said, "It was great to see Ronnie Lane again, and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that evening!"

Photo Credit: Larry Hulst Photography
Civil rights demonstrators blocked the an exit at the Cow Palace during the Republican National Convention in 1964

When and Why Did the Bay Area Become So Liberal?

It’s a little hard to believe today, but the GOP nominated perhaps their most conservative presidential candidate in modern history right here in the Bay Area — at the Cow Palace in Daly City. 
Horse Haven: Cow Palace doubles as evacuation site during California wildfires

Horse Haven: Cow Palace doubles as evacuation site during California wildfires

The Cow Palace is home to the Grand National Rodeo every October. The Grand National has been under the PRCA umbrella the last couple of years as a qualifying rodeo fro RFD-TV's The American. It has hosted the Grand National Rodeo since 1941, but because of COVID-19, this year's rodeo has been postponed.

The Cow Palace also serves as a fairground. And as part of the California fair network, one of the most important things for the Cow Palace is to be available for disasters and in time of need for evacuations.
Judith Gable shares a moment with her horse Lucy, who was evacuated to the Cow Palace from her boarding location.

Meet the evacuated animals of the CZU wildfire

For the past week, the 79-year-old “Palace for Cows” in Daly City has served as an emergency evacuation center for assorted livestock that have been displaced by the wildfires. The facility has now housed more than 200 animals, ranging from baby chicks to Andalusian horses. It’s a fitting assignment for the veteran venue, which was originally built in 1941 for hosting livestock shows, rodeos and other animal-oriented events, such as the circus.

Photo Credit: Charles Russo/The Six Fifty
Jim Rushing, a volunteer assisting with evacuated horses, feeds and records feeding time on August 24, 2020, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif. Many animals from livestock to pets need temporary shelter and care as wildfires continue to rage.
The San Mateo group has been a major piece of the evacuation puzzle. Dozens of its volunteers mobilized to assist with coordination and care at the Cow Palace in Daly City, which is housing nearly 300 large animals evacuated from across San Mateo County, most from the south coast.

Nate Selpeter, owner of Sweet Farms, said “There’s a vast network of sanctuaries and also various animal rescue groups that all come together in moments of crisis. People really step up when it’s needed. ... It was a very professional and very coordinated effort.”

With the help of the San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group, the animals were shuttled off to sanctuaries a safe distance from the blazes that have engulfed 78,000 acres in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

Photo Credit: Jamie Cotten/SF Chronicle
A few of the more than 300 horse stalls that have been erected at Daly City’s Cow Palace for animals that evacuated the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Officials said at least 400 additional stalls are ready if needed.

Daly City’s Cow Palace offers reprieve to animals fleeing fires

As of Monday afternoon, 221 animals including horses, cows and even a white peacock were staying at Daly City’s Cow Palace after being rescued from the CZU Lightning Complex fires.

The facility got word from San Mateo County officials Wednesday afternoon that it might be needed as an evacuation site for large animals. By Thursday, the necessary preparations had been made.

Temporary horse stables were erected in the main parking lot and multiple pens for smaller animals were installed inside. A larger cow pen already existed on the property and is also being put to use.

“We were pretty ready when they called us,” said Lori Marshall, CEO of the Cow Palace. “This is what we do. We do events, we have a livestock show and we put on a rodeo so our staff is very accustomed to getting ready quickly with whatever needs people have.”

Marshall said 17 fairgrounds in California, including the Cow Palace, are currently being used as an evacuation site or as a base camp for firefighters.
Cow Palace transforms into animal sanctuary as wildfires rage on

Cow Palace transforms into animal sanctuary as wildfires rage on

Firefighters continue to battle hundreds of fires in California which have led to massive evacuations, not only affecting people, but animals as well. Rommel Conclara with Balitang America tells us what’s being done to save them. 
Take a look inside evacuation center for animals displaced by Bay Area wildfires

Take a look inside evacuation center for animals displaced by Bay Area wildfires

DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- We got a peek inside the Cow Palace on Monday which has been converted into a temporary animal shelter during the wildfires burning across the Bay Area.

So far they've taken in nearly 300 evacuated animals - but organizers say there's room for more. Organizers say this is the first time, in memory, that the Cow Palace has been used as an animal evacuation center.
Cow Palace: A 'modern day Noah's Ark' takes in evacuated livestock

Cow Palace: A 'modern day Noah's Ark' takes in evacuated livestock

Ranch owners are calling the Cow Palace in Daly City a saving grace for serving as an evacuation site for livestock and others animals displaced by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire.

Some have called it a modern day Noah’s Ark. Nearly 300 animals are being kept safe at the event center.

Mara McCain and her family have been ranchers in Woodside for 40 years. She said her family got the notification to evacuate late Thursday night.

“We have 70 goats, three llamas, nine horses, and one barn cat,” McCain said. “You wonder, how am I going to get 70 goats out before the fire gets here?”

Roughly two dozen volunteers answered the call. Many of them are a part of the San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group. The organization has help more than 1,400 animals to safe shelters since last week.

“We've got a lot of volunteers out there who have just been working their hearts out,” said Kris Thoren, President of the SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group.
Shelters open for animals displaced by CAL fires

Shelters open for animals displaced by CAL fires

As fires continued to rage and move into more populated areas in the Bay Area, California, the Humane Society and similar animal welfare organisations are setting up more shelters to house pets and livestock, as seen on Sunday.

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA in Burlingame is currently housing pets and wild animals while livestock, horses and other farm animals, including Alpacas, are being housed at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

According to Buffy Martin-Tarbox who acts as communications manager for the Peninsula Humane Society, there are currently 75 animals houses at the Cow Palace, with dozens more expected in the coming days.
From chickens to llamas, Cow Palace sheltering animals displaced by Bay Area wildfires

From chickens to llamas, Cow Palace sheltering animals displaced by Bay Area wildfires

[DALY CITY, Calif.] From chickens to donkeys to rabbits, cats, dogs and even llamas, organizations and individuals are offering free shelter to animals displaced by fires raging in the Bay Area.

In a move likened to Noah's Ark, Daly City's Cow Palace Arena and Event Center is housing animals. Shelters and humane societies including the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and the Peninsula Humane Society are also temporarily housing pets, as are private individuals.
As Wildfires Continue, The Cow Palace Is Now Acting As An Evacuation Site For Livestock

As Wildfires Continue, The Cow Palace Is Now Acting As An Evacuation Site For Livestock

As the CZU Lightning Complex Fires continue to rage around northern California, a longtime Bay Area concert venue & events space is acting as a shelter for livestock misplaced by the fires in San Mateo & Santa Cruz Counties.  
The Shows have stopped at the Cow Palace, now it hosts one of the city's longest food lines

The Shows have stopped at the Cow Palace, now it hosts one of the city's longest food lines

Once the venue for massive shows featuring everything from professional wrestling to the annual Grand National Rodeo, the Cow Palace now hosts one of the largest food bank sites for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.  
SF Bay Bombers Roller Derby at the Cow Palace

SF Bay Bombers Roller Derby at the Cow Palace

Local roller derby was first introduced to the Bay Area in the 1930s and the Bombers first hosted weekly bouts at Kezar Stadium before moving into our Main Arena in December of 1955 which began 19 continuous Seasons of roller derby games and tournaments. At the time, some of the biggest stars hung their battered and sometimes bloodied jerseys under our iconic arched roof incluing Ann Calvello and Joanie Weston who was appointed Captain of the Bay Bombers. (see link of Joanie Weston AKA 'The Golden Girl of Roller Derby').

The derby scene is still very much alive with the Bay Area Derby (BAD) chapter providing amateur athletic entertainment and competing at all levels - local, regional, National and International.
Ant Farm Media Burn at the Cow Palace (1975)

Ant Farm Media Burn at the Cow Palace (1975)

[DALY CITY] KPIX TV news footage from July 4th, 1975 with reporter Eric Smith featuring scenes from Ant Farm's Media Burn Bicentennial celebration at San Francisco's Cow Palace, during which a "Phantom Dream Car" - a reconstructed 1959 El Dorado Cadillac convertible - was driven through a wall of burning television sets. Includes views of the event being set up and of the immediate aftermath (but not of the actual collision itself). Ends with Smith trying to reflect on what he and the local media have just witnessed.  
The story of how Chris Chambers learned to play drums in just single night at the Cow Palace

The story of how Chris Chambers learned to play drums in just single night at the Cow Palace

On November 26, 1989, The Chambers Brothers were scheduled to play a concert in San Francisco at a venue called the Cow Palace which was originally built for livestock expositions, was approved in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

In November 1989, there's a huge concert going down at the Cow Palace for a benefit show for the victims of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that had just hit Northern California the previous month, killing 67 and causing seven billion in damage. The concert was 12 hours long and broadcasted live on television, featuring some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll at that time: Taj Mahal, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Eddie Money, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills and Nash. The emcee was Bob Hope and also on the bill was the Chambers Brothers. But there was a problem: their drummer couldn't make the show.
Lick-Wilmerding Drive-Thru Graduation

Lick-Wilmerding Drive-Thru Graduation

[Daly City, CA] On Saturday, May 30th, the Cow Palace hosted their first ever "drive-thru" graduation for the 2020 Graduating Class of Lick-Wilmerding. After following the guidelines on "vehicle assembly" gatherings as well as other directions, the Seniors enjoyed decorating their vehicles and riding through our back make up area through our Main Arena for a 60 - 90 ceremony where the graduate's name was announced and received their diploma; no one left their vehicles and there was no contact with event staff.

If you are interested in hosting a drive-thru ceremony for your graduate, please contact Andrew Shreve (
California Life in the COVID-19 pandemic

California Life in the COVID-19 pandemic

The state of California has enacted a shelter-in -place order to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, urging residents to stay in their homes except for essential travel and closing of non-essential businesses. Here's a look at how the pandemic has affected everyday life.
11 Most Important American Sports Venues (WWE)

11 Most Important American Sports Venues (WWE)

In the 1960s, Roy Shire’s National All-Star Wrestling was the first organization to make the Cow Palace a regular host of their events with stars like Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson. The venue was also crucial to the AWA’s expansion after the promotion’s split from NWA. One of the most notable moments to occur inside the arena was when WWE Hall of Famer Curt Hennig pinned Nick Bockwinkel to claim the AWA World Title.

As the venue became a premier location for sports-entertainment in the Bay Area, WWE began hosting Live Events there while WCW made it the home of SuperBrawl in ’97, ’98 and 2000. The Cow Palace’s unforgettable moments are innumerable, but few could top the emotion of the night in 2004 when Eddie Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship.

By Kevin Powers
Pink Floyd concert (1975)

Pink Floyd concert (1975)

Despite their commercial success, Pink Floyd had not toured the US since the fall of 1972 and after a 2 year hiatus on US soil, Pink Floyd brought their 'Wish You Were Here' tour for their Bay Area fans performing back-to-back nights in front of sold out crowds.

(April 12 - 13, 1975)
Nirvana benefit concert (1993)

Nirvana benefit concert (1993)

Nirvana hand picked supporting bands: The Breeders, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy & L7 for a special evening that raised over $60,000 for the Tresnjevka Women’s Group.

(April 9, 1993)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (1996)

Red Hot Chili Peppers (1996)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers brought their 'Red Hot Minute' tour to the Bay Area with opening acts Weapon of Choice and Toadies along for the ride.

Photo Credit: Tim Mosenfelder (Getty Images)

April 6, 1996
6 Decades of Derby in the Bay Area

6 Decades of Derby in the Bay Area

1955 kicked off 19 seasons of professional Roller Derby games; in the beginning, the weekly games were played on Sunday afternoons.

by Peter Hartlaub (SF Gate)
Cow Palace turns into the Reptile Palace

Cow Palace turns into the Reptile Palace

Snakes, Spiders and Geckos on Display at the 2020 Reptile Expo! 
2020 Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

2020 Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

Show dogs visit ABC7 for Dog Show paw-ree-view By Reggie Aqui and Kumasi Aaron 
Rocky "Soulman" Johnson passes away at 75

Rocky "Soulman" Johnson passes away at 75

By Dave Meltzer (Jan. 15, 2020)  

Bruce-Mahoney Recap (January 3, 2020)

SF Examiner

SF Examiner

Photo by Chris Victorio 

Bruce-Mahoney Recap (January 3, 2020)

First ever high school basketball games played at the Cow Palace - January 3, 2020 More>

Bruce-Mahoney Game returns to Cow Palace

Bruce-Mahoney Trophy between Sacred Heart and Saint Ignatius (January 3, 2020).  More>
Hit The Brakes! ABC7 conducts real-time driving test at the Cow Palace

Hit The Brakes! ABC7 conducts real-time driving test at the Cow Palace

ABC7 asked transportation experts to help us with a real-time experiment on just how long it takes your car to stop when you hit the brakes.  
Were You There? Revisiting the 8 most legendary rock concerts performed at the Cow Palace

Were You There? Revisiting the 8 most legendary rock concerts performed at the Cow Palace

Many musicians made the Cow Palace a stop on their path to stardom!  
Skinks, Snakes & Scorpions (Oh My!)

Skinks, Snakes & Scorpions (Oh My!)

Check out the coolest critters from the Reptilian Nation Expo 
2019 Golden Gate Kennel Club's Dog Show

2019 Golden Gate Kennel Club's Dog Show

The Golden Gate Kennel Club's annual "Best In Show" showdown was curiously adorable, or perhaps adorably curious.  

At the Cow Palace with Cotton Rosser

Cowboys, Cowgirls & Crow Hoppers: Scenes from 2017 Grand National Rodeo

Cowboys, Cowgirls & Crow Hoppers: Scenes from 2017 Grand National Rodeo

The Cow Palace's mainstay classic is rowdy, dangerous and a much-welcomed alternative to staring at your phone all weekend.  
Rockin’ it big time on the Southshore

Rockin’ it big time on the Southshore

Members of the Lower Lake High School competitive cheer team display the banner they brought home from the Cow Palace in Daly City on Dec. 2 after winning the JAMZ Slam City competition, a CIF-sanctioned event

-Record Bee
Watch a Fan Play Drums for The Who After Keith Moon Passes Out in 1973

Watch a Fan Play Drums for The Who After Keith Moon Passes Out in 1973

Watch a Fan Play Drums for The Who After Keith Moon Passes Out in 1973

-Paste Magazine
7 Mile House

7 Mile House

Today, it’s the only Mile House remaining in its original location in the Bay Area.

Golden State Warrior's Arena use to be at the Cow Palace!

Golden State Warrior's Arena use to be at the Cow Palace!

SAN FRANCISCO – In 1971, then-Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli changed the name of the NBA franchise from the San Francisco Warriors to the Golden State Warriors. The explanation given at the time was that the new name was a more accurate reflection of the team’s regional -- if peripatetic – identity.... 
Are you in these photos? Kiss rocks the Cow Palace

Are you in these photos? Kiss rocks the Cow Palace

7/27/17: Kiss and the Cow Palace were both at the peak of their powers in 1977... 
Jr Livestock Show

Jr Livestock Show

Top awards earned by Sierra Valley 4-H’er

-Plumas County News


Beyond the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center's traditional offering of cultural, educational and agricultural activities, it also generates a wealth of tangible benefits... 
Pat Patterson returns to Cow Palace

Pat Patterson returns to Cow Palace

Pat Patterson Makes Appearance at Cow Palace Event …

-Pro Wrestling Sheet
5/6 All Pro Wrestling "Cow Palace Royale"

5/6 All Pro Wrestling "Cow Palace Royale"

5/6 All Pro Wrestling “Cow Palace Royale” results: Moore’s in-person report on Cody Rhodes vs. Joey Ryan in a cage match, Luster the Legend vs. Jeff Cobb vs. John Mundo vs. Brian Cage for the APW Universal Championship, WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson appears. 
Going Home Again: The Cow Palace Royale

Going Home Again: The Cow Palace Royale

For me, one of the most important parts of my life as a wrestling fan is the Cow Palace which officially resides in Daly City, but is known as a San Francisco locale to most everyone nonetheless. 
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

at the Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show, the biggest in the west. Were checking out not only the critters, but also the owners, judges and visitors to see what brings them to this stop on the dog show circuit.

Dwight Clark to make first public appearance since ALS announcement

Dwight Clark to make first public appearance since ALS announcement

SJ Mercury News- 4/5/17:
Clark is part of the lineup for the TriStar Collectors Show at the Cow Palace on April 30. He’ll have a familiar face with him: Joe Montana, who threw that famous pass in the NFC title game Jan. 10, 1982, will also be signing autographs at about the same time.
Woodside woman crowned rodeo queen

Woodside woman crowned rodeo queen

Almanac News- 1/11/17

Leandra Steenkamp of Woodside was crowned rodeo queen at the recent Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace
Cow Palace is Bay Area’s working-class hero

Cow Palace is Bay Area’s working-class hero

But none has had a greater cultural impact on a more diverse segment of the Bay Area. Unless you choose to renounce pop culture altogether, it’s close to impossible to have lived in the Bay Area for any time without experiencing at least one coming-of-age moment or cultural touchstone at the 1941 livestock pavilion in Daly City.

by Peter Hartlaub (SF Gate, Dec. 2016)
Benicia jiu-jitsu fighters compete this weekend at the Cow Palace

Benicia jiu-jitsu fighters compete this weekend at the Cow Palace

Benicia Herald- November 1st, 2016
A group of local jiu-jitsu fighters have been going through strenuous workouts at Pro-Faction Martial Arts & Fitness in Benicia preparing for this weekend’s World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
Dickens Fair dishes up Victorian-era holiday fun in Daly City

Dickens Fair dishes up Victorian-era holiday fun in Daly City

Humbug, you say? Not at the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party. This festival is a sure tonic for the holiday blahs. On weekends from Nov. 19-20 through Dec. 17-18 (plus the Friday after Thanksgiving), the Cow Palace 
A GOP convention that seems strangely familiar

A GOP convention that seems strangely familiar

The Cow Palace is in the midst of its Diamond anniversary, celebrating a 75-year span in which the cavernous Daly City landmark hosted just about every kind of event imaginable, including a contentious Republican National Convention dominated by conservatives. Sound familiar -  
U2 dynamic: Dreamforce concert raises $10 million for UCSF hospitals

U2 dynamic: Dreamforce concert raises $10 million for UCSF hospitals

U2 used its benefit concert at the Cow Palace on Wednesday night to knock Donald Trump, and to raise $10 million for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, a favored charity of CEO Marc Benioff. 
Bono raises his voice, Dreamforce raises millions in philanthropy

Bono raises his voice, Dreamforce raises millions in philanthropy

Technology, Bono, philanthropy and even roller skates triumphed Wednesday night, Oct. 5, at the “Cloud Palace,” where philanthropists Lynne Benioff and her husband, Salesforce founder-CEO Marc Benioff hosted their seventh Concert for the Kids starring an electric set by U2 
 Massive stage erected outside Cow Palace for U2's Dreamforce concert

Massive stage erected outside Cow Palace for U2's Dreamforce concert

The world's most famous Irish rock band is headlining Dreamforce and a massive, elaborate stage has been erected outside the Cow Palace for the concert on Wednesday night.  
Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace

Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace

Dust off your Stetson and pull on your cowboy boots: The Wild West comes back to the big city this weekend when the annual Grand National Rodeo, Horse Show and Livestock Show starts at the Cow Palace.

Two jam-packed weekends include not only a livestock exhibition but also equestrian competitions, stock dog trials, a daily Western marketplace, nightly barbecues, swing dance music and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show Friday and Saturday evenings.
Shattering Conventions: High Tech Meets Old-Time Religion

Shattering Conventions: High Tech Meets Old-Time Religion

Almost 9,000 people were packed into the Cow Palace on the outskirts of San Francisco for the National Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it was oddly quiet in the aging arena. All you could really hear was the speaker onstage, flanked by massive banks of flat-panel TVs all wired together so the people in the cheap seats could see him at the podium. Well, they would be the cheap seats if the Jehovah’s Witnesses charged admission 
Dine and Dish: “Taste of the NFL” to be held at the Cow Palace

Dine and Dish: “Taste of the NFL” to be held at the Cow Palace

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Do you feel shut out of all the Super Bowl celebrity parties?

On Wednesday night on Dine and Dish, Vicki Liviakis has the inside track on how to rub elbows with football and food stars. Plus, she will show you how to party with a purpose.

Ecstatic fans holding signs during the arrival of the rock group, the Beatles (1964).

Photos: Beatles kick off first U.S. tour in 1964

Daily update · August 18, 2016 : In 1964, The Beatles opened their first full-fledged U.S. tour as they performed at San Francisco's Cow Palace. More than six months after appearing on The Ed Sullivan show and taking the East Coast by storm, the Fab Four returned to San Francisco, California for opening night of their first-ever concert tour of North America on Aug. 19, 1964 
Van Halen drummer, Alex Van Halen hitting drums during sound check (1984).

Hear Eddie Van Halen Shred for Five Minutes at 1984 Soundcheck

Posted 08/15/2016 by Christopher Scapelliti , photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images: The Van Halen Vault has just uploaded this rare soundcheck of Van Halen performing a soundcheck at San Francisco’s Cow Palace in 1984. 
'Rust Never Sleeps' album cover of guitarist, Neil Young being escorted off stage by a group of cloaked minions.

Album Reviews: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps (DVD)

Written By Hal Horowitz // August 8, 2016: It may go without saying, but the Rust Never Sleeps show, filmed on a single performance at San Francisco’s Cow Palace on Oct., 22, 1978 is the gem here. 
'The Forgotten day in San Francisco' image of lead singer, Mick Jagger singing into his microphone.

This Forgotten Day in S.F

July 16, 1975: On this day, the Rolling Stones played the second of two sold out shows at the Cow Palace. 
Senator John F. Kennedy standing behind podium, addressing a crowd during his campaign at the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center (1960).

This Forgotten Day in S.F.

SFGate-Dec 3, 2015: JFK campaigns at Cow Palace  
Evel Knievel makes his record 12-car motorcycle jump at the Cow Palace in 1972 (photo credit: Chronicle File/SFC)

Evel Knievel’s epic Cow Palace crash in 1972

By Peter Hartlaub February 25, 2016 Sfgate:
Evel Knievel makes his record 12-car motorcycle jump at the Cow Palace in 1972
San Jose Sharks mascot, Sharky being suspended from harness.

San Jose Sharks: The Cow Palace Day

Coral Cannon, Blades of Teal, 9/16/15:
In celebration of the San Jose Sharks 25th anniversary, we’re going to revisit the Cow Palace days where the team made their NHL debut and proudly displayed the newly re-released Heritage Jersey.
Crowds of contestants standing in the parking lot of the Cow Palace, waiting to audition for the 2015 American Idol competition.

American Idol holds final season auditions at the Cow Palace

Mark DuFrene on 09/15/2015 : Auditions for the final season of "American Idol" drew a large crowd of fame seekers to the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif., Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, 2015.  
Outside the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center with multi-color lighting being displayed on the facade.

Seven Moments That The Cow Palace Made Music History

Alyssa Pereir August 15, 2014, 97.3 ALICE

The venue has hosted rock legends and seen some of the greatest musicians to ever live play on its stage, from the Beatles to Elvis. Some moments, however, a pretty special. Here are seven moments that concerts at the Cow Palace made music history.
John L. Sullivan stands over Dominick McCaffrey after knocking him down during their heavyweight championship bout in August 1885.

This Week in Boxing History: August 28-September 3

This week in boxing history, PBC goes back more than 100 years to celebrate the first world heavyweight championship fight under modern rules, honor one of the sport’s greatest rivalries and highlight the longest bout of the 20th century, in addition to remembering a brutal middleweight war and a thrilling featherweight title showdown.

Outside of the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia (1967).

Vegas Adds to Unique NHL Expansion History

A month from now, the Vegas Golden Knights will make history as the first major league franchise in the Big Four leagues to make its home in Sin City, at T-Mobile Arena. And while the Knights are Golden, so too is an anniversary for the league that celebrates this modern era: The legendary 1967 NHL expansion. 
Quill pen placed on top of the Declaration of Independence.

Political parties evolve despite labels

Political parties are labeled by "We The People." In 1866, when the first Civil Rights Bill was enacted, African-Americans voted Republican -- The Party of Lincoln. Record numbers of African-Americans voted and record numbers of Republicans were elected to federal, state and local offices.
Tom Petty and the heartbreakers playing at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley July 26, 1985 (Tom Levy/The Chronicle)

Tom Petty in the Bay Area: 5 decades of concerts in photos

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers playing at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley July 26, 1985.

The Shoreline. The Greek. The Cow Palace. Oracle Arena. The Pavilion. Tom Petty played them all.

When news broke that the legendary rocker had died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Southern California home on Sunday, gasps could be heard across the newsroom. Shocked by the news, I headed to The Chronicle’s archive in search of classic concert shots from Petty’s Bay Area stops from the 1970s to this year.
Legendary guitarist, Tom Petty playing with spot light during concert at the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center.

Fan snapshots make 'Smithsonian Rock and Roll' a candid compendium of musical history

The snapshots are like the musicians themselves: gritty, raw and uncensored. That’s because the 362 photos in “Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen” were mostly taken by fans, not professional photographers.

The nation’s top bull riders will be in San Jose for the run-up competition to the Professional Bull Riders finals in Las Vegas. (Andy Watson/Bullstock Media)

Rodeo cowboys, bull riders head back to Bay Area

The toughest, fastest cowboys and cowgirls will be at center stage this weekend as the Bay Area hosts the Grand National Rodeo and the Professional Bull Riders.

Now in its 71st year at the Cow Palace, the Grand National will feature rodeo events, a horse show, the junior livestock show, agricultural exhibitions, mechanical bull rides, Western barbecue and live country music on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.
Director Joseph Arioso headshot after being named the 2017 California Livestock Man of the Year at the Grand National Rodeo.

CattleWomen’s Corner: Arioso named Livestock Man of the Year

Joseph Arioso from Pixley was named 2017 California Livestock Man of Year at the Grand National Livestock Show in San Francisco, Oct. 14.

Arioso is a prominent registered Holstein dairyman, milking 3,000 cows, with 2,600 replacements, farming 1,450 acres of alfalfa, corn and wheat. In 2015 he bred the Holstein USA Star of the breed Airosa Redbull 12417 Excellent 95, which was the first time a cow West of the Mississippi has won the prestigious award, and in addition she produced over 69,000 lbs of milk that year. She was also nominated All American as a breeder.
Prowers County Lodging Board logo

Two Shot Goose Hunt Receives Lodging Tax Funding

The Annual Southeast Colorado Two Shot Goose Hunt is observing its 51st year in Lamar next month. Rose Ann Yates and John Ritter detailed the plans for the three day hunt which will be held from Wednesday, November 29th through December 1st and requested marketing and contract funding from the Lodging Tax Panel during their meeting on October 17th. 
Horse owner, Alexandra Farly strikes a pose in front of her horse, Norman, at the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center.

Learning the ropes at my first rodeo

Daly City might be just a hop over a hill from ultramodern San Francisco, but when the Grand National Rodeo comes to the Cow Palace every year, it’s transformed into another world — one with cowgirls, prize tomatoes and award-winning pigs. I’d seen the billboards along the freeway for decades and finally decided to grab the bull by the horns and go. The experience was both everything I expected and a complete surprise. 
Crimson Cross Quartet members Brian McCluskey, Josh McCluskey and Jeff Bridgewater entertained the crowd gathered recently for the Bee Ridge Congregational Church fish fry at the Forest Park Pavilion/Cow Palace.

Local church continues its annual park service, adds vendors

Ivy Jacobs photo Crimson Cross Quartet members Brian McCluskey, Josh McCluskey and Jeff Bridgewater entertained the crowd gathered recently for the Bee Ridge Congregational Church fish fry at the Forest Park Pavilion/Cow Palace. 
After the Seattle SuperSonics' final game, Kevin Durant reaches up to the fans at KeyArena in Seattle, WA.

Nostalgia: Remembering the Sonics on their 50th anniversary

Half a century ago today, Seattle’s first professional sports franchise, the Seattle Supersonics, played its first regular season game. The basketball team lost 144-116 October 13, 1967 against the San Francisco Warriors. 
Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Former-Sharks prospect and San Francisco Bull thriving in NHL with Lightning

SAN JOSE — The remnants of a short-lived hockey venture in San Francisco found its way back to the Bay Area in the form of a bonafide NHL player. 
Small group of rodeo contestants standing around after the Grand National Rodeo (year unknown).

Greatest Rodeo Picture Ever?

Recently, a small gathering of us were spending an evening of cold brew, warm spirits, good grub, and faded if slightly enhanced memories. Three of us were between hunters to guide. A few others had been invited and a couple more had more or less invited themselves. A fire pit was casting off a combination of pinon and post oak smoke on a deck that still suffered from a lack of levelness inflicted when the host and I had first attempted its construction a few years back. A few feet away, that same host was grilling buffalo loin as well keeping a constant supply of calf fries, shortbreads, and onions from the fry pot.
CD Cover of legendary guitarist, Santana live from the Cow Palace (1975).

SANTANA: Cow Palace, San Francisco, 31st December ’75 (Ltd/1000 2CD)

We are told:

Santana live at the Cow Palace, San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1975 broadcast by KSAN-FM.

A smokin’ live band in full flow with a rejuvenated Carlos giving the material from the early albums new focus and energy. All captured in pristine sound quality.

Limited Edition pressing of 1000.
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Lodging Panel Seeking New Membership

There were no new applications for funding on the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel for their monthly meeting on November 14th. Discussion did focus on replacement members as Panel President, Pat Palmer, submitted his resignation from the board which will be effective at the end of this year. Palmer, who has been president for several years, used his letter to thank the county and past and present members for their dedication to help promote events in Prowers County over the years. 
Junior Livestock Exhibitor displaying their ribbons and prize winning goat; exhibitor is standing in front of a Cow Palace backdrop.

Top awards earned by Sierra Valley 4-H'er

Kristin Roberti of Sierra Valley garnered several top awards at the 2017 Grand National Livestock Exposition at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Oct. 13 and 14.

Roberti showed her herd of eight registered Toggenburg dairy goats in the All Other Breeds Division.

The awards included Best Udder Champion, Reserve Senior Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. Roberti also won six firsts, seven seconds, a third and placed fourth in the Intermediate Dairy Goat Showmanship competition.
Bill Graham Presents poster from The Who (November 20); poster is of a  castle and an owl perched up on top of a flower in outer space.

November 20, 1973: Who Fan Subs For Keith Moon

Can anybody play the drums?” an exasperated Pete Townshend asked the crowd at San Francisco’s Cow Palace towards the end of a trying set. “We mean somebody good.” 
Father Christmas from the Great Dickens Fair listening to a child tell their Christmas list.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair | Cow Palace

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Party returns to the Cow Palace for its 35th season! Enter the world of Charles Dickens' Victorian London on a magical Christmas Eve, and discover the heart of the holidays! Explore over three acres of vintage exhibition halls, marvelously transformed into lamplit streets, boisterous pubs and wondrous theatres, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures. 
Outside view of the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center (from parking lot)

A Brief History of the Iconic Cow Palace

Recently, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, reported that New Japan Pro Wrestling has an initial bid on the Cow Palace in California for July 7th (the same night as UFC 226 in Nevada, interestingly enough) of this year. Completed in 1941, the Cow Palace is an iconic venue for wrestling fans on the Golden Coast. The odd name was coined by a local newspaper journalist during the Great Depression, when he was writing against using public funds to build it. 
Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd with American flag in background.

Bang for the Buck

“Welcome, Patriots! Gun Show Today,” says a big sign outside the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, just south of San Francisco, where the Republican National Convention nominated Barry Goldwater for president in 1964. Inside, past the National Rifle Association table at the door, a vast room, longer than a football field, is completely filled with rows of tables and display cases.  
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NJPW Could Be Running Another Event In The US This Year

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that New Japan Pro Wrestling officials have a preliminary hold on a date for a show on July 7th at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

The promotion has announced that they will run March 25th in Long Beach, which sold out 5,000 seats in under 20-minutes.

Also, there have been some discussions talk the July return being in a major arena in either Long Beach or Las Vegas. The show would be on the same night as UFC’s show in Las Vegas for International Fight Week, which is UFC 226 and headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic.
Vehicle parked in front of the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center.


New Japan Pro Wrestling will be debuting at a legendary pro wrestling venue when they return to California later this year.
At Strong Style Evolved in Long Beach tonight, NJPW confirmed that they'll be holding a show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Saturday, July 7th. The show will be called a G1 Special, which was the name of the two NJPW events in Long Beach last summer. Fighting Spirit Unleashed appears to be the tagline for it.
Bouquet of yellow and red roses in vase on top of table setting.

Receive $2 off San Francisco Flower Show | Cow Palace, Daly City

Receive $2 off with downloadable coupon to the San Francisco 2018 Flower Show at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Present downloaded coupon at Flower Show ticket window upon purchase to receive discount.

Celebrate the return of the SF Flower & Garden Show to the Cow Palace after 10 years!
Professional wrestlers in ring (from L to R): Stone Cold Steve Austin, manager Paul Heyman, Bill Goldberg and WWE President Vince McMahon.

3/26 PW Daily Report: WWE Signing Lucha Stars, Paul Heyman & Goldberg, New Japan Invades Long Beach,

In what is sure to be the best speech at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, the ever-controversial Paul Heyman will induct Bill Goldberg in New Orleans.

The only major event that took place this weekend was NJPW Strong Style Evolved in Long Beach. The show sold out in a matter of minutes and lived up to its hype with an outstanding tag team main event between the Young Bucks and the Golden Lovers. Jay White also retained the IWGP U.S. Championship against Hangman Page in a brutal, hard-hitting match. Full 3/25 NJPW Strong Style Evolved results.
New Japan Wrestlers (from Left to Right): Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Cody Rhodes, Matt Jackson and Stephen Arnell.

Why 'ALL IN' is going to be a game changer for Indy Wrestling

For a lot of hardcore wrestling fans, one show is as eagerly awaited as WrestleMania, in 2018 - ALL IN.

The event which is being financed by the Young Bucks and Cody has been generating an unprecedented amount of buzz among both the hardcore and the casual fans. It is being dubbed as the biggest Indy show of the year.

Names like Kenny Omega, Stephen Amell, Tessa Blanchard, Penta el zero have already been confirmed for the event and more talent announcement is expected as we get closer to September 1st, the date of the big show.
Professional wrestler, Rey Mysterio standing in wrestling ring and addressing the fans on a microphone.


Despite not being able to wrestle at the show, Rey Mysterio appeared at Strong Style Evolved last night and promised to still make his in-ring debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Mysterio apologized to the fans after his bicep injury kept him from facing Jushin Thunder Liger, but he said that doesn't mean the match won't happen at some point. He gave his word that he will come back when he's healthy and wrestle in an NJPW ring, calling it something that's on his bucket list.

Will Ospreay got on the mic after defeating Liger and issued a challenge for Mysterio to face him in an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match. While he was doing that, Marty Scurll attacked Ospreay with his umbrella. Mysterio tried to make the save, but Scurll ripped his mask off. Liger then came back in and ran Scurll off.
SF Flower and Garden Show attendee standing in front of display of an tree in the form of a old man.

Bay Area’s big Flower & Garden Show at a new venue this year

After 10 years in San Mateo, the Bay Area’s big annual springtime gardening extravaganza, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, is returning to the Cow Palace in Daly City.

From April 4-8, visitors will find full-size showcase gardens, landscape designs and hundreds of vendors and experts. The 75-plus seminars and workshops will focus on such varied topics as edible gardens, new plants for our region, old-world florals for today, bonsai and ikebana, designing with palms and vertical gardening.

New this year will be Patio Living and TableScapes idea centers. Returning favorites include the Plant Market and the Marketplace of gardening gear.
New Japan Wrestling's G1 Special in USA logo, promoting their upcoming event at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING Officially Announces A Return To The United States Later This Year

New Japan Pro Wrestling is really hitting its stride at the moment.

The Strong Style Evolved event in Long Beach was incredibly successful, with tickets selling out immediately. NJPW’s stock has been rising due to the stellar matches and wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, or IWGP World Heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada are hot commodity at the moment.

During Strong Style Evolved. the promotion announced their return to the west on July 7th, 2018 from the world-famous Cow Palace in San Francisco. The announcement states that it will happen during the New Japan’s annual G1 tournament. The historic venue has hosted wrestling for decades, with as many as 13,000 fans in attendance at its peak. The promotion will once again double its ticket potential and could end up being the single biggest wrestling show in the U.S. not put on by WWE since the death of WCW.
Professional wrestler, Samoa Joe being held back by other wrestler outside the wrestling ring.

3/27 PW Daily Report: Return Dates For Samoa Joe & Jeff Hardy, NJPW Running Cow Palace, RAW Recap &

– Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy will be back in action by 4/27 for the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia, if not sooner. He will be involved in a Fatal 4-Way match with The Miz, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship. John Cena will also face Triple H for the first in 8 years, The Bar takes on the Hardy Boyz and of course, the first ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble match. 
G1 Special logo promoting their July 7 event at the Cow Palace in San Francisco


Tickets for New Japan’s next show in California will be going on sale very soon. has a page up for the upcoming G1 Special In San Francisco event, with the page mentioning that tickets will go on sale May 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. Prices will start at $40, with the highest priced tickets reaching $300. No card has currently been announced for the event, which will be held on July 7.
Assorted guns spread out on tradeshow tables.

Lt. Gov. Newsom Calls for Gun Show Ban at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for a ban on gun shows and sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

In a letter mailed Monday, Newsom appealed to the directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the fairgrounds, to consider a ban at its next meeting.

“Permitting the sale of firearms and ammunition on state-owned property only perpetuates America’s gun culture at a time when 73 percent of Californians support gun reform measures,” he wrote.

Newsom, who is running for governor, said that as mayor of San Francisco he pushed for a ban on shows and sales in nearby Daly City, the site of the Cow Palace arena.

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds four times a year, most recently in March, when it drew protests.
Kip and Marilyn Herzog receiving the 2019 Petaluma Awards of Excellence for their continued support of Northern California agriculture.

Herzogs represent Petaluma agriculture

Kip and Marilyn Herzog have spent their whole lives around dairy cows, so it is fitting that they first met at the arena that is a monument to all things bovine, San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

The Herzogs, who have been married 54 years, are deeply rooted in the Petaluma agricultural community. Marilyn, a 4-H leader for decades, is the president of the Sonoma County Fair board of directors. Kip, who raised Holstein dairy cows and owned Sleepy Hollow Certified Milk Co., is in the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame.
Professional wrestler, Rikishi taking on Jon Bradshaw in wrestling ring.

Rikishi Opens Up To Sean Waltman About Training Rusev, His Sons’ WWE Work, Working w/ Steve Austin,


Download the podcast version of X-PAC 12360 on iTunes: HERE or download the podcast version for Android HERE.

X-PAC 12360 has shared the following transcribed quotes with WrestleZone from the most recent episode with Rikishi.

RELATED: Sean Waltman Reveals Post-Mania Conversation w/ ‘Taker, Talks Possible Rousey v Charlotte Match, More

White BMW on closed road course promoting upcoming Private Ride & Drive event at the Cow Palace

BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Tour Returns, the Five Locations Revealed

BMW’s event bringing together consumers and the best cars the German manufacturer has to offer, otherwise known as the Ultimate Driving Experience tour, is officially back and we now know the first five cities that will host it. Apart from allowing owners and prospective owners to get some firsthand driving time behind the wheel of the latest cars in the stable, additional highlights of the event include an exciting autocross driving course, a BMW Teen Driving School course based on the program taught at the BMW Performance Centers in Spartanburg, SC, and Thermal, CA and a BMW M Car Control Clinic. 
Cross Road of the West Gun Show banner and crowd standing in front of Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA.

Promoter of Del Mar gun show says operation is legal

The patriarch of the family that operates the Del Mar gun show said Wednesday he has avoided legal conflicts over his past felony firearms conviction by ceding responsibility for the event to his daughter, Tracy Olcott.

“It’s something that happened almost 40 years ago,” said Bob Templeton, 79, president of Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. “I have never signed the contracts because of my prior conviction.”
New Japan Wrestling's G1 Special and AXS tv logo announcement for live TV broadcast on AXS tv.

AXS TV To Broadcast NJPW On July 7 From Cow Palace; Jim Ross And Josh Barnett On Commentary

AXS TV announced today that it will exclusively live broadcast New Japan Pro Wrestling’s third U.S. event—the G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO—on Saturday, July 7 at 8pE/5pP. The G1 SPECIAL continues the network’s partnership with the fast-growing wrestling promotion and its Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, building on the success of AXS TV’s presentation of STRONG STYLE EVOLVED in March 2018 and G1 SPECIAL IN USA in July 2017, along with its award-winning Friday Night NJPW series. 
Should the publicly owned Cow Palace host gun shows?

Should the publicly owned Cow Palace host gun shows?

The frequency of observable criminal activity at gun shows in California is lower than at gun shows in other states. But the credit for this goes to the people of California, not to the people who organize gun shows.

Tuesday is the day to go to polling places to cast ballots in California’s primary election. It’s also the last day ballots can be put in the mail and still be counted. Election 2018: Bay Area voters, this is your guide to a jam-packed primary San Franciscans swiftly adopted the for-rent stand-up scooters when they appeared in March. Bye-bye, SF scooters as Bird, Lime and Spin go on hiatus Jeff Bleich is a candidate for California Lieutenant Governor on Monday, March 19, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Editorial: Jeff Bleich for California lieutenant governor Law enforcement officials: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York in apparent suicide Fisherman crowd the public pier at Candlestick Point. Proposition 68, a $4 billion bond measure on t
Protestor with megaphone standing in front of steps of City Hall.

Resist: Queer youth to the front of gun debate

Hours after the guns fell silent in Santa Fe, Texas, after yet another school shooting on Friday, May 18, high school students in the Bay Area assembled at City Hall in San Francisco to deliver a simple message.

"In the eyes of this country, we are old enough to die at school, but too young to defend ourselves from the weapons that cut us down," Jake Cohen, a queer student at Tamalpais High School, said to a crowd of about 80 people on a cool spring evening.

"We are the victims," he said. "And mark my words, the victims will soon become your leaders."
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Daly City eyed for Ancajas defense

World champion Jerwin Ancajas’ US tour travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in October, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday.

Arum, head of Top Rank, told the Manila Bulletin that Daly City, where there is a large concentration of Filipinos, is being eyed to host Ancajas’ sixth defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown.

Located just outside San Francisco, Daly City’s population is 33 percent Filipino and Arum wants to pack the venue that will host Ancajas’ choice of defense.
Professional wrestler, Jerwin Anacajas headshot.

Ancajas defends title in Daly City

World champion Jerwin Ancajas US tour travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in October, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday.

Arum, who heads Top Rank, told the Bulletin that Daly City, where there is a large concentration of Filipinos reside, is being eyed to host Ancajas’ sixth defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown.

Located just outside San Francisco, Daly City’s population is 33 percent Filipino and Arum certainly wants to pack the venue that will host Ancajas’ choice defense against an opponent “that will be decided in the coming weeks,” said the New York-born promoter.
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MR. TITO STRIKES BACK – WWE Pay Per Views on FOX?, Laughing RAW’s Viewership This Week, and More

Welcome back to the EXCELLENCE IN COLUMN WRITING exclusively here at and has been since October 1998, yo. Man, what an AWFUL week of programming for the WWE this week. One of the worst RAWs of the year and that follows last week’s awful show as well. Then you have Smackdown whom everyone claims to have “won the draft” continuing that awful booking trend. Oh, and dumping more dirt on Daniel Bryan to bury him since his comeback. Rusev jobs to everyone else but can defeat Bryan? Then you have Samoa Joe, who should have potential, but Roman took out the garbage on that at Backlash. 
New Japan Wrestler, Chris Jericho AKA Painmaker smiling at camera.

NJPW Dominion 2018 results: Another Okada-Omega classic, big Chris Jericho surprise

New Japan Pro-Wrestling's second-biggest event of the year -- think of it as the equivalent to WWE's SummerSlam -- delivered in more ways than one this Saturday as fans watching around the world -- and in attendance in Osaka, Japan -- were treated to a variety of title changes and top-tier wrestling matches at Dominion 6.9. 
2018 NJPW Dominion logo inside a sold out arena.

Csonka’s NJPW Dominion 2018 Preview

WELCOME back to column time with Larry! Today, I am going to discuss and preview tomorrow’s NJPW Dominion 2018 event. Dominion is the next big event on the NJPW calendar, sandwiched between the BOTSJ finals and the beginning of the G1. On tap for today are some big matches, including Naito vs. Jericho, The Bucks challenging for the IWGP tag titles, and of course, Okada vs. Omega IV; it’s a hell of a card and I have a feeling that the show will see a big shake-up in regards to title changes. Feel free to make your picks in the comment section. Thanks for reading! It’s wrestling, we love it and will disagree. The only rules are “have a take, be respectful, and don’t be a dick.” 
Hand pistols arranged on table.

San Mateo County Opposes Gun Shows at Cow Palace

From the Office of San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution urging the state to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

San Mateo County supervisors David J. Canepa and Dave Pine co-sponsored the resolution urging state lawmakers to support Senate Bill 221 (Wiener, Ting) which would end gun shows at the Cow Palace. The Board of Supervisors first passed a similar resolution in 2003.
Cross Road of the West Gun Show banner and crowd standing in front of Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA.

Gun shows do not belong at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Gun shows do not belong at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Time is running out and soon they will be gone.

The organizers are looking for a new site because the board which runs the state-owned fairgrounds has signaled that it may raise the minimum age to enter the gun show and prohibit sales of some items. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the lack of an eligibility certificate for the actual producers and organizers of the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows.
WWE NXT's, Zeda standing in gym with black and yellow leotard.

WWE NXT Zeda’s First Appearance since Being Released, Win Floor Seats To NJPW G1 Special In San Fran

The Team Vision Dojo in Orlando, FL held an open house for potential students Tuesday night. Advertised as training assistants, WWE Mae Young Classic competitor Renee Michelle and Impact Knockout Amber Nova helped with a surprise appearance by Julia Ho better known as Zeda in WWE NXT. Julia is now training at the Team Vision Dojo and will be a part of future I Believe in Wrestling as well as other associated events once her 30 days non-compete clause expires. For booking inquirers, her management team can be contacted at: 
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Letter carriers say 'thank you'

The Grand Island letter carriers would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the Grand Island businesses and residents for making our “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive the most successful on record! We collected 16,875 pounds of food items and $2,695 in cash for the Grand Island Salvation Army. That is outstanding and shows the heart of Grand Island. 
New Japan Wrestler, Chris Jericho AKA Painmaker smiling at camera.

Chris Jericho Defeats Tetsuya Naito To Become New Japan's Intercontinental Champion

There is no doubt Chris Jericho is making waves outside WWE. Previously appearing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, he's gone back and forth between WWE and NJPW and rumors are he's potentially looking at some work with Impact Wrestling. On Saturday, Jericho took the next step to his furthering his legacy outside WWE when he won the IWGP Intercontinental Championship defeating the champion Tetsuya Naitovia pinfall at NJPW Dominion.

The day started when Jericho posted a new look for his appearance for NJPW and fans were surprised but not completely shocked since Jericho is never afraid to try something new. More surprising was how the match went and Jericho debuted his new look.
New Japan Wrestler, Cody Rhodes standing in front of black backdrop.

Exclusive: Cody Rhodes on his to-do list & what he wants more people to know

New Japan Pro Wrestling -- the second largest (and one of the fastest-growing) pro wrestling organizations in the world -- will hold its biggest U.S. event ever, the G1 Special In San Francisco, at the Cow Palace on Saturday, July 7th. Luckily for fans outside of the San Francisco, the historic event will also be broadcast nationally live on AXS TV. 
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Students support Cow Palace gun show ban

Five times a year, the state-owned Cow Palace straddling San Francisco and San Mateo counties hosts gun shows. People from all over the state — and beyond — congregate at this venue, exempt from local controls on firearm sales because it is on state land, in celebration of America’s gun “culture.” Tickets are $14. Children under 12 years are admitted free.

This is wrong.

n the last few months, we have seen both the horrible effects of gun violence affecting our communities, in schools especially, and the momentous upswell of activism by students fighting to end that violence. In the Bay Area, students have organized to lobby state and local lawmakers to enact sensible gun control, and to lead the nation in common-sense gun reforms.
NJPW To Sell Out The Cow Palace In San Fransisco? Read more at

NJPW To Sell Out The Cow Palace In San Fransisco? Read more at

NJPW has so much buzz around itself right now. With the huge G1 Special in San Fransisco looming, many fans are expecting a sell out crowd. When asked on Twitter, Dave Meltzer said there’s not too much hope for this:
New Japan Wrestling's Kenny Omega  holding up the #1 finger and his championship belt

Kenny Omega on how to approach him & what more people should know about him

While WWE can be touted as the world's biggest wrestling company, New Japan Pro Wrestling is the second largest pro wrestling organization in the world and consistently growing. On July 7th, New Japan will be holding its biggest event in the United States yet, the G1 Special In San Francisco. American fans not able to on-site at San Francisco's Cow Palace will be able to watch the event on television as it will be broadcast live on AXS TV. 
New Japan Wrestling's match up card featuring Kenny Omega vs Cody Rhodes, Juice Robinson vs Jay White, Hiromu Takahashi vs Dragon Lee.

NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING Announces The Full Match Card For Their G1 Special In San Francisco

New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the official match card for their upcoming G1 Special in San Francisco, which takes place at the Cow Palace on July 7th.

In addition to Kenny Omega defending his IWGP Heavyweight title against Cody Rhodes, four more championship bouts have been added to the show.

Jeff Cobb challenges Hirooki Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship, plus Evil and Sanada will get their rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against The Young Bucks. Plus, Hiromu Takahashi defends the Jr. Heavyweight title against Dragon Lee, and Juice Robinson will challenge Jay White for the IWGP United States championship.

NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco will be broadcast live on AXS TV Saturday, July 7th starting at 8PM ET. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is assumed that commentary will be provided by WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Josh Barnett.
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Juice Robinson On If He Ever Plans On Leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling

Juice Robinson spent some time in WWE's developmental territory and saw a lot of people come and go while he learned his craft. Things eventually came to a crossroads for Robinson and he left NXT for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Robinson recently participated in a media call where he discussed how former NXT Head Coach Bill DeMott helped him get a look from New Japan and it helped spark a transition of taking a chance on himself and jumping to NJPW. Since then Juice hasn't looked back but he's very happy it all seemed to work out for him.
New Japan Wrestler, Cody Rhodes standing in front of black backdrop.

NJPW News: Cody Rhodes Previews the G1 Special in San Francisco, Notes on Minoru Suzuki’s 30th Anniv

– NJPW released a new preview where Cody Rhodes recaps his feud with Kenny Omega ahead of their upcoming IWGP heavyweight title bout at the G1 Special on July 7 in San Francisco, California at the Cow Palace. He also runs down other Bullet Club members who will have matches at the event, including, Marty Scurll and the Guerrillas of Destiny. 
New Japan Wrestler, Kenny Omega holding microphone up to mouth and speaking.

Kenny Omega Explains How Contrary To Popular Belief, He Might Work Even Better In WWE Environment

In a recent media conference call to promote the upcoming G1 Special at the Cow Palace on July 7th, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega spoke with members of the media about a number of recent relevant topics.

Among them was his style in the ring and how transitioning into the WWE, where he might not be able to do the things that make him the highly-talked-about performer that he is these days. Regarding that subject, Omega had an interesting take.
New Japan Wrestler, Jay White outfitted in black and standing in cage.

Jay White On His Preparations For G1 Climax

IWGP United States Champion Jay White recently participated in a media conference call to help promote the G1 Climax tournament. During the call White was asked how he is preparing for the tournament, as well has his title defense against Juice Robinson at the G1 Special on July 7th in San Francisco:

“In terms of preparation we’re on tour at the moment,” White said. “If anything I don’t have the chance to prepare because I go home for two and a half days and I fly over for two Strong Style Evolved events in the UK. I’ll get home for another two and a half days and I fly straight to San Fransisco [for the G1 Special at the Cow Palace].
New Japan Wrestling's G1 Special event with Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes

NJPW ‘G1 Special In San Francisco’ Full Card And Start Time, Cody Vs. Kenny Omega For The Title

New Japan Pro Wrestling is one of the industry’s hottest promotions, and they feature some of the most popular wrestlers outside of the WWE, such as “The American Nightmare” Cody (formerly known as Cody Rhodes), Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson), Hirooki Goto, Jay White, Zack Sabre, Jr., and Minoru Suzuki. While the WWE is the dominate wrestling company in the United States, New Japan Pro Wrestling has a huge audience worldwide, and their popularity continues to gain momentum domestically. 
New Japan Wrestling's Kenny Omega  holding up the #1 finger and his championship belt

NJPW makes landfall in United States with show at Cow Palace

During this year’s mayoral campaign, London Breed spoke of growing up in San Francisco’s inner city, saving her pennies as a kid just to go regularly to the Cow Palace to see all her favorite WWF wrestlers in the 1980s.

On Saturday, New Japan Pro Wrestling will make its debut at the classic arena, and now-Mayor-elect Breed is trying to make one more appearance, although this time, she may wind up in the ring.

Japan-based NJPW — long one of the most respected promotions worldwide — is attempting to promote globally outside Japan. At press-time, Mayor-elect Breed is trying to alter her schedule to hopefully attend and present the promotion with keys to the city and a proclamation plaque, as they kick off arguably their most ambitious show in the United States.
New Japan Wrestling's G1 Special event with Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes

Kenny Omega, Cody talk NJPW G1 Special, which follows Bullet Club TV marathon

New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second largest and one of the fastest growing pro wrestling organizations in the world, will hold its biggest U.S. event ever — G1 special in San Francisco — at the historic Cow Palace on Saturday which will be broadcast nationally live on AXS TV.

NJPW is starting to cover some ground in the United States. It made a rare East Coast stop in Florida on June 29, before traveling cross country for the G1 Special.

In the G1 Special main event on Saturday, Cody Rhodes of the famous Rhodes family challenges IWGP Champ and Street Fighter V Champ Kenny Omega for the IWGP belt. The winner will also be leader of Bullet Club.
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The free fireworks display at dusk July 4th will be at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds again this year, but a road construction project on Fairgrounds Road might cause a detour for those wanting to watch. Half of the road between the Fairgrounds and Stonegate subdivision is closed and only EASTBOUND traffic is allowed. That means if you're coming along Fairgrounds Road from Hamilton High School, for instance, you can't get there. You must turn south on Kurtz Lane to Marcus Street, turn right on US 93 and then get to the Fairgrounds from US 93. The only two main routes to the fairgrounds are from US 93 go east onto Fairgrounds Road and on Old Corvallis Road go south to the fairgrounds.

Now, when you get there, two areas are available for parking. This is easy. They're the normal parking areas for the Ravalli County Fair - the north parking lot, just off Old Corvallis Road and the south parking lot at the softball fields across from the fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road. The grassy area
New Japan Wrestling G1 Special logo in front of the parking lot of the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center

Preview: NJPW G1 Special In San Francisco ( 7/7/18)

New Japan Pro Wrestling continues the expansion towards North America with the second G1 Special In USA, this time emanating from San Francisco at the legendary Cow Palace. The G1 Climax tournament is set to get under way this Summer in NJPW with twenty of the companies top stars but first this blockbuster event will feature NJPW stars as well as talent from America, Mexico and the United Kingdom, culminating with the IWGP heavyweight Championship on the line in the main event. Jeff Cobb receives a championship match without being under contract (but he has to be heavily in talks for NJPW full-time) following such gaijin athletes from around the globe such as Zack Sabre Jr, Juice Robinson and Trent?. There will be nine matches in total on July 7 with five Championships on the line. NJPW’s popularity is expanding to a worldwide audience for fans of hard-hitting action with more story told in the ring instead of on the microphone. The Cow Palace is a great way to expand, NJPW has to be h 
Avett Brothers band on stage (banjo player, guitar player)

Avett Brothers Cancel Oregon Show After Man Enters Venue With Gun

The Avett Brothers were scheduled to perform a sold-out show in Troutdale, Oregon Saturday night, but after a man entered the venue with a firearm, the performance was abruptly cancelled. According to a statement on the band’s website, the individual set off the venue’s metal detector at the beginning of the night, and when confronted by security about the no-firearm of the venue, the man claimed that he was an out-of-state police officer and showed a badge. Security then asked the individual to wait for a manager to confirm his entry, but the man instead disregarded the security guard, slipping into the crowd. 
Professional Wrestling faction, the Bullet Club logo

Bullet Club Continues to Wage War at The Cow Palace

ollowing the main event at the NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco, Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks celebrated with Haku, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa. But the celebration was short-lived as the Tongans attacked, laying out Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi, Adam Page, and Marty Scurll. Cody arrived and tried to make the save but was also attacked, The Tongans left as a unified force, while Cody helped Omega to his feet and embraced with Omega, ending the Cody/Omega arc and moving onto another, the Tama Tonga led portion, which many had been waiting for. Of note, Bad Luck Fale was not at the show, and most speculate that he will be aligned with the Tonga side. 
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Juice Robinson wins the IWGP United States title, claiming his first New Japan gold

Juice Robinson came into his United States title match against Jay White at a severe disadvantage. Mainly, a broken hand.

But that didn’t stop him from claiming the gold!

During tonight’s IWGP US title match at the G1 Special at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, not only did the champion Jay White work over Juice’s broken hand the entire night, but Juice was not allowed to strike with that hand. It was decided before the match that his cast was a weapon and punching with it would result in a DQ.
NJPW G1 Special Results July 7th 2018, Latest G1 Special Winners & Video Highlights

NJPW G1 Special Results July 7th 2018, Latest G1 Special Winners & Video Highlights

New Japan Pro Wrestling's inaugural show at the Cow Palace in San Fransisco as part of the G1 Specials in the US was definitely a huge success, considering the fact that NJPW, in general, has broken several records throughout the evening.The night featured some of NJPW's top stars as former IWGP Heavyweight Champions Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito and Jr. Heavyweight stars like Will Ospreay all featured on the card, alongside the likes of Suzuki Gun, Marty Scurll, and even the legendary King Haku.

In the main event of the evening, new IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defended his championship belt for the first time against fellow Bullet Club stablemate Cody Rhodes.
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Young Bucks Say Evil And Sanada Envy Them, Okada Enjoying His Time In The States Before G1 Special

- Below, IWGP Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks talk about how they are currently on top of their game in pro wrestling and the merchandising world. The duo will meet EVIL and SANADA later tonight.

"I see the look of envy in EVIL and SANADA's eyes, they mentioned it early, 'Oh, those championship titles belong around our waist, they're more important around our waist," Matt Jackson said. "I can't help but laugh a little bit, because when you have the belts on two guys like us, we are self-made millionaires. We are the brand. It's the Superkick Party brand. We're bigger than professional wrestling, we're bigger than New Japan Pro Wrestling, and for sure bigger than EVIL and SANADA."
Professional Wrestler, Dragon Lee with championship belt

Dragon Lee Wins King of the Indies 2018 Tournament

Mexican superstar and crazy luchador Dragon Lee won last night’s All Pro Wrestling (APW)‘s King of the Indies tournament in California. The King of the Indies, or KOI, is a tournament originally established in 2000 by APW in California. The inaugural tournament was won by wrestling veteran Christopher Daniels. 
Nick and Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks professional wrestling tag team in front of New Japan Wrestling banner

Videos: NJPW G1 Special Post-Show Press Conference: The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, Adam Page

As noted, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) held their G1 Special at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California on Saturday night.

For those who missed the show, you can read a full recap of the show right here at by clicking here.
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Jim Ross Suffers Possible Injury During NJPW G1 Special In San Francisco

The G1 Special in San Francisco was full of unexpected moments and high spots. Juice Robinson fought Jay White in a battle that popped The Cow Palace when Robinson captured the IWGP United States Title. Unfortunately, Jim Ross suffered an injury during this match.

White sent Robinson into the steel guardrail right in front of the commentary position during their contest. Ross and Josh Barnett were calling the match when the railing came at them and hit a monitor down which knocked Ross out of his chair.
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More than a post office: Amado postmistress builds community

Linda Martinez recalls the days when she could sort the mail, have it all placed inside post office boxes by 8 a.m., and then eat a big breakfast at The Cow Palace before heading back to work.

Those days are long gone — today she's lucky if she gets lunch. But Amado's postmistress wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I tell my customers that I’m going to be here until I’m 120 and they’ll just have to wait until I can get to my window,” Martinez, 64, says with a laugh.

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Martinez is among the best-known residents of Amado, a community 13 miles south of Green Valley that boasted 862 people during the 2010 census. The post office is technically in Arivaca Junction, just north of the Pima-Santa Cruz County line near Lakewood Estates. Arivaca Junction has about 1,000 people.
Professional wrestlers, Kenny Omega with Championship belt around waist, and Cody Rhodes make their entrance to the wrestling ring

10 Things We Learned From NJPW G1 Special 2018

Back at it on pay-per-view and back in the United States after a broadly successful trip across the Pacific Ocean earlier this year, New Japan Pro Wrestling's presentation of 2018's G1 Special still carried the heft of a brave expedition for the company - even if the performers themselves won't be under similar conditions until the legendary Climax tournament itself kicks off on 14 July.

There were quiet catcalls at the company's expense upon booking California's Cow Palace, a venue bigger than their previous Long Beach locale, and the knocks proved not without merit. Despite Kenny Omega's show-closing bluster, the card failed to sell out the venue, though an impressive 6,000+ in attendance still bore witness to a show worthy of a stadium they'll inevitably one day find a way to fill.
New Japan Professional Wrestler, Hiroshi Tanahashi