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Leeds are asking Man City for a talented youthful midfielder while Kalvin Phillips leads the chase

Amid speculation about Phillips' future, Leeds are said to have turned their attention to a rising City star - and may want to include him in any deal (Author: Gardener)

Man CityIt is widely reported that Leeds United have asked Manchester City for Belgium Under-21 international Romeo Lavia amid swirling speculation over Kalvin Phillips' future. With Marcelo Bielsa turning Phillips into a defensive midfielder, Phillips is now a regular in the 23-cap England squad. However, his time at Elland Road appears to be drawing to a close amid growing rumors of a move to City. They are reportedly planning to make an opening bid to lure him away from Leeds, while talk of a £45m-50m fee could secure his signature. With two years left on his contract, Leeds know their last chance to secure a big fee for the star will be this summer. And Thursday's transfer gossip claims Phillips has now informed the Whites that he wants to move on. Leeds know they have a sizeable gap to fill if Phillips leaves. Leeds have a far stronger record with Phillips on their side, despite missing much of last season with a serious hamstring injury. However, United are determined to bolster their midfield options and a deal for Bayern Munich's Marc Roca is drawing near. However, Roca is not seen as a direct replacement for Phillips. Should the Englishman leave, Leeds would also be looking to sign another player to fill their midfield. Leeds are also vying to sign City teenager Lavia, according to The Athletic. According to the report, both Leeds United and Southampton have reached out to City about a potential deal. However, according to the report, he is rated highly by Guardiola. As a result, the mayor is seriously reluctant to allow Lavia to leave. However, Leeds could reportedly insist on including Lavia in the deal that brings Phillips to City. The holding midfielder may not be quite ready for the first team for Leeds. However, they could land a player with huge potential if he develops as City expect. But if it helps City in their bid to land City, the Blues could relent and allow Lavia to leave. Meanwhile, we know Leeds remain interested in Adama Traore with Wolves set to lower his asking price. Article Leeds ask Man City for talented youth midfielder, while Kalvin Phillips transfer chase runs appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Marsch's team starts at home against the wolves

Leeds United start their 2022/23 Premier League season on Saturday 6 August at Elland Road against Wolves, followed by a trip to Southampton on 13 August. (Author: Gardener)

MarschLeeds United will start their 2022/23 season in the Premier League on Saturday 6 August at Elland Road against Wolves. Jesse Marsch's side, who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of last season, then travel to St Mary's to face Southampton on August 13 before hosting Chelsea on August 20. Leeds travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on September 17 and their last game before the season break for the Winter World Cup will be played against Antonio Conte's Tottenham on November 12. They have to travel to Newcastle for New Year's Eve, while Manchester United are guests at Elland Road on February 11. Leeds finish the season at Elland Road against Spurs on May 28. The Premier League season kicks off the weekend of August 5-7 - a week before the 2021/22 campaign kicks off. However, the Premier League will go on hiatus mid-season to host the inaugural Winter World Cup. The last round of the league before the break takes place on the weekend of 12/13. November before continuing on Boxing Day with the World Cup final on December 18. The last day of the Premier League is Sunday 28th May. Meanwhile, the Carabao Cup final takes place on Sunday 26th February and the FA Cup final on Saturday 3rd June.

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New tag champion, Jay White emerges, Ortiz goes bald

In this week's episode of AEW Dynamite, the Young Bucks reclaimed the AEW Tag Titles, Ortiz lost his hair and more! (Author: Gardener)

OrtizAEW accelerated its rapid build-up towards Forbidden Door. A title match, a one-on-one classic, a hair-vs-hair match, surprise appearances, and a significant heel turn were just some of the highlights of this week's episode. Here are your AEW Dynamite: Road Rager winners and losers. Chris Jericho and Ortiz went to war in their hair-to-hair match. He fought with so much urgency and passion and kept control for the early part of the game. Of course, the Jericho Appreciation Society was ringside, but so was Eddie Kingston. At one point, Kingston snuck into the ring during a melay and hit Jericho with his spinning fist. Thr – Jericho kicked out, and the disappointed St. Louis crowd was ready to blow the arena's roof. To the surprise of many, Fuego Del Sol got involved and hit Ortiz with Floyd, Chris Jericho's racquet. That shot was enough to give Jericho the win. Ortiz wasted no time cutting and shaving his hair like a manic man. The clippers cut off Ortiz's head and bled. A happy accident as he yelled at Jericho: "Blood and guts! blood and guts! Blood and guts!” Oops! Arguably the best match of the night, AEW fans got a taste of The Forbidden Door. Work settled down when Ospreay hit Dax with a shotgun dropkick, sending the FTR member up the steel stairs. After the commercial break, Dax hit five consecutive German suplexes on Will. Ospreay responded with an excellent attack that culminated in a 450 splash. Settling for his patented OsCutter, Harwood countered the move into a ferocious-looking Springboard Liger Bomb. The flood of excellent work got the entire crowd on their feet and chanting "A-E-W". Eventually, the IWGP US Champion hit his OsCutter, but it still wasn't enough to knock Dax out of the way. His hidden blade finisher, a running elbow to the back of the head, was ultimately for the win. After the match, other members of the UK tussled with FTR, Roppongi Vice and the returning Orange Cassidy. Cassidy and Ospreay will face off in The Forbidden Door PPV. Toni Storm looked like main event talent as he took on one of AEW's top stars, Britt Baker. Storm was in control for a good portion of the game. However, Britt was able to almost steal the match. Toni hit her running hip attack which looked brutal. Britt looked like she had a concussion or a broken nose. The ref pushes Storm off Britt to check on her. Storm was able to get out with her Storm Zero finisher and claim the win. She will face Thunder Rosa at Forbidden Door for the AEW Women's World Championship. Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi found themselves in the middle of a beautiful segment ahead of their Forbidden Door Main Event. Moxley had cut a realistic promo and told Hiroshi that he would call Moxley "The Ace" after their match. Unfortunately, Hiroshi couldn't respond because Chris Jericho and the JAS interrupted to announce their match for the Forbidden Door, which was accompanied by an ambush on Mox and the Ace. But the two gladiators fought off their attackers with the help of the Blackpool Combat Club. Later in the show, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White would attack Hangman Adam Page. White looked like an absolute superstar and watching the IWGP title on North American TV was exciting. As with many games orchestrated by the Young Bucks, there is too much action to summarize. The ladder match was filled with breathtaking spots after heartbreaking spots. Epic hurricanranas, multiple table spots, tandem offensive and of course a plethora of super kicks. Meanwhile, in the ring, Matt and Nick Jackson hit Jungle Boy with a behind-the-ear trigger. The Young Bucks climbed the ladder and became two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. After Jurassic Express lost their Tag Team Titles, Christian Cage turned on Jungle Boy and hit him with his killswitch finisher. Cage wasn't done yet.

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AEW Dynamite Road Rager Live Scores

The tag titles will also be at stake in a ladder match, as well as Britt Baker taking on Toni Storm. (Author: Gardener)

AEW Dynamite Road Rager Live ScoresChris Jericho and Ortiz will put their hair on the line in a hair-vs-hair match, with the loser having his head shaved. The AEW World Tag Team Titles are at stake in a ladder match that sees Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus defend against The Young Bucks. Two of the women's division's top stars will face off as Dr. Britt Baker and D. Will Ospreay will meet FTR's Dax Harwood in the singles competition. Wardlow meets "the Plaintiffs" in a 20v1 handicap match with pinfall and submission rules. The AEW All-Atlantic Championship tournament continues with Miro facing Ethan Page in a qualifier match. Eleven days before they compete for the interim AEW World Championship, Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi have been promoted to a face-to-face segment on tonight's show. Ortiz attacked immediately. Jericho came back with a Lionsault attempt but Ortiz raised his knees and knocked him down from the outside. He placed Jericho in the barber chair and executed ten punches. Back in the ring, Ortiz continued to dominate until Jericho scratched his eyes. A tope from Ortiz was countered by a forearm from Jericho, who followed him up by suplexing him off the apron to the floor. Ortiz started a comeback with a strike combination before hitting a hanging cutter for two. Jericho avoided a corkscrew splash and hit a codebreaker for a near miss. An Ortiz throwback landed two, but then Jericho reversed a hurricanrana into the walls. Ortiz struggled and reached the ropes. Angelo Parker got involved, so Kingston ran in and attacked the Jericho Appreciation Society. In the ring, Kingston hit Jericho with the uraken, but Jericho stepped out of Ortiz's attempt at the pin for a great near fall. Hager tried to interfere, but the distraction allowed Fuego Del Sol (it was clearly Sammy Guevara in the Fuego gear) to run out and attack Ortiz with Floyd the Bat, giving Jericho the win. Ortiz refused and cut his hair off right in the ring. Wardlow immediately eliminated four before throwing another on the pile. The last plaintiff tried a top rope attack, so Wardlow caught him and powerbombed him. – After the match, Wardlow brought Sterling into the ring. Lambert asked Wardlow to look over his shoulders and then directed UFC fighters Matt Hughes and Tyron Woodley, who were in the front row, to attack Wardlow. Wardlow was given a microphone and said Hughes and Woodley were too smart to take orders from Lambert. "We are cut from the same cloth." Woodley turned on Sterling and sent him to Wardlow, who powerbombed him to end the segment. Ospreay is perhaps the best wrestler in the world. They wrestled for a moment before Ospreay managed to bring Dax down with a hurricanrana. Dax came back with nasty chops and Ospreay fell with a back body drop for two. They balanced around the position on the apron where Dax tried to knock Ospreay down, but Ospreay escaped and pulled Dax down before sending him onto the steps with a shotgun dropkick. Back from the commercial, Dax repeatedly hit German suplexes. Ospreay rolled out of the way of a headbutt and landed a Springboard 450 splash for two. Ospreay went up, but Dax chopped him up and followed up with an avalanche back suplex, which Ospreay countered with a crossbody for two. Dax then rocked Ospreay for a good near miss. Ospreay hit a jackknife powerbomb but Dax came back with another roll up for another near fall. Ospreay landed a diving forearm on the back of Dax's head for two. He called for the Oscutter but Dax went for a rebound powerbomb which Ospreay fought out. Dax rallied to counter another Oscutter and hit the powerbomb for two. Dax won the punch and leveled Ospreay with a lasso. Ospreay came back with a Liger bomb for a near fall. Finally managed to hit the oscutter for a great close-near drop. Ospreay then destroyed Dax with the Hidden Blade for the win. - After the match, Aussie Open, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb came out and attacked Dax. Cash Wheeler and Roppongi Vice came out to join the brawl, then Orange played Cassidy's music and he returned after about four months out injured. He and Ospreay faced each other in the ring. Moxley said he's been following Tanahashi for a long time and now he's here. He said since Day 1 in NJPW it's always been about Tanahashi. "There's only one man they call 'Ace' and that's you – but not for long." Moxley said that he himself is the best wrestler in the world and that there's more at stake at Forbidden Door than just that AEW Championship. Chris Jericho's music played and he walked out flanked by Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti. He said that this was his place and threatened to burn Moxley's face because "he's a magician". Jericho pointed out that he had beaten Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom so Tanahashi told him to shut up. Jericho challenged the rest of the J. Jericho said the Suzuki Gun members are on loan from Minoru Suzuki, who will be teaming with Jericho at Forbidden Door alongside Guevara against Wheeler YUTA, Shota Umino and Eddie Kingston. Kingston, YUTA, Santana and Ortiz ran and cleared J.A.S. Tanahashi hit Desperado with a Sling Blade, then he and Moxley faced off to end the segment. Darby said he was going to break Bobby Fish's leg. Toni Storm has been asked to take on Britt Baker later tonight. She said Baker is a dentist, which means she studied and knows her stuff. Storm dropped out of school at 15, but she knows not to act like Baker. Early on, Page simply ran away from Miro before luring him back into the ring in a chase. Leg kicks dropped Miro before Page turned the attack on Miro's left arm. Miro came back with a lasso and knocked Page down before sending him shoulder first into the ring post. Back from the break, Miro laid across the ropes with sledgehammer blows. Page countered by dropping Miro's arm over the ropes, sending him onto the steel steps. A dive cutter from Page got two. Miro fired and hit several overhead throws before landing the running leg kick. He called game over, but Lambert hopped onto the apron. Miro finished him off and hit Page with his signature thrust kick before setting game over for the win. A video promo aired by Dante Martin and Matt Sydal. Dante has to face Jon Moxley on Rampage, and he said he's tired of being labeled as "potential." He said that a new star would be born on Rampage. An early distraction from Rebel provided Baker with an opportunity to attack Storm. Storm fired back, pulling Baker to the ground and landing a diving crossbody for two. Rebel distracted the officer and allowed Hayter to sweep Storm's legs. Thunder Rosa came out and chased Hayter backwards. Storm came back down with a Tornado DDT and a second out. Baker wanted the gauntlet from Rebel, but Storm cut her off with a German suplex. She followed up with a hip attack in the corner, and it looked like Baker was rightfully out of the game - but it was a ruse when Baker rolled Storm for two. A neckbreaker from Baker got two more. Baker donned the gauntlet, but Storm scouted the lockjaw and hit a German, followed by Storm Zero for the win. – After the match, Thunder Rosa came out and posed with the championship. Jade Cargill has issued an open challenge for the TBS Championship and Hathaway will comment. Willow Nightingale walked up and said she was trying to prove herself, so she accepted Jade's challenge. Page said he challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship last week, but Jay White won the title last weekend. Adam Cole interrupted him and first congratulated White on winning the title. He introduced Switchblade and signaled as if he was coming down the ramp, but White came up behind Page and put him down. White said he was the catalyst of professional wrestling and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. He will not defend the title against Page. Toni Storm for the AEW Women's World Championship and Will Ospreay vs. AEW World Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) to win the titles Luchasaurus defeated the Bucks with a double clothesline . The Bucks sent him to the barricade, but then Jungle Boy took out Matt with a Tope Suicida. Both teams balanced around the positions around the ladders. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus gained an advantage through teamwork and double teams. The bucks tripped Luchasaurus and isolated Jungle Boy. They attempted to suplex Jungle Boy out of the ring through a table, but Luchasaurus cut them off, allowing Jungle Boy to hurricanrana Matt from the apron through the table. Nick countered another Jungle Boy attack into a powerbomb through the table before hitting Luchasaurus with a Destroyer. He kicked Luchasaurus onto a table and blasted him through with a 450 Splash. After the courtship, the Bucks were still in control until Luchasaurus executed high kicks before choking Matt up a ladder and knocking out both Bucks with an apron moonflip. Luchasaurus climbed a ladder, but Matt hopped onto his back, so Luchasaurus just kept climbing until Jungle Boy knocked Matt off his back with a ladder shot. All four men climbed ladders in the center of the ring and fought at the top. Luchasaurus was the last one up, but the Bucks were able to powerbomb him onto a ladder bridge. A reverse hurricanrana killed Jungle Boy. A jump arc from Matt sent Luchasaurus through a table. Jungle Boy took out both bucks with Germans. He climbed a ladder, but the Bucks recovered and attempted a BTE trigger up the ladders before Jungle Boy reversed and flipped the Bucks' ladder before falling off himself. Luchasaurus set up a ladder in the center of the ring and climbed up it, but the Bucks sent him out of the ring onto a table stack (similar to one of the Hardys/Edge & Christian/Dudley Boyz TLC matches). The Bucks hit Jungle Boy with the BTE trigger and then they climbed the ladder and pulled down the belts for the win. - After the match, Christian Cage came out and comforted Jungle Boy - before turning on him, hitting him with a killswitch and smashing him with a con-chair-to.

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Never doubt a sports entertainer

Road Rager showed Chris Jericho holding his hair against Ortiz, the Young Bucks won the tag titles in a ladder match, Christian Cage showed his true colors building for the Forbidden Door PPV. Break it up with us here. (Author: Gardener)

Road RagerAEW Dynamite (June 15, 2022) departed from Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO. The Road Rager show featured Chris Jericho holding his hair against Ortiz, the Young Bucks won the tag titles in a ladder match, Christian Cage showed his true colors building for the Forbidden Door PPV. Catch up on all the Dynamite details with Claire Elizabeth's superb play-by-play. Just as Chris Jericho was leading people to believe he was going to be bald by the end of the night, he dabbled in his bag of tricks, snuck into the hype segment of the Forbidden Door Main Event and announced his own match for the PPV. This man is a sports entertainment genius. Jericho's first task was to face Ortiz in a hair-to-hair grudge match. The Jericho Appreciation Society and Eddie Kingston were at ringside. Ortiz immediately went on a rampage and ran towards Jericho. The wizard saw it coming and tried to finish quickly with a lionsault. Ortiz pulled his knees up and took control, brawling outside the ring. Jericho was back on the stretch with a painful suplex off the apron to the floor. Jericho took a break from the action to entertain, flexing his muscles and floofing his hair. The match was back and forth with big moves like Ortiz powerbombing Jericho off the turnbuckles and Jericho dodging a corkscrew to land a codebreaker. Le Champion was close to victory as he countered a hurricanrana into the walls of Jericho. Ortiz dramatically reached the ropes for the break. Cool Hand knocked Ortiz's hand off the rope so Kingston charged. Kingston slipped into the ring and surprised Jericho with a spinning backfist. Ortiz did the cover. no Jericho shocked the crowd with a kickout. This allowed Fuego del Sol to rush in and hit Ortiz with a baseball bat. Jericho made the easy pin to win. Afterwards, Fuego removed his mask to reveal himself as Sammy Guevara. Despite the harassment, Ortiz, a man of his word, paid off his debts by cutting his own hair. Kingston added that this feud is not over yet. This match was a lot of fun. Jericho and Ortiz had great in-ring chemistry to run smoothly with counterattacks and dramatic teasing. At first I thought it was actually Fuego del Sol and shrugged, thinking he'd been squeezed into a story where he wasn't needed. I was a bit disappointed that they took the cheap route to end the entertaining match. Then, when Sammy took off the mask, the moment grew into a grandeur of grandeur. He has the Inner Circle background to support Jericho. With Sammy banned from the TNT Championship image while Scorpio Sky holds the belt, this reunion gives him meaning and new enemies to feast on. Credit to AEW for listening to fans' reaction to Sammy and acting accordingly, rather than forcing him to babyface. Jon Moxley will wrestle Hiroshi Tanahashi for the AEW Interim World Championship on June 26th in the Forbidden Door Main Event. Of course, AEW had to hype the competition on TV with a face-to-face. Moxley spoke about big game hunting in NJPW for three years. Moxley considers himself the best professional wrestler in the world. However, Tanahashi will refer to Moxley as Ace after they fight. Moxley handed the microphone to Tanahashi. Just as Ace was about to speak, Jericho cut him off. Le Champion claimed Moxley was in his place. Chaos ensued as Jericho officially inducted Sammy and Tay Conti into the JAS, Lance Archer and Desperado (on loan from Minoru Suzuki) ambushed Moxley and Tanahashi, and Jericho's battle for the Forbidden Door. Jericho, Guevara and Suzuki will wrestle Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino in PPV. Kingston and Yuta ran to make the baby faces stand upright. AEW really needs to sell Tanahashi to those who don't know him like me. Nothing happened to Tanahashi to create the urgency to purchase the PPV. Jericho wasn't the only sports entertainer to make his mark on the show. The Young Bucks are two-time AEW tag champions. They used their brand of funky sports entertainment in a ranked match to dethrone Jurassic Express. In addition, Christian Cage betrayed his young steed to end the show. The main event had the kind of athleticism and bravado one would expect from the contestants. Jungle Boy hit a hurricanrana off the apron, sending Matt Jackson through a table. Nick Jackson powerbombed JB off the apron through a table. Nick then jumped at Luchasaurus for a Canadian destroyer and followed the dino through a table for a 450 splash. They stumbled over a ladder and crashed Luchasaurus through a tabletop pyramid. A BTE trigger flattened Jungle Boy and the Bucks climbed unabated to claim the tag titles. This match was intense. The pace never let up, yet they built up waves of action to end with wild spots. All four men exposed their bodies to the pain. I appreciate that the Bucks won of their own accord. It was the kind of win that increases her legacy in AEW. The Jacksons won convincingly, so there's no room for doubting their excellence. After the match, Christian assisted the medical staff in tending to Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy. When it was clear that the Dino Pal was unable to protect him, Christian made his move. Christian's awaited heel turn was executed like a true sports-entertainment pro. Never doubt sports entertainment veterans. Just as fans were about to sack Jericho, the Bucks and Christian, they both seized the moment to take the spotlight. Let's go through the rest of Dynamite. Wardlow defeated 20 men. Wardlow was booked for a 20-on-1 elimination handicap match against the guard he had physically abused over the weeks. AEW humorously hyped the competition with a People's Court intro-style vignette. Wardlow took care of business to dominate with powerbombs and create body piles for pinfalls. After the match, Dan Lambert cheated and sent former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Tyron Woodley into the ring. Wardlow praised the fighters as hard-working Midwesterners. This whole section was a lot of fun. It started badly with terrible communication about the game structure. The ring announcer announced eliminations for men falling off the apron, which made no sense. Once the match found its footing, as Wardlow bombarded everyone with powerbombs, it was easier to enjoy him and giggle at how he stacked bodies to pin five at a time. Will Ospreay defeated Dax Harwood. Highlights of this athletically robust affair include five straight German suplexes from Harwood plus another for good measure and a Springboard 450 splash from Ospreay. On the track, Ospreay and Harwood delivered heavy blows. Ospreay shifted into higher gear to win with a liger bomb, a springboard cutter, and a running elbow smash. Ospreay and Harwood exceeded expectations. Ospreay was the obvious winner but they put on such a show that I lost myself in the moment. Check out these Liger bomb spots. First by Harwood in the Slingshot style. Second by Ospreay with a clothesline. After the match, NJPW's United Empire came into the ring. Ospreay and Cassidy had a staredown that led to an IWGP United States Championship match at Forbidden Door. All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Miro def. Ethan Page. When Page clenched Miro's hands to pray to him, Miro fired. A couple of suplexes on Page, a punch on Lambert, and a thrust kick on Page set up the game over submission to win. decent game. I like that the story is incorporated into the promotional material. Page controlled much of the competition, then his ego took over. Toni Storm defeated Dr. Britt Baker DMD. Storm clipped a backstage promo about getting the women's division to where they should be as champions. In my view, Storm Thunder cast a lot of shade on Rosa without even mentioning her name. Storm and Baker threw it out. Reba and Jamie Hayter were working on their hijinks, so Thunder Rosa ran in to chase Hayter away. Storm was in control with a DDT in the ring and a DDT on the floor. After a crushing hip check in the corner, Baker appeared to have a concussion. escape storm. She smothered the Lockjaw submission for a German suplex and a spike piledriver to win. After that, Thunder Rosa came back to keep the women's title high. Thunder Against Storm was announced for the gold at Forbidden Door. This game's aggression suited the tone of their feud. Storm and Baker don't like each other and came out swinging. I've been critical of Baker's constant cheating to win, so I'll have to play it fair and commend her cheeky plan this time. Cheap 3v1 interference to win is boring and sucks the spirit out of the room like investing in the game is a waste of time. It's tricky, unpredictable, entertaining, and worth booing in a productive way. This tactic made it amusing to watch as Storm rallied and put Baker in her place. "Switchblade" Jay White is in charge. Hangman Page wanted Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, but Okada lost the belt to White. He still wants a shot at that title. Adam Cole interrupted to stake his claim at the top of the line for Undisputed Elite against Bullet Club. This was a setup for White to attack Hangman with the Blade Runner. White explained that neither Hangman nor Cole were in charge. As a champion, Switchblade does this, and the match will not be against either of them. I have no idea what match AEW is headed for with these three, especially since White claims Okada won't be on Forbidden Door. I suppose Hangman and Cole will be involved somehow, but that would make White look like a chump for negating his shot. I have to thank Cole for his amusing confusion when being dissed by White. Notes: Darby Allin wrestles with Bobby Fish on Rampage. Dante Martin vs. Jon Moxley has been announced for Rampage. Fireballs aren't the only magic Jericho is capable of. The magician had his hands all over the show in an effective way. Match of the Night: Young Bucks vs. Jericho and Ortiz were in the sports-entertainment vein of mayhem overdone with the Sammy Guevara revelation. Will Ospreay and Dax Harwood provided the technical excellence. My pick is the Bucks and Jurassic Express for the excitement of the high spots in ranked play. Dynamite was lightning fast fun that delivered excitement in and out of the ring. AEW fell short on the Forbidden Door build. Unfortunately, as someone who doesn't follow NJPW, I still don't care about a lot of these PPV matches. Share your knowledge about Dynamite.

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New tag champion, Jay White emerges, Ortiz goes bald

In this week's episode of AEW Dynamite, the Young Bucks reclaimed the AEW Tag Titles, Ortiz lost his hair and more! (Author: Gardener)

OrtizAEW accelerated its rapid build-up towards Forbidden Door. A title match, a one-on-one classic, a hair-vs-hair match, surprise appearances, and a significant heel turn were just some of the highlights of this week's episode. Here are your AEW Dynamite: Road Rager winners and losers. Chris Jericho and Ortiz went to war in their hair-to-hair match. He fought with so much urgency and passion and kept control for the early part of the game. Of course, the Jericho Appreciation Society was ringside, but so was Eddie Kingston. At one point, Kingston snuck into the ring during a melay and hit Jericho with his spinning fist. Thr – Jericho kicked out, and the disappointed St. Louis crowd was ready to blow the arena's roof. To the surprise of many, Fuego Del Sol got involved and hit Ortiz with Floyd, Chris Jericho's racquet. That shot was enough to give Jericho the win. Ortiz wasted no time cutting and shaving his hair like a manic man. The clippers cut off Ortiz's head and bled. A happy accident as he yelled at Jericho: "Blood and guts! blood and guts! Blood and guts!” Oops! Arguably the best match of the night, AEW fans got a taste of The Forbidden Door. Work settled down when Ospreay hit Dax with a shotgun dropkick, sending the FTR member up the steel stairs. After the commercial break, Dax hit five consecutive German suplexes on Will. Ospreay responded with an excellent attack that culminated in a 450 splash. Settling for his patented OsCutter, Harwood countered the move into a ferocious-looking Springboard Liger Bomb. The flood of excellent work got the entire crowd on their feet and chanting "A-E-W". Eventually, the IWGP US Champion hit his OsCutter, but it still wasn't enough to knock Dax out of the way. His hidden blade finisher, a running elbow to the back of the head, was ultimately for the win. After the match, other members of the UK tussled with FTR, Roppongi Vice and the returning Orange Cassidy. Cassidy and Ospreay will face off in The Forbidden Door PPV. Toni Storm looked like main event talent as he took on one of AEW's top stars, Britt Baker. Storm was in control for a good portion of the game. However, Britt was able to almost steal the match. Toni hit her running hip attack which looked brutal. Britt looked like she had a concussion or a broken nose. The ref pushes Storm off Britt to check on her. Storm was able to get out with her Storm Zero finisher and claim the win. She will face Thunder Rosa at Forbidden Door for the AEW Women's World Championship. Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi found themselves in the middle of a beautiful segment ahead of their Forbidden Door Main Event. Moxley had cut a realistic promo and told Hiroshi that he would call Moxley "The Ace" after their match. Unfortunately, Hiroshi couldn't respond because Chris Jericho and the JAS interrupted to announce their match for the Forbidden Door, which was accompanied by an ambush on Mox and the Ace. But the two gladiators fought off their attackers with the help of the Blackpool Combat Club. Later in the show, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White would attack Hangman Adam Page. White looked like an absolute superstar and watching the IWGP title on North American TV was exciting. As with many games orchestrated by the Young Bucks, there is too much action to summarize. The ladder match was filled with breathtaking spots after heartbreaking spots. Epic hurricanranas, multiple table spots, tandem offensive and of course a plethora of super kicks. Meanwhile, in the ring, Matt and Nick Jackson hit Jungle Boy with a behind-the-ear trigger. The Young Bucks climbed the ladder and became two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. After Jurassic Express lost their Tag Team Titles, Christian Cage turned on Jungle Boy and hit him with his killswitch finisher. Cage wasn't done yet.

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of the AEW Dynamite Road Rager special edition. This episode was packed with exciting fights, some of which had some important conditions... (Author: Gardener)

This episode was packed with exciting matches, some of which had some important stipulations. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus jeopardized the tag titles against The Young Bucks, but not just in a normal match. They fought with ladders and belts hanging high above the ring. In another fight that would change the loser forever, Chris Jericho and Ortiz fought in a hair-to-hair match. In addition, the All-Atlantic Championship tournament began when Miro faced Ethan Page. Let's take a look at what happened on Wednesday's show. The first match of the evening was the Hair vs. Hair contest between Jericho and Ortiz. While the entire Jericho Appreciation Society was there for their leader, Ortiz only came out with Eddie Kingston in support. Ortiz was on high and rocketing towards Jericho, but the veteran quickly gained the upper hand when Ortiz took an unnecessary risk. Both men took some big bumps in this fight. Jericho took a powerbomb off the middle rope and Ortiz took a nasty fall to the ground, all before there was even a commercial break. This match was chaotic, slightly violent without being bloody, had some funny moments and even allowed William Regal to sit with the commentary team despite having only a loose connection to the men in the ring. This fight won't be for everyone, but there's a good chance a lot of fans enjoyed it. Then the most surprising part happened. Fuego Del Sol appeared out of nowhere and hit Ortiz with a racquet allowing Jericho to secure the win. Ortiz grabbed the clippers and began cutting his own hair while repeatedly saying "blood and guts" into the mic. This was a good way to get the show off to a flying start. Jericho's leather and gold-trimmed jacket was cool, but it kind of makes him look like a guy who's trying way too hard to look young. The barber they had ringside looked so out of his element. Kingston's Spinning Backfist always looks really good. He hits it clean without actually leaving a bruise. In what was by far the most one-sided showdown in WWE history, Wardlow fought 20 guards in an elimination-style match. He pinned some, forced some to submit, and even eliminated four men at once with one pin. He easily won the match after eliminating everyone with ease. A couple of American top team guys got in the ring but in the end they sided with Wardlow. Was any of it good? It all depends on your definition of good. This wasn't a classic match with great technical skills, but it was a pretty exciting display of power and dominance from someone that AEW clearly sees as a future top star. Powerbombing a guy at a bunch of other guys can't feel good to anyone but Wardlow. The grade is due to the fact that the match itself doesn't have much to offer, but that doesn't mean you think it's not fun. Dax Harwood and Will Ospreay met for a singles match this week before likely meeting in a multi-man match at Forbidden Door. Like Ortiz and Jericho, they didn't waste time with wristlocks and easy takedowns. These guys did everything they could to do as much damage as possible right away. It felt like both men relied heavily on their punching power, which is perhaps a little alien to Harwood given his focus on technical wrestling in his tag team matches. There was still great technical ability on display, but it had more to do with how moves were performed than the types of moves we were seeing. This was entertaining from start to finish and had several different audience chants during its duration. The crowd bought several near misses as possible finishes until we finally saw Ospreay earn the win with a running elbow. It was kinda cool to see the Rev Pro title in AEW during Ospreay's performance. Harwood had his two tag belts with him, so AEW had titles from three other promotions, all of which were televised during that one fight. Whoever makes Ospreay's equipment is doing a good job. Some of the punches Harwood hit literally resonated around the arena. Excalibur did a really good job summarizing in a short time why the NJPW titles use the IWGP acronym. Ospreay rolled out of the way of the flying headbutt a little too early so it looked like Harwood jumped, knowing there would be no one around to take the punch. After a few video packets, Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi faced off head-to-head. Mox gave his two cents, but before Tanahashi could speak, Jericho and Guevara interrupted the stage. The Res of JAS came down and knocked out both men with some help from Suzuki-Gun's Lance Archer and Desperado. More people came out and fought and it ended up with Mox and Tanahashi staring at each other. Everything interesting happened between Mox and Tana. The next match was an All-Atlantic tournament match between Miro and Page. Dan Lambert was ringside to support his client but Scorpio Sky was nowhere to be seen. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Page was in control of the match for quite a while. Getting into that, it would be easy to see why anyone would think Miro would roll over All Ego, but that didn't happen at all. We all still knew Miro would win because he had only recently returned, but the level of competitiveness in that fight came as a welcome surprise. The Redeemer secured victory with its trademark submission. It's funny when there's a crowd shouting "Holy s--t" when there are just two guys in the ring looking at each other. The wizard thing isn't nearly as funny as Jericho thinks. It doesn't matter what Miro is doing right now. The crowd loves him so he'll get babyface pops everywhere he goes. It was nice to see Page being portrayed as a tough contender instead of seeing AEW feed him to Miro as an easy win.

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AEW Dynamite Road Rager Results (6/15) – Tag Title Ladder Match, Hair v. Hair, Ospreay competes

Tonight's episode of AEW Dynamite Road Rager features a stacked line-up featuring a Tag Team Title Ladder Match and a hair-to-hair clash. (Author: Gardener)

AEW Dynamite Road Rager ResultsWe're kicking off today's AEW Dynamite in a big way because someone's going to lose their hair! Ortiz wasted no time and immediately attacked Chris Jericho, and while Y2J attempted to hit a Lionsault, Ortiz brought his knees up and continued his attack. The fight escalates outside the ring as Ortiz throws him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Jericho's chest is lit with a chop and a dropkick, but it's a near-fall. Jericho corners things with a few punches and then looks for a hurricanrana off the top rope, but Ortiz turns it into a powerbomb. He follows with a headbutt, but Jericho is able to step out again. Ortiz tries to hit an outside dive, but Jericho hits an elbow and follows him off the apron with a suplex. Back in the ring, Jericho hits a dropkick before knocking him outside. Jericho then distracts the officer while the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society members fire a few shots at him until Eddie Kingston grabs a steel chair to get them to move. Ortiz gets back in the ring but he goes straight into a delayed vertical suplex. However, Ortiz starts firing and throws hands at Jericho to show his aggression, but the veteran then hits him in the face with a boot. However, he spends too long bragging about the top rope, allowing Ortiz to stab him in the eye as he then falls off the top turnbuckle straight to the mat and suffers another near fall. Jericho then looks for the walls, but Ortiz counters with a pinfall attempt and then a DDT, with Jericho kicking again. He then misses with a move from the top rope as Jericho hits the codebreaker, but that only counts for two. Ortiz then attempts a hurricanrana, but Jericho blocks it right into Jericho's walls in the center of the ring. Ortiz reaches the rope and the JAS try to stop him, but Kingston bludgeons them until Santana and Wheeler Yuta appear to try and even the numbers game while things get wild outside the ring. With the official distraction, Kingston gets in the ring and nails Jericho with his rotating fist, but somehow Jericho kicks out just in time! The official is again distracted by Jake Hager and out of nowhere Fuego Del Sol appears and nails Ortiz in the face with a bat to help Jericho claim victory. – Then Ortiz takes the clippers away from the hairdresser and he just starts cutting his own hair. Kingston then says that Ortiz is a man of his word, and Ortiz just yells Blood & Guts at him while cutting his own hair. Wardlow then grabs one of them and throws him out of the ring to take out another group. Wardlow then gets a submission and a pinfall at the same time, while then stacking another four to eliminate them with a pinfall. Another five powerbombs occur, a man tries to jump off the top rope but is caught and slammed into her for Wardlow to win the match. - After the match, Wardlow grabs Mark Sterling, but then Dan Lambert shows up and says if he messes with a member of ATT, the whole team will mess with him. Instead, they send Sterling into the hands of Wardlow, who pins him with another Powerbomb! The two men fight early on to gain an advantage and Will Ospreay then shows his athleticism by hitting a hurricanrana to trip his opponent. He follows with a couple of chops in the corner, but Dax Harwood nails one of his own that takes Ospreay to the ground, followed by a suplex and leg drop combo. Harwood then launches Ospreay with a big back body drop. He follows with an elbow and the two men then land on the apron, with the FTR star hitting more chops only for Ospreay to slide under him as he pulls Harwood's leg and has him stuck between the ring apron as he then dropkicks puts him in the steel stairs. Back in the ring, Ospreay demonstrates his aggression by first sending Harwood into the sternum of the turnbuckles, causing him a near fall. The New Japan star then locks in the abdominal stretch, but Dax comes out with a hip throw. Ospreay then jumps back off the ropes, only to be caught mid-air, with Harwood hitting five consecutive German suplexes without a release. Harwwood then hits a sixth that sends him flying across the ring but Dax falls and burns with an attempted headbutt but Ospreay then shows him how it's done and pins a great high flying move that almost gets the job done. Harwood uses Ospreay to throw him back in the ring but he counters into a crossbody! Ospreay then hits a powerbomb, but Harwood rolls through with the jackknife and almost steals the win! The United Empire star then crossbody throws himself over the top rope and back in the ring he dives off the top rope to elbow himself in the head suffering another near fall. Ospreay tries the oscutter twice but Harwood pulls it back and the FTR man searches for a springboard powerbomb only for Will to block. He then goes to the Oscutter but Harwood catches him and this time the springboard liger bomb gets hit and Harwood gets a near fall! Both men then trade punches back and forth, with Dax making the most of it with a large lasso. Ospreay then hits a Liger Bomb but it doesn't get the job done and he follows her with the Oscutter but Harwood kicks out again! He and Ospreay then face each other but the rest of the AEW stars push him back and they stand tall in the ring. - Both men then make their way to the ring and face each other, which gets a "holy sh*t" chant. Moxley says he's been hunting Tanahashi for a long time and he's finally here in all his glory. Moxley says there's only one man named Ace...but not for long. Moxley says Tanahashi deserves the respect but right now he's the best wrestler on the planet, a lot of people pretend that but he lives it. Mox says the stakes are higher than the AEW World Championship as everything he's worked for three years is at stake. Moxley says Tanahashi's broken knees and his life are at stake, and he says Tanahashi will call him Ace at Forbidden Door. The New Japan star steps up to the mic, but then Chris Jericho appears with Tay Conti and Sammy Guevara. He says the only reason Moxley is in the ring is because he wasn't here last week. Jericho says if he doesn't walk away right away, he'll sting his eye for being a magician. Jericho then points out that he hit him the last time he saw Tanahashi. Kingston, Ortiz, and Yuta come down and a brawl ensues, with Tanahashi and Moxley standing upright at the end. Toni says she has the skills of a champion and she will take the division to where it should be. Ethan Page starts mind games, exits the ring and when he comes back in he is able to attack Miro and starts working on the arm. The former TNT champion responds with a big lasso, then decides to work on his opponent's arm as well. Back in the ring, however, Page turns things around and with the official distracted, Dan Lambert gets a shot at Miro, but he doesn't take it well as he hits a huge dropkick. Miro then chases Lambert out of the ring, but this allows Page to dive off the ring apron with a shoulder tackle. As they return to the ring, Miro turns things around again by sending his opponent across the ring. He then locks him onto the top ropes while hitting a series of sledgehammer blows to the chest, but Page then grabs his arms and pulls him over the top rope. When Miro tries to follow him outside, he is sent up the stairs three times in a row. Page follows him with a cutter, but that's only good enough to get a near fall. Miro fires again, shooting Page around the ring and then nailing a leg lariat to gain control. Miro then knocks Lambert off the ring apron and follows with a super kick to the face of Page who then latches game over. Toni Storm comes out and hits Britt Baker with big punches, forcing her to retreat outside where Storm continues her attack. The Detist manages to reverse it, sending her into the ring post, and the numbers play on the outside distracts Storm, allowing Britt to attack her from behind again. However, as Baker tries to get back into the ring, Toni rolls over and pulls on Baker's legs, causing her to hit the apron, and as they re-enter the ring, Storm hits a top rope crossbody. Baker distracts the officer and Jamie Hayter and Rebel are able to attack Storm, but that's until Thunder Rosa shows up and chases Hayter backwards. The former world champion then connects with a butterfly suplex, but that's not enough to win. Toni responds with some big overhand shots, but a mid-body kick knocks Storm back down in an instant. Storm connects to a DDT and she follows it to the ground with another to regain control. Baker looks for her glove from Rebel but that allows Storm to hit the German Suplex followed by a huge hip attack in the corner and Storm tries to grab her but Baker grabs the rope every time it seems rightfully so hurt... but she plays possum and almost gets a roll up win. Britt follows him with a swinging neck breaker but Storm is able to kick out and she then goes to the lock jaw only for Storm to hit a German suplex and then Storm Zero for the win. - After the match, Thunder Rosa reappears with the title and points to Storm in the ring. Willow Nightingale shows up and says she's trying to prove herself so she wants the title fight this Friday and Stokely says he'll see her then. – Hangman Page then appears and says he canceled his shot last week by calling out Kazuchika Okada for an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match. He says, as the occasional goof, he didn't think about the fact that he might not become a champion and last weekend he lost the title. Page says the mood hasn't changed and the challenge is still there... but then Adam Cole appears and congratulates Jay White. He again tells Page that he won't be fighting for the title and if anyone will, it's him. Cole then claims that Okada won't be with Forbidden Door, but there's someone who wants to say hello... and the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion is here... in the ring behind Page, meeting the Blade Runner. White says he's the catalyst of professional wrestling and he asks Page why he thinks he's in charge because he can't be CM Punk? He says if he jeopardizes his title at Forbidden Door, it won't be against Page. The Switchblade says it won't be against Cole either. The Young Bucks (AEW Tag Team Championship Ladder Match) Luchasaurus looks for a ladder early on but is hit by a dropkick from Matt Jackson, who is then obliterated by Jungle Boy. With a ladder in the ring, Jackson tries to climb it to take out his opponent, but he jumps onto the top rope and then sends Nick out of the ring. Jungle Boy and Matt then climb to the top of the ladder and while Jungle Boy is being tripped his partner comes in to help but he is tripped with some punches. The big man kicks away the ladder and he and Jungle Boy defeat their opponents with strong double teamwork. The masked man attempts to climb the ladder, but his opponents cut it off and then drop him face first onto a lower rung. Jungle Boy is sent to a ladder in the corner, but he runs up it and bounces off the ropes, hitting a double crossbody. Matt Jackson comes in with a trio of locomotion suplexes, the third sending Jungle Boy into the ladder while Nick dives out of the ring to meet Luchasaurus. They then attempt to suplex Jungle Boy through a table, but that is stopped and instead Jungle Boy hits a hurricanrana, sending mate through the table. He tries Nick, but he counters and powerbombs Jungle Boy. He then roundhouses Luchasaurus and follows him out with a 450 Splash, slamming Luchasaurus through a table. Back in the ring, The Young Bucks put Jungle Boy on a ladder balancing on the middle ropes when Nick hits him with a senton. The challengers then set up two sets of tables on top of each other outside the ring and then go ahead and hit Jungle Boy with a bulldog dropkick combo. Jungle Boy responds with some struggle but as he lunges towards them they land a double superkick but the big man now begins to fight back, chokeslamming Nick Jackson onto a ladder then leaping off the apron killing them both wipe out challengers . He then climbs up the ladder, but Matt jumps onto his back, only for Jungle Boy to throw a ladder at him. He then climbs up a smaller ladder where Matt meets him and all four men then end up on top of the ladder while they all fight. They all end up on the bottom, slamming Luchasaurus onto a ladder with a double Powerbomb and planting Jungle Boy with a Poisonrana. The masked man is then seated on a table outside the ring and Matt comes flying in with an elbow drop off the top turnbuckle. Jungle Boy and Matt begin to climb and as the champion pulls him, Matt's shoe comes off but he ends up hitting a German suplex. Nick then starts climbing instead, but Matt then makes his way back while the champion fights both men. The Young Bucks each grab an arm and look for a BTE trigger at the top of the ladder, but Jungle Boy sends them off the ladder and onto the top rope. But they bounce back and fall onto the ladder that Jungle Boy is standing on. Luchasaurus then holds the titles, but The Young Bucks slide up the ladder and the big man crashes through all four tables outside. This cheers his partner on as Jungle Boy starts fighting and climbing, but he's pulled off the ladder and nailed with the BTE trigger. The Young Bucks then scale up and win the titles. Winners (and new AEW World Tag Team Champions): The Young Bucks – After the match, Christian Cage comes in and checks out the former champions, and Cage then drops Jungle Boy with a kill switch! He then pulls out the chairs and delivers a con-chair-to to the head of the man he was mentoring.

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How Brendon McCullum changed the culture of English cricket

How Brendon McCullum changed the culture of English cricket - in just two weeks (Author: Gardener)

Brendon McCullumHow Brendon McCullum changed the culture of English cricket - in just two weeks - PA He is only two weeks into a four-year contract but Brendon McCullum has already changed England's approach to Test cricket, saying very little and urging his players to make their own to amuse. It sounds simple, but Test cricket is such a pressurized environment, unique in professional sport for the long time that players have been lumped together, that the successful coaches are the ones who know how to lighten the mood while still inspiring respect and resist the temptation to micromanage. Two wins of two, including an exceptional 299-run chase at Trent Bridge, completed with 22 overs to go, has made this the goldenest honeymoon of all. The players left the site at 11.15pm on Tuesday night and grabbed kebabs at Mega Munch on the way back to their hotel in Nottingham city center after their head coach told them in his brief debriefing to enjoy the moment. They haven't won many games lately and when they did for the past few summers they haven't been able to enjoy themselves due to Covid restrictions. What better way to celebrate a famous test victory than with a big dirty snack? So far, players have described McCullum as an excellent communicator with clarity about what he expects from them. Before the second test, he was particularly keen to have a one-on-one with Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow, recognizing that they were both struggling for different reasons. Pope was still coming to terms with his new role at No. 3 and his poor form in England, while Bairstow needs to feel wanted, which has been lacking in recent years. McCullum reduced the number of backroom staff in the dressing room during the game and has not spoken publicly since arriving in late May. It is common for the head coach to speak to the media at the end of each Test, but McCullum has said he wants players to take the spotlight when they win, he will speak when they lose. The conservative approach of the Root years is over and there are orders from above on how the team should play. It wasn't long ago that Root criticized James Anderson for falling short in the Adelaide Test, only for Anderson to retort in his Telegraph Sport column that if it was a problem no one from management told him during the game would have. Anderson and Stuart Broad threw the ball up and even when they went on runs at Trent Bridge on the first morning they tried to take wickets rather than pull back their length and go "bowl dry". England are batting an over 4.19 so far in the series, faster than anyone in five years. Brendon McCullum and James Anderson (left), the New England men's Test coaches, during a net session at Lord's Cricket Ground - PA The Energy Is: How good is Test cricket? He doesn't seem to be looking too far ahead, enjoy the day, what can we get from today?” Broad said of the new manager – the fifth of his English career, counting both Peter Moores' tenures. It's no surprise that players are chasing every ball to the limit. Jack Leach and Crawley were reportedly caught by teammates watching videos on YouTube of McCullum diving around in the outfield before the Lord's Test. They wanted to know how to impress. Leach suffered a concussion in the process but was straight back in the side for the second Test. Broad credited McCullum for firing Tom Blundell in New Zealand's second innings. He was caught by a short ball on a short third man, and Broad took on more offensive field. It's a tiny mindset shift, but it's about getting wickets, not stopping borders," Broad said. McCullum was reserved at the nets, preferring the technical coaches to take control. On the eve of the second Test, he gave Root his first throwdowns, some soft balls. While some coaches are eager to take notes during the game, McCullum leaves that to the analysts. The conversation at tea last afternoon, with England demanding a further 160 at 4.2 and an over, was brief and encouraged Bairstow to try. McCullum and England's white ball hitters speak the same language. "He didn't say I'd rather lose than draw, but it was that attitude - it was about winning at all costs. I want to win, find your way to it. You have my full support," Broad said. It's the right time for McCullum. He picked up a team that couldn't perform worse. Two legendary veteran bowlers who have seen it all before but are relieved to be back on the team, so more open to new avenues than in the past. He has a captain already sure of his legacy after the Ashes and the 2019 World Cup. Root always blends seamlessly into the team without making a fuss.

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Rebel Wilson's sexuality is not up for debate — let queer people come out on their own terms

Rebel Wilson's sexuality is up for debate — let queer people come out on their own terms — It seems Wilson has been backed into a corner. Her right to decide if she felt ready was taken away from her (Author: Gardener)

Rebel Wilson'sRebel Wilson dating a woman shouldn't be divisive news. Instead, it's become a disturbing tale of malicious jokes, biphobia and "outing" — a grim reality considering we've been into Pride month for a week. There has been little time to enjoy a tender, candid moment since the Australian actress and comedian revealed via an Instagram post on Thursday that she is dating a woman. In a shocking move reminiscent of, as journalist Megha Mohan puts it, the days of the 'gutter press' in the '90s, the Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that it has given Wilson two days to respond to a story which he wanted to publish about her relationship before her own announcement and threatened to come out about the actor via his article. Even more absurdly, the publication also wrote that Wilson decided to "supplement" her story by coming out on social media on her own terms. With only two days to go, Wilson seems to have been cornered. Her right to decide if she felt ready was taken away from her. He said: "We would have asked the same questions if Wilson's new partner had been a man. "To say that The Herald has 'outed' Wilson is incorrect. Like other mastheads do every day, we just asked questions and set a deadline for an answer by default.” Whether you like it or not, Wilson's sexuality shouldn't be used as either a weapon or a joke. Wilson either came out to further her career or she came out because she was too ugly to date cis men. Why is the belief still so persistent that women need a reason other than queerness to date other women? Why can't we just be LGBT+ on our own terms? The way people dissect queer romance reveals an all-too-familiar, ingrained ideology that coming out is for attention seeking. Wilson decided to come out himself and tried to take some of their agency back from the press. They wanted her "out," but now that she is, they throw a tantrum because they couldn't break the news first. When we come out as teenagers, we're too young to know what we want - we're trying to be cool. However, when we come out later in life we ​​are seen as insincere - we can't really be LGBT+ or we would have done so sooner. And if we can't come out at all, the decision is made for us - be out and proud or not at all. It's amazing that our sexuality can be portrayed in such linear fashion when in fact it's anything but. Just like life in general. How often do we joke and share memes about how life is just a machine of chaos that picks us up, stirs us up, and then spits us out again; it's the meme. Throughout our lives we are shaped by both internal and external factors, and during this continuous shaping we grow as human beings. We're constantly making progress as we discover new things. Put simply, we are not who we were a year ago. Honestly, we're not who we were last week - that's how quickly moments affect us. Knowing this, one might think we would accept that as we get older we can discover new facets of our sexuality; it's hardly a bold leap of faith. But for some reason, the idea that growth involves sexual identity is still too shocking for some to grasp. As is the reality that dating women is not the easier option. The misconception that we turn out to be cool is indirectly linked to the myth that we choose queerness because heterosexuality doesn't want us. When I came out at college, cis men kept saying, "You're pretty enough to get a man, you just haven't found the right one yet." By dating a woman, they had decided that I considered myself too ugly to get a man. But within that laugh is the sadness that our sexuality and looks are seen as interconnected: when we're hot, we turn straight because we can get the guy, but when we're not conventionally attractive, well, we. I have to be gay because men don't want us. I must have missed the memo that says queer women only date rejects while cis men strive for perfection. Few LGBT+ women think being queer is easy. As much as I celebrate my queerness, I have to fight every day that people try to take it away from me. Does that sound like the easier option? no Nor does it get any easier if we don't look good - whatever that ideal is supposed to be. The media's handling of Wilson's announcement further proves that coming out as queer is not an easy option. Rebel Wilson doesn't date a woman to stay relevant, nor does she date one because every cis man on the planet turns their noses up at her (she's dated a lot of guys, by the way). she is gay It's time we start accepting that queerness isn't just something we do, it's who we are, no matter when or whether we share it with others. Give us the right to be ourselves on our terms. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent has a variety of free newsletters to suit your interests. Click here to find the stories you want to read and more in your inbox.

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