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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020


Vince McMahon selling $100 million of WWE stock to potentially bring back XFL

Vince McMahon

All signs continue to point to Vince McMahon thinking about bringing back the XFL, only there’s one catch.

Last week, a report circulated saying that McMahon was looking to bring back the XFL and that he would potentially make the announcement next month.

A WWE spokesperson even confirmed last week that McMahon was interested in professional football.

Now comes word that McMahon filed to sell 3.34 million shares of WWE stock, which would generate around $100 million. McMahon also filed for five trademarks related to the XFL, as the previous ones were abandoned. Here’s the catch, though: McMahon filed the trademarks through a new company he formed called Alpha Entertainment. This company would be separate from WWE.

The WWE previously joined with TV partner NBC to run the XFL back in 2001. The league lasted just one season, with both the WWE and NBC reportedly losing around $35 million each.

Perhaps McMahon feels that with TV ratings declining and the NFL dealing with multiple PR issues, there is a good window of opportunity to bring his product back.

Houston Astros have Ric Flair on their side in ALCS

Ric Flair

The Houston Astros entered Game 7 of the ALCS with a big advantage over the New York Yankees, not for any players they have though.

The Astros had wrestling personality Ric Flair to pump them up before the game. Take a look at the message he shared for the team:

Flair has relationships with multiple sports teams.

He’s been working with the Falcons.

He’s cheering on Michigan:

And the Astros are his baseball team. Life’s better with The Nature Boy on your side.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph to wear Undertaker-inspired cleats

Kyle Rudolph

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is getting in the wrestling spirit ahead of Sunday’s WWE TLC event in Minneapolis.

Rudolph will be wearing some Undertaker-inspired cleats for his team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Artist Mache posted a video on Instagram of him custom painting a portrait of the popular wrestler on some cleats:

WWE’s website says Rudolph asked for the cleats because he knew the WWE event would be taking place at Target Center later that night.

Rudolph isn’t the first NFL player to wear wrestling-inspired cleats this season. Two Atlanta Falcons players wore Ric Flair cleats earlier this month.

The Rock loved Golden Tate’s touchdown celebration

Golden Tate peoples elbow

The Rock was a fan of Golden Tate’s touchdown celebration on Sunday.

Tate caught a touchdown in the first quarter of Detroit’s game against New Orleans. He dropped the People’s Elbow in celebration — a nod to The Rock’s wrestling move.

The Rock saw it and shared his excitement over it on Twitter:

The Rock approves!

Ronda Rousey has not signed with WWE; offer still stands

Ronda Rousey

A promo that featured Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair was released earlier this month, leading many to believe it was only a matter of time before the former UFC champion explores a career in pro wrestling. As it turns out, Rousey still hasn’t signed a contract.

Stephanie McMahon, the WWE’s chief brand officer, told TMZ this week that there is an open offer for Rousey.

“Ronda, the offer still stands,” McMahon said. “We’d love to have you in WWE.”

It certainly seemed like a match between Rousey and Flair was being set up when the two cut a promo together, so perhaps there is some sort of hold-up on the business end of things.

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. McMahon said earlier in the year that Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, so it’s no surprise she still wants that match to be made.

Ric Flair sent the Jaguars some motivational shirts

Ric Flair

If the Jacksonville Jaguars need help staying motivated after their surprising 2-1 start, Ric Flair is here to help.

On Friday, Mike Kaye of First Coast News spotted some Jaguars players and staff members wearing T-shirts around that Flair had custom made for the team.

Flair, who is still recovering after health complications caused by alcohol abuse nearly cost him his life, is apparently buying into the Jags hype.

If you remember, there has been some controversy with Flair in past years regarding which NFL team he supports. The Nature Boy is from Tennessee, but he lived in Charlotte for much of his life and became a fan of the Carolina Panthers and other local sports teams. He then cut a promo to help pump up San Francisco 49ers fans, and believe it or not the WWE legend received death threats over it.

The Jaguars demolished the Baltimore Ravens in London last weekend and will travel to face the lowly New York Jets on Sunday. They could very well be 3-1 before the start of next week.

Ric Flair opens up about alcohol abuse: ‘I’ll never drink again’

Ric Flair

Ric Flair has confirmed that years of alcohol abuse led to his recent health complications, and the WWE legend swears he will never drink again.

Flair was rushed to the hospital on Aug. 11 with severe stomach pains. Doctors discovered that the 68-year-old was in the early stages of kidney failure and on the verge of congestive heart failure, and Flair says the issues with his organs were the direct result of drinking alcohol.

“It scared the s— out of me,” Flair told PEOPLE magazine. “I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was. … I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.”

Flair said he was on life support for 10 days. Doctors placed him in a medically-induced coma and conducted surgery to remove part of his bowels. The Nature Boy also had a pacemaker inserted. He said he is recovering but “not out of the woods yet.”

In an interview with “The Dan Le Batard Show” on Thursday, Flair shared more details about his drinking habit.

“I just drank too much,” he said. “The problem is when I started in the business in 1972, we drove 3,000 miles a week and drank beer, threw the cans out the window and all that stuff — no cops, it was just a way of life. Pretty soon it was drinking the beer and then getting in a hotel and drinking the liquor. It just became a way of life. I never drank while I was working.

“It’d be like putting between 3,700 and 4,000 calories worth of booze, soda, a splash of cranberry in my body every day, like 20 drinks a day.”

Consuming so many beverages laced with sugar, calories and alcohol nearly cost him his life, Flair says. Flair said he turned to alcohol as a way to cope with pain from injuries and the grind of life in pro wrestling, noting that he never took a pain pill.

We have all grown to love the Nature Boy because of his quirky antics and awesome persona. He could have kept his health issues close to the vest, but it’s commendable that he is using them to serve as a warning for others.