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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wrestling

Ronda Rousey hits Nikki Bella with John Cena jab during promo

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Ronda Rousey is bringing the heat to Nikki Bella.

Rousey and Bella have been feuding this week ahead of their WWE Evolution match on Oct. 28. Things began when the Bella Twins turned on Rousey last week and beat her up following their victory over The Riott Squad.

Rousey brought her A-game on “RAW” Monday night with a promo she cut in the ring. She went in on Nikki Bella, calling the twins “Do Nothing Bellas.” Rousey then got in the ultimate dig when talking about all the doors she’s knocked down in her career.

“The only door you’ve knocked down was the door to John Cena’s bedroom,” Rousey said.

Cena and Bella dated for several years and got engaged last year, but they broke up and got back together a few times before once again calling things off a couple of months ago. Their relationship issues centered around plans for children.

Twitter reacts to Eagles’ ‘Hulk Hogan’ audible call

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The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have quite an interesting audible call in their playbook.

As Carson Wentz was at the line of scrimmage for a 4th-and-2 before halftime, he could be heard yelling “Hulk Hogan.”

We never got to see what the Hulk Hogan audible was because a timeout was called. The Eagles ended up kicking a field goal on the possession.

Fans on Twitter seemed to like the audible:

Of course there were some who speculated the Hogan audible was a play for Riley Cooper on account of the racist remarks made by each man.

Wonder what the Hulk thinks of it, brother.

Seattle fans revolt over Elias’ SuperSonics jab on ‘RAW’

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If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s take a shot at Seattle over the loss of their SuperSonics. WWE’s Elias learned that the hard way.

Elias and Kevin Owens were in the ring for a segment prior to Owens’ match with Bobby Lashley on “Monday Night Raw” in Seattle’s Key Arena.

Owens said something about Bobby Lashley teaming with John Cena not making sense. Elias responded with his jab, saying a basketball team in Seattle does not make sense. The fans in attendance proceeded to let Elias hear it with boos:

The boos were so hard they continued for several minutes and essentially prevented Elias from carrying on with the rest of his segment.

Fans watching the show on TV reacted immediately on Twitter:

Seattle has not had an NBA team since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. They got one year of Kevin Durant as a rookie when the team won 20 games. The franchise proceeded to draft Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, forming the cornerstone of one of the best teams in the league. The fans in the area take the matter seriously, as this T-shirt company, and now Elias, could tell you.

Twitter reacts to Ronda Rousey’s wild eye makeup at SummerSlam

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Ronda Rousey ascended to WWE champion status on Sunday night, but all most people were talking about was her wild eye makeup.

Rousey faced Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam on Sunday night and won to capture the Raw Women’s Championship. She had an interesting look for the match that included braids in her hair and the heavy eye makeup. The eye makeup swept deep across Rousey’s face, just about joining her hair.

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Ronda Rousey may want to wrestle longer than she initially planned

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Ronda Rousey is enjoying her time in wrestling so much that she may want to do it longer than she planned.

Rousey is set to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam on Sunday, just seven months after signing with the WWE. Rousey told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that when she signed in January, there was a clear timeline about her commitment to the wrestling company because she intended to start a family with husband Travis Browne. But now that she’s enjoying it so much, that timeline may change.

“We had a set timeline set, and now we aren’t so sure about it because I love it so much,” Rousey told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “I guess that’s the best thing that could’ve happened, that I would love it so much it would be so hard to stop. I can see why people have a hard time leaving this industry because it’s such a joy to be a part of every day.”

That is great news for the wrestling promotion. Rousey is a big draw and interesting name, so the longer she is a part of the company, the better.

Rousey is also balancing somewhat of an acting career. Her movie “Mile 22” is also just now coming out in theaters. And for what it’s worth, Rousey is not ruling out a return to MMA.

CM Punk being sued by podcast host over legal bills

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CM Punk and Colt Cabana were on the same side defending themselves in a defamation lawsuit just months ago, and now they are set to square off against each other in a different lawsuit.

Punk (real name Phil Brooks) is being sued by his former friend, Cabana (real name Scott Colton), over legal bills amassed defending themselves in their previous case.

Back in Nov. 2014, Punk joined Cabana’s “The Art of Wrestling” podcast and ripped the WWE in somewhat of a tell-all. Punk, who was one of the organization’s most popular wrestlers, had left the WWE in January and that was his first interview on the subject. In the interview, Punk was critical of a WWE doctor, which led to a defamation lawsuit from the physician.

Punk and Cabana were named as defendants in the suit and prevailed, but they racked up enormous legal bills in the process.

According to Cabana’s lawsuit, Punk told him the total bill for the legal fees amounted to $513,736 and that they would need to split the costs.

Cabana claims that Punk had told him in a text message that he would be “100% covered” in the fees, which is why Cabana went along with the suit. At some point later, Cabana switched counsel, leading to issues over the fees. Cabana claims in his lawsuit that he would have complied with the doctor’s cease and desist orders to avoid a lawsuit had Punk not told him he would cover the fees.

Cabana has sued Punk for $200,000 in damages plus another $1 million in punitive and exemplary damages.

Punk, 39, embarked on a career in MMA after leaving the WWE. He has gone 0-2 in the UFC and needed to be hospitalized after his latest loss.

Three well-known former pro wrestlers reportedly die on same day

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Pro wrestling endured a very tough day on Sunday, as three well-known figures from the sport reportedly lost their lives on the same day.

WWE announced on Sunday afternoon that Hall of Famer Nokolai Volkoff, a former WWF Tag Team Champion who was known for teaming up with the Iron Shiek, died at age 70. Volkaff recently had a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital, according to a report from PWInsider.com.

Another former WWE wrestler, Brian Lawler, has also reportedly passed away. TMZ reported on Sunday that Lawler attempted to hang himself in his jail cell and was placed on life support, and Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer says Lawler has died.

Lawler, the son of Hall of Fame WWE announcer Jerry Lawler, wrestled in the WWE under the stage name “Grandmaster Sexay.” He was 46.

As Meltzer noted, former pro wrestler Brickhouse Brown has also died. Brown reportedly passed away at 57 after a battle with cancer. Brown wrestled in multiple organizations in the 1980s and 1990s and became known for his feuds in the CWA with well-known personalities like Jerry Lawler Scott Steiner, and Terry Funk.