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Chelsea 1 – 2 Crystal Palace – Mourinho’s Men No Match For Determined Palace

10 hours ago

Matt Dunham/AP

Chelsea’s poor start to the 2015/16 Barclay’s Premier League season continued as they were beaten by a deserving Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Alan Pardew’s team looked calm and assured on the ball and were incredibly disciplined off it, frustrating a Chelsea side that lacked a killer instinct.

Chelsea played some lovely football at times and their passing in the first half was a sight to behold. They retained possession well and had the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Pedro, Willian and Fabregas all having shots at the Palace goal. Unfortunately, those shots were all either wide, blocked or were aimed straight at goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The lack of goalmouth action was clearly getting to Diego Costa, who got into it with Damien Delaney on 21 minutes. A minute-and-a-half later, Willian had a chance when he wasn’t closed down from a short free kick, »

- Lewis Howse

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Steve Austin Says Vince McMahon Was Furious After WWE Network Podcast

11 hours ago

WWE.com

Steve Austin had former Mma figther Chael Sonnen on his “Stone Cold Unleashed” podcast this week and during their discussion, Sonnen said he wanted to see Austin vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

Austin quickly shot it down saying it’s not going to happen. Austin went on to tell a story about how Vince McMahon was furious with him from when Austin did a promo about Lesnar during his WWE Network podcast with Paul Heyman on June 1.

Austin said that he got a call from Vince a few days later while Austin was trying on shorts at a Macy’s store.

“I have Vince listed in my iPhone 6 [as] ‘Vkm’, all capital letters. All of a sudden, ‘hmmm… it’s Mr. Vince McMahon calling me’, so I’m thinking, ‘okay, I got to answer the phone – he’s either calling to tell me it was a great interview with Paul Heyman, »

- John Canton

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WWE Announces Sting Will Be At Monday’s Raw

11 hours ago

WWE.com

It was announced via WWE’s official Twitter account that not only will Sting be on Monday’s edition of Raw in Tampa, but he will also open the show.

Breaking News: @Sting will be at #Raw and open the show this Monday at 8/7c on @USA_Network!!! pic.twitter.com/IbmwEXq8bJ

— WWE (@WWE) August 29, 2015

Sting will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions in Houston on September 20. It will be the first time that Sting will get a shot at the WWE Title in his illustrious career.

It’s likely that Sting will deliver a promo explaining why he showed up to attack Rollins at last Monday’s Raw. Assuming he delivers a promo, it would be the first time that Sting has spoken on Raw since before WrestleMania. On the night after WrestleMania, he only appeared to deliver a »

- John Canton

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Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal – Player Ratings

13 hours ago

Owen Humphreys/Pa Wire

Prior to the game, Aleksandar Mitrovic looked set to give the relatively new pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista a ninety-minute headache. After ten minutes Mitrovic had started the process well, he made a couple of flashy runs, pulsating aerial duels and the Arsenal centre backs looked tense. Like any bad headache the pair were desperate for a cure and unfortunately Mitrovic drove to the chemist for them. The striker stuck his studs into Francis Coquelin’s ankle and although the tackle wasn’t malicious it gave Andre Marriner (who gave out cards for fun this afternoon) a chance to give the hot-headed frontman his marching orders.

Newcastle United’s already difficult task was instantly magnified and despite a plucky first half that ended with the teams level, the home side began to tire early in the second. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 52nd minute shot was »

- Matt Smith

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Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal – Toon Remain Winless As Mitrovic Sees Red

14 hours ago

Owen Humphreys/Pa Wire

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s introduction to St James’ Park life has been a harsh one – and it was his 16th-minute red card that ultimately forced Newcastle United on to the defensive and an eventual 1-0 loss against Arsenal.

Despite a magnificent defensive display from the Magpies – their second in succession – they succumbed to an unfortunate Fabricio Coloccini own goal, with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross-shot deflecting in off the unfortunate Toon skipper.

Left with 10 men following Mitrovic’s stamp on Francis Coquelin – which, although a tad harsh, was deserved because it was reckless and added to his two yellow cards earlier in the season – Newcastle fought bravely but simply could not hold out against an Arsenal side desperate to get their title challenge back on track.

Steve McClaren’s side have failed to win any of their opening four Barclays Premier League games, they have not scored in either of the last two, »

- Chris Waugh

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8 Wrestlers Who Didn’t “Earn” Their World Title Shots

18 hours ago

WWE.com

The decision to run with Sting vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World championship at Night of Champions has drawn polarized responses from the wrestling fandom. There’s a segment of the audience who feel that Sting is undeserving of a WWE title shot because he’s only had one match in the company, which was a high profile loss at WrestleMania to Triple H. Those same people also probably take wrestling a little too seriously, but nevertheless, their point is that in a business that’s semi-presented as an athletic competition, championship opportunities should earned.

The counterpoint to that argument? Sting.

WWE has spent the better part of the last 20 years reminding us that wrestling isn’t real, so who are we to argue with them? It’s too the point now where their own champions are actually using the line “Wins and losses don’t matter” on live TV. »

- Brad Hamilton

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5 Ups And 3 Downs From Last Night’s WWE SmackDown (Aug 27)

19 hours ago

WWE.com

This week’s Smackdown followed a very newsworthy Raw show that featured the return of Sting, the Dudley Boyz coming back to WWE after ten years away and Braun Strowman debuting as a new member of The Wyatt Family.

Since Sting is obviously not going to work on Smackdown, the focus on this week’s show was on the new Wyatt Family. Wyatt opened the show talking about the “black sheep” Strowman while also targeting Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose following this week’s main event.

As for the Dudleys, their last official match prior to Smackdown was back on June 12, 2005 at the Ecw One Night Stand event when they beat The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer. Now in their mid-40s, they apparently signed a multi-year deal while also working a full time schedule that includes weekend live events, so they’ll probably be in the tag team title picture immediately. »

- John Canton

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10 Worst Anticlimaxes In WWE History

23 hours ago

WWE.com

Not only are we not guaranteed happy endings in life… we’re not even guaranteed endings at all. Life really isn’t fair… so that’s part of why we’re attracted to simplistic, epic storytelling in fiction. Our favourite stories tend to be larger than life: they don’t tell it like it is, but as it should be.

There’s no narrative that exemplifies that kind of childlike wish-fulfilment than professional wrestling. Other tall tales are told in film, television, prose, even comic books, and they’ll often play with and subvert the audience’s expectations: but wrestling made its name on delivering classic goodie-versus-baddie conflicts requiring emotional investment from its audience, and wrestling’s business model is based on delivering a solid return on that investment so that its audience always comes back for more.

All of that time and money we’ve spent, all »

- Ben Cooke

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7 Things WWE Needs From Seth Rollins vs. Sting

28 August 2015 7:24 PM, PDT

WWE.com

SummerSlam 2015 should’ve been a hard show to follow. While it’s a valid debate about just how happy WWE sent home fans in the wake of the four hour event, it did live up to the grandeur that was promised. There were celebrity appearances, major matchups, and even Espn coverage. WWE needed something big to keep their momentum going stong.

WWE found that ‘something big’ in the form of a surprise Sting appearance and challenge against Seth Rollins on Monday Night Raw. Due to the ruining of Seth Rollins’ statue unveiling and a brief altercation that was dominated by the former WCW standout, the main event of Night of Champions is now set.

Seth Rollins will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting at the big event in Houston next month. That match is already the source of much buzz among wrestling fans. WWE can capitalize »

- Mitch Nickelson

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10 Most Volatile & Aggressive Prodigy Songs

28 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

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After innovating the rave scene in the early 90’s, The Prodigy ventured into the unknown with the groundbreaking Fat Of The Land in ’97. The release marked a new beginning for the group with its very aggressive stance and heavy sonic bombs permeating the landmark album, helping to create an aggressive and violent streak not heard before in the genre.

One of the most understated facets of the band is their incorporation of rock music styles combined with the more obvious electronic direction that the band are most known for, giving them a harder edge that to this day still hasn’t been matched. Acts like Pendulum, Pitchshifter, Chase & Status etc, have all attempted to evolve the genre in the same fiery way but they lack the authentic innovation and seamless melding that made the Essex lot so unique.

Invaders Must Die was a good album but it lacked the »

- William Boyd

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10 Most Volatile & Aggressive Prodigy Songs

28 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

Youtube

After innovating the rave scene in the early 90’s, The Prodigy ventured into the unknown with the groundbreaking Fat Of The Land in ’97. The release marked a new beginning for the group with its very aggressive stance and heavy sonic bombs permeating the landmark album, helping to create an aggressive and violent streak not heard before in the genre.

One of the most understated facets of the band is their incorporation of rock music styles combined with the more obvious electronic direction that the band are most known for, giving them a harder edge that to this day still hasn’t been matched. Acts like Pendulum, Pitchshifter, Chase & Status etc, have all attempted to evolve the genre in the same fiery way but they lack the authentic innovation and seamless melding that made the Essex lot so unique.

Invaders Must Die was a good album but it lacked the »

- William Boyd

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10 Most Notorious Vader Urban Legends

28 August 2015 10:24 AM, PDT

WWE.com

Commonly known as ‘The Man They Call Vader’, Leon White was once one of pro wrestling’s premier big men. Alongside other monstrous men like Bam Bam Bigelow, Vader was deceptively agile, and amassed a body of work that deserves exploration. Working in Japan and North America, ‘Big Van’ Vader was a revelation inside the ring.

Incredibly, despite his menacing demeanour and overall intimidating personality, Jim Cornette once said that Vader was more akin to a cuddly teddy bear away from the squared circle. It’s that kind of rumour and statement that this article focuses squarely on.

A former 3-time WCW World Champion, Vader also held gold in both All Japan and New Japan Pro Wrestling. A 3-time Iwgp Heavyweight Champion, the man was also a Triple Crown Heavyweight Champ twice in Ajpw. During his main tenure with the then-wwf from 1996-1998, he’d shockingly ever hold a title. »

- Jamie Kennedy

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22 Wtf Moments From WWE SmackDown (August 27)

28 August 2015 10:05 AM, PDT

WWE.com

How on earth could this week’s episode of SmackDown follow what happened on Raw?

Monday night’s show was arguably the best we’ve seen in the last few years as a ‘Raw after ‘Mania’ crowd made it feel like a special event. We should have seen it coming in all reality, WWE promoted SummerSlam as the WrestleMania of the summer while it had a match billed as too big for Wm as its main event. They had little choice but to produce the sort of show we see following Mania if we were to be sold on that schtick!

Raw was special because the shock factor returned to World Wrestling Entertainment. The Dudley Boyz and Sting made shocking appearances in moves that no one (unless your a diehard dirtsheet follower) saw coming. The Stinger was thrown straight into the main event of the company’s next special event, »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Wrestling Facts We Didn’t Know Last Week

28 August 2015 9:57 AM, PDT

WWE.com

The pro wrestling landscape is constantly shifting and ever-evolving. So much happens in each 7 day period, and that helps keep the industry motoring along nicely. The sheer number of personal appearances and media interviews professional wrestlers do also means that there are a whole load of fresh facts coming out on a weekly basis.

That’s exactly what this article is about, providing 10 interesting and notable facts that even the most ardent of grappling fans might not have known about previously. Due to the advent of the WWE Network, there’s even more room than ever for former stars to air their thoughts and provide insight. The Network has made many older wrestlers feel relevant again, which is something they’re surely enjoying.

A few of those former stars pop-up here. One former tag-team partner of The Undertaker shares his thoughts of the ‘Deadman’s’ career, whilst another »

- Jamie Kennedy

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9 Insane Real-Life Randy Savage Stories

28 August 2015 9:46 AM, PDT

WWE.com

They don’t make ’em like Macho Man Randy Savage anymore. Unbelievably intense and committed 100% to his character, few in wrestling were as believable as he was. Whether the Macho Man was giving an interview, participating in a backstage segment or wrestling a match, you believed that the man doing it really was like that.

It’s often said that the best, most effective wrestling gimmicks/characters are just the individual’s personalities turned up to eleven. That certainly was the case with Randy, whose personality reflected the Macho Man character in many different ways. It provided fans with countless entertainment but, in reality, it could often cause very real problems.

Highly-strung at the best of times, Savage’s emotions could often get the better of him, leading to him losing his cool and acting in very bizarre ways. He was a character, that’s for sure, but »

- Lewis Howse

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Jack Black: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

28 August 2015 9:31 AM, PDT

Sony

By rights, Jack Black should be classed as one of Hollywood’s best comic talents: his early career work (even in cameos and reduced parts) set him up to be a bright young thing, and he’s eminently watchable.

It’s just a shame then that he isn’t slightly more discerning with what he puts his name to. He has a frustrating habit – or at least there was a period prior to 2011 when it seemed so – of making Eddie Murphy-like films. For those missteps and pay-checks, Black has added an edge to his undeniable, easy charm: a bad taste that occasionally threatens to push him towards one-trick territory.

And as Vinnie would attest, that’s a hard place to escape.

But if Black’s 2011 resurgence with Bernie proved, there’s life in the cheeky dog yet, and hopefully the upcoming Goosebumps will eventually be added to the »

- Simon Gallagher

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8 Key Decisions Steve McClaren Must Make Ahead Of Newcastle Vs Arsenal

28 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

David Nelson Sports Photography

Steve McClaren finally has his first victory as Newcastle United head coach, although not in the Barclays Premier League. Irrespective of the fact it was against League Two opposition, the Magpies’ comfortable 4-1 Capital One Cup Second-Round win over Northampton Town on Tuesday night was extremely significant.

Now McClaren is looking for his opening Premier League victory as Toon boss. So far in the league this season, Newcastle have drawn 2-2 at home to Southampton, been soundly beaten 2-0 away at Swansea City, and earned a hard-fought point via a goalless draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

However, the Magpies face one of their bogey teams next in the league, with Arsenal visiting St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime (12.45pm kick-off).

The Gunners themselves have had a somewhat disappointing start to the campaign, with Arsene Wenger’s men claiming just four points from their opening »

- Chris Waugh

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6 Potential Opponents For Jushin Liger In Nxt

28 August 2015 5:19 AM, PDT

WWE.com

As a revered legend known the world over, Jushin Liger brings a degree of legitimacy and fan curiosity wherever he goes. His appearance at Nxt TakeOver: Brooklyn was one such occasion, as his inherent drawing power doubtless helped the show. At first, it was thought that this would be his only appearance, however, that might not be true after all.

According to recent reports, Jushin’ Thunder Liger might not be done with WWE. It is alleged that he might be working more dates for the Nxt brand going forward, with some allegations that he might be doing both regular tapings and special events.

If this is true, then it’s a golden opportunity for Nxt to further expand on TakeOver: Brooklyn’s success. Liger can be used in a myriad different ways, teaming up with a regular Nxt superstar, or feuding with one of its stars in singles competition. »

- Alexander Podgorski

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11 Solutions To Fix WWE’s Failing Divas Revolution

28 August 2015 5:07 AM, PDT

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The WWE Divas Revolution is one of 2015’s biggest screw ups. It is almost a bit like the old WCW Invasion of the WWF, something which sounded great on paper but ended up being absolutely atrocious in practice.

The reasons for the failure are numerous, and you could see just how bad things have got when watching the post-SummerSlam Raw. Viewers were forced to digest a Miz Tv segment with Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch. As promos go, this was as bad as anything this year. All three girls were awful on the mic, and the script writers were just as much to blame.

What followed was a match, and this was also simply atrocious. Team Pcb versus Team Bella descended into farce, with the audience caring more about chanting for “Jbl” and doing Mexican waves. Paige and The Bellas later went to social media and complained about the “disrespectful” fans. »

- Grahame Herbert

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Injury Update On Sasha Banks After Brutal Bump

28 August 2015 4:50 AM, PDT

Awesomeness #nxttakeover #NXTBrooklyn #SloMo @itsmebayley @sashabankswwe @wwenxt

A video posted by Tyler Johnson (@tyler41) on Aug 23, 2015 at 7:07am Pdt

Sasha Banks isn’t injured, but is being given some time to rest up this week, the wrestling observer newsletter has reported.

She was said to be a little sore after her Nxt Takeover Brooklyn match with Bayley, in which she took a reverse hurricanrana off the top rope. It looked like she landed right on her head, taking the impact on her neck.

Given how secretive WWE have been about head injuries recently, there’s been speculation that Banks could have suffered a concussion. Wrestler health is being kept under wraps, and it was months before WWE admitted that Daniel Bryan’s recent injury is concussion related.

However, at this stage, there’s no confirmation that Banks has an injury. She missed Raw and didn’t wrestle on Smackdown, »

- Grahame Herbert

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