Played brilliantly. Had Cummings been a matador he would have been awarded both ears and the tail of the slaughtered press. Like bulls in the arena, the journalists and commentators (including the author) were provoked by the matador and his cuadrilla into repeatedly attacking a proffered red rag of bluster.  Not until the finest of the infuriated animals had been herded into the Rose Garden did it become apparent that the rag and bluster concealed a blade with which El Dom elegantly despatched the bewildered beasts. Ole! Exit El Dom to the blare of trumpets and the roaring acclaim of his fans. He lives, it seems, to fight another day.

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