Posts Tagged ‘Comparisons’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lit up social media with his postgame attire Sunday – a look that had many comparing him to UFC star Conor McGregor.

As Fitzpatrick shared with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, he’s actually had people mistake him for McGregor.

“The first time I heard it was last year. We were playing Minnesota, so I was walking around the Mall of America with Garrison Sanborn, and Bryan Angerand Nick Folk, and somebody came up to me and started talking to me about my fight with (Floyd) Mayweather,” Fitzpatrick said. “And it took me a minute, I didn’t really know what they were talking to. Then when they walked away, I came to the realization that they thought I was Conor McGregor, which, I think I’m a little bit probably bigger and chubbier than he is, but I’m OK with it I guess.”

Fitzpatrick added that it wasn’t his intention to dress up like McGregor on Sunday.

“It wasn’t even my intent or thought going into that interview, but I get it with the side-by-sides now,” he said.

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Everybody’s favorite wacky uncle / unhinged lunatic Dean Ambrose recently spoke with ‘The Monitor’ and discussed the eight months he spent on the shelf from injuries.

As far as the fans were concerned and that WWE had explained, Ambrose was dealing with a triceps injury, but the Shield member revealed that his true issues spread much deeper than that.

I ended up having two different surgeries. I had this MRSA, Staph infection, I nearly died. I was in the hospital for a week plugged up to this antibiotic drip thing, and I was on all these antibiotics for months that make you puke and crap your pants.

While serious triceps injuries like the one Ambrose had suffered from are nothing to scoff at, staph infections are an entire different level of health concern. If you recall, MRSA is the same infection CM Punk suffered from and WWE’s handling of which played a big part on him quitting the company.

About the triceps injury itself, ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ went on to add:

I wasn’t able to flex my triceps for a really long time, and then the first surgery didn’t really work, something went wrong in the process. Probably due to that infection. It’s kind of hard to say when that really even got in my body… By the time I got that second surgery, it was March I think. My arm was so shrunken and skeletal that it was weird. I hadn’t been able to move it or flex it in so long that I was starting to get scared I wasn’t ever going to get it back. To go from not being able to eat my Froot Loops, to being able to get back in the ring and throw people around and throw punches and do everything back to normal, it was a very gratifying feeling.

Recently on The Jim Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross caught up with the newly crowned NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, Cody. Among many other pro wrestling topics, ‘The Grandson Of A Plumber’ talked about his role at All In and what he learned from his experience, planning a sequel to the wildly successful indie show, and the future of the NWA’s top prize.

According to Cody, he produced the second half of All In and was in charge of timing the show.

“I didn’t get a chance to sleep [after All In] and I went right to gorilla [position] after my match and I directed and timed the last half of the show.” Cody admitted, “I’m not the best timer judging by the main event time. I’m learning! But I didn’t get that moment to… I didn’t get many moments. It was just happening so fast.”

During the interview, Cody hinted at planning another All In and noted that he learned a lot about time management [except for timing pro wrestling matches].

“Well, maybe we already started planning [laughs].” Cody added, “I kept writing these lists. And my dad was a big list guy and I have become a big list guy too. I kept writing these lists of these are the things to do to make sure you’re in peak condition, and also make sure you’re in peak mental state, and make sure you paid this guy and talked to this guy. I also learned I wanted to do every single thing with this show. I wanted to do payroll; I wanted to know elements of production; I wanted to know how many chairs were in the union catering room.

“Just, next time, I don’t need to know all that stuff. I also learned you are only as good as the team around you and we’ve discovered some new teammates over the course of [All In] weekend.”

With respect to the future of the NWA title, Cody claimed that he would like to continue on the NWA’s tradition of having a traveling champion.

“Well, I want to continue the path of the traveling champion.” Cody continued, “that’s kind of what I grew up on, the type of [pro] wrestling I like. Even though it’s a generation prior to me, when I look back at what [Ric] Flair was able to do, what Jack Brisco was able to do, their date book alone, and not just, ‘oh, I did it,’ but I did it and it was the best thing of the night. Like, I did it with consistency, but it rubs some people the wrong way and that’s fine. I think most people enjoy it.

“I don’t really believe in the politics of wrestling anymore. I understand if this isn’t your company’s title, but if you’re asking me to come wrestle for your company, I’m wearing the damn title. There’s no [way around that], right? It takes an organization, it does, to facilitate and get that ring set up. And it takes a crew to tighten those ropes, but a big focus [at All In] was ‘this is a wrestling show by wrestlers.’ And yeah, there [are] some things we could have learned from a company standpoint, an organizational standpoint, but that’s how I go into everything I do. When I go to Long Beach [California for NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed] to wrestle Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, I’ll be wearing this too. I’m taking it everywhere I go and I’m excited to do that.”

The upcoming WWE Evolution pay-per-view on October 28 will make history as WWE’s first-ever all-women’s event. On a recent episode of his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast, Ryback gave his opinion on the pay-per-view.

“Are any men allowed on the show whatsoever in any capacity? No, good for them. I think it’s cool for the women of the past,” Ryback said. “They had done most of the leg work in this so they were the ones who had to deal with all of the limited opportunities. It is because of all of them, and because of WWE and how they ran things. It’s great. There is nothing bad to say about it and a good opportunity for the women to make a pay day on a Network pay-per-view.”

So far, the WWE has confirmed two matches for the card: Trish Stratus vs. Alexa Bliss and Lita vs. Mickie James. It has been rumored that RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will face Nikki Bella, but that match has yet to be announced. There will also be the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic plus a SmackDown Women’s Title match, a WWE NXT Women’s Title match and a NXTUK Women’s Title match. The original announcement of the event said more than 50 women will compete on the card, so it can be expected there will be other appearances from superstars past and present.

Ryback suggested that Evolution could be WWE’s way of compensating for the fact that the female superstars were left off the Greatest Royal Rumble card in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. In any case, he sees the event as a good business decision by the WWE.

“I don’t know all the details about it or anything of that nature but the only thing that came to my mind is that there has never been an all men’s pay per view, maybe Saudi Arabia by default, right? This could be a way of giving the women an opportunity because they couldn’t be part of that,” he said. “Everything is business with them and they make money off of it so it is a good deal for the women.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in all of baseball, won’t make his major-league debut until next spring at the earliest.

By extending his stay in the minor leagues, the Toronto Blue Jays could be attempting to manipulate his service time to maximize how long he remains under team control. Team president Mark Shapiro insists this is not the case, and that the team simply wants to build on Guerrero’s secondary skills.

“It has nothing to with business. It has nothing to do with anything other than we think the best thing for him developmentally is to play in Arizona,” Shapiro told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday.

Shapiro didn’t rule out Guerrero making the big-league roster out of spring training next season, but thinks the young slugger can improve on his defense and baserunning. The executive compared Guerrero to a young Manny Ramirez, who he says came to the Cleveland Indians “underdeveloped” in both areas.

“We’re not worried about him as a hitter,” Shapiro added. “That’s certainly something he does extremely well, and could do proficiently up here now. But we want to build as strong a foundation as possible to try to get him prepared to be up here and stay up here.”

Guerrero has stormed through the Blue Jays’ minor-league system this season. In 95 games across four levels (primarily in Double-A and Triple-A), he slashed .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs, 29 doubles, and 37 walks compared to 38 strikeouts. He did make 12 errors at third base, however, posting a .945 fielding percentage in the process.

The 19-year-old was recently added to the roster of the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League alongside fellow prospects Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. That schedule opens Oct. 9.

Steve Kerr knows a thing or two about winners.

Kerr won five NBA titles as a player – three alongside Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls and two playing for legendary San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich – and has since captured three more championships as the head coach of the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

He’s also an avid tennis fan, so when Kerr is asked to draw parallels between tennis great Roger Federer and one of the legendary basketball players he’s had the chance to work with, you listen.

Beyond their personalities, Federer and Curry share another thing in common: the ability to collect hardware at an incredible rate. The 37-year-old Swiss maestro has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments in his storied career – including five US Open crowns; Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP trophies, and has been named an All-Star in each of the past five seasons.

Samoa Joe spoke with Sportskeeda on NXT call-ups, who he’d like to face next if he wins the title, and backstage environments at Raw and SmackDown. Here are some of the highlights:

How the Raw backstage differs from SmackDown:

“Well, backstage, I do my own thing and have my own spots in the locker room so environmentally it’s not very different for me. But, the backstage environments are vastly different, but that is mainly because of the personalities. You’ve got some very unique individuals in the WWE and it’s a completely different nexus on SmackDown than it is on Raw.”

If he wins the WWE Championship against AJ Styles at SummerSlam, who he wants to face after:

“That answer is very simple. It would be whoever is worthy of being the number one contender. If we look up and down the SmackDown roster, we could see a lot of great possible match-ups. There are the Jeff Hardy, Shinsuke Nakamuraand Randy Orton out there, not to forget Rusev. You know, there are a lot of first time ever match ups there. After I win the Championship, I’ll be happy to take on anyone.”

Who has the best chance to shine on the main roster from NXT:

“I think Aleister Black is a good bet, then there is Velveteen Dream. There is a great crop of talent, and some of the newer guys are picking up well.”

You can check out the full interview by clicking here.