On June 28th, 1643, the first Qing Emperor Huang Taiji was approaching death. In order to celebrate a life of general prosperity, the integration of different ethnic groups under his power, and lifetime achievement in warfare, a huge festival was held in Manchuria.
For months, Taiji had been gathering the world’s greatest fighters from around the world, with 74 combatants representing every continent except Antarctica. No weaponry was allowed, and all fights were to the death. Jean-Claude Van Damme would eventually win the tournament, despite being temporarily blinded by sand in the final battle.
The victorious Van Damme was granted eternal life as a prize for fighting so heroically.