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Bret Hart worked for Vince McMahon and Company for thirteen years before leaving after the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. He comes from a famous pro wrestling family, so Hart knows how pro wrestlers are treated when compared to other athletes and employees in the office. Hart recently spoke to CBS’ In This Corner podcast about how he believes WWE should treat their Superstars.

“Employees who work for WWF they have better benefits than the wrestlers do. The ones they should take care of is the wrestlers. They still don’t take care of the wrestlers the way they should. I think that’s a real shame.”

Hart then compared another business Vince McMahon has a hand in with how WWE treats their Superstars. While comparing them to cattle, The Hitman said the XFL is being paid for by the pro wrestling industry before saying XFL players are likely to get taken care of much better than WWE Superstars.

“They’re gonna put millions of dollars into the XFL, another one,” Hart continued. “We all know that’s being paid for by the wrestlers, by the wrestling industry. But none of that is gonna filter down to any of the wrestlers. That’s gonna filter down to a bunch of football players being padded with football contracts and they’re gonna have special doctors and they’ll get all the things the wrestlers never got.

“They will be treated like the finest cattle you know animals, you know the treatment they will get is heads and tails above what the wrestlers will get. The wrestlers will get chicken feed at the bottom. If they get injured, they get sent off. It’s a very cut and dry world in pro wrestling.”

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Lou Lamoriello insists this time will be different.

Having digested the blow of John Tavares jetting to the Toronto Maple Leafs via free agency, Lamoriello told Postmedia’s Michael Traikos that the New York Islanders do not intend on living in the NHL’s basement like his former club did a few years ago.

When Lamoriello and Leafs coach Mike Babcock joined forces in Toronto back in May 2015, they were blunt about the team’s bleak short-term prospects, with Babcock famously warning fans about imminent “pain.” You won’t be hearing anything similar from Lamoriello or new Islanders coach Barry Trotz anytime soon, the general manager said Friday.

“There’s always pain when you miss the playoffs so many years in a row,” Lamoriello said, referring to the old Leafs. “But I think where the Islanders are today are more progressed than where Toronto was at the given time. It’s different.

“In saying that, we have to see. But no, I do not think it will end up the way the first year it ended up in Toronto. Mike (Babcock) and I went through (pain) for one full year in Toronto. I want to jumpstart that.”

Despite the Tavares setback, there is apparently no time like the present for the Mat Barzal-led Islanders. The club’s transactions in the hours and days immediately following Tavares’ decision, while criticized by some as knee-jerk reactions, certainly back up Lamoriello’s “jumpstart” mindset.

The 75-year-old Lamoriello inked pest Leo Komarov to a four-year contract, signed veteran Valtteri Filppula to a one-year pact, picked up winger Tom Kuhnhackl on a one-year deal, traded for fighter Matt Martin (who has two years remaining on his contract), and brought in goalie Robin Lehner for a single season.

“You don’t look back,” Lamoriello added. “You don’t complain. You just go forward.”

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to sign his rookie contract but has a concrete plan regarding his spending habits. They’re molded around another star rusher.

“Once I realized when I declared for the NFL draft and kind of realized where I was going to be drafted, that was something I was like, ‘You know what? Kind of want to follow the Marshawn Lynch method (in regards to spending his contract money),” Barkley said Thursday, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

“I don’t want to touch that. I want to invest it, put it in the right peoples’ hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.”

Lynch’s pro career, of course, has been ripe with endorsement deals, which include Nike, Pepsi, Skittles, and Progressive.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, already has an endorsement deal with Nike, and recently purchased his parents a house.

“I’ve been promising my mom, I think since I could talk, honestly 2 or 3 years old I know it sounds crazy,” Barkley said. “My family has been through so much and made so many sacrifices for my brothers and sisters.”

If his NFL career is as successful as many have predicted, he’ll have more endorsements headed his way to complement his savings.

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Shaquille O’Neal has high aspirations for his Hollywood career.

The NBA Hall of Famer already has a number of acting credits to his name, including a role in “Uncle Drew,” which opens Friday. He told The Associated Press’ Jake Coyle that he hopes to eventually become one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.

“I want to be as big as (The) Rock,” O’Neal said.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has enjoyed a successful acting career since leaving WWE as a full-time performer, becoming the second-highest-paid actor in the world.

“We come from the same place: athletes that transition,” O’Neal said. “That’s my goal. I want similar type movies. I want to get thrillers. I want to get dramas. I want to do comedies. I want to be the next Rock. I want to do a thriller where I’m like a hero and beat up all the bad guys.”

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said Thursday he’d never make a move like Kevin Durant did to win a championship.

“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said of the former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors star to Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 “The Fan.”

“It’s different when LeBron left. He went to (Miami to join) Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. (James) had to jell and work things into place.”

Garrett’s opinion might be skewed by the fact that he plays in Cleveland, but his comments were scathing, nonetheless.

“If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” he added. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was part of a Browns squad last year that went 0-16. He posted seven sacks in his rookie campaign.

WWE Champion AJ Styles was recently a guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, which you can listen to here. Below are some highlights:

If he plays video games when he goes home:

“Everybody knows that [I need my alone time], that is why they have their Xbox and I have mine. My oldest son got one for Christmas a couple of years ago so he plays his. I got the XBox 1X, and I gave my other son the Xbox 1S, so everybody has their own Xbox and Nintendo Switch. There are times when they are up late at night playing their video games, and it’s really hard for me to get on them because I am up doing the same thing. There’s actually a proud part of me that is happy they embrace playing video games, but then there’s this other part of me that understands what other parents were saying [about video games] a long time ago. I am really making them angry here.”

If he would have felt accomplished if he never signed with WWE:

“I would have been happy in my career even if I hadn’t come to WWE. I have accomplished so much more than I thought I could. I have always had confidence in myself, but sometimes you need a little bit of help to get to the next level. So, the fact that I was able to accomplish as much as I did without WWE I believe is a big deal. It sure is a relief that I got here and am able to do well. If you can do well in WWE, you have accomplished something.”

Not taking as many risks now as he did in the independents:

“There was something that happened to me on the indies where it really made me change the way that I think. On the independent shows these guys were doing crazy dives, so I thought, ‘well, gosh, what am I going to do?’ I did a simple dive but made it look pretty and graceful and it got the same response if I would have done a crazy dive. I then thought, ‘wait a minute, so you have to make stuff look effortless, and smooth and the way you do it rather than what you do’. You have to have a mix of both to see where they fit, and the only way that you would know is through experience. People think that I have gotten older that is why I am slowing down, but that’s not the case. It just doesn’t fit, that is why it’s not there anymore. So many things are like that.”

Daniel Bryan returning to the ring:

“Selfishly, I was hoping he [Bryan] would have gotten cleared before. Did I expect him to be cleared? No, but the fact that he did is awesome. Reminded me of when Shawn Michaels came back. I remember just praying for him to not get hurt because you just never know, and then he goes out and becomes Shawn Michaels. I feel like I am in the best run of my career as well.”

Jarvis Landry took some not-so-veiled shots at his former club while praising the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks he’s now catching passes from.

The wide receiver has yet to record an official reception with the Browns, but he already rates the quarterback situation above that of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that,” Landry said, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Landry has only participated in OTAs and minicamp, where he’s been working with new Cleveland quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, the first-overall pick in this year’s draft.

“The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here,” Landry said.

For the first four years of his career, Landry was on the other end of passes from Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, and Matt Moore. Last year, he reeled in a league-high 112 passes, the majority of which came from Cutler.

In Cleveland, Landry is already planning post-minicamp workouts with his QBs.

“I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I would say the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”