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Pats Fan Kofi Kingston Welcomes Tom Brady Back to Foxborough

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium this Sunday and it promises to be a peculiar sight: Brady will wear the orange and pewter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he plays against the New England Patriots, the team......

The New Day, Big E Shine At WWE’s ‘Extreme Rules’

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WWE’s Extreme Rules opened with The New Day defeating the team of Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Omos. Following a Big Ending, Big E scored the pin on Lashley for the win, delivering an exciting performance in his first pay-per-view as WWE champion. For Big E, it was critical that......

Preview and Predictions for WWE’s ‘Extreme Rules’

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WWE Extreme Rules: Opponents lining up for Roman Reigns, but a Demon gets first shot

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Summer has become fall, and as WWE heads into Extreme Rules on Sunday (Peacock, 8 p.m. ET), there is change in abundance. It starts with Big E, a couple weeks out from cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and becoming WWE champion. As of Friday morning, he’s not......

Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan and Andrew Marchand | SI Media Podcast

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina First up is AEW wrestler, Bryan Danielson, who was formally known in WWE as Daniel Bryan. The fan-favorite talks about why he decided to join AEW after spending so many years in WWE, what he’s most looking forward......

Jim Ross on the ‘Plane Ride from Hell’: ‘It Went Off the Rails’

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso Courtesy of WWE The second half of the newest season of Dark Side of the Ring debuts Thursday night on Vice TV, with an episode detailing the debacle infamously known as the “Plane Ride From Hell.” Narrated by......

After 12 Years, Big E Finally Wins the WWE Championship

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Trae Young Thrown Out For Interference in WWE SmackDown

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‘All Out’ May Have Turned the Tide in AEW’s Battle With WWE

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Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole Debut in AEW

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Currier, Wrestling Observer Sunday night’s All Out pay-per-view concluded with two major additions to the AEW roster being revealed. Bryan Danielson (formerly known as Daniel Bryan in WWE) and Adam Cole arrived in AEW at All Out. Both wrestlers......

Report: Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson Signs With WWE

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Bálor Prepares for ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime Talent’ Roman Reigns

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Twenty-one years of blood, toil and sacrifice have brought Finn Bálor to a rarefied standing in pro wrestling. The wrestling prodigy (whose name is Fergal Devitt to those who know him best) is performing at a level where few others in the industry currently reside. And he is now entrenched......

Secret meetings, negotiations and ice cream bars: The inside story of CM Punk’s return to wrestling

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — CM PUNK arrived at the United Center in Chicago at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Aug. 20, about 4½ hours before he was scheduled to make his return to professional wrestling after more than seven years away on All Elite Wrestling’s “Rampage.” The former WWE......

Drew McIntyre: Special Olympics Role ‘Has Changed My Life’

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Drew McIntyre is the newest champion ambassador for Special Olympics. “This is an immense honor,” McIntyre says. “I am extremely proud to represent Special Olympics as a champion ambassador, and it is a role I intend to take very seriously. I want to set a great example, and I also......

Q&A: Big E on His Rapid Rise and Promising Future in WWE

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CM Punk Attempts to Make AEW the Best in the World of Wrestling

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It was an incredible weekend for professional wrestling. But even though WWE SummerSlam saw the returns of both Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar, it was still CM Punk’s AEW debut that stole the show. And in the process, he officially made that promotion a thing. I don’t mean to disrespect......

Stars Shine as WWE and AEW Ramp Up Competition

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WWE SummerSlam Offers Both Surprises and Letdowns

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