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Daniel Bryan will return wrestle in 2018, according to his wife, Brie Bella.

In an interview with From The Top Rope Podcast, Brie revealed that her husband has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and has already had around 40 treatments across the USA. She also stated that, should he get the ago-ahead from doctors, she would be fully supportive of his return to wrestling, adding ‘This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back, because I love to wrestle and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if the WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, go somewhere else.’

This is very interesting for fans of independent wrestling, as it raises the issue of where Bryan would likely go if WWE refused to allow him to wrestle under their banner. His contract, of course, expires in 2018. Ring of Honor would seem a frontrunner, with Daniel being a former champion and fan favourite there.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer noted that while Bryan wouldn’t likely make more money on the indies than he would in WWE, he’d certainly be able to come close with a lighter, hand-picked schedule. He also added that Bryan has never really been about the money, and the thought of having better matches with a wider variety of opponents would be very tempting.

Meltzer also noted Bryan’s in-ring return would likely dominate wrestling news in 2018.

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The danger in being hyper-competitive is not knowing when to walk away from competition. While Michael Jordan’s two-year run with the Washington Wizards at the end of his playing career was by no means terrible, it didn’t hold up to the standard he set in 12-and-a-half previous seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan has always maintained that his competitive drive brought him out of his second retirement to play with the Wizards from 2001-03, but apparently he privately conceded to another dominant athlete that it may have been a mistake in terms of his legacy.

“MJ, I never forget, said this to me: ‘The only thing I regret, is putting on another uniform,'” Ray Lewis said on FOX’s “Speak for Yourself” on Friday.

Jordan averaged 21.2 points in 142 games in a Washington uniform, but was far from the transcendent superstar that won 10 scoring titles, five MVP trophies, and six NBA championships with the Bulls.

Lewis spent his entire 17-year pro career with the Baltimore Ravens, winning two Super Bowls and two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

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Wladimir Klitschko, whose second of two title reigns was the second-longest in heavyweight boxing history, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday, a little over three months after he was stopped in the 11th round of a thrilling, back-and-forth fight with up-and-coming star Anthony Joshua.

Klitschko, 41, held a rematch clause with England’s Joshua, but opted for retirement following a sensational 21-year pro career which included an all-time record 29 heavyweight championship fights.

“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium,” Klitschko said, per ESPN. “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports. I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me especially my family, my team, and my many fans.”

The Ukrainian, known as “Dr. Steelhammer,” won the super heavyweight gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He claimed the WBO heavyweight title in an October 2000 win over Chris Byrd, defending it five times before an upset knockout loss to Corrie Sanders in March 2003. Three fights later while challenging for the same belt in April 2004, he was stopped again, this time by Lamon Brewster.

But Klitschko wouldn’t lose another fight until November 2015 (to Tyson Fury), reeling off 22 straight victories, including his 9-plus year run as heavyweight champion from 2006-15, during which he unified three belts. Only Joe Louis held the title for longer.

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The Miami Heat announced they have officially waived power forward Chris Bosh. In a move of pure class, the Heat have also decided to retire Bosh’s jersey.

“He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise,” said team president Pat Riley. “The No. 1 will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters.”

By waiving the 33-year-old, the Heat will enter the NBA’s official free agency July 6 with roughly $34 million in available cap space. Removing Bosh from the roster saves roughly $25 million for each of the next two years.

Bosh will, however, receive the remaining $52.1 million on his contract “with insurance paying a substantial chunk of that,” according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The former Toronto Raptor signed with the Heat in 2010 helping initiate their “Big Three” movement alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The trio would go on to win back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013.

Unfortunately, Bosh’s significant health concerns came to light in 2015. A blood clotting diagnosis midway through the season cut his campaign short after just 44 games.

He would go on to play 53 games the following year, but again saw his season stifled by the diagnosis. This time his health concern was deemed “career-ending.”

Bosh’s most recent NBA action came February 2, 2016 against the Sacramento Kings.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott emerged as one of the stories of the 2016 season, leading his team to an NFC-best 13-3 record after beginning the summer as a third-string option.

After his meteoric rise to power, Prescott thanked Tony Romo for making the transition as easy as possible.

“I mean, Tony did an amazing job of helping me out. I think that’s what Tony realized is that, he couldn’t necessarily control whether he was going to play or not. But what he can control is our relationship,” Prescott said Wednesday on The Rich Eisen Show.

“And I think Tony did a great job, and I commend Tony and thank him so much for that — of being another coach for me, of helping me out, of in the middle of the game, at practice, on the field (and) off the field, giving me advice. And as a guy who went through exactly what I went through — taking over the position from an older veteran, and knowing what it’s like to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and just helping me out.”

For those who need a brief recap of Prescott’s ascension: Romo suffered a fractured vertebra during the preseason, and Prescott excelled in his absence, taking over as the team’s starting quarterback.

Prescott played so well, however, that when Romo finally healed from his injury, the veteran’s starting position was no longer available. Eventually Romo conceded the job to Prescott, who earned Pro Bowl and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for his performance.

Entering their second seasons, Prescott and fellow sophomore Ezekiel Elliott are the unquestioned faces of the Cowboys franchise. In becoming one of the NFL’s promising prospects, Prescott has plenty to thank the now-retired Romo for.

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Source: Inside The Ropes

As noted, WWE Superstar AJ Styles was interviewed by Inside The Ropes. You can check out some more highlights here below:

His thoughts on his match against Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 33:

“I’m absolutely proud of that match. I also think that most people go ‘Ughhh! Shane McMahon and AJ Styles?!’ Their expectations were very low, which made it easier for Shane and I. Because we could only go up. Shane puts 110% into everything he does, especially what happens in the ring. I was very happy with that, I felt like we did very well. I don’t know if it was the match of the night, but we gave them something they totally didn’t expect.”

How he felt seeing The Undertaker retire at WrestleMania 33:

“I can tell you I was emotional because he’s my friend. He and I have got a relationship between both of us have the same friend that we’re very close to, so he and I developed this relationship without even knowing each other that well. But it was heartbreaking a little bit because this is the guy that’s been here for so long and has shaped the WWE into what it is now. And, is he gone? I don’t know, but you would assume. I think there were some tears from the fans that were probably – they may have seen the last of The Undertaker. At the end of the day, if he’s done, I respect the heck out of him for doing it his way and doing what he wanted to do in his last match. He is everything to the WWE and I’m thankful I had the opportunity meet him and have a great conversation with him. he’s a great guy, and if he’s gone and that was the last one, he will be missed.”

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Jim Caldwell seems to have every intention of repairing things between his Detroit Lions and one of the best players in franchise history.

Addressing Calvin Johnson’s recent comments, which hinted at a strained relationship on the heels of his retirement last year, the veteran head coach likened the team dynamic to that of a family – and its attendant conflicts.

Caldwell anticipates that, at some point, the matter will be settled through communication.

“Playing in the National Football League for a team, it’s like a family. Families sometimes have disagreements,” Caldwell said, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN. “They look at things a little differently. I have grown children. Sometimes we look at things a little differently. We hash them out, talk them out. There’s dialogue, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them. But we get the differences worked out.

“I think the same thing will happen in this situation. Maybe there’s a disagreement, a little different viewpoint, but the most important thing, I think, is perhaps this whole thing will bring about a little bit more dialogue.”

Neither Johnson nor the Lions have disclosed the points of contention between the two sides, and Caldwell didn’t want to offer a time frame for when the issue might be resolved.

Johnson’s dissatisfaction with the organization became apparent over the weekend when he was asked about the possibility of Detroit retiring his jersey.

“I don’t even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended,” Johnson responded, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “If they see me around here, we’ll see. But hey, I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like I was treated the way I should have been treated on the way out. That’s all. I mean, it’s all good. I’m not tripping. I don’t feel any kind of way, just hey, that’s what they did. Hey, it is what is.”

Johnson, selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 draft, was one of the league’s most dominant receivers over the course of his nine seasons in Detroit.

The six-time Pro Bowler’s incredible level of production – 731 catches, 11,619 yards, and 83 touchdowns – saw him walk away with a sizable lead atop each of the franchise’s all-time receiving categories.