The Deadman himself recently took in a Harlem Globetrotters game and get this, even participated! Hey, he’s certainly got the height for it!
Former UFC Champion and current WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar returned to UFC Last night.
Congratulations are in order for UFC turned WWE superstar, Ronda Rousey, as it’s been announced she’ll be the first female inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018.
UFC President Dana White had this to say in regards to Rousey’s induction, as reported by WWE.com:
“Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters, and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce her as the final inductee of the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Class.”
Rousey, who enters the Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, had this to say about her upcoming induction, as reported by WWE.com:
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame. May I be the first of many.”
The celebration which is less than one month away, takes place on Thursday, July 5th at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. You can be a part of the historic event, as it will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
If I had to describe tonight’s pay-per-view in one word, it would be ‘predictable’. Which isn’t to say the show was bad or boring, because I didn’t think it was either of those things, but it was predictable.
The show started out with the highly anticipated first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber. We knew going into this match, that the RAW Women’s championship currently held by Alexa Bliss, was on the line. It seemed that each woman had an ally in her corner, even though the bout was ‘every woman for herself’. The most obvious of friendships was the actual tag team of Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, known collectively as Absolution. Then we had friends Sasha Banks and Bayley said to be in each other’s corners, and the fresh new bond between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. The match started out with Bayley and Sonya DeVille, both of whom delivered impressive performances. With each countdown to a new pod opening and another woman emerging, I made a prediction of who’d be next…not surprisingly, Mandy Rose, then Sasha Banks, Mickie James and lastly the champ, Alexa. The women all worked their butts off, the match was entertaining, full of high risk moves like jumping off of the chamber and it’s pods, but with each woman’s elimination, I knew exactly what would be happening next. I will say, I was rooting for Sasha Banks, I’m a big fan of hers, and although I did not think she would win, I was hoping she would. DeVille and Rose are the newbies of the group, so naturally they were the first ones to be eliminated. Mickie James was third to be eliminated, much to the chagrin of Bliss, who was still standing in her pod yet to be released. At this point it was quite clear Bliss and Banks would be the final two women in the match. I give a lot of credit to Bayley though, as she was the first woman in the match; she lasted a long time and I thought she performed well. And then there were two…Banks tried climbing a pod to go for a high risk jump, but Bliss was quicker, bashing Sasha’s head into it instead, knocking her down and going for the DDT that would result in her retaining her championship.
Monday Night RAW was live from Phoenix, Arizona tonight and was the last RAW before the highly anticipated Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, which takes place this Sunday, live from Las Vegas.
With said Elimination Chamber on everyone’s mind, it makes sense to have all the competitors give us a small taste of what they’ll be bringing to the table this Sunday by having a gauntlet match tonight! This contest, while extremely time consuming, was very entertaining to watch. It was set to have all seven men who will be in the Elimination Chamber on Sunday in this match, and the first one to compete tonight was Roman Reigns. He took on Seth Rollins, and although couldn’t pull of the win over Rollins, was a good sport in the end and extended his hand for a fist bump, only to be interrupted by John Cena’s music.
“THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH!”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 20, 2018
Who’s having the best week ever? Selfie Kid! He’s the kid that stood next to Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl, and was able to get a selfie with the star! His name is Ryan McKenna, he’s 13-years-old and he traveled to Minneapolis with his family for the big game, all the way from his hometown of Scituate, Massachusetts. I bet being at the Super Bowl AND getting a pic with Mr. Timberlake is something he will never forget! However, it gets better!
Since the Super Bowl, McKenna has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and most recently, the Ellen DeGeneres show, talking about his surprise encounter with the ‘Sexy Back’ singer. He admits that he had to push his way through the crowd to be able to stand next to Timberlake. “I got myself there, I pushed through. I was elbowing people but I got there. I was there with him,” McKenna told Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen surprised the die-hard Patriots fan by having Justin Timberlake call into the show! Justin told him that he’d like to meet him properly and have the chance to take a second selfie. He then offered McKenna four VIP tickets to his ‘Man of The Woods’ tour when it makes a stop in Boston this April. But wait, there’s more! The New England Patriots wanted to show some gratitude to Ryan and his family, since they are all huge fans of the team, so they got hooked up with some tickets to a Patriots game and four pre-game passes!
“I got myself there, I pushed through. I was elbowing people but I got there. I was there with him,” McKenna told Ellen DeGeneres.
Following the 13-year-old’s instant and unforeseen fame, he has acquired 8,000 new Snapchat followers and over 71k followers on Instagram. Maybe we’ll see him on the big screen again at Justin’s upcoming show at the TD Garden or at an upcoming Patriot’s game next season!
RAW was live from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa tonight. Here are my favorites moments from tonight’s broadcast:
5. Elias vs. John Cena vs. Braun Strowman– The winner of this match snags a coveted spot in the Men’s Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25th. I loved seeing Cena and Elias gang up on Strowman, and I thought Cena was going to win this match, but was pleasantly surprised when Elias got the pinfall over John Cena.
4. Cesaro/Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins– This match was originally supposed to have Jason Jordan teaming with Seth Rollins, and earlier in the show we saw Jordan convincing Rollins that he was medically cleared to wrestle and that Rollins shouldn’t worry. Rollins goes with it and says they’ll take their tag team belts back together. Later in the show however, and conveniently right before the match, Jordan confronts Rollins to tell him he injured himself once again and the medical team will not allow him to perform. Kurt Angle who is standing by tells Rollins he’s going to have to forfeit the match. That is, until Roman Reigns appears and without even saying a word, just a knowing glance, it’s now Seth Rollins teaming up with Roman Reigns in a tag match against Cesaro and Sheamus. Jason Jordan finds himself in some hot water with Rollins and Reigns after he comes out to ringside appearing to help his would-be teammates, but manages to do exactly the opposite. Cesaro and Sheamus grab their tag team belts while outside of the ring and try to walk off with them, Jason Jordan gets into it with them and starts throwing punches, therefore getting Reigns and Rollins disqualified from the match. Rollins is livid, you can see him yelling to Jordan from the ring “What are you doing??”, while Jordan is standing there trying to apologize and explain himself. Backstage Rollins is still yelling at Jordan, when Kurt Angle interferes and tells Jordan he needs to go home and not come back until he is completely healed.
Brief Career Synopsis:
Jastin has 8 years of experience on the independent wrestling scene, and has recently been a guest performer on WWE Monday Night Raw, Smackdown Live, and has wrestled a debut match for Ring of Honor Wrestling. Jastin has wrestled in several states across the country and has performed in the ring with wrestling superstars like Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, X-Pac, Chavo Guerrero, Scott Steiner, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
1. What led you to a career in wrestling?
Wrestling was a dream that I thought had passed me by. I had always been a fan and always wanted to do it, but growing up in Midland Texas, there were no avenues to get into wrestling. I was in my late twenties when I attended my first independent show called ‘Top of Texas’ located in Amarillo, Texas. That night, the promoter Jack Logan, saw something in me and offered me a chance to train. Before I knew it, I was traveling 4.5 hours to Amarillo every weekend to train
with his roster. The rest is “history” as they say.
2. What was your very first match like?
The funny thing about my first match is that I didn’t even want to have it. I had only been training for 2 months in Amarillo and we had a wrestler unable to make the show that night. The boys asked if I could be a substitute and I was adamant that I wasn’t ready. I never wanted to be a guy that brought shame to the business and I am always striving to be a legitimate part of professional wrestling. The guys had to talk me into going out there. But magically I hit the ring and started mouthing off with one of the kids and the entire crowd started to boo me. The match happened and it went well without too many hiccups. Once I got back to the locker room, I was met with such praise and respect. After that, I knew that this was where I belonged.
3. Who has been your favorite wrestler to work with so far?
That honor has to go to Matt Hardy. He was so professional and giving during his time on the independent scene. We wrestled to a 50-minute time limit draw and the crowd still wanted a time extension after that! It is one of the greatest achievements I have had in the ring. I owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership and trust in me as a fellow performer. I was so happy when WWE brought him back to television.
Animals making predictions about upcoming events isn’t anything new. Each year we request the assistance of a groundhog to tell us if winter is hanging on for 6 more weeks or not!
Well now that Super Bowl 52 is upon us this weekend, we’re getting predictions from all over the place, human and animal ones alike! Surely you remember April the Giraffe, right? The giraffe from Animal Adventure Park in New York who gained instant internet fame last year when millions of people watched a live zoo feed in anticipation of her baby calf delivery. She is just one of many making a prediction for this year’s Super Bowl winner.
The keepers at April’s zoo put two piles of leaves in her pen, one pile above a Philadelphia Eagles sign, the other above a New England Patriots sign. Although April started off being closer to the pile of leaves above the Eagles sign, she did mosey on over to the left where the Patriots sign was hanging, and started to munch on those leaves. If April’s prediction proves to be true, the New England Patriots will become Super Bowl champs for the 6th time!
Now if we head on over to Norwalk, Connecticut, we’ll find the Maritime Aquarium, where they have one of their seals make a Super Bowl prediction every year. They admit that the seals aren’t all that accurate with their picks, being 0 for 5 until last year when they finally got one right! This year 35-year-old Orange was the chosen seal to make the prediction. Pictures of helmets from both the Patriots and the Eagles were lined up for Orange and she was asked to swim up to the tank window and put her nose on one of the team photos. Orange did not side with April the Giraffe however, as she ended up choosing the Philadelphia Eagles as her pick!
So we’ve got one pick for the Patriots and one for the Eagles, we’ll just have to wait and see who ends up being right on Sunday!
We’ve just experienced the first-ever highly anticipated Women’s Royal Rumble, and now less than one month away, WWE will make history again with the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match! It will take place at the pay-per-view with the same name in Las Vegas on February 25.
The announcement was made on last night’s opening segment of Monday Night RAW by WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon, confirming that 5 female superstars will challenge RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss for her title.
The WWE women’s division continues to make huge strides, and this just seems like the next natural step, now that we’ve experienced a women’s Hell in a Cell match, a women’s Money in the Bank match and an unprecedented women’s Royal Rumble.
If you’re not familiar with the Elimination Chamber Match, it’s one of the most barbaric matches in WWE. It’s a variation of a steel cage match, but instead of a standard steel cage, the Elimination Chamber is circular and has four inner chambers or ‘pods’ with platforms on the apron to hold the 4 participants that are waiting to participate in the match. The match starts with 2 superstars in the ring, then every five minutes one of the four remaining participants is released at random from their chamber into the match. This continues until all four have been released from their chambers into the ring, for a total of six participants in the match. The goal is to eliminate each participant by pinfall or submission, there is no disqualification in an Elimination Chamber match. After all other participants have been eliminated, the last remaining one is declared the winner of the match.
It’ll be interesting to see which 5 superstars will be brave enough to enter the chamber for a chance to be the next RAW Women’s Champion! The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place live from Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena on February 25.