Wrestling rumble! It's 'Tower of Power' Lauer vs. 'Sternum Choker' Roker

Updated Aug. 8: Matt "The Tower of Power" Lauer and Al "The Sternum Choker" Roker (as Bob Costas dubbed them) received a lesson in Greco-Roman wrestling — even painfully learning what the "flying squirrel" move entails!

The duo have teamed up three previous times to try out Olympic sports, getting schooled in rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming and the luge. 

U.S. wrestlers Dremiel Byers and Ellis Coleman this time showed our co-anchors how to get gold, by lifting them in the air and then slamming them onto the mat. 

"That's called a reverse lift," Dremiel told Al. "I call that pain," the weatherman moaned. Dremiel even got Al to yell for "mommy" once, while Matt complained of a ruptured spleen! 


The two co-anchors then faced off in "one of the most anticipated" wrestling showdowns of the Olympic Games, according to Costas. NBC Sports' Mary Carillo said the entire match could come down to "breath." "If one of these two mooks had onions or garlic for lunch, that could decide the whole thing," she said. 

Who won the duel? Watch the video, and see some amusing photos below.

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Al Roker lies on the floor after a particularly painful-looking move. "I'm seeing a lot of this ceiling," he joked.

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Matt learned a tough lesson: Never ask a wrestler how he got the nickname, "The Flying Squirrel."

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Matt and Al face one of their worst nightmares: Wearing more spandex!

Original story:
Matt Lauer and Al Roker have gyrated as gymnasts, swam in synch and slid down an icy track — and they're up for more!

Our fearless co-anchors will reveal their fourth Olympic event tomorrow morning. 

The particular sport is always a closely guarded secret. TODAY.com pried one hint out of producer Jen Long: "The world's Spandex supply just took another hit." 

That fact alone promises it'll be another gold medal-winning effort. 

Vote on which sport you'd like Matt and Al to test out, and relive their three previous performances below.

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