Dana White ready to make Lesnar vs Jones fight if both want it

UFC President Dana White has said that he would make the fight between Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar if the two want to do it.

Lesnar was back in the news after it was revealed that he is now a free agent and able to negotiate with anyone. In the past, the former champ used the UFC to get more leverage on a bigger and better WWE deal but this time around, WWE did not buckle during negotiations and the two sides remained without a deal.

White has claimed that he has not talked to Lesnar in a year and doesn’t know if he wants to fight again. Lesnar is not part of the USADA drug testing pool anymore either so returning to the UFC would be a long way.

“He is 43 years old and he’s got a lot of money. So I don’t know what his plans are, how his body feels, any of that,” White said.

Jones has pushed for a Lesnar fight in the past and now that he’s moving to heavyweight and knowing that Brock is a free agent, he is pushing it publicly again.

“If they both want to fight each other, I’m sure it’s a fight that the fans would want to see,” White added. “It would be a good introduction for Jones into the heavyweight division. Yeah…if they wanted to do it…I would do it.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, wife, and daughters get infected with coronavirus

In a video posted on Instagram, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that he, his wife, and his two young daughters Jasmine and Tiana were all infected with the coronavirus a couple of weeks ago and tested positive.

Johnson said the past three weeks were the most challenging ones for his family but now they’re feeling better and no longer contagious while feeling stronger and healthier.

The family got infected through close family friends who had no idea how they got it. Johnson said that his daughters quickly developed symptoms for the first few days like a sore throat but all of them got through it as a family.

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Renee Paquette talks catching COVID-19 while working for WWE and the aftermath

Former WWE announcer and host Renee Paquette appeared on this week’s Sports Illustrated Media Podcast to talk about her departure and getting COVID-19 while working for WWE.

Paquette confirmed the rumors that WWE officials were not happy that she announced to the world that she was infected with coronavirus before she talked to them and woke up the next day after announcing it to a barrage of texts.

“There’s no shame in having got it. Again we don’t know what’s going on with anything. We’re all trying to figure it out. So when I tweeted that I had it, I wasn’t doing it as, like, “I GOT COVID.” That was not my MO when I tweeted. It was mostly, ‘Hey, I have it.’ Also, in case there were people that could’ve been around me and maybe seen that I had it, I felt a responsibility to make sure people knew that I was sick. But, yeah, it was NOT well received,” Paquette told host Jimmy Traina.

Paquette said that the company weren’t mad because she posted it, but rather because she did not give them a heads up and it was bad publicity. She noted that she felt no one was really concerned about her health when she got the positive result and that really bothered her that no one checked up on her.

Paquette admitted that WWE didn’t do everything to contain the virus back then but now they’re doing proper tests that she says should have been implemented from the very beginning.

“Since everything that’s gone down and however many people ended up getting sick, now it feels like a much safer environment. Even when I was there for SummerSlam, I was definitely less concerned about it knowing that everyone in the building has been properly tested with the nose swab and whatnot,” she continued.

The former Raw announcer also expressed how surprised she was when Florida deemed WWE as an essential business and let the company go ahead with tapings.

“It was shocking. It really shocking to see that this was deemed essential business. That made it seem like, hold on a second here,” she said.

“Jabroni” finally makes it as an official word!

The popular slang “jabroni,” often used in professional wrestling and made famous by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has been officially added to Dictionary.com as a word, one of the new 650 entries added to the English language according to a press release issued today.

Dictionary.com lists the word as “stupid, foolish, or contemptible person.” The word is also called as “enhancement talent” and “jobber” in the world of pro wrestling.

While The Rock often used it from 1998 onward, the word had long been used before backstage, especially by WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik. In fact, Sheik today referred to the news by retweeting a Sports Illustrated story about it saying that he “make the jabroni the real word” and then a few minutes later posted, “JABRONI #BacktoSchool.”

Oh, and if you still have trouble pronouncing it, it’s juh-broh-nee!

Funeral service for “Bullet” Bob Armstrong to be held on Saturday

The funeral service for “Bullet” Bob Armstrong will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Both the viewing and the funeral will take place at the Cornerstone Christian Church located at 14047 S. Albama St. in Jay, Florida, with a viewing starting at 1PM and then the funeral at 2PM.

The WWE Hall of Famer died last week at the age of 80 after a long bout with cancer which spread to different parts of his body.

The family is asking for donations to the American Cancer Society in the name of Bob Armstrong in lieu of flowers.

WWE Payback 2020 PPV Pick’em report

Hello everybody! Welcome back to the PPV Pick’em report with your boy, @TheMagnumDA. After Summerslam 2020, there was a NEW WOPC Champion…Heel Turn Tom vanquished all foes, and has returned to defend his title TONIGHT. Just like the Universal Title match, we’re going to have a Triple Threat! Tom will defend against myself and WO’s own Colin Vassallo. We decided to forgo picking the preshow match, because we all think the Riott Squad will walk all over The IIconics.

So without further ado, ON WITH THE PICKS!

Keith Lee vs. Randy Orton

Tom: This is tough as normally you wouldn’t think a NXT call up would lose his first match, but Keith Lee is going up against the Legend Killer. I am sure they will make Keith Lee look strong, but after an RKO out of nowhere, Randy Orton will win this match.

Colin: Lee is the new kid on the block on Raw. Giving him a loss on his first pay-per-view on the “main roster” would be bad. So I’m expecting Drew McIntyre to give Lee a “helping hand” and eventually beat Randy Orton.

Magnum: I read somewhere that Wrestlemania 37 plans are being revamped, at the moment. Originally, in those plans, Randy Orton was going to be defending the WWE Championship against Edge. I know that plans are always up in the air, but if Orton loses this match, it’s almost a lock that he’d be out of consideration for a main event spot at Wrestlemania. I have to take Orton here.

Dominik and Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy

Tom: Hard to believe Dominik will have two PPV matches in his first month with WWE. Now with it only being a week ago that Seth won and Rey has a lot of motivation from what Rollins and Murphy did to his boy, this will be a Mysterios win with Dominik getting a frog splash and 1-2-3 on Murphy.

Colin: This pay-per-view is called Payback so totally expecting the Mysterios to, erm, get their payback on the Messiah and his disciple. To me, it would make zero sense for Rollins and Murphy to win this one after what they did to the Mysterios at SummerSlam last week. So Dom and Rey for the W.

Magnum: I think Tom, Colin, and myself are going to see eye-to-eye for most of these other matches. I…what?! Oh, I see. Sorry, these jokes just write themselves! As for tonight, look for Rey Rey and Dom Dom to get revenge for last Sunday. Mysterios win!

Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin

Tom: It feels like they have been hot and cold on Riddle. The fans still like him and I think WWE would and should do something with him, especially since he would fit well with the Raw Underground. The King of Bros will make Corbin tap for the win.

Colin: I don’t like King Corbin. He has that “get off my TV” heat with me…and I’m sure with millions of others. So give me the Bro here to pick up the victory. Matt Riddle wins.

Magnum: I’m taking the chalk here – everyone’s going with Matt Riddle, and so am I…BRO.

Big E vs. Sheamus

Tom: Doesn’t feel like there was enough build up for this match, but then again they did just have one of their big four PPVs last week. I think Big E has need a singles push for a while and this is a good time to try it. So, I am going with the former Iowa Hawkeye D-Lineman Big E with the win over Sheamus.

Colin: Looks like Big E is getting ready for a big push. His stuff on Talking Smack over the past two weeks were excellent. Can he take the ball and run with it though? We’ll see. But I’m picking Big E for the win here.

Magnum: Big E is going to take it here. I think there are some big, big plans for our man in the near future. Here’s the start of that journey to the top.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Bayley and Sasha Banks (c) vs. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax

Tom: WWE is building up the match between Bayley and Sasha. There were some cracks in their friendship last week on Smackdown. Bayley and Sasha match should be at Wrestlemania, but I don’t see WWE waiting that long. I do think they will wait for Survivor Series, and for that reason, I see Bayley and Sasha retaining their titles over Baszler and Jax with more build up for the team breakup.

Colin: This is an interesting one. I guess they’re trying to recreate the Austin/Triple H tag team reign with Baszler and Jax. Both hating each other but both having to work together. The question is, who takes the fall, Bayley or Sasha? I’m going for Baszler and Jax new tag team champs tonight!

Magnum: I have a very strong feeling about titles changing hands this evening. I think the next chapter of the Bayley/Sasha breakup happens here – they might be an odd couple, but I’ll take Shayna and Nia Jax to win the gold.

WWE United States Championship
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley (with MVP and Shelton Benjamin)

Tom: The Hurt Business could be a really good group. But WWE seems to book all of them looking like fools early in the night and then strong in the Raw Underground later. I am hoping they have more plans for the Hurt Business. I predict that Lashley will make Apollo submit to become the new US Champion.

Colin: I think Crews’ reign as the champ will come to an end tonight. The Hurt Business is cool, I like the faction, and Lashley needs a big win. Does he need the title? Probably not, but he will still get it.

Magnum: Again, I’m sensing a theme here…I think there will be multiple titles changing hands tonight. The Hurt Business is getting a lot of TV time, so I’m expecting them to start wearing gold soon. Give me Lashley to win his second US Championship tonight.

WWE Universal Championship – No Holds Barred Triple Threat
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) vs. Braun Strowman

Tom: I feel like Bray and having to defend my title one week after winning at the Summerslams PPV but the difference is I am going to defend. I hope Roman isn’t wearing the old Shield gear now that he is heel. The Fiend does not need the title to be in a good story line. I feel like Strowman never got over as much as the WWE would have liked. This will be the reset that WWE wanted to do at Wrestlemania and they will make Reigns the new Universal Champion and start the evil Roman Empire.

Colin: I wish they let Braun keep the title at SummerSlam and then have this match because I have zero doubt in my mind that the Big Dawg will be the new Universal champion tonight. I just hate that it comes at the expense of The Fiend. But I’m digging a heel Reigns with Heyman by his side. New champ! WOOF WOOF!

Magnum: WOOF WOOF? Colin…you are such a bandwagon jumper! LOL…now you’re cheering Roman Reigns on?! You used to despise the guy! Anyways, Colin has a good reason for getting behind the big dog: he’s going to win the title tonight. With Paul Heyman in his corner, and the landscape about to change with the WWE Draft, it only makes sense that Roman becomes the man on Smackdown. Roman Reigns wins it.

There you have it from the WOPC Pick’em Crew! Until next time, we’ll see you in September! @TheMagnumDA signing off.

Wrestling world mourns the death of “Bullet” Bob Armstrong

The wrestling world mourned the death of “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, the 80-year-old Hall of Famer who passed away yesterday.

Two of his sons, Scott and Brian, wrote on Twitter that it was with a very heavy heart that they announce the passing of their father. Information regarding funeral arrangements will come at a later date, the brothers said.

Both WWE and AEW issued a statement on the passing of Armstrong, with WWE writing a profile on him on WWE.COM. Impact Wrestling, at time of this writing, did not acknowledge the news yet even though Bob spent a few years there.

Triple H wrote that Stephanie McMahon and himself were thinking of the entire Armstrong family during this difficult time, tagging both Scott and Brian in the Tweet. The two brothers work for WWE.

NXT General Manager William Regal said that he was truly gutted to hear the news. “His family have been my ‘American’ family since I’m moved here 27 years ago. I love them all dearly. My deepest condolences to them all,” Regal wrote.

Mick Foley added that he was fortunate to have known Bob and watch him work “his magic” inside the ring. The tweet was a reply to Brian’s tweet, with Foley saying he was sorry to hear of the passing of his father and offered his deepest condolences.

Former WWE champion and now Mayor of Knox County Glenn “Kane” Jacobs wrote that Armstrong was “tough as nails,” loved the business and was a legend throughout the Southeast. “I enjoyed working with him -and learning from him – during my time in SMW. Rest in peace, Bullet.”

Sean Waltman, who is big friends with Brian “Road Dogg” James, wrote that he was heartbroken by the news and thought that Bob crushed his Hall of Fame speech on that night. “Never seen a father more proud of his sons & sons more proud of their father…ever! What an honor it is to have known you,” Waltman wrote.

AEW’s Chris Jericho also said that he was sad to hear about the passing of Armstrong. “A true man’s man in this sport of thieves,” Jericho wrote. “When I broke my arm in #SMW in 94, Bob was one of the ONLY ones to call & check on me. I also learned the art of cutting a promo from him. Rest well Bullet!”

WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong passes away

WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Armstrong had been battling cancer in his ribs, prostate, and shoulder at time of his death and was not getting any treatment.

Starting his wrestling career in 1960, Armstrong, whose real name is Joseph James, spent the majority of his career wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling and the NWA affiliates around the Southeastern United States. He also had a stint in TNA Wrestling in the early days of the promotion and last wrestled for the company in January 2008.

Despite his age, Bullet continue working even past his retirement show and believe it or not wrestled his last match in May 2019 with a career in professional wrestling spanning over six decades.

Bob’s four sons – Joseph Scott, Robert Bradley, Steve, and Brian – all became professional wrestlers.

Armstrong was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Rock and Under Armour postpone launch of Project Rock gym shoes following latest shooting

Dwayne Johnson’s and Under Armour’s planned launch for his Project Rock gym shoes set for today was postponed out of respect for Jacob Blake and his family.

Blake, a 29-year-old African American, was shot seven times in the back by police in Wisconsin last week, leaving him paralyzed. The shooting has once again revived several protests and several sports leagues yesterday postponed their matches including the NBA which are in the playoffs.

“Out of respect for Jacob Blake & his family we’ll postpone our Project Rock and Under Armour PR3 launch today,” Johnson wrote. “I’ll keep you posted on our relaunch date. Unbelievable we’re here again. Shot 7xs. In the back. In front of his kids. There’s no progress without humanity.”

Project Rock merchandise are one of the best-sellers for Under Armour and the gym shoes are the latest in the collection, shoes which have been in the making for a year and which are “engineered for the hardest works in the room.”

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Upcoming wrestling series Heels on STARZ casts female lead

The upcoming eight-episode series Heels from STARZ will enter production next month after the coronavirus pandemic halted all work.

Deadline.com reported yesterday as well that Mary McCormack has been hired as the female lead opposite Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig, who will play brothers and indie pro wrestling stars in the series. The experienced actress is best known for her roles in The West Wing, In Plain Sight, The Kids Are Alright, and many others.

Heels follows the journey of the men and women who try to follow their dreams on the indie scene in a small Georgia community. Amell will play Jack Spade and Ludwig will play Ace Spade, two brothers and rivals who go to war over their late father’s legacy.

The show is written by Michael Waldron, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner.

Cody Rhodes, who is a big friend of Stephen Amell, will also have a major part in the series.