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What’s Going On Gets Furniture from Former WCW Champion

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Lighter side of the dark side. Deathmatch wrestler Nick Gage on his negotiations for footage with David Arquette in a deleted scene from his episode of Dark Side of the Ring:

This was a story they cut out of the show. What they left in is truly bananas.

A crappy motivational tactic. Lions head coach Dan Campbell wants a lion. From Pardon My Take, transcribed by the Freep:

“On command, you could train him like if one of your groups isn’t doing well you could just take him over to their section and just have it take a dump right there in the middle of where their section is at and then bring him on back. I mean, think about it. It’d be outstanding.”

I bet you could train it to bite kneecaps, too.

Lisa name, Ralph answer. Remember when Dan Campbell joked in his introductory deranged ramblings that he got the job because the Lions thought he was Matt Campbell? Turns out he wasn’t too far off. Freep:

“According to CBS Sports, Matt Campbell turned down an 8-year, $68.5 million contract to join the Lions this winter, before the team hired Dan Campbell as coach.

The Lions’ interest in Matt Campbell was widely known, though the extent of their offer was never reported.”

Not so fast, my friend. Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s camps reached a deal for a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.

Then the arbiter in Deontay Wilder’s case against Fury over a potential third fight ruled that one was indeed owed to Wilder by September. The options going forward are thus:

  1. Fury pays Wilder to step aside and let the AJ-Fury fight go forward. It would be a nice chunk of change for Wilder (maybe as much as 14 million pounds (~$19.77 million) per Fury’s promoter Frank Warren) and such a deal would likely include a clause giving Wilder the first shot at the winner. That should be a no-brainer for Wilder, especially since, boxing being what it is, if you think he’d get a fair shake from the judges in a fight against Fury where everybody knows he’s the only thing standing between a fight to unify the heavyweight title, I’ve got oceanfront in Omaha to sell you.
  2. Fury fights Wilder in August (AT&T Stadium?), Joshua fights Oleksandr Usyk, and assuming the two Brits take care of business, they meet later this year or in early 2022. That might not be the worst thing in the world, as it would give England more time to get things opened back up so the fight could be held at Wembley Stadium, if Fury and Joshua were inclined to hold it there, which, why wouldn’t they be?

Eddie Hearn is hoping for a resolution sooner rather than later:

Saturday night, during the ESPN card, Tyson Fury appeared to announce that he’s going with door number 2.

In other fight news. Manny Pacquiao is going to fight Errol Spence on August 21 in Las Vegas. The fight will be a FOX/PBC PPV. DAZN News.

Fire up the moving vans. The A’s could be on the move. Sportsnet:

Major League Baseball instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new waterfront ballpark it hopes will keep the club in Oakland long-term.

MLB released a statement Tuesday expressing its longtime determination that the current Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”

“MLB is concerned with the rate of progress on the A’s new ballpark effort with local officials and other stakeholders in Oakland,” MLB said. “The A’s have worked very hard to advance a new ballpark in downtown Oakland for the last four years, investing significant resources while facing multiple roadblocks. We know they remain deeply committed to succeeding in Oakland, and with two other sports franchises recently leaving the community, their commitment to Oakland is now more important than ever.”

The A’s have put a proposal for a new stadium in front of Oakland’s city council, but hasn’t gotten a response. One nickel says that a new stadium in Oakland won’t get greenlit. They didn’t build the stadium when sewage started backing up in the locker rooms. They didn’t build the stadium when the Raiders first talked about moving. Your author doubts they’re gonna build it now. As for where they could end up:

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has mentioned as possible expansion candidates: Charlotte, North Carolina; Las Vegas; Montreal; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Another potential move? Arlington Heights, IL mayor Tom Hayes thinks his city has a shot at getting the Bears. CBS Sports:

“Certainly, the Arlington Park site is available and we would consider the Chicago Bears a great fit for that particular site,” Hayes said, via Fox 32 in Chicago. “I think the Bears are seriously considering it because it’s such a unique piece of property. It has so much going for it in terms of its location in the northwest suburbs where a lot of their audience is.”

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot says “not so fast, my friend”:

“I’ve seen a couple of reports [of a possible move] but a couple of data points that I think you should be aware of are the Bears have a lease with Soldier Field until 2033 and the NFL doesn’t let any teams break their leases,” Lightfoot said.

The NFL is not going to be upset at all if their charter franchise, which is located in the third-largest market in the country, decides they’re done farting around in one of the worst stadiums in the league and builds a shiny, new stadium with 20,000 more seats than they have now and a retractable roof to host Super Bowls, Final Fours, what-have-you. Would it actually happen? Dunno. Arlington Heights had been mentioned as a possible new home before, but with the Arlington Park site now available, the possibility seems more real. Nobody is going to want to be known as the mayor who lost the Bears to the suburbs, so whoever’s in charge if/when the conversation happens is likely going to do everything in their power to get the Bears to stay, but at the end of the day, there just isn’t a whole lot of room to do very much at the current site. If they were to get the funding to build a new stadium along the lakefront, you’d probably have to tear Soldier Field down before building it. Theoretically, the Bears could play at whatever they’re calling Sox Park this week in the interim.

A Turner of events. Sorry, that pun sucked. Anyway, Turner got the other piece of the NHL deal after ESPN got the first part. Chicago Sun-Times:

After ESPN bought the NHL’s primary package for a reported $400 million per year, Turner outbid NBC for the secondary package, paying a reported $225 million per year. According to Sports Business Journal, NBC offered $100 million. Apparently, the network was ready to move on, too.

We do know who will form Turner’s top crew on TNT: Kenny Albert and Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk. Turner wasted no time ensuring that NBC’s top talent joined its team, giving peace of mind to NHL fans who might be leery of the hockey neophyte’s broadcast quality.

As for TNT’s game schedule, the popular assumption is that Wednesday night will remain hockey night, as it has been for years on NBCSN. Logic dictates that TNT won’t want the NHL to go up against football Friday through Monday, and the network has devoted Tuesdays and Thursdays to the NBA. That leaves Wednesday, which only would require moving AEW Wrestling to a new night.

As part of the agreement, Turner Sports networks will televise the NHL Winter Classic, the annual New Year’s Day outdoor game, in all seven seasons of the deal.

It will televise all games in the Stanley Cup Final in 2023, 2025 and 2027, one conference final series each season, and half of the first two rounds of the playoffs, plus 72 regular-season games per season.

AEW could only air on Wednesdays on TNT. TNT has the NBA on Tuesday, AEW was never going to go up against WWE Smackdown on Friday with Smackdown being on FOX, and Monday and Thursday are out since those are NFL nights and the Khans own one of the teams. So, AEW is going to move to TBS in January. TBS is in about a million more homes, which is good news for AEW, and in addition, the move to TBS means an end to pre-emption for NBA playoff games. AEW will air four specials per year on TNT. No official statement on what nights those shows will air, but a nickel says Saturday. The company is also getting a new show, Rampage, which will air for one hour at 10 PM ET on Friday nights starting August 13 on TNT and will move to TBS when Dynamite does. It’s not a given that Rampage will stay on Friday when the move to TBS happens, but it does seem likely for reasons listed above, unless they were to go to Saturday nights (preferably at 6:05 ET, IYKYK), which could be used as a lead-in on PPV and special event nights.

Here it is, your moment of zen.

R.I.P. Jerome “New Jack” Young



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