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Here’s Why Mandy Rose Did Not Appear on Raw

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Here's Why Mandy Rose Did Not Appear on Raw

WWE made a shocking decision last week. As Miz and Morrison revealed on Talking Smack, ‘The Golden Goddess,’ Mandy Rose got drafted to Raw.

Miz took the credit for the draft as he wanted the Money in the Bank winner Otis to concentrate more.

WWE even posted an update on their website, leading fans to look for Rose on Raw this week. However, Rose did not make an appearance on the show. She won her first major singles match on SummerSlam, only to be drafted.

Here’s why Mandy Rose did not appear on Raw

As she said on Twitter, Mandy was not on Smackdown for three weeks, only to get shifted. Miz might have done it out of spite but Mandy and Otis will not break up.

Despite her initial frustration with the draft, Mandy seemed excited for Raw as she retweeted WWE’s post with her hashtag.

However, she did not appear on the brand. It could be because Mandy is NOT happy with her trade.

The absence of Mandy Rose seems like a last-minute decision on WWE’s part. Raw already had a pre-scheduled match for the Women’s Championship as well as a tag team match with the champions in attendance.

Pushing Mandy in this situation would have taken the spotlight away from her. WWE is probably looking for the right moment to give Mandy a proper introduction to the red brand.

WWE is probably pushing Rose for a proper singles run. She could also be teamed up with Billie Kay. Mandy was previously teamed with Sonya Deville but they had a major fall-out.

Apart from that, it has been a while since Mandy chased a title. With so many competitors for the blue brand’s Women’s Championship, Rose will likely get a shot at the Raw Women’s Championship soon.

As Miz said earlier, Mandy Rose and Otis can both focus on their achievements without the other person holding them down. We hope they don’t break their relationship in the process!

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Bryce Harper demands Phillies re-sign J.T. Realmuto as Mets loom

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Bryce Harper demands Phillies re-sign J.T. Realmuto as Mets loom

Bryce Harper is calling on Phillies brass to re-sign J.T. Realmuto.

Speaking with reporters following an ugly 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday that officially put an end to another disappointing Phillies season, Harper gave his two cents regarding pending free-agent catcher Realmuto.

“J.T. Realmuto needs to be our catcher next year — plain and simple,” Bryce Harper declared.

Harper has been pushing for the Phillies to re-sign Realmuto since spring training and throughout the summer. In the early days of summer camp, Harper sported a Realmuto T-shirt and shouted “Sign him!” after the 29-year-old catcher blasted a home run in an intrasquad game during camp at Citizens Bank Park.

And no one could forget when cameras caught Harper making a signing motion as he crossed home plate ahead of Realmuto after one of his early-season home runs.

Harper continued his campaign for Realmuto Sunday.

Bryce Harper J.T. Realmuto Phillies
Bryce Harper (r.) wants the Phillies to re-sign All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

“He’s the best catcher in baseball,” Harper said. “He’s the best hitting catcher in baseball. Our guys love to throw to him if that’s [Zack] Wheeler, if that’s [Aaron] Nola, if that’s anybody.

“Anybody that’s the best at their position — hitting and fielding — needs to be signed and that is J.T. Realmuto. I don’t think that should even be a question. There’s going to be two teams or three teams in the NL East who are going to go after that guy and if that happens, I mean, that’s going to be tough to swallow for us.”

The Mets, whose wallets just got a little deeper with new owner Steven Cohen waiting for approval to take majority control, are expected to be one of those teams gunning for Realmuto.

The Phillies came out on top in a salary arbitration hearing with Realmuto in February, with the arbitration panel siding with Philadelphia and their $10 million offer. The organization was reportedly getting started on negotiations with Realmuto for a long-term extension that would keep him from hitting free agency this winter, but they were stalled when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

In June, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak mentioned that the “landscape” had changed as it related to the team’s plan to retain Realmuto. However, the organization is still expected to try to work out a deal with Realmuto, who is reportedly aiming to become the highest-paid catcher in MLB history.

In the shortened 2020 season, Realmuto posted a .266 batting average with 32 RBIs and 11 homers.

Philadelphia acquired Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in February 2019 in exchange for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250,000 in international bonus slot money. Realmuto earned his second All-Star appearance in 2019 after he slashed .275/.328/.493 in 538 at bats with career-highs in home runs (25), RBIs (83) and runs (92).

At the end of last season, Realmuto won his second career Silver Slugger award and his first Gold Glove Award.

With Sunday’s loss, the Phillies failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth straight year.

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Week 4 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

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Week 4 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

Few things have made sense at tight end this year. Travis Kelce is still dependable, Jonnu Smith, Noah Fant, and Mike Gesicki seem to be this season’s “big breakouts” (with Hayden Hurst knocking on the door), and…well, and that’s about it. Sure, you’re always gonna play Mark Andrews, George Kittle, and Darren Waller — and there are some other interesting sleepers, like Logan Thomas and Mo Alie-Cox, who could work their way into the every-week starter conversation — but it’s ultimately been a down year for the position, and that makes putting together our Week 4 fantasy TE PPR rankings all the more tedious.

Notice our choice of the word “tedious.” We didn’t say “difficult” because after a week where mostly oddball TEs scored, there wasn’t much reason to drastically move around players in our rankings. For PPR purposes, someone like Jimmy Graham creates a headache. He caught two TDs in Week 3, which isn’t that big of a deal moving forward, but his 10 targets might suggest a bigger workload with Nick Foles at QB. Of course, he had one target the week before, and it’s not as if the Bears are running a different offense, so how should we view Graham against the Colts? We’re basically looking at him as a TD-or-bust sleeper, but he could prove us wrong with another high-usage day. Dalton Shultz (vs. Browns) and Drew Sample (vs. Jaguars) went from heavy targets to virtually no targets between Weeks 2 and 3, so their trajectory is going in the opposite direction.

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Logan Thomas (vs. Ravens) continues to see seven-plus targets every week, making him a potential PPR darling. It would be nice if he had a better QB, but he’s a sleeper to file away. T.J. Hockenson (vs. Saints) has also seen steady work and is virtually a must-start in PPR formats. 

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Zach Ertz (@ 49ers) should also get back to his PPR roots with Dallas Goedert (ankle) likely out. Ertz can’t crack our top five because of the tough matchup, but he certainly has more upside in PPR leagues after seeing 10 targets in Week 3.

Once again, though, our TE PPR rankings aren’t too much different than our standard set. Some players move around within the top 12, but the starters remain the starters. Unless you have a good feeling about Thomas or another sleeper, there’s no need to take any big risks this week.

We’ll continue to update our TE PPR rankings to throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 4 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 George Kittle, SF vs. PHI
2 Travis Kelce, KC vs. NE
3 Mark Andrews, BAL @ WAS
4 Darren Waller, LV vs. BUF
5 Noah Fant, DEN @ NYJ
6 Zach Ertz, PHI @ SF
7 Hunter Henry, LAC @ TB
8 Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. PIT
9 T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. NO
10 Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. NYG
11 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. SEA
12 Evan Engram, NYG @ LAR
13 Hayden Hurst, ATL @ GB
14 Logan Thomas, WAS vs. BAL
15 Eric Ebron, PIT @ TEN
16 Jared Cook, NO @ DET
17 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. CLE
18 Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. IND
19 Drew Sample, CIN vs. JAX
20 Jordan Akins, HOU vs. MIN
21 Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ CHI
22 Greg Olsen, SEA @ MIA
23 Austin Hooper, CLE @ DAL
24 Chris Herndon, NYJ vs. DEN
25 O.J. Howard, TB vs. LAC
26 Tyler Eifert, JAX @ CIN
27 Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. LAC
28 Jack Doyle, IND @ CHI
29 Taysom Hill, NO @ DET
30 Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ HOU
31 Ian Thomas, CAR vs. ARI
32 Dan Arnold, ARI @ CAR
33 Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ HOU
34 Dawson Knox, BUF @ LV

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Roman Reigns’ heel turn could lure back The Rock

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Roman Reigns' heel turn could lure back The Rock

WWE has the champions it’s been waiting for.

A super entertaining Clash of Champions pay-per-view Sunday night saw WWE champion Drew McIntyre continue to show he isn’t your cookie-cutter babyface in his ambulance match with Randy Orton. On the other side, Universal champion Roman Reigns transformed into the scary video-game-boss heel we always knew he could be while decimating his cousin Jey Uso.

Five takeaways from WWE Clash of Champions

Master Chief

The Roman Reigns we knew is no more. Hail to the Chief.

Reigns’ heel turn has been booked superbly and his match – more like beatdown – of his cousin Jey Uso completed it. He wrestled differently, the chest protector was gone (but not his Shield music just yet) and Reigns’ shirtless physique made him look even more impressive. This feels like what Reigns was always meant to be.

He methodically (almost too slow for my liking) beat a valiant Uso into near submission throughout, wanting his little cousin to tell him he’s “the tribal chief” and “the head of the table.” Reigns hit a low blow while kicking out to turn the momentum one final time and gave us a million-dollar smirk. Referee Charles Robinson played his part. He looked at Reigns like he didn’t recognize him while being verbally bullied into letting the match continue.

Uso refused to tell Reigns what he wanted to hear in perfect babyface fashion. It brought out a still injured Jimmy Uso to throw in the towel. He initially relented at his brother behest, but finally did so before telling Reigns he was the tribal chief. The show ended with Reigns looking down on his two cousins after Paul Heyman put on the lei Jey wore to the ring on Reigns as a symbol of his standing in the Samoan Anoa’i family.

While the action seemed to purposely drag, it was fantastic storytelling, It makes you believe this should end with Reigns facing his older cousin The Rock — the true chief of the family — at WrestleMania 37 in Los Angeles in a dream match to bring this full circle. Maybe it is Dwayne Johnson’s retirement match with a WWE Hall of Fame induction, if the pandemic subsides enough that events can be held with fans.

Legend Killers

McIntyre and Orton gave us everything an ambulance match should be and a terrific callback-filled story to boot. The majority of the action happened around the vehicle or backstage. All the legends Orton took out this summer — Big Show, Christian, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair — came back to haunt him, highlighted by a Michaels superkick atop the ambulance and Flair driving it away once McIntyre closed the doors to retain his WWE championship.

The match was fought with the guile expected from two men who nearly put each other in the hospital in storyline. McIntyre Claymored the ambulance door off and Orton sent him crashing into the windshield – leaving his back bloodied.

After the assistance from Michaels, McIntyre delivered a Claymore Kick to Orton, but before closing the ambulance doors he pulled Orton out and hit him with his own punt kick for good measure. Orton nearly won earlier, but McIntyre was able to get his hand on the door at the last minute in a good moment of drama.

This feels like the end of this feud with all the legend attacks. What’s next for McIntyre is uncertain. Is it Keith Lee or does the announced two-day WWE Draft (Oct. 9 on SmackDown and Oct. 12 on Raw) deliver a fresh challenger?

Hoots and Ladders

Sami Zayn outdid himself to reclaim the Intercontinental championship he never lost with a unique ladder match finish. Zayn was stripped of the title in May when he chose to stay away from WWE because of the coronavirus pandemic. This reminded you how much his deviousness was missed.

Late in the match, Zayn used Jeff Hardy’s pierced earlobe to handcuff the champion to a small ladder on the outside and then tried to cuff A.J. Styles to the ropes. After failing to do so, Zayn handcuffed the two together.

It left Styles trying to climb the ladder with Zayn on his back as Hardy returned to the ring still handcuffed to the ladder. As Hardy hit Styles with the ladder, Zayn used a key from inside his mouth to uncuff himself and attach the Phenomenal One to the ladder in the center of the ring. It left him free to claim both hanging belts and become undisputed champ.

There were some nasty ladder spots. Hardy, who also fell to the outside as the ladder crashed on top of him thanks to Zayn, pushed a ladder into Styles as he attempted a Phenomenal Forearm. He later did a Swanton Bomb from a ladder on to Zayn, who was laying on another ladder wedged between the announce table and the ring. This feud needs to continue.

Boss Moves

We got another chapter to the Bayley-Sasha Banks rivalry. Bayley issued a half-hearted open challenge because her SmackDown women’s championship match with Nikki Cross and the women’s tag title match was called off prior to the start of the show.

Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax and Cross were deemed medically unable to compete by WWE. Jax and Baszler were supposed to defend their belts against the Riott Squad. It will fuel speculation about possible coronavirus ties, either the talent contracting it or being cautious if they were in close proximity with someone who has, but nothing was clear Sunday night.

Instead, WWE had Raw women’s champ Asuka, who had already beaten Zelina Vega, answer Bayley’s challenge. The two had a short match before Bayley used a chair to force a disqualification to retain her title. While gloating, she was attacked from behind by Banks – still in a neck brace. Bayley, after also getting hit with a kendo stick, eventually slipped way.

This felt like the finish that was probably also planned had Bayley faced Cross. In this case, Banks attacking her ex-friend during the match to ensure she, not Asuka, would take the title off Bayley might have made even more sense.

Angel Falls

Angel Garza appeared to suffer a lower-body injury late in the match. The referee threw up the caution X, but the action continued in the Raw tag team championship match. Garza tagged in Andrade before rolling to the outside. Montez Ford, after being beaten up by Andrade, was able to tag in Angelo Dawkins. He hit a sidewalk slam and went for the pin.

Andrade clearly kicked up before three, but the bell rang to signal a successful pin to end the match abruptly because of the injury. It confused the announce team. Tom Phillips said: “I apologize. From my vantage point, it appeared Andrade kicked out, but the official said otherwise.” Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe then acknowledged the ref blew the call and Garza and Andrade have “beyond a gripe.” The camera then panned to Garza being tended to at ringside.

WWE was probably right to stop the match, but with a little communication, this might have been handled better. It’s hard to see it happen just a few weeks after a referee incorrectly stopped the Mickie James-Asuka match on Raw.

Other matches

Asuka over Zelina Vega to retain the Raw women’s championship

Vega and the match exceeded expectations. Asuka showed clear overconfidence, allowing Vega to work her left arm and nearly pin her twice. The move transitions here were smooth, including the finish. They traded pinning combinations until Asuka was able to slip on the Asuka Lock and make Vega tap. No reason for Vega, who attacked Asuka after the match, to go back to full-time managing anytime soon after this.

Bobby Lashley over Apollo Crews to retain the United States championship.

These two traded plenty of power moves and Crews came close to winning once or twice, but ultimately Lashley retained with his Hurt Lock submission. WWE continues to book Lashley as a dominant force.

On the kickoff show, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro beat Lucha House Party to retain the SmackDown tag team championships.

Biggest winner: Roman Reigns

Biggest loser: Andrade and Angel Garza

Best match: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Ambulance match)

Grade: A –

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