In ancient Rome, “sudden death” was actually sudden death ;)
Given the stakes, I’m surprised there wasn’t more cheating in the Colosseum. Sand-kicking and whatnot. They had nothing to lose. What could the ref do? Give the other guy a penalty stab?
(Pointless trivia: the murmillo vs retiarius match-up was popularized by this classic painting.)
“I’m doing my part. What are you doing to save the planet?”