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The Rivalry Between CM Punk and Ryback Outside the WWE Ring

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We have seen a lot of wrestling feuds over the years that have made history and careers. However, we seldom hear about the ones that break careers. Such was the case when former WWE Superstar Ryback took on CM Punk in 2012.

Ryback was a monster in 2012 and was taking WWE by storm. Shortly after making his debut, hew steamrolled every Superstar that put up against him. 

The big man was destroying WWE’s biggest names and leaving destruction in his wake. Everything was going splendidly for the Superstar until he met CM Punk.

Igniting a feud with the then WWE Champion, Ryback had a string of matches planned with Punk. “The Best in the World” looked like he was going to be toppled by the relentless monster.

Former WWE Superstar Ryback Hints At AEW Debut In A Cryptic Tweet - EssentiallySports

However, in the climaxing part of their feud, CM Punk did the unthinkable. He went to WWE management and claimed that Ryback was ‘dangerous’ in the ring.

Punk laid down the terms that he did not want to work with him anymore. Since CM Punk was the WWE Champion then, the management favored the wish and stopped the storyline immediately.

Ryback vs. CM Punk - WWE Championship TLC Match: photos | WWE

Ryback never recovered from this career blow

Ryback’s career took a firm tumble after that. His big moment was abruptly cut off and right when he was set to smash his way to the top tier, he was kicked down.

The powerhouse never truly recovered from this and had a lot of subpar storylines before finally leaving the company in 2016. To this day he remains critical of CM Punk.

Ryback vs. CM Punk - WWE Championship Match inside Hell in a Cell: photos | WWE

In an interview in January this year on Ryback TV, the wrestler himself addressed the issue. He still expects an apology from Punk.

“Colt Cabana has come up to me and shook my hand and apologized for having anything to do with any of that because it was absolute bulls***,” said Ryback. “Until [Punk] does, I will continue to take my shots left and right.”

John Cena vs. Ryback vs. CM Punk - WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: photos | WWE

“I’ve talked well about him more than I even have the right to on the things that he’s done. That guy single-handedly caused a lot of people to not like me.”

Ryback has managed to narrow down the source of his WWE troubles to Punk, and he is backed by a lot of fans. Ryback will continue to take shots and criticize Punk on his conduct. Knowing Punk, he has probably turned a deaf ear by now.

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Jerry Seinfeld can’t let go of his big issue with Mets booth

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Jerry Seinfeld can’t let go of his big issue with Mets booth

What’s the deal with “final strike” calls?

Jerry Seinfeld wants to know after he was evidently watching the Mets on Thursday night and once again picked a bone with Gary Cohen about the SNY broadcaster saying the Nationals were down to their last strike.

Gary Thorne, Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez in the Mets booth
Gary Thorne, Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez in the Mets boothSNY

“Gary, you are the best,” Seinfeld tweeted. “But, it is not technically correct with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th to say, ‘The Nats are down to their final strike.’ Because a base hit gives them at least 2 more strikes. It would be accurate to say, ‘The Mets NEED only one strike.’”

The comedian and longtime Mets fan’s grievance came as the Mets beat the Nationals 3-2 and kept their slim playoff hopes alive at least for one more day.

It’s not the first time Seinfeld, whose connection to the trio started with Keith Hernandez appearing on his show, has made this argument regarding the common baseball term. When he visited the SNY booth last season, he took it up directly with Cohen.

“You understand, that’s enhancing the drama of the moment, so that if the Mets pull it out, it feels like they’ve come back from the brink,” Cohen said.

“Is that really why you do it?” Seinfeld replied before the booth broke into laughter. “Are you just too lazy to say ‘potentially’ because it’s too many syllables. Maybe that’s the reason.”

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Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a rare win-win situation for the UFC

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Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a rare win-win situation for the UFC

More often than not, the UFC has a preferred winner when it comes to title fights. There’s always more of an appeal if someone like Conor McGregor or Jon Jones come out on top. Of course, the promotion will roll with whoever the winner is and press ahead. But don’t think for one minute that the biggest mixed martial arts promotion doesn’t have a preference for who it wants sitting on top of the organization. 

That’s not the case at UFC 253, when Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa meet.

For once, the UFC is in a situation where it really doesn’t matter who wins on “Fight Island” because both are extremely marketable and bring a unique set of tools to the table. 

MORE: Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight belt against Paulo Costa on Fight Island, only on ESPN+

Israel Adesanya’s meteoric rise has come right on time for the promotion. With Conor McGregor being “retired,” Jon Jones out of action as he prepares a jump to heavyweight, Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo retired and Amanda Nunes out of action to be a mother, there’s a vacancy on the promotion’s top star. 

Adesanya can adequately fill that void.

The 31-year-old kickboxer from New Zealand has a glowing personality, sense of humor, flair and ability to connect with a younger demographic due to his love of anime and Hip Hop. Since arriving in the UFC in 2018, Adesanya has been viewed as a can’t miss talent with his unique blend of charisma and fighting ability. Some billed him as the next Conor McGregor, but it is clear that he’s something else. 

What Adesanya doesn’t do is play a role in order to get attention. Instead, he’s been just the right amount of entertaining without being egregiously pandering to an audience. Along the way, he has racked up eight wins in two and a half years over the likes of Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson while snaring the middleweight title away from Robert Whittaker with a scintillating second-round knockout last October and securing his first title defense against Yoel Romero. 

He’s been nothing short of impressive in his quest to face the best fighters available, and his status is still on the upswing as he prepares to step in the Octagon with one of the promotion’s most dangerous. 

On the other side is a fighter who is the complete opposite of The Last Stylebender but also possesses the perfect blend of attributes to become a star. 

What Paulo Costa lacks in fighting finesse, he more than makes up for with sheer brutality. Where Adesanya is a skinny kickboxer, Costa is a hulking wrecking machine. The 29-year-old from Brazil looks as if he’s chiseled from stone with a physique readily made for the cover of Muscle & Fitness while the head above the shoulders harnesses a face fit for TV. And when the fight begins, he’s an absolutely frightening force that pounds his opponents into smithereens.

MORE: UFC 253 odds, betting trends for Adesanya vs. Costa

Thirteen wins, zero losses and every single one of those wins outside of his thrilling brawl with Yoel Romero have ended in less than two full rounds. It doesn’t take long for Borrachinha to impose his will on his opponents as he plows straight ahead and overwhelms them with a savage barrage of strikes. 

Aesthetically, Paulo Costa is pleasing. In a sport with fans who yearn for their pint of blood, the Brazilian is more than willing to give it to them. The looks may jump off the page but it’s the physical presence and fighting spirit that have put him in a position to acquire his first UFC title. Should he be the first to knock off Adesanya, the UFC could collectively shrug and put their promotional energy behind a fighter who can crack open another world to them. 

It’s rare, but the UFC is in a win-win situation on Saturday night. Unless the fight ends up being a stinker, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world will have a star that it can push to the moon. And that’s really all it can ask for.

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Take Eagles over Bengals in Week 3

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Take Eagles over Bengals in Week 3

Congratulations, you won! How do I know this? Well, because everybody won. Last Sunday’s real upset was the fact that there was no upset.

If you follow the NFL closely, you know that statement alone is as shocking as a 14-point underdog winning outright. The Eagles closed as about 1-point favorites in most places yet fell to the Rams, 37-19. The Saints were favored by 4.5 in Las Vegas on Monday night but dropped to 1-1 after a 34-24 defeat.

Aside from that, Week 2 was as chalky as a blackboard. Ironically, the two biggest favorites came the closest to losing. The Chiefs closed around 9-point favorites and trailed the Chargers most of the game. The other close call came as my pick, the Titans, needed a 49-yard field goal in the final minutes to break a 30-30 tie and hold off the Jaguars, who fought valiantly as 8-point ’dogs.

Call it the free spot on the bingo card or call it a bye. However, that also means the pool of players in your contest was very unlikely to shrink much, if at all. As injuries mount at an astounding rate, let’s look at Week 3 options and keep our survivor entries off the season-ending IR.

Under consideration

Indianapolis Colts over New York Jets

With the highest spread on the board, the Colts (-11) will be a popular option against a Jets team that looks as if it’s headed for a new coach and a top-5 draft pick, two things to which their fans have become accustomed. The Jets are 0-2 and will be fighting for their season, as an 0-3 start will likely cook not only them but also Adam Gase’s chances of coaching the team (or any team) much longer. Picking against the desperate Jets is still likely a winning formula, but it might be best to save the Colts for a later date. They already have an unexpected loss on their ledger, so let’s stay away from the obvious choice here.

New England Patriots over Las Vegas Raiders

Cam Newton looks fantastic, and the Patriots (-5.5) seem to have landed on their feet in the post-Tom Brady breakup. However, the defense showed some leaks Sunday night in Seattle, and Bill Belichick teams are typically better later in the year, as opposed to the early weeks where they haven’t peaked. The Patriots are a good option, but better off saving them for some more favorable matchups in the coming weeks.

Cleveland Browns over Washington

Another tempting choice. Cleveland (-7) will have 10 days to prepare, coming off a Thursday night victory in which it ran for over 200 yards. The Browns dominated the Bengals in yards per play, keeping them at arm’s length the entire game but never pulling away. Not a bad choice, but you don’t trust the Browns and neither do I. Pass.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles should be able to handle the Bengals
Carson Wentz and the Eagles should be able to handle the BengalsIcon Sportswire via Getty Images

The pick

Philadelphia Eagles over Cincinnati Bengals

A classic get-right spot for a team that is probably grateful to be playing without a stadium full of (angry) fans. The Eagles (-4.5) certainly have flaws, but the Bengals are not the caliber of team that can expose them. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will show Joe Burrow looks he’s likely never seen, and that should confuse the rookie into a few turnovers. The Eagles will be focused and motivated, and they will take out two weeks of frustration on a Bengals team that will not be equipped to punch back. The Eagles are the pick to get you home for Week 3.

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