Twitter's board of directors unanimously recommends that shareholders approve Musk's offer

In a regulatory filing Tuesday morning, Twitter's board of directors asked shareholders to approve the acquisition at Musk's proposed price of $54.20 per share during a special meeting later this year. (Author: Gardener)

TwitterTwitter's board of directors has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Elon Musk's $44 billion bid to acquire the company. In a regulatory filing Tuesday morning, Twitter's board of directors asked shareholders to approve the acquisition at Musk's proposed price of $54.20 per share during a special meeting later this year. Despite Musk threatening to pull out of the merger agreement he signed on April 25, Twitter's board of directors has insisted that the terms of the agreement be enforced. A date for a shareholder vote has not yet been set, but the merger agreement provides until October 24 to complete the transaction. Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition during a virtual meeting with Twitter employees last week, even though Twitter's shares remain well below its asking price, signaling serious doubts that the acquisition will happen at the agreed price. On Tuesday at the Qatar Economic Forum, Musk listed shareholder approval of the deal as one of several "unresolved issues" surrounding the Twitter deal in an interview with Bloomberg. Twitter's shares were essentially flat just before Tuesday's opening bell, falling well short of the $54.20 a share Musk has offered to pay for each share. The company's stock last touched this level on April 5, when it offered Musk a seat on its board of directors, before offering to buy Twitter outright. In its filing on Tuesday, Twitter's board of directors said in a letter to shareholders that it "unanimously recommends that you vote (for) acceptance of the merger agreement." A simple majority of shareholders would have to accept Musk's offer for the deal to go into effect. Last week, Musk told Twitter officials he wants to grow the service's user base from 229 million to at least 1 billion people and said advertising would remain important to the company, although he previously said Twitter shouldn't advertise. "I think advertising is very important for Twitter," Musk said in an address to Twitter employees, according to audio from the meeting, reported by Reuters. Musk, who was expected to give reassurances to Twitter staff when they first met, did not provide an update on the deal's completion. In response to a question about whether he anticipates layoffs, Musk said there needs to be "some rationalization of headcount and spending." Twitter workers flocked to an internal Slack channel during the session, posting memes and complaining that Musk wasn't providing useful responses about his vision for the company and employee compensation. They also urged Slack to have moderator Musk push his views on remote work, given that Twitter is currently giving employees relatively free rein to work remotely or in the office. Musk said he believes Twitter employees should tend to work in an office, but agreed to make some exceptions. The upcoming acquisition of Twitter drew widespread skepticism and concern from employees at the San Francisco-based company, some of whom feared Musk would relax rules on certain content. The billionaire told Twitter staff he believes users should be allowed to say "pretty rude things" on the site, as long as the content isn't illegal.


Elon Musk's ex Justine says she's 'proud' of her 18-year-old

Elon Musk's ex-wife Justine says she is "very proud" of her 18-year-old for filing the paperwork to change her name and gender from Xavier Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson. (Author: Gardener)

Elon Musk'sElon Musk's ex-wife Justine says she is "very proud" of her 18-year-old for filing the paperwork to change her name and gender from Xavier Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson. Musk and Justine were married from 2000 to 2008 and have five children together, including 18-year-old Vivian. On April 18, Xavier filed paperwork in Santa Monica, saying, "I no longer live with my biological father or wish to be related to my biological father in any way." Musk has yet to comment on the paperwork. In a tweet Monday night, Justine said, "I had a weird childhood," my 18-year-old told me. Justine's tweet comes as Elon's previous controversial comments on transgender issues resurfaced in light of the announcement. The billionaire previously poked fun at the pregnant man's emoji, saying, "Pronouns suck." Vivian submitted the paperwork three days after her 18th birthday, but it wasn't made public until Monday, the day after Father's Day. Neither she nor her twin brother, Griffin, were last seen in public. Musk was married to Vivian's mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2000 to 2008. The couple had twin sons - Xavier and Griffin - and triplets: Damian, Kai and Saxon, now 16. Musk also has two other children, X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl, who calls himself Y, with Canadian singer Grimes. It is unclear what is behind Xavier's rejection of her father so publicly. Musk has yet to comment, and it's unclear if he knew of Xavier's plan before the court documents were filed. Musk has spoken out on various transgender issues, and last year he complained about people using their own pronouns. He also said he was a fan of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was condemned by the LGBTQ community for his bill preventing discussion of gender identity and homosexuality in classrooms for children in kindergarten through third grade. Musk last week addressed critics of "virtual signaling" who were planning a new Ricky Gervais stand-up comedy special after the show was criticized for being "transphobic." The stand-up special on Netflix, Supernature, was also criticized for Gervais' jokes about racism, identity politics and Hitler. Still, many who saw Gervais' show tweeted how much they enjoyed it, and on Sunday, The Atlantic contributor Conor Friedersdorf tweeted a screenshot from film ratings site Rotten Tomatoes showing that 92 percent of the more than 250 viewers saw the special seen rated it good. At the same time, however, only 14 percent of seven professional critics gave the stand-up routine a high rating. In response, Musk wrote: "The "critics" do not want to criticize, they want to signal virtue. Meanwhile, in April, Twitter officials lashed out at Musk's deal to acquire the company in a $44 billion deal, accusing the world's richest man of bigotry. Employees at a "spur of the moment" meeting with everyone involved threw angry questions at executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, who was described as tired and at times annoyed. A staffer at the meeting described Musk as anti-gay and anti-transgender and expressed concern that his ownership would hamper efforts to recruit new staff. “What are we going to say to the LGTBQ community at recruitment conferences we're lining up for when they ask us why they should work at Twitter when we've just sold ourselves to an openly homophobe and transphobe?” asked staff member Dalana Brand, chief People and Diversity Officer of Twitter. Brand diplomatically avoided agreeing with Musk's assessment, replying, "I cannot speak to Elon's personal feelings on these matters. I can't speak about what he's done in his other companies in terms of people's experiences.' Musk has also complained about people using their own pronouns, prompting Chasten Buttigieg — husband of Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation — to reply, "I hear your frustration, sweetie. He said he's a fan of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was condemned by the LGBTQ community for his so-called "Don't Say Gay" law, which prevents discussion of gender identity and homosexuality in classrooms with young children. Last week, in response to an article discussing whether the question "what is a woman" was legitimate, Musk tweeted, "We are simultaneously told that there are no gender differences and that the sexes are so fundamentally different that a irreversible surgery is the only option. Musk has also insisted he is fully pro-LGBT rights, citing Tesla's consistent top marks in lists of the best places to work for LGBT people as evidence of his open-mindedness. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning, 34, has labeled Musk a bastion of right-wing politics and said he "seems transphobic" when he tweeted a meme mocking Netflix after reports that the Canadian singer Grimes, 34, and Manning were in a relationship. Manning has neither confirmed nor denied that she and Grimes, Elon's ex-girlfriend and mother of two of his children, were at any point romantically linked. "The only thing I'll say is: he definitely seemed transphobic at the time, and rumor or speculation aside, that's off-limits. Any transphobia in a transphobic environment is not okay," she said of the Tesla CEO. Musk tweeted a meme that read, "Netflix is ​​waiting for the end of the war to make a movie about a black Ukrainian man who falls in love with a transgender soldier." Grimes began dating Musk in May 2018 , and in May 2020 she gave birth to their son, X AE A-XII, known as X. In December 2021, Musk and Grimes welcomed a daughter born to a surrogate, exa Dark Sideræl Musk known as Y In August, Grimes and Musk visited Florence, Italy with at least three of his five teenage sons, but it was not clear if Xavier was among them.


the inside story behind Elon Musk's transgender child

The 18-year-old - now called Vivian - says she "no longer lives with [her] biological father or wishes [to] be related to him in any way, shape or form". Katie Strick chronicles her life so far (Author: Gardener)

Elon Musk'sBut not Elon Musk's son Xavier, 18, who has announced a decision to become a woman and drop the Musk part of her last name in order to sever all ties with the Tesla and SpaceX founder, 50. Henceforth, the transgender teenager — one of Musk's seven children and five with his first wife Justine Wilson — will be named Vivian Jenna Wilson because she "is no longer living with [her] birth father or related to him in any way." want or form,” according to newly viewed documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The teen's new gender identity and name change is the first we've heard from one of Musk's five children with Wilson, all of whom have kept low-key so far, and a move many suspect represents a backlash against so-called transphobia Musk's comments over the past few months. "Pronouns suck" is among tweets the billionaire has shared since 2020, despite insisting he is pro-LGBT rights and that Tesla is one of the best places to work for LGBT employees. From the 18-year-old's upbringing to her father's stance on the trans debate, here's what we know so far. Kai. Saxon. X Æ A-Xii. These are the (eclectic) names of Musk's Vivian's siblings and half-siblings, five of whom he had with his first wife Justine Wilson, a Canadian author, and the last two with pop star Grimes, who he has now broken up with. Tesla founder Musk and science fiction author Wilson met as students at Queen's University in Ontario and married in 2000. After the death of their first child Nevada at the age of 10 weeks in 2002, they had twins Griffin and Xavier im 2004 and then triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian in 2006 through IVF. One of the oldest sets of twins, Xavier was reportedly named after Professor Xavier in X-Men. Musk and Wilson divorced in 2008 but shared custody of all five children, who grew up (relatively) out of the limelight until news broke that Xavier had filed for a name change this week after turning 18 in April – the age of consent. “Custody of our five children is divided evenly. Almost all of my waking hours outside of work are with my boys and they are the love of my life," Musk wrote in a 2010 comment to Business Insider. His second wife, actress Talulah Riley, confirmed this: He said he is "devoted to his children". "He's trying to come home early with me and the kids for family dinners and maybe play some computer games with the boys," she said in a book about Musk, saying she and the billionaire saw the kids four days a week , while they were together . Actress Amber Heard later posted pictures of her and Musk's children while she and the Tesla CEO were together in 2017. Musk himself hasn't spoken out about his children with Wilson, but has been much more open about his children with Grimes, calling Baby X Æ A-Xii (X for short) a "protégé" and showing him on his lap on video calls. Neither the parents nor Vivian herself have commented on the update and whether Vivian will receive financial support from her father in the future is unknown. But documents filed in LA show the teen lists her legal reason for the change as "gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with my biological father or want to be related to him in any way." The hearing on the name change is scheduled for Friday. Will she shed any more light on the relationship then or in the coming months? "I absolutely support trans, but all of these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare." "Pronouns suck." Maybe someone smarter than me can explain this dichotomy.” These are among the tweets Elon Musk — who is currently in talks to buy the Twitter platform for $44 billion — has shared in recent years. Are they the reason why Xavier, now Vivian, is so publicly avoiding her father? In December 2020, the billionaire was criticized for sharing a meme mocking people who put "him/her in ur bio." Musk has since expressed support for the Republican Party, whose pledges include curtailing transgender rights in some US states, and said he's a fan of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is of the LGBTQ community was convicted for his so-called "Don". 't Say Gay' bill banning discussion of gender identity and homosexuality in classrooms, and Musk has since insisted he is pro-LGBT rights, calling Tesla a top place to work for LGBT openness, but this month has he interfered in the trans debate again. Maybe someone smarter than me can explain this dichotomy," he tweeted on June 11. An hour later, he responded to the tweet, saying, "It's a better world when we're all less judgmental."


Elon Musk says he's "undecided" about supporting Trump

Elon Musk says he's "undecided" about supporting former President Trump in a presidential bid in 2024, after previously hinting he would support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Author: Gardener)

Elon MuskElon Musk says he is "undecided" on whether or not he would support former President Donald Trump in a presidential bid in 2024, after previously hinting he would support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder was pressured on the issue when he was interviewed virtually by Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at Bloomberg's Qatar Economic Forum in Doha on Tuesday. Musk initially dodged the question, but when asked directly again if he would support Trump, he replied, "I think I'm undecided at this point in this election." His political allegiance was exposed in a flurry of tweets last week clearer in which he expressed his support for DeSantis. However, in Tuesday's Bloomberg interview, Musk was asked to clarify his tweet about the possible creation of a "Super Moderate Super PAC" that would support political candidates with centrist views. Musk announced last Tuesday that he had voted Republican for the first time, casting a ballot for incoming Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores. The richest man in the world continued to tout victory as victory while predicting a massive red wave in the upcoming midterm elections in November. "I voted for Mayra Flores — the first time I've voted Republican," Musk wrote. Then when asked who he'd like to support in 2024, the tech billionaire simply replied, "DeSantis." Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who was running in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary. He said, "I backed Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning." At a conference in Madeira Beach on Wednesday, DeSantis commented on the news of Musk's potential endorsement with a joke that played off the billionaire's South African heritage. The unexpected confirmation came as DeSantis continued to emerge as a central figure in the ongoing culture wars between the awakened left and those with other political ideologies. DeSantis, a conservative known for his anti-waking politics, has yet to announce a 2024 White House bid, but is widely believed to be considering it. Meanwhile, Musk, a staunch libertarian and businessman who has seen his wealth swell during the pandemic, has demonstrated a turn to the political right after previously being heralded by progressives as a hip new breed of businessman. Musk's shifting political views were thrust into the spotlight in April after he announced his intention to acquire a controlling stake in Twitter for a staggering $44 billion. His offer to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share was made public on April 14. On Tuesday, Twitter's board of directors unanimously recommended that shareholders approve the proposed $44 billion sale of the company, according to a regulatory filing. Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition during a virtual meeting with Twitter employees last week, even though Twitter's shares remain well below its asking price, signaling serious doubts that that will happen. The company's stock last touched this level on April 5, when it offered Musk a seat on its board of directors, before offering to buy Twitter outright. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which detailed a pitch to investors on Tuesday, Twitter's board of directors said it "unanimously recommends that you vote [to] accept the merger agreement." Many Democrats and liberals are concerned that Musk's vision for Twitter will allow more misinformation to spread on the platform. Meanwhile, GOP politicians and those more right-wing have hailed his potential takeover as a victory for freedom of expression. Some Republican figures are hoping that GOP accounts will be reinstated on the platform after being previously suspended -- most notably that of President Donald Trump. However, those hopes were dashed when Musk announced his acquisition had been put on hold a week later, citing concerns about fake accounts on Twitter. Musk then further shocked the world when he announced that due to the company's liberal bias in San Francisco, he would switch political affiliations and vote for the Republican Party in the next election. Musk confirmed via video link at a tech summit in Miami, Fla. in May hosted by the All-In podcast that he would be changing his voice. "The reality is that Twitter is very left-leaning at this point," Musk told attendees. "I would classify myself as moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat." Musk went on to claim that he has voted "overwhelmingly" for Democrats in the past. “I have historically voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. I'm not sure I might never have voted Republican, just to be clear," Musk said. Insider reported that he didn't clarify whether he meant he would vote for the eventual Republican nominee during the 2024 presidential election or for a GOP nominee in the upcoming midterm elections in November. For such a wealthy man, Musk's history of political donations in DeSantis' Florida is a bit sparse -- let alone bipartisan. In 2014, he donated an identical sum of $2,500 to each of the men running for governor that year: Democrat Charlie Crist and then-GOP Gov. Rick Scott. In 2006, Musk donated at least $5,000 to Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, also from Florida.


James Milner is invaluable for sane Liverpool and could even become Klopp's successor

James Milner and Liverpool have signed for another year; That's the very least that the Elder Statesman of England footballers deserves. (Author: Gardener)

James MilnerJames Milner and Liverpool have signed for another year; That's the very least that the Elder Statesman of England footballers deserves. As they enter the final stages of their careers, the influence of professional footballers can work in mysterious ways. Better training and stamina have allowed them to stay on the pitch longer than ever before, but the game itself just keeps getting faster and faster and the passage of time can only be delayed for so long. Years of experience can add a few more feet of positional awareness and anticipation. By setting an example of best practice in the dressing room and on the training ground, they can positively influence the behavior of others just by being around them. The value of having these older heads in the dressing room doesn't seem to have escaped the very best coaches. At Manchester City, for example, Fernandinho is leaving the club this summer at the age of 37 after nine years. His playing time has become increasingly scarce in recent years, but his continued place in the first-team squad is constant proof that what matters in terms of the dressing room can sometimes be far more than meets the eye on the pitch. Compare and contrast the unity of Manchester City's goals with Manchester United's disheveled appearance in the second half of last season and the constant leaks and rumors of factionalism in the dressing room there. About forty miles up the road from Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, a former City player whose impact on dressing room culture is unparalleled has decided to stay for another year. James Milner occupies a unique position within football in this country. In his career, which spans 20 years after making his senior debut for Leeds United later this year, Milner has played for five Premier League clubs with considerable distinction and has aged with a level of grace unmatched by the footballer in his 30s difficult to reach is to keep in exceptional condition. He only started 14 games for Liverpool last season, including just nine in the Premier League, but it's clear Jurgen Klopp sees more in Milner's role than just what he brings on the pitch. Klopp has been effusive about Milner's fitness and role model in the past, but contract talks are always a balancing act for everyone involved. The footballer with a 20-year Premier League career probably doesn't have to worry about money, but he should be concerned about what comes next. Milner was not short of options and with Liverpool being a club trying to run themselves on the basis of financial sustainability, it may not have been easy to reach an agreement for another year that is fair to all parties. But an agreement has been reached, and it is absolutely one that suits all parties. Milner is a versatile player - Transfermarkt played him in three different positions last season, despite only appearing in 24 Premier League games and coming on as a substitute in 15 of them. That's a useful thing for a manager, especially when the manager knows the player is about as experienced and dedicated - Milner reportedly took a "significant pay cut" to stay on another year - like it is possible. So I'm grateful he took the call and agreed to give us the extra year of his amazing career.” And it has felt like James Milner has grown in respect as his career has progressed. He was remembered years ago but has taken it in good spirits and to still deliver near the top of world football is a feat worthy of respect in and of itself. Between Manchester City and Liverpool, he won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup and EFL Cup twice, the Champions League, the Super Cup, the World Club Cup and the Community Shield. He's just one Europa League (and one Europa Conference League) full house of silverware from a club career that turns 20 this year and has spanned more than 800 appearances in all competitions. After 61 appearances for England, including four major tournaments, he quit six years ago, even turning down a request from Gareth Southgate to return for the 2018 World Cup. There has even been talk of Liverpool preparing Milner as a possible replacement for Jurgen Klopp and whilst this is clearly pure speculation and likely to take years to come (Klopp recently signed an extension to his Liverpool contract until 2026) it is something that would do this... make sense. Milner will turn 40 in early 2026, while Klopp celebrated 10 years at Anfield a few months earlier. It would make more sense to follow Klopp up with Steven Gerrard based on what Gerrard can or can't achieve with Aston Villa and if there's one thing Liverpool have definitely been in recent years, it's reasonable. As such, agreeing to this contract feels like the continuation of a perfect match.


Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from June 20th

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on June 20th. Build-up began this week for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view with more... (Author: Gardener)

June 20thBuild-up continued this week for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view with more qualifiers to see who would compete in the event's title ladder matches with his brother Ezekiel for a special concert. Let's take a look at everything that happened on Monday's Raw. Asuka vs. Carmella Raw opened with Bianca Belair coming to the ring to let us know that Rhea Ripley couldn't challenge her for the Raw Women's title at MITB. She announced the five competitors who will take part in a Fatal 5-Way to find a new challenger. This resulted in Liv Morgan, Carmella, Asuka, Lynch and Alexa Bliss coming out to say a few words before the match started. Asuka and Lynch pulled each other out of the ring while the other three women stayed in the ring. This fight was basically a series of different combinations of opponents with the occasional multi-woman spot featuring three or more competitors. It was the usual setup for this type of match. Most of the time there were only two people in the ring at a time. We saw some good athletic and creative spots, but something kept it from going from good to great. That is hard to say. In the end, Carmella scored the win with a superkick on Morgan to earn a title shot. It was nice to see referee Tim White receive a commemorative graphic. He was part of some big games and moments during his career. The sunglasses Lynch wore this week were surprisingly normal. They were a little big but not as outlandish as some of her other recent fashion choices. The spot where two people roll around the ring trying to reverse an inner cradle only works in some situations. This could be one of the first times Belair has sat ringside for a match and not been tackled or someone thrown into her. After we got a recap of Riddle vs. Roman Reigns from SmackDown, The Bro came to the ring to do a promo and face off against Omos for a seat in the men's MITB match. serious advertising. The stoner humor was kept to a minimum, making it seem more focused than ever. As the match began, Riddle ran straight for the giant to catch him off guard. It worked for a few moments, but a big punch from Omos knocked him out. After a decent fight, Omos achieved the win to secure a place at MITB. Putting Omos in the ring with guys like Riddle is a good move. They can make a few of their big spots, and the giant can catch them and throw them around. Giants just work better with guys who aren't powerhouses themselves. Riddle isn't a little guy, so when someone like Omos makes him look tiny, you really get an idea of ​​how big Omos is. Riddle basically met Jeff Hardy's Whisper in the Wind at one point. Seth Rollins and Riddle as a feud looks like a good next step for both men. No matter who comes out on top, fans will get some good games out of it. US Champion Theory came into the ring for a promo. Despite last week's losing posedown with Bobby Lashley, Theory spoke a big game about being the future. He posed a bit more before realizing Lashley was standing behind him. The All Mighty sprayed baby oil on his face and sent him out of the ring. This was just a small revenge for Lashley, but it added nothing new to their blossoming feud. In the Nest Match, Jey Uso fought Angelo Dawkins. Jimmy Uso and Montez Ford were ringside to support their partners as they normally do. Ford is the high-flying member of his team, so many people always consider him the most exciting. He's great when it's time for him to pull off a bunch of big moves. Dawkins was able to grab the win to give his team some momentum that led to the title showdown at MITB. If Theory can focus on being a great athlete and putting some of that other stuff behind him, he has a bright future in this business. The Usos and Profits is one of those combinations that, although we've all seen them a million times and want something new, are fun every time. It's hard to get upset about it when it's a really good match. For the first time in several months, Elias appeared in a WWE ring, guitar in hand, for a concert. It wasn't long before Kevin Owens broke up the party. We saw a video of Ezekiel backstage to make it look like he was really just Elias' brother, but KO never believed it for a second. The segment still ended with Elias slamming a guitar down his back. That's probably how many people predicted it would play out. The next match was a special handicap gauntlet match. If Lashley could defeat Chad Gable, Otis and Theory he would earn a US title shot at MITB. Gable was up first and tried to use his technical skills, but Lashley is just as technically sound and twice as strong, so Gable was the underdog in a lot of ways. The All Mighty obviously defeated and faced Otis, whom he also defeated. Alpha Academy made sure Lashley stayed as injured as possible before Theory went down as the last opponent. After enduring a brief rush, Lashley used an impromptu roll-up to achieve the win and earn a title shot. The beard they gave Elias only looks convincing if you don't have HD on your TV. WWE should just use him in 15 minute matches every week. What's impressive is the fact that Otis was two completely different versions of himself and could endure either version. Being able to face many finishers should be a bigger part of Otis' character. Orton almost never got the RKO on him and Lashley couldn't use the hurt lock. On this week's edition of Miz TV, AJ Styles was his special guest. The same thing that always happens on this show happened again. At first, The Miz was cordial, but the conversation quickly turned hostile when he insulted his guest. The Phenomenal saw through his game and told him he wouldn't let himself be pushed into a fight. Then he slapped The A-Lister in the face, so he must have lied. This was about as normal as a talk show segment. The best part was the match between Ciampa and Styles that followed. For a lot of people who've followed Ciampa in NXT and before, seeing him versus Styles is something of a dream match, so getting it as a chance encounter on Raw will likely prompt some mixed reactions from fans. Even without any increase this was still a fun encounter. Ciampa wasn't presented as strongly as some would like, but at least we got to see him in the ring, so that's it. The Phenomenal One pulled off a quick win, but he also got the last laugh when he hit The Miz with the Styles clash. Let's hope they have more time the next time Ciampa and Styles meet. The fact that The Miz is one of the few people who can claim to have held the MITB briefcase twice, he should brag more often. Styles making fun of The Miz and his tiny balls are not meant to be funny. The Miz and Styles nailed it, although this joke has absolutely no right to be funny. In the main event of the night, Lynch and Asuka fought again after the opening bout, but this time it was a one-on-one fight for a spot in the women's MITB match. These two have always put on a good show together, so there's no need to go into details. Everything they did looked good and they made it feel like both women could win multiple times. Attempting to steal each other's finishing move was a fun sequence, but when the dust settled, Asuka used a brutal roundhouse kick to the head to take down Big Time Becks and earn their spot at the PPV . We've seen this match several times over the past few months, but it hasn't exhausted its reception. It might not take much more to get to this point, but for now this was a strong Main Event. Lynch does so many little things in the ring that are funny. Facial expressions, small body movements and other parts of her performance make her so much fun to watch. It might be time for Asuka to do something to freshen up her character a bit. It's hard to say, but it feels like she's running in place and needs a nudge in any direction to get going again. The spinning backfist is one of those moves that you can easily hit too hard if you're not looking in the right place at the right time. Asuka always hits it clean and sure, but still makes it look stiff.


WWE Raw Superstars are reportedly annoyed by the long wait before matches

WWE Superstars, particularly those of the "Raw" brand, are routinely made to hang out in the ring for long periods before matches. (Author: Gardener)

WWENot many fans watching at home realize that WWE Superstars, especially at the "Raw" brand, are routinely made to hang out in the ring for long periods before games. While it's common for wrestlers to camp out in the ring, Raw's new format has reportedly increased the wait time. Between the commercials, video packs, interviews and recap segments, the downtime between the start of a gate and the start of a game is now regularly in excess of 15 minutes - particularly during the 'raw' main events. However, the nearly 20-minute gap between Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan in the 5/30 "Raw" main event seemed particularly outrageous. According to Fightful Select, many WWE Superstars dislike the new norm of hanging around and have taken their grievances to WWE executives. Fightful has reached out to several Superstars who have faced wait times over the past year. The wrestlers were reportedly told that the TV show's format "was what it was" and that it was intended to "improve the flow of the show." When one talent was asked what they were doing while they were waiting, they said, "Talk to the crowd, dance, get mad at me for waiting so long." During the aforementioned 5/30 "Raw" Main Event, Morgan stood out loud Fans at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, in the ring 19 minutes before their match against Ripley. Speaking of Red Brand, WWE has announced a one-on-one match between Asuka and Becky Lynch for Monday's "Raw" with implications of "Money in the Bank." As previously mentioned, fans will be able to see Walk with Elias for the first time in over a year. [email protected] has been a thorn in @BeckyLynchWWE's side since her return to Raw. TOMORROW NIGHT they finally fight one-on-one! The winner earns a coveted spot in the #MITB Ladder Match and moves one step closer to the #WWERaw Women's Title! TOMORROW: @IAmNotEliasWWE's older brother will be hosting the concert of his life on #WWERaw!


Seth Rollins qualifies for the Money in the Bank match

WWE Raw Results, Grades: Seth Rollins qualifies for Money In The Bank, blaming Cody Rhodes for brutal attack on Hell In A Cell. (Author: Gardener)

Seth RollinsWWE Superstar Seth "Freakin" Rollins transitioned from Cody Rhodes to Raw by qualifying for the Men's Money In The Banks Ladder Match. The visionary looked to put his rivalry with the American Nightmare behind a week after decimating his injured opponent - who was without action for up to nine months after tearing a pectoral tendon from a bone in the run-up to Hell In A Cell - with one sledgehammer. On Monday night, Rollins sat down for an interview in which he attempted to justify his actions during a conversation with Kevin Patrick, even blaming Cody himself for what happened. He suggested it was time for him to move on after driving Rhodes off the red brand, and the chat interview was interrupted by AJ Styles slapping the former world champion "for Cody" in the face. They later clashed in a stunning match, with the winner being promoted to Money In The Bank and it was Rollins who took the clean win with a sunset flip. It's no surprise that these two put something special together, and seeing Seth pull off a solid win after three Premium Live Event losses to Rhodes (WrestleMania 38, WrestleMania Backlash, and Hell In A Cell) was the right one Choice. Elsewhere on the show, there was also a qualifier for the Women's Money In The Bank match when Alexa Bliss and Liv defeated Morgan Doudrop and Nikki A. Once again, Bliss and Morgan showed great chemistry as partners here, and if WWE had chosen to actually crown the new Women's Tag Team Champions, they would have been the perfect duo to rebuild the titles. The show began with Paul Heyman appearing on Miz TV as the host hailed Money In The Bank and its impact on the championship, while Heyman focused on defending the tribal chief's undisputed WWE Universal Title against Riddle on Friday. The Original Bro came down later this week to increase his chances, but there are extra stakes when he found out that losing means he can never fight for the title while Roman is champion. Both the Usos and Street Profits emerged, resulting in Jimmy Uso sneaking a win over Montez Ford in a thrilling opening match. Becky Lynch later took on Dana Brooke for the 24/7 title in a rematch last week, but completely decimated the champion. Showing genuine anger here, she insisted it was never about the title before Asuka charged, sparking a brawl between the bitter rivals. In a hilarious rematch of Hell In A Cell, Ezekiel managed to beat Kevin Owens by count before revealing his brother Elias will somehow return for a one-off concert next week. Elsewhere, MVP easily defeated Cedric Alexander while Riddle picked up some momentum with a win in a fun sprint against Ciampa, who deserved a better presentation on Raw. The Judgment Day - Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley - would interrupt a promo by Bianca Belair and explain her decision to kick Edge out of the group while Rhea cheered her upcoming title match against the EST at Money In The Bank. Finally, the main event segment was a pose-off between US Champion Theory and his rival Bobby Lashley, with the All Mighty claiming a predictable victory.


Seven things we learned from the Canadian Grand Prix

There was plenty to do in terms of post-race aftermath as Sportsmail looks at the seven things we learned from the Canadian Grand Prix after a fun race in Montreal. (Author: Gardener)

the Canadian Grand PrixMax Verstappen appears to be on course for his second Drivers' Championship after repelling a late attack from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver took his sixth win of the season, 46 points clear of team-mate Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings after the Mexican suffered a costly retirement with a gearbox failure. With 13 races to go, Charles Leclerc, who looked set to take on a challenge at a maiden championship, now needs the tide to turn drastically after a string of disappointing results. Meanwhile, Mercedes took optimism from Montreal as Lewis Hamilton just clinched his second podium of the season and George Russell finished fourth in a race in which they showed significantly improved pace. After a busy weekend, Sportsmail takes a look at seven things we learned from the Canadian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen drives with the confidence of a man who has already won a drivers' championship. What looked like a leisurely race suddenly came to life after a delayed safety car as the Dutchman faced immense pressure for victory from former Torro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz. Lap after lap, the Spaniard had DRS on the Red Bull driver as he attempted to force the Championship leader into an error. But Verstappen drove great to gain enough margin early in the lap, meaning Sainz was too far behind on the long straight towards the final chicane, which was the best overtaking opportunity. There was a time or two that Sainz looked like he was trying to sneak inwards, but there was never a panic from Verstappen, who made no mistake driving his car so easily into the 'Wall of Champions' could have stuck the exit of the last corner. While Ferrari squandered points with mechanical issues and poor strategic decisions, Red Bull have been relentless in their quest for a second consecutive Drivers' Championship. The 24-year-old is 49 points clear of third-placed Leclerc and it would be hard to bet Verstappen will become two-time world champions after Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso at the age of 25. After the Australian Grand Prix in April, Charles Leclerc led in the Drivers' standings with 46 points ahead of Max Verstappen. Since then there has been a whopping 95-point swing in just six races - putting the Monegasque rider a huge gap to the reigning world champion. His withdrawal from the lead in Baku proved a double whammy as it cost him a chance to challenge for the Canadian Grand Prix there after starting from the back following a grid penalty caused by his retirement last week . Leclerc recovered to fifth but Ferrari didn't make his push through the field any easier as a slow pit stop meant he fell back behind Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo - costing him plenty of time. In a race where team-mate Sainz narrowly missed out on victory, Leclerc will see it as a missed opportunity given the lead he's held over the Spaniard this season. It meant more points lost for Verstappen - something he can no longer afford this season. Leclerc will hope to have better luck at the British Grand Prix as he and Ferrari come onto the stage where their rivals are suffering a number of retirements to get them back into contention. It's been an extremely frustrating season for Lewis Hamilton who hasn't been fighting for wins and has seen new rising teammate George Russell beat him this season. There had come a point when Hamilton's place at the Canadian Grand Prix was in jeopardy after his bloody weekend in Baku when he struggled with the porpoise of his Mercedes. He qualified in a respectable fourth place before showing impressive pace throughout the race to take only his second podium of the season. Hamilton will have been particularly optimistic after his excellent pace towards the end of the race, as he didn't fall too far behind leaders Verstappen and Sainz after the last safety car, finishing just seven seconds behind the race winner. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Mercedes could "play a factor" in the British Grand Prix in two weeks' time. Mercedes may have fared better in Canada than in previous races, but the porpoise theme won't go away for a while. Sportsmail reported that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff "lost his shit" in a furious row with old rival Christian Horner at a team bosses' meeting on Saturday - and claimed rivals had joined forces against him over drivers' problems. Safety intervention by the FIA ​​to try to eradicate car crashes sparked much controversy over the weekend of the Canadian Grand Prix. Teams were upset by the late timing of the announcement, and some were confused as to whether the new bounce limits should apply for the weekend. Excitement ran high as Fernando Alonso put in a brilliant lap in his Alpine to qualify second for the Canadian Grand Prix. While most of the field pitted under the two virtual safety cars for the retirements of Sergio Perez and Mick Schumacher, Alpine decided to keep Alonso out on much older tyres. This left him out of contention to challenge the Mercedes drivers for a podium and his race continued downhill from there. He was showing better pace than Esteban Ocon but was ordered to stay behind his team-mate due to an engine problem - something the Spaniard said was costing him a second per lap. Alonso crossed the finish line in seventh but was relegated to ninth with a five-second penalty as his defensive driving to outpace Valtteri Bottas in the Alfa Romeo was deemed too aggressive as he snaked down the back straight. To sum up McLaren's weekend, their drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo received an apology from team principal Andrea Seidl after a shocking weekend in Montreal. Shocking pit stops affected both drivers' races as Ricciardo was left too long, which in turn made Norris wait even longer as McLaren attempted a double stack behind the safety car. However, the wrong tires were then fitted to Norris' car, adding to what was already a miserable weekend for the Brit. Ricciardo passed Sebastian Vettel for P10 only for Lance Stroll's other Aston Martin to pass him late to take the final point of the race. Norris had his worst result of the season in 15th and also received a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Last season, McLaren were battling for third place in the constructors' championship, although it looks like the best they can do this season is fourth. However, it was a costly weekend for the team as both Alpine and Alfa Romeo collected healthy points to close the gap. He was clearly beaten by his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening races of the season, but he caught up with his experienced teammate in Baku and Canada. In Montreal, Zhou passed Bottas for the second straight race, leading the man who has won 10 races in his career for much of the race. He will have been disappointed to finish behind the Finn but was delighted to finally deliver on the promise he has been making in the car lately. The only rookie on this year's grid had suffered retirements at Miami, Barcelona and Baku, while also struggling to pull together a lap where he started from the back at Monaco. However, Zhou is showing real improvement which will give Alfa Romeo a big boost in the Constructors Championship as they look to build on their current sixth place overall.


What is a bear market and how to deal with it?

You've probably heard a little about "bear markets" this week. Wondering what that means? (Author: Gardener)

this weekYou've probably heard a little about "bear markets" this week. In the last week, Google searches for “what does a bear market mean” have skyrocketed. And what do bears have to do with it anyway? We say a stock market is in "bear" territory when it falls at least 20% from a recent high. * Why You Shouldn't Panic When Your KiwiSaver Drops * Increase the Risk and Reward of KiwiSaver * Monday Thoughts: Three Things Everyone Should Know About KiwiSaver It's more of a symbolic benchmark than anything - you probably wouldn't Feel a lot better if your portfolio it would only have dropped by 19.5%. The opposite of a bear market is a bull market, in which prices are rising or are expected to rise. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that the term "bear market" comes from a saying that warns against "selling the bear's hide before the bear is caught". It stood for someone who sold with the expectation that the price would fall and then he could buy again cheaper. Concerned about a specific aspect of your investments? So we've seen the reports that the US is encroaching on bear territory, what about New Zealand? Murray Harris, head of KiwiSaver at Milford Asset Management, says if you look at the year to date we saw a bear market on Thursday. "I would say that after last night's US markets we're still in 'bear market' territory today." Stock prices are falling for a number of reasons. Central banks around the world are raising interest rates to try to curb inflation. When interest rates are higher, both businesses and households spend less, which can result in businesses earning less. If investors anticipate a tougher environment for the companies they invest in, they will likely want to pay a lower price for a share of those companies and may switch out of high-growth areas into companies with more stable cash flows like utilities, or into other assets like bonds. If you redeem your investments now, crystallize your losses. What does this mean for investors? If you're at KiwiSaver, a managed fund, or one of the growing number of people investing in stocks, this has probably not been a particularly pleasant year. I know that my own Sharesies portfolio, which I've had since launching the platform, had a since inception return of about 20% late last year, but is now down to 0.63%. I haven't even bothered to check my KiwiSaver balance because I know it's not going to be pretty. My intention is to make these investments in the medium and long term. As Harris says, things will likely be bumpy for a while, but it's not all bad news. “Even with this year's sell-off, the market has only returned to mid-2020 levels after more than 10 years of bullishness. Investors should not panic stay the course focus on the long term money in stocks should be long term money and if you are worried about your KiwiSaver remember that during a down market your contributions will give you more value, which you will benefit from when the market recovers – which is always the case.” The last time we had a really significant market decline was in March 2020 when everyone was worried about what Covid would mean. Don't sell your investments unless you really need the money - you'll just crystallize losses that would otherwise only be on paper and you'll miss the recovery. But consider the baked beans analogy. You go to the grocery store and buy the same can of baked beans week after week. A week the can could be cheaper. At the supermarket, a shopper's instinct is to buy more and make the most of that cheaper price. Why isn't that the case with mutual fund shares that you would normally buy on a regular basis anyway? Think of your KiwiSaver, or investment portfolio, as a huge stash of cheaper baked beans, and you might be ready to contribute a little more during the downturn -- and stockpile more beans when the price picks up again.