Posts Tagged ‘Rumors’

Daniel Bryan’s return to the ring was going to happen whether WWE cleared him or not. He had full intentions of wrestling elsewhere, but he passed every test WWE gave him and Bryan is a full-time Superstar once again.

Reports have surfaced that Bryan has re-signed with WWE. Bryan’s WWE contract was set to expire in September this year. At this time there are no known specifics about his new deal.

Since dropping the title of SmackDown GM, Bryan has been a consistent face on television in angles leading to his WrestleMania match with Shane McMahon against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Bryan feuded with Big Cass before his WWE release and he has now realigned himself with Kane.

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When it comes to wrestling, there is no bigger name than Hulk Hogan. From main-eventing the first WrestleMania to making one of the greatest comebacks of all time, the WWE legend has done it all. And it appears that WWE is finally ready to celebrate his legacy once more, as the wrestling icon has been reinstated into their Hall of Fame.

WWE released a statement to its official website on Sunday, which read:

“After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”

The Hulkster was originally inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2005 but he was removed from it in 2015 after a recording of him making racial slurs years prior, was leaked. The company also fired him, ending his short-lived return. Furthermore, he wasn’t mentioned on any WWE programming for quite some time after his dismissal.

The news of his return to the Hall of Fame comes just hours after rumors of a potential appearance at WWE Extreme Rules surfaced. So, we have to wonder: Could this mark the beginning of another on-screen run for The Immortal One?

For the four people in the world who still give even the vaguest of flying tosses about Sasha Banks and Bayley’s feud (their respective partners, Izzy, Snoop Dogg): good news! According to Cagesideseats, WWE are (again) ‘preparing to pull the trigger’ on the meandering nonsense with a match – an actual match! – proposed for SummerSlam.

At this point, interest in the two former Horsewomen’s seemingly never-ending series of microaggressions is colder than The Pope’s love spuds. The beef was finally given some fillip a few weeks back, thanks to Bayley’s sweary is-it-isn’t-it heel turn, but the writers immediately reverted to predictably terrible type by forcing the pair into a stupendously bad ‘counselling angle’. Presumably, time was running out to apply for that Dr. Shelby trademark.

Hopefully the match itself will wash away this months long build-up of grime on what once over could have been a premier female feud in the company. Rumours suggest the pair will be giving substantial time to recreate the magic of their TakeOver Iron Man match three years ago. The way things have went for the two on the main roster since, that might as well have happened in a different universe.

Despite his recent public backing of Julio Jones‘ desire for a new contract, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will not follow in his fellow 2011 first-round draftee’s footsteps.

When Green signed his contract extension with Cincinnati in 2015, he became the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. He’s now sits at sixth highest but insists he’s not looking for a new deal.

“I think the biggest thing for me, I’m always comfortable with stuff I’m doing – I signed a deal and I’m comfortable with the deal and I just live with it,” Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “After that’s up, we go back to the board. I don’t really get caught up in what’s the money like because I signed my deal and it was the highest paid at that point. It’s going to always go up. So you can’t keep up with that.”

“At the end of the day, I just want to play football. I got my contract. I’m set for life. Now I can just go out there and play.”

The seven-time Pro-Bowler will turn 30 years old in July, and his current contract is set to expire in 2019. Green caught 75 passes for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017, the sixth time he’s eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in seven seasons.

 

 

The St. Louis Blues continue to stock up at the forward position.

According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, unrestricted free agent Patrick Maroon and the Blues are expected to reach an agreement on a contract. No word yet on terms.

Maroon’s agent appeared on a Minnesota radio station on Sunday. Ben Hankinson confirmed to Rutherford’s colleague Michael Russo that there is something brewing with Maroon and the Blues.

In the 2017-18 season, Maroon split his time between the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers, contributing a total of 17 goals and 26 assists in 74 games. The St. Louis native’s production topped out the year prior, with 27 goals.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong has been a busy man over the past week. He signed UFAs Tyler Bozak and David Perron, and traded for Ryan O’Reilly in an effort to revamp his forward group.

Maroon, 30, is arguably the top UFA remaining on the market.

Damian Lillard‘s heart lies in Rip City.

With rumors and insider scoops circulating linking the All-Star point guard to the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard made it abundantly clear on Sunday that he’s a Portland Trail Blazer through and through.

“I’m straight up. I’m straight up with Coach. I’m straight up with (general manager) Neil (Olshey). I’m straight up with ya’ll,” Lillard told reporters while appearing at Summer League, according to NBA.com’s Casey Holdahl. “I’m not unhappy. I love where I live, I love the organization, I love our coaching staff, I love who I am.”

While Lillard – who is locked into his current contract through 2020-21 – is enjoying his tenure with the only franchise he’s ever suited up for, the last thing he wants is for complacency to settle in. His goal is to win an NBA title, and with teams like the Lakers and even reigning champions Golden State Warriorsgetting stronger, Lillard hopes the Blazers will try and follow suit.

“Like I said last year, it’s the urgency of wanting to make those steps in the right direction so we can compete,” he added. “You’ve got people out here going all out to try and make it happen and I just want us to do the same thing. I feel like we’re trying to do that.”

Lillard did admit, however, that he was upset to see teammates Ed DavisPat Connaughton, and Shabazz Napier walk in free agency. This rang especially true for Davis, with Lillard tweeting out a broken heart emoji shortly after the news broke that Davis was signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

He also didn’t do much to dispel the Lakers rumors when someone on Twitter asked if he’d be fine with a move to L.A., simply responding with “I’m a typically happy camper.”

Portland finished third in the Western Conference last season on the back of a 49-win campaign, but was swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, with guard Jrue Holiday helping hold Lillard to just 35.2 percent shooting.

It was the Blazers’ fifth straight postseason appearance, although the team has yet to advance past the second round.

WWE are reportedly planning to have The Authors of Pain face The Deleters of Worlds at SummerSlam on August 19th in New York, and apparently Akam and Rezar will be leaving the pay-per-view as champions too.

Hardy and Wyatt have been a sensation since forming a tag team following WrestleMania and captured the Raw Tag Team Championships at the Greatest Royal Rumble, defeating Sheamus & Cesaro. They are set to defend their titles against The B-Team at Extreme Rules.

According to Mike Johnson of PW Insider, they will retain the championships as there is a huge match planned for SummerSlam. On PWInsider Elite Audio, Johnson said:-

“The B-Team thing is just a bridge to get to Matt & Bray facing The Authors of Pain at SummerSlam.”

AoP winning gold so early after being called up from NXT would be a surprise, especially considering they disappeared off WWE TV for a long period recently and have only competed in squash matches on RAW, but fans are clearly behind them and it looks like WWE are set to give them this huge push as a result.