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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wrestling

Report: Brock Lesnar in talks to attend UFC 226, fight Miocic-Cormier winner

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar could find himself back in the Octagon again before long.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported on Friday (via Bloody Elbow) that the 40-year-old superstar is in talks to make an appearance at UFC 226. Meltzer also adds that Lesnar has been asked to fight the winner of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier bout, which will headline the July 7 pay-per-view event. Meanwhile, December 30 in Las Vegas is being floated as a possibility for that potential Lesnar return, which would be for the heavyweight title.

Lesnar still has six months to serve of the one-year suspension he incurred by testing positive for a banned substance when he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016 (the clock stopped when he retired from mixed martial arts for a second time last year). Thus, Lesnar would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool by June 30 to put the above events into motion.

We know that Lesnar recently expressed interest in fighting in the UFC again, albeit against a different opponent. Seeing as he’s one of the biggest box-office draws in the game, it would certainly make sense on a lot of different fronts.

Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones ‘very interested’ in fighting one another

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones may both be searching for redemption inside the Octagon in the near future, so it makes sense that UFC president Dana White would explore avenues to kill two birds with one stone in what would likely be one of the most watched PPVs of all time.

White told TMZ over the weekend that Lesnar still wants to return to the UFC, and we all know that is the goal for Jones.

“Brock’s WWE deal is up at the end of the summer I think, and I know he wants to fight,” White said. “I’m sure we’ll end up getting that figured out.”

When asked specifically who he would like to see Lesnar fight, White brought up Jones.

“Jon Jones is very interested in Brock Lesnar, and Brock is very interested in Jon Jones,” he said. “…They both want it. It’s a fun fight.”

Lesnar recently signed an extension with the WWE, but it was only for a few months if what White says is accurate. Both he and Jones are also suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, and White said it is “up to USADA” when Jones will be cleared to fight again. Lesnar has yet to re-enter the USADA testing program, which requires a fighter to be tested for six months before competing.

Jones fought at 205 pounds in his last fight, which is the very top of the light heavyweight division. He’d have no problem getting past the 206-pound minimum to fight in the heavyweight division, though Lesnar would still have a serious size advantage. The two have already traded some shots in the media, so it’s no surprise they would be willing to square up. Whether or not they can clear the necessary hurdles is another discussion.

Nikki Bella does not rule out getting back together with John Cena

John Cena proposes

John Cena has made it known publicly that he desperately wants to get back together with Nikki Bella, and his former fiancee is not quite ready to rule it out.

Cena said when he and Bella were dating that he did not want to have children, and that is one of the reasons their relationship fell apart. While she admits she initially thought Cena was saying he changed his mind about having kids just because he wants her back, Nikki told TMZ this week that she now believes the 16-time champion is being sincere.

“I believe 100 percent he wants kids,” she said. “It makes me want to run back and jump into his arms.”

Nikki said she thought Cena was just telling her what she wanted to hear prior to this week, but she apparently changed her mind after he poured his heart out in a TV interview. She also expressed frustration over people saying their relationship and breakup was a reality TV stunt.

“I care about him and love him a lot,” Bella said. “A lot of people get married for publicity. I’m not like those reality show people. I don’t want to be hesitant. I want to do what my heart says.”

Cena and Nikki were together for more than five years, and their proposal was even tied into the biggest WWE event of the year. While Bella says the wedding is still off at the moment, it sounds like the breakup is less than final.

John Cena opens up about Nikki Bella breakup, wants to have children now

John Cena proposes

It has been several weeks since WWE superstar John Cena and his girlfriend Nikki Bella called off their wedding and ended their relationship, and Cena says the single life has not been easy for him.

Cena spoke with Kathy Lee and Hoda on “TODAY” about the breakup Monday, and he said he has been dealing with a lot of depression.

“I had my heart broken out of nowhere,” Cena said. “Anyone who has experienced that knows that it comes with a series of bad feelings. … I still love Nicole. I still would love to marry Nicole. I still would love to have a family with Nicole.”

The 41-year-old spoke for several minutes about wanting his relationship with Bella to work out, and he also admitted he was “stubborn” when he openly stated before that he did not want children. Now, Cena says he realizes he wants a family with Bella.

“If you look at me five years ago — stubborn, selfish, self-focused. Life had always been about me,” Cena admitted. “Slowly, over time, this woman waltzes in and steals my heart. Whether I want to realize it or not, she becomes my No. 1. I’m willing to go back on all of these things that I said. A lot of them I hung onto just because of stubbornness, (like saying) I won’t have kids. I took a very strong look in the mirror to be like, ‘Why? This person is my No. 1, and it’s something that’s very valuable to her.’

“I love her. I want to be with her. I want to make her my wife. I want to be the father of her children. I just want us to work.”

Cena and Nikki were together for more than five years, and their proposal was even tied into the biggest WWE event of the year. It remains to be seen if they will get back together, but Kathy Lee and Hoda sure seemed to think the 16-time WWE champion was being genuine.

WWE gets emergency restraining order against notorious fan

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The WWE obtained an emergency restraining order against a notorious fan earlier this month.

You may recall that Armando Montalvo, who was described in the past as a “deranged” fan by WWE, was shot outside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando in 2015. He was believed to be in possession of a knife at the time. Montalvo also had spread urine and feces outside the building and posted a video on YouTube of it. The WWE obtained a restraining order against him at that time and has done so again.

TMZ Sports reports that WWE sought and was granted a restraining order against Montalvo for harassing WWE employees at an event venue in March. They also say he threatened wrestlers and staff in an Instagram video posted in April, which led them to seek the restraining order.

Montalvo showed documents on his Instagram account that seem to confirm the restraining orders he received.

Brock Lesnar re-signs with WWE, will have rematch against Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar

Many WWE fans were left surprised when Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, mainly because Lesnar’s contract was set to expire and there have been rumors that he will return to the UFC. Apparently that is not the plan, at least for now.

The WWE announced on Monday that Lesnar has re-signed with the organization and will defend his Universal Title against Reigns again in a steel cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble. It’s unclear how long Lesnar’s extension runs, but the Greatest Royal Rumble will be held on April 27.

One report claimed Lesnar had a “real-life verbal altercation” with Vince McMahon after WrestleMania, but apparently that was nothing too serious. There was speculation that the argument had to do with Lesnar going off-script against Reigns, and some people felt he may have been too aggressive in delivering elbows during the match.

UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that Lesnar will fight in the UFC again, but no timeline has been given for that. Perhaps McMahon agreed to let Lesnar fight in the octagon at some point during his WWE contract.

Report: Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon had heated altercation after WrestleMania 34

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday night to retain the Universal Championship, which has left many wondering what that means for his expiring WWE contract. To add even more uncertainty to the situation, Lesnar reportedly got into a heated altercation with his boss after the event.

Ryan Satin of ProWreslingSheet.com reports that Lesnar and WWE CEO Vince McMahon got into a “real-life verbal altercation” following Lesnar’s match against Reigns. It’s unclear exactly what sparked the conflict, but speculation is that it may have had something to do with Lesnar going off-script.

Details are still scarce, but we’re told Lesnar was livid when he returned to the backstage gorilla position and went off on the WWE Chairman … who was not happy about it.

Sources tell us the brief, but heated incident ended with Brock throwing the Universal Title belt — some say at Vince, some say at a wall — then walking away. No word yet on what set him off.

We’re told there’s a belief that Brock may have gone off script a little bit near the end of the match, but we’ve been unable to confirm if this is true.

At one point during the match, Lesnar hit Reigns with some vicious elbows to the head. Reigns was left a bloody mess following the shots, though in typical WWE fashion it was difficult to get a feel for the authenticity, so to speak.

Based on everything we have heard recently about Lesnar continuing his MMA career, it’s unclear what his future looks like in wrestling. If he’s having issues with McMahon, that could make everyone’s decision easier.