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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Watch the best plays from day five of the Netball World Cup, including Shaunagh Craig's "spectacular" long-range throw for Northern Ireland. More...
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Former Open champion Darren Clarke plays the seventh hole at the redeveloped Portrush course in Northern Ireland which will stage the 2019 Open Championship. More...
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Watch the best of the action as Northern Ireland suffer a 77-28 defeat by New Zealand to end their hopes of a top-eight finish at the Netball World Cup. More...
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Omega's "losing streak" is the biggest among AEW Creative's red flags so far Photo via Extra Mustard One of the most prominent talking points at Fight for the Fallen was how Kenny Omega was distraught looking for his first singles win in the company. It's not an uncommon angle to run. WWE runs it into the ground, and a losing streak angle is what launched All-Japan legend Kenta Kobashi's career. If you'd have tuned into FftF, you might have thought All Elite Wrestling was running its fifth, seventh, or even tenth show with Omega looking to get off the schneid. It was their third show. The first show, Double or Nothing, featured Omega losing to Chris Jericho. Fyter Fest featured Omega in a six-man with the Young Bucks vs. the Lucha Bros. and the Laredo Kid. They won that match, with Omega getting the pin on the Kid. The talking point made no sense, indicative of creative rot that you'd expect from WWE from the last 20 or so years. Much like running with a story about a one-match losing streak based on a small sample size is problematic, it might be shortsighted to gauge AEW's creative direction off three shows. That being said, I might not be so worried if the Omega losing "streak" was the only thing they rolled out. However, over the two free shows since Double or Nothing, AEW has: Made MJF the guy who made the save for Cody after Shawn Spears cracked him across the head after allowing him to ROAST the crowd before his own match. Shoved Darby Allin, who was made by a time-limit draw against Cody, Joey Janela, who was made in a brutal war against Jon Moxley, MJF, and Spears in a nothing opening trios match instead of in prominent positions later in the show. Showed a syrupy vignette for Brandi Rhodes about how she has to "conquer her demons" only to have her become a dollar store Stephanie McMahon villainous overlord with her own muscle in a match against her "friend." The main event's stakes and drama were pretty much nullified when the Jacksons told Cody and Dustin Rhodes "lol j/k." That's a lot of flubbing for two shows you're putting out for free to charm a new audience. That's WWE bad. Hell, that's Dixie Carter-era TNA bad. I've been pretty lenient on the two shows because I legitimately enjoyed them for the wrestling. If you're a wrestling company, and the matches are good, congratulations, you've won half the battle, possibly more. That being said, what should separate a good promotion with a passionate following for the actual wrestling from a corporately-funded wrestling promotion that has millions of fans because it has things that cater to those attention spans that aren't German suplexes and armbars, well, it's not good enough. It's clear to me that the fact that the creative team isn't doing its work early on. I'm not sure who among the people making the decisions has experience booking a promotion or writing for television. It certainly isn't Tony Khan. It might be Cody or the Jackson Brothers or even Omega, but it's clear from this output they came into it unprepared at best. If they're saving their "best" for All Out or the beginning of television, well, why would you withhold ALL the good stuff? You should want to give people a taste of what you're all about with the free shows, correct? I truly believe that the wrestling side did that, but you know who else had great wrestling and incoherent creative? 2004-07 TNA. Following that path is not a good idea, because TNA could not survive as a nationally-televised promotion with corporate backing on its wrestling alone. They never changed up what they were doing creatively, staying with the same rotating cast of Jim Cornette, Vince Russo, and Terry Taylor, and their booking and angles made them a laughingstock. I would hope that the All Elite gang know they need to have a hook. It doesn't have to be Shakespearean, but man, it can't feel like it was limply ideated and rushed into production with no ear for continuity or emotional punch. It's the difference between being the cutesy Internet fave and being a contender to the megalith dominating, choking even, the current wrestling scene. IN other words, AEW has to be better going forward. You can't try to frame a one-match losing streak as a thing, and you can't be bouncing back and forth on which parody of Stephanie McMahon you want Brandi Rhodes to be. Even though it would amount to a shortsighted decision not to take advantage of the free shows to build strong creative rapport with your burgeoning audience, one can only hope that they were phoning it in for Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen. They can't afford to do the same with All Out and television on TNT, that's for damn sure.
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Former captain Andrew Strauss says he felt "someone was looking down" on him and the England team during the World Cup final on Sunday. More...
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Fifa 20 will be the first game in 25 years not to feature the licence for Serie A champions Juventus. More...
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    Today, 12:48 PM
    Too much fire talk for my liking Graphics via ChikaraPro.com About a year or so ago, The Whisper and Ophidian were bitter rivals, or at least it appeared as such. Recently, the two have revealed that they are in cahoots and that their feud may have been a ruse. Chikara has seen threats from invading forces so many times in the past, with The Flood being the most destructive, even causing the company to close for almost a year. Whisper and Ophidian, well, they don't want to see that happen again, so they formed The Crucible, an autoimmune system that would enact whenever a threat would descend on Chikara. The problem is, the incoming threats are kinda at a minimum. The Beyond Wrestling invasion kinda petered out when Mark Angelosetti defeated Chris Dickinson earlier this year. And while the newly unmasked Dasher Hatfield is kind of a prick, well, he's also the kind of prick who wants to rule Chikara, not destroy it. Sometimes, when nothing's wrong, the autoimmune system stays quiet. Other times, it manifests by attacking healthy bodily cells. While few people know why autoimmune disorders like primary biliary cholangitis or lupus develop, a human response team like The Crucible might act out because they're slightly fascist and get bored waiting around for the next threat to come in. Their brand of showing off feels the same as military demonstrations in times of peace. Of course, one could forgive them for getting restless except their mission statement includes cleansing things in fire. Sending the team of Ophidian, Whisper, and the surprising Crucible member Lance Steel doesn't seem like a military exercise in time of peace. I think they want to set King of Trios on fire. Maybe not literal fire, but I'm not sure at this point. I don't think The Crucible wins the tournament. What I do think is that they go far enough and their loss sets off an epic temper tantrum that will carry the narrative into the finale. Either way, their inclusion in King of Trios signifies that the poop is real. The Crucible represents the seventh team in King of Trios this year. The other six are: Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams) The Ancient Order of Nations (Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza) The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Tripp Cassidy) The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro) The VeloCities (Mat Diamond, Jude London, Paris DeSilva) Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee) Additionally, Boomer Hatfield is the first of eight scheduled competitors to be announced for the Rey de Voladores tournament to occur starting Night 2. King of Trios will take place in Reading, PA October 4-6 at the Goodwill Benefit Association. Tickets are on sale now.
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    Great Britain's Amir Khan claims he has signed to fight Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia in November. More...
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    Moxley, shown here clutching Jeff Cobb, can spread his wings better in New Japan Photo Credit: NJPW1972.com Even back when he was working deathmatches and cultivating a cool Nolan Joker persona without the paint, you could tell Jon Moxley had a certain eccentricity about him. He wasn't Colt Cabana or Santino Marella, but his capacity for comedy wrestling was present. WWE saw this glimmer as well, but after The Shield broke up, Mox, as Dean Ambrose, was miscast. When Vince McMahon sees that you can make people laugh, he doesn't recognize that that ability can manifest in different ways other than "doing stupid shit that makes a septuagenarian cokehead sociopath guffaw." Instead of exploring studio space in cool and exciting ways, Ambrose rolled hot dog carts to the ring, jobbed to exploding television monitors, and went to the doctor to get needles stuck in his ass. Of course, Moxley/Ambrose wasn't the only wrestler done dirty by McMahon's rudimentary understanding of character development. Wrestling, like acting, should have a wide swath of character archetypes, and yet the only ones that McMahon has ever gotten right are "tall übermensch whomst wins all the time" and "rebellious little shit who people like because they hit their boss." So "Charlie Kelly who likes to hit people with things wrapped in barbed wire" was certainly not a character WWE was ever going to get right. The problem is, what promotion could get it right without allowing the person playing it to have most of the input? The answer is "no promotion," which is why Mox's lightly-salted eccentricity is able to shine in New Japan Pro Wrestling. It's not to say that Gedo doesn't have input on him, or that he's hands-off with most of his characters. I can say with confidence though that Mox name recognition coming in probably allowed him a certain degree of freedom, much in the same way that someone like Kenny Omega, Hiroshi Tanahashi, or Kazuchika Okada have or had some free reign in their stays with the company. I can't see Gedo going to Mox and telling him to adopt Shota Umino, call him Shooter, and give him a jacket. But that whole underlying arc definitely feels like something Moxley would do just to riff, to have him break out and maybe give someone like Umino a little boost when he transitions from Young Lion to real boy full-fledged New Japan roster member. Of course, that's not the only thing he's shown in New Japan already in his short tenure there. It's the little things like blowing a kiss to Miho during his match with Taichi, or proclaiming that he doesn't know Jeff Cobb or much about him, but that he respects him. These moves are that of someone who takes himself seriously, but not seriously enough that he ends up coming to the ring in a hood and exuding powerful "I study the blade" energy like a certain Aerial Assassin. It also manifests itself in ways that differentiate himself from, say, Toru Yano. Moxley will still bleed buckets if he has to and make other people bleed buckets; just look at his match with Joey Janela at Fyter Fest, which was probably skinning the surface of what he's able to do now. The biggest test for him will be his run in All Elite Wrestling. While I think he'll get freedom there, I also imagine that he'll be more heavily guided there, as Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes will undoubtedly want to exert more control over talent than Gedo does. Still, no matter how questionable the narrative direction in AEW has been (more on that later), Mox being there gives them a good leg to stand on. If McMahon observes his competition at all, he should be learning the lesson that he should maybe loosen the reigns up and let his talent do what they want more and less of what he wants them to do. I doubt he will, as he's probably alternating between overlording RAW and Smackdown with trying to write as many rules for his new XFL that make the players and fans know that they WILL respect the flag. That really only means that as long as he's like this, wrestlers like Jon Moxley will be better off elsewhere, places that allow him to have more input in what he does in the ring and on the mic.
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    MJF, seen here with the CZW Wired Championship, had to forfeit an Inspire Pro title due to injury Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein MJF, who got a microphone and some time at All Elite Wrestling's Fyter Fest to show his wares as a blowhard with a black hat, was suspiciously placed in a ho-hum six-man tag at Fight for the Fallen that served to advance a questionable story with criss-crossed alignments. If his actions in the match were the only notable thing going on, it wouldn't be notable to post about him today. Except news broke Sunday by Inspire Pro Wrestling, of which MJF was the Pure Prestige Champion, that he would be missing the show because of a "severe" elbow injury and thus be forfeiting the title, not because of bad blood, but because his AEW exclusivity would prevent him from wrestling for Inspire in the future. In case you're wondering, Ricky Starks won the title against Steve-O Reno. Starks was originally slated to challenge MJF for it before the injury. However, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful "was told" (probably by MJF, but I'm sure he has reason to keep the source anonymous) that the injury wasn't that severe, that he was just "banged up," and wanted to rest a little bit between Fight for the Fallen and his AAA appearance in a tag match teaming with Cody. I guess he chose the lucha giant over one of three major Central Texas indies for what he'd want to risk further injury on his elbow, which makes sense, to be fair. Other than AAA, MJF doesn't seem to have a lot on his fight card going forward. He doesn't have a match for All Out yet, for example, but with only four matches announced so far, a lot of people don't have matches there yet. Hopefully, this injury remains minor enough that he can either recover from it with rest or work through it and get lucky enough that it doesn't aggravate.
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    Sheffield United announce the signing of former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal. More...
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    Northern Ireland suffer a 77-28 defeat by New Zealand to end their hopes of a top-eight finish at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    World-beaters and history-makers, England's champion players also showed their human side during a thrilling World Cup journey. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Kirstie Gordon and Katherine Brunt are included in England's squad for the one-off Women's Ashes Test against Australia. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Tiger Woods is "not as sharp" as he would like to be for this week's Open Championship but says a light schedule is vital to prolonging his career. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Sprinter James Ellington will make his first competitive appearance since a serious motorbike accident in 2017 at this weekend's Anniversary Games. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn talks Anniversary Games, World Championships and magazine photoshoots with BBC Sport. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    England's Alex Hartley, Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Ecclestone and Kate Cross share their favourite Ashes moment, go-to karaoke song and more. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford says Geraint Thomas' Tour de France title defence is the "best it could be" as it nears the halfway point. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Watch Samoa goal keeper, Lenora Misa perform a defending "masterclass" against Sri Lanka's 6ft 11in shooter Tharjini Sivalingam. More...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Former world, European and Commonwealth judo champion Craig Fallon has died at the age of 36. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    Cricket chiefs should consider allowing teams to share the World Cup if a final is tied again, says New Zealand coach Gary Stead. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    West Ham are set to sign to Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastian Haller after a deal was agreed between the clubs. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt is set to fly to Turin on Tuesday before completing a move to Italian champions Juventus. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says fan disorder will not "be an issue" at Wednesday's pre-season match against rivals Leeds in Perth. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    South African former footballer Marc Batchelor is shot dead near his home in Johannesburg. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    Newly promoted Norwich City sign right-back Sam Byram from Premier League rivals West Ham United. More...
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    Today, 04:22 AM
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    Today, 01:46 AM
    Chelsea's Olivier Giroud says his friend and former Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny is "very hurt" by his transfer conflict with the Gunners. More...
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    Everton sign midfielder Fabian Delph from Manchester City on a three-year deal for a fee that could rise to £10m. More...
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