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Edge destroys AJ Styles after WrestleMania challenge

WWE Raw Results, Grades: Edge destroys AJ Styles as WrestleMania dream match is established as Finn Balor defeats Damian Priest for US Title. (Author: Gardener)

WrestleManiaWWE Raw ended on a dramatic note as Edge decimated AJ Styles to host a fiery dream match at WrestleMania 38. The Hall of Famer turned the clock back to his villainous days as the Rated R Superstar and unleashed a brutal assault on the Phenomenal One's moments after accepting the legend's open challenge to the Immortals Showcase. A week after his first challenge - which sparked much speculation among fans - Edge returned to the main event segment to see if anyone would step up to the plate. A dream match like this doesn't take much more, but luckily WWE still injects some real drama into the must-see fight, as Edge first said, while he's wanted this fight for a long time, he wanted the real AJ and not that watered-down version we've seen lately. He then faked a handshake and went on the attack, dodging the Phenomenal Forearm and kicking Styles between the legs to regain the advantage. It looked like Edge was leaving, but he couldn't resist, instead grabbing two chairs from the ring and hitting his WrestleMania opponent with a brutal con-chair-to. It was an intense and violent way to end the evening, and it immediately takes an already Mania-worthy rivalry to another level just under five weeks before the double-header in Dallas, Texas. Raw began with Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins hosting rivals Alpha Academy on The KO Show with some really hilarious preparation for next week's tag team title match (also featuring RK-Bro). In the end, Owens hit the stunner on Otis to set up the first match of the night, which was an absolute barnstorm between four Superstars at the top of their game. In the end Seth and Kevin clinched the win after the combination of Turnbuckle Bomb, Stunner and Stomp against Chad Gable. Omos made easy work of T-Bar after attacking before the bell and continuing the attack and while the giant looks strong you can't help but feel sorry for T-Bar considering what he can do in the ring . In a crisp All-Star match that mixed some big storylines, Bianca Belair teamed up with Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan to beat Becky Lynch, Nikki A. NXT's Tommaso Ciampa was back in the red this week, when he defeated Robert Roode in a fun but short fight in which Roode and Dolph Ziggler attack the winner after the bell. There was more 24/7 title nonsense as Reggie and Champion Dana Brooke defeated Akira Tozawa and Tamina, while both teams kissed afterwards. Hurt business duo Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander bounced back from their loss to Omos this week as they defeated Rey and Dominik Mysterio in a good match that ended after interference from The Miz. It was a night of tag fighting and RK Bro teammates Randy Orton and Riddle raised the bar with a fantastic match against The Street Profits, who clinched a massive win and would have secured a spot in next week's title showdown be able. The ending is said to not have gone as planned as Orton looked injured after a frog splash and fans are hoping the Viper is okay. Finally, the US title changed hands in the final game of the night as Finn Balor defeated the dominant champion Damian Priest. The Archer of Shame and the Prince are no strangers to each other and they fought another special fight on the way to Balor and won a great victory. Afterwards, Priest attacked him and slammed him onto the commentary table as he turned to the dark side and potentially set up a major rematch for WrestleMania 38. MORE : WWE's Kevin Owens says Vince McMahon "directly" convinced him to sign new contract

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Tommaso Ciampa gets new theme song, first WWE RAW single win

WWE NXT Superstar Tommaso Ciampa was working on RAW from Columbus, OH this week and claimed his first Red Branded TV singles win. (Author: Gardener)

Tommaso CiampaWWE NXT Superstar Tommaso Ciampa was working on RAW from Columbus, OH this week, earning his first win in a red TV single while also debuting a new theme song. Ciampa defeated Robert Roode at RAW despite interference from Dolph Ziggler. After the match, The Dirty Dawgs teamed up with Ciampa and knocked him out while fans booed. The big news from the fight was that WWE changed Ciampa's theme song and got rid of the fan-favorite theme "No One Will Survive" that Ciampa has been using since 2018. This song was created by CFO$ who is no longer affiliated with WWE Music. It was only a matter of time before WWE nixed the song and debuted a new one from WWE Music partner Def Rebel. As is so often the case, the change of subject was not well received by many fans on social media. In tonight's episode of NXT 2.0, Ciampa and NXT Champion Bron Breakker take on The Dirty Dawgs in tag team action. The fight will open the show where Ziggler defeated Ciampa last Tuesday with an assist from Roode to become the new #1 contender on Breakker. Breakker, or maybe a Triple Threat with Ciampa, will take place at NXT Stand & Deliver during WrestleMania 38 weekend. He teamed with new WWE United States Champion Finn Balor to win The Dirty Dawgs at last week's RAW and he recently has two WWE Main Event wins over T-BAR and a recent Main Event win over Akira Tozawa . Stay tuned to learn more about Ciampa. Below are a few clips of the new theme, along with related footage from Ciampa vs. Roode on RAW:WOW.... The Ciampa theme is gone, no one will survive #WWERAW https://t.co/vu8pGCoL5f Tommaso Ciampa is yet there is another victim of Generic Rock Theme No. 3, no need to change any of the last good entry songs. 😂🤦🏽‍♂️ #WWERaw https://t.co/hkDKxgNRrN UP NEXT on #WWERaw https://t.co/HdM8kR61RE New theme music for @NXTCiampa on #WWERaw! https://t.co/4TbPBLiZHG He's got new entrance music AND a win over @RealRobertRoode! Congratulations @NXTCiampa! #WWERaw https://t.co/QL0ElMV3Nz A win for @NXTCiampa on #WWERaw but @HEELZiggler & @RealRobertRoode laugh last and loudest! https://t.co/0YKjDsAH7E @HEELZiggler @RealRobertRoode #WWERaw https://t.co/WWpXhwRdx2 GIF reactions to this 🔥🔥🔥 new entrance music for @NXTCiampa on #WWERaw ⤵️ https://t.co/E5t1plhcZG Do you have a news tip or correction?

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Edge brutally attacks AJ Styles after Styles answers the WrestleMania challenge

Styles competed with Edge in a WrestleMania match and paid a heavy price (Author: Gardener)

WrestleManiaAfter writing his resume on WWE's biggest stage last Monday, Edge called on someone to challenge him for WrestleMania 38 in April. On Monday night, AJ Styles took the call — and paid a hefty price. After saying he had long wanted to face Styles in the ring, Edge snapped and unleashed a brutal attack on Styles that ended with two con-chair tos that set the pair up for one of the most compelling matches at this year's WrestleMania. Edge ended the show with a follow-up to his challenge last week to challenge someone to face him at WrestleMania. Edge stood in the middle of the ring and begged someone to "step up" and come to the ring. Initially, no one responded, leaving Edge confused before AJ Styles' music hit and Styles made his way to the ring. Styles delivered a simple message and simply said, "I accept." Edge said he wanted the "Bulldog" version of Styles, not the version Omos played "Tag Team b---h" last year. Edge continued the attack before exiting the ring and grabbing a row of chairs. Edge hesitated but eventually delivered a pair of con-chair-tos to a helpless Styles as the show went off the air. The edge heel turn was extremely well done. He's been begging for someone to step up and face him on the biggest stage possible, and when confronted with Styles and a dream match, he freaked out. Was it to really push Styles to do his best or because Edge has doubts about his ability to win? US Championship - Finn Balor defeated. Damian Priest (c) via pinfall to win the title. Balor and Priest went back and forth in a solid match, with Priest nearly defending the title with a South of Heaven chokeslam. However, when Priest attempted to continue with reckoning, Balor countered and hit a dropkick with the shotgun before hitting Priest with the coup de grace to earn the three-count and win the title. After the match, Priest told Balor that the crowd "carried" him to win the title. Priest then ended a heel turn by saying the crowd had never loved or appreciated him and hitting Balor with a cheap shot after saying he would win the title back. Priest finished his post-match attack with a Razor's Edge on the commentary table. The other heel turn on the show wasn't quite as successful as Edge. As for Balor, WWE seems to be getting the idea that he could ever be in the world title again, but he's a great midcard titlist and his reign could be filled with good matches. * Defeated Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins. Alpha Academy via pinfall as Rollins stomped Chad Gable. The match came after a show's opening edition of The K.O. Show" with Alpha Academy as guests. As expected, brawls broke out between the teams, leading to an impromptu match ahead of next week's Triple Threat Tag title match. Becky Lynch, Doudrop & Nikki A.S.H. via Pinfall, as Belair Nikki A.S.H. with the K.O.D. Lynch exited the match after Belair used her hair to whip the Raw Women's Champion's torso, leaving Nikki A.S.H. to eat the needle. * Dana Brooke & Reggie defeated. Tamina & Akira Tozawa via pinfall when Reggie Tozawa missed a flipping senton. After the match, Brooke kissed Reggie and Tamina kissed Tozawa. * The Hurt Business def. The Mysterios via pinfall as Shelton rolled Benjamin Dominik Mysterio. * The Street Profits def. RK-Bro via pinfall when Montez Ford hit Randy Orton with a frog splash.

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WWE RAW arrives in Columbus at Nationwide Arena tonight; Here's a Q&A with Damian Priest

"I'm everything... the rock star, the fighter, the superhero," says Priest, who looks forward to the roar of WWE RAW fans at Nationwide Arena on February 28th. (Author: Gardener)

Nationwide ArenaNationwide Arena often echoes with the sound of skates on ice, hoops on hard courts and top rockers singing at the top of their lungs. When WWE RAW hits Columbus on February 28th, the downtown arena will be the scene of body slams, chokeslams, trash talk from the microphone - and thousands of fans will enjoy every minute of the mayhem. Among other Superstars, reigning WWE United States Champion Damian Priest — a 39-year-old New York native whose real name is Luis Martinez — will be in the ring ready to rumble. Prior to the upcoming event, Priest recently spoke to The Dispatch over the phone. When did you first become interested in professional wrestling? Priest: Growing up in Puerto Rico, wrestling is huge. It's almost like another religion out there. That's how I started to gain this love for the business. When I moved back to New York, got to attend regular shows like Madison Square Garden, and saw these superheroes, all I could remember was thinking, 'Man, I want people to feel how they feel about me let me.” I was just in love with her. When I was younger I fought, did a lot of martial arts (and) won a few championships. The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was still in its infancy, so I never thought martial arts alone would have a future. Priest: It was a combination of everything. Because of the martial arts, I enjoyed the physicality—that fighting atmosphere. Then I've always been a fan of comics and superheroes and stuff and I saw that. I've seen superheroes and supervillains, but real-life ones that you could actually see and touch and relate to emotionally. I've always been a fan of music, rock concerts and . to see these performances. Q: What are you trying to project as Damian Priest in the ring? Priest: It's funny when people say, "What's the character and the real thing?" To me, it's a revolving door because it's blurry at times. it is who i am I'm everything I just said: the rock star, the fighter, the superhero. I try to do that with my looks - how I wear my beard, how I walk, how I speak - and then of course my martial arts background shows in the ring in terms of my fighting style. Damian Priest is something of that larger-than-life rock star fighter who loves living life to the fullest every day and wants to do whatever it takes to make sure his name lives on forever. WWE United States Champion Damian Priest (right) will be in the ring ready to rumble at Nationwide Arena on February 28th. Q: Does WWE have a global reach at this point? Priest: It's crazy. I've been in this business 18 years now and just over four years with WWE, and you know WWE is big. You know it's popular, everyone knows what WWE is, but being on this site now and seeing how many people in China and India and Saudi Arabia and Japan know who I am is like, 'What ?” WWE is no longer an American company. We may be based here, but we are a global company. Priest: It's the same where thousands of people are excited to see you perform, but it's different because obviously we're here in the States more often, so our fanbase here has more opportunities to experience us. When we visit (other countries) they know it's special because they don't know when they can see us next. Q: Is your martial arts background a big asset in the ring? Priest: Absolutely. Anyone who sees me can see that my style is definitely heavily influenced by martial arts. It is a combination of martial arts and professional wrestling. Especially when I first started training it made my transition (to wrestling) much easier as far as I could move. As an athlete, it's easier. Now we are an entertainment company. I had to open up and show the world everything about me, whereas in martial arts and in combat one is more closed off. Q: What can your fans in the Columbus area expect at the upcoming event? Priest: I'm a US champion, so I always try to give opportunities to anyone willing to take a risk. S. champ will be live and in person at the arena for the crowd to enjoy. WWE RAW takes place at 7:30 p.m. February 28 at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. This article originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch: WWE RAW arrives in Columbus at Nationwide Arena tonight; Here's a Q&A with Damian Priest

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from February 28th

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on February 28th. With just over a month until WrestleMania 38 on April 2nd and 3rd, management still has a lot to do when it comes to putting the map together... (Author: Gardener)

February 28thWith just over a month until WrestleMania 38 on April 2nd and 3rd, management still has a lot of work to do when it comes to putting the map together. He brought out Seth Rollins and announced that they would win the Raw Tag Titles next week. They made their way to the ring for another episode of The Kevin Owens Show. In the end, KO hit Gable with a stunner in what became a tag match on the break. We returned to see Otis and Owens challenge it. KO couldn't knock down the big man, but Otis had no problem knocking him off his feet with a spinning fist. Rollins tagged in, but Otis threw him off the apron and into the barricade. Gable walked in and began focusing on Rollins' left arm. We returned from another break to see Gable keeping Owens grounded by attacking his knee. Rollins got the hot tag and took him to the Olympian with a series of quick strikes and takedowns. He knocked Otis off the apron and hit a hawk dart for a two count. After a buckle bomb from Rollins, a stunner from KO, and a stomp from Rollins, Gable was finally pinned to end the match. Not only did we get a fun talk show clip to open, but the tag match that followed with the same four guys was great. Gable is one of the funniest people in all of WWE right now. The exchange he and Owens had on the mic is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The action in the ring in the tag match was fast paced and looking amazing. You can't expect much more from the first half hour of Raw. As soon as T-Bar stepped onto the apron, Omos threw him into the barricade. He dragged T-Bar to the center of the ring and the referee refused to start play. Omos picked him up and put him in the corner. T-Bar tried to recover and said he could go, so the referee started the match. He dodged an oncoming Omos in the corner but couldn't avoid the clothesline that followed. The big man grabbed his neck and slammed him for victory. WWE cooled Omos down a bit, but it looks like his push has started again. Management is reinstating him in squash matches, which is probably for the best for him until he can do more in the ring. He had much better ring gear than he did during his Retaliation phase, so at least he seems to be returning to the personality he had in NXT. While this wasn't much of a match, it made Omos look dangerous. Let's just hope we don't have to endure a few more months of squash matches before WWE brings Omos back into a meaningful feud. Becky Lynch, Doudrop and Nikki ASH vs. Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan and Bianca BelairBecky Lynch has teamed up with Nikki ASH and Doudrop, who are two of her former rivals, to face it with Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan and Bianca Belair in a woman-six record tag match. Lynch urged Belair to start, but instead of locking up, Big Time Becks dodged her and tagged in Nikki. Morgan walked in and had a slightly awkward exchange with Nikki before Doudrop came on. The EST came in and tried to suplex Doudrop, but she had to ask Ripley for help to get it done. We returned from a break to see Belair roll up Lynch for a quick two-count. She used Belair's braid to pull her into the ring post. Big Time Becks, Nikki and Doudrop took turns punishing The EST, but no one could hold them down for the pin. Ripley eventually managed to sign up, and she went after Lynch with everything she had. She leveled the champion with a low dropkick and hit a facebuster for a near fall that was interrupted by Doudrop. We have the part of every six-person tag match where everyone takes turns knocking out each other. Belair whipped Lynch multiple times with her braid before scoring the win over Nikki with the KOD. The sound of Belair hitting Lynch with her pigtail was so loud it makes you wonder if WWE edited it to make it sound more painful. Belair spent a little more time in the ring than the other five women, but it was mostly an even split. Morgan had some nice highlights and Ripley showed some impressive power moves, but all everyone will be talking about is the way Belair flogged Lynch multiple times for looking and sounding so brutal. Tommaso Ciampa traveled from NXT again this week to take on Robert Roode. This happened because Roode showed up in NXT last week to help Ziggler take down Ciampa, so The Showoff was ringside. Ciampa was aggressive from the start but Roode was able to send him out of the ring. They fought in front of Ziggler, but the former world champion didn't interfere because the referee was looking straight at him. Ciampa attempted to hit The Fairytale Ending, but Roode countered into a pin for a two count. Ciampa threw Ziggler off the apron and rolled Roode to victory. Predictably, The Dirty Dawgs attacked Ciampa after the match and left him in the middle of the ring. It was fast and geared more towards hitting the beatdown after the match than anything else. Ciampa's win was nice, but it was kind of a meaningless win, especially since he was eliminated immediately after the fight. The feud between Ziggler and Ciampa has been good so far, but this was an unnecessary chapter in their story. Tamina and Akira Tozawa Dana Brooke and Tamina started for their teams in this mixed tag match. Brooke hits a headscissor to corner Tamina and follows up with a hand spring elbow. The powerhouse clotheslined the 24/7 Champion before Tozawa tagged in himself. He and Reggie each show off some quick moves, but Reggie wants a pin, Tamina finishes it off. Brooke knocked Tamina out of the ring while Reggie flipped Tozawa for a senton. Dana and Reggie kissed after the match, as did Tamina and Tozawa. It had some nice looking moves and if you like comedy in WWE then the post match stuff was for you. Unfortunately, everyone involved is capable of so much more. It's okay for WWE to do silly things, but it also needs to give these people a chance to show off their wrestling skills more often. After losing to Omos in a handicap match last week, Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin went for a W and stepped into the ring with Rey and Dominik Mysterio. WWE confirmed the Mysterios would face off against The Miz and Logan Paul at WrestleMania before Rey and Dom gave a brief promo to hype up the feud. The A-lister came out to talk some trash before The Hurt Business came to the ring. We came back from a break to see how the game was already taking place. Rey defeated Benjamin, but as he walked to the apron, Alexander hit a clothesline to take control. The Hurt Business kept Rey near their corner to prevent a tag, but the luchador always finds a way to escape. He made the hot switch to his son and Dom crossbodyed Benjamin off the top rope. The Miz pulled Dom's leg while the referee was distracted, so Rey chased him through the crowd. The distraction allowed Benjamin to roll Dominik to victory. Everything was looking good in this match until Benjamin and Dominik stepped into the ring together. For some reason, their timing was wrong at a few spots, leading to some awkward moments. They didn't mess up anything major, but you could see their lack of chemistry a couple of times. However, the way the match ended didn't work out so well. It made sense from a certain perspective, but losing Rey and Dom to a team that hadn't had success in months doesn't make The Miz any better. It just makes The Mysterios look worse. On the other hand, it was nice to see Alexander and Benjamin score a win once. Riddle and Randy Orton faced Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins in a tag match that started with The Bro and Dawkins in the ring. After tripping Riddle with a running shoulder, Dawkins caught Ford for some two-team maneuvers. Riddle countered one of them by putting Ford in a triangle submission. The Viper walked in and stomped on each and every one of Ford's limbs before stomping him several times in the chest. He tried to help Riddle hit an assisted Floating Bro, but Ford pulled his knees up to block. We came back from a commercial on Dawkins and hit Riddle with a clothesline to prevent a tag to Orton. The Bro pinned him with a kick and both men crawled into the corners. Orton hit Ford with a few clotheslines and a powerslam before goading him with a rope-hung DDT. Orton tried to get his foot on the rope, but Dawkins pushed him away, allowing Ford to get the pin. The moment Orton tried to get his foot on the rope was a little odd because he was just a little too far away to make contact. So Dawkins didn't really have to do anything to help his partner. Ford and Orton looked particularly cheered at times. Dawkins is constantly adding new tricks to his arsenal and has developed into a versatile performer. It will be interesting to see if this win results in The Street Profits being added to next week's Tag Title Match.

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Jacob Elordi on why the season 2 finale of Euphoria isn't a liberating moment for Nate Jacobs

'Euphoria' star Jacob Elordi opens up about what might be next for Nate and Eric Danes Cal in Season 3 as he prepares for intense scenes. (Author: Gardener)

Jacob Elordi[This story contains major spoilers for the Euphoria season 2 finale, "All my life my heart has longed for one thing I cannot name."] Season 2 of HBO's Euphoria ended with a bang - literally and figuratively. In the February 27 finale, viewers saw the showdown between Maddy (Alexa Demie) and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) come to life on a stage; a clean rue (zendaya) wants to commit to being sober; a raid on Ashtray (Javon Walton) and Fezco's home, resulting in a tragic loss for the latter; and Nate (Jacob Elordi), who seeks revenge on his father, Cal (Eric Dane). After Elordis Nate stormed off and broke up with Cassie over her sister's game, he is seen loading the same gun he held to Maddy's head in a previous episode, then got drunk and drove off in his car . When Nate arrives at one of Cal's construction sites, where he has lived since leaving his family, his father is surrounded by drink, drugs, and a horde of sex workers. Nate asks Cal if he's happier now, and his dad says that in a way he is. "It's not fair," Nate tells him. He goes on to tell his father how, at age 11, he found videos of his father having sex with prostitutes in a motel room, which sparked the recurring nightmare that viewers were shown of his father "fucking me the way he did." she was fucking.” When Cal says his biggest regret in life is not being protective of his son and protecting him, Nate dismisses the apology. Instead, he pulls the gun out of his pocket and says he just wants revenge. Cal begs his son not to do what he's doing, after which Nate declares, "You are who you are and I don't think you'll ever change." Below, in a post-finale chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Elordi shares what might be next for Nate and Cal in the already renewed third season as he gears up for some of the season's most intense scenes (yes, that Maddy scene). , his thoughts on the reaction (both critical and commendable) to the graphic nature of the Sam Levinson series and how he gets into the headspace to play one of HBO drama's most deranged characters: "I don't think so You can get rid of that kind of trauma.” In the finale, we see Nate take Cal to the police for child pornography, and he tells his father that he's going for revenge. How do you see this moment for Nate? I wish I could say it was like a liberating moment, a moment of catharsis, but I think it's just his only option other than literally dying, killing his oppressor and the last thing he can do to to put an end to it all. But I don't necessarily think it's the end of everything. I don't think you can get rid of that kind of trauma. We also see Nate storming out of the school play, abruptly breaking up with Cassie and loading a gun. What does that level of intent tell you about Nate and his intentions? I think everything he's always done in the kind of space on the show we know him in is premeditated. He's super organized; it's like the quarterback in him. I think it's the only way he knows to not let things get out of hand - although they always do - but somehow not out of control. In this scene he shares his recurring nightmare with his father. What do these dreams tell you about Nate; about his trauma, his sexuality, his relationship with his father? That person is meant to be a role model and a leader and a lover and your protector and you've seen them do those things and you see the attrition within a family. So I think it's a logical fallacy or a logical fear that his father directed his lifestyle towards him, which I think is his biggest fear regarding his sexuality. I've been playing it for so long that the scripts almost feel like logical conclusions for everything in my brain. I just thought, "Oh yeah, of course — as a kid you'd think he'd do this to you because you don't understand sexuality and what we're raised and taught to do." In a previous interview with THR, Eric Dane said , he hopes Cal gets the chance to father Nate and finally have a relationship with his son. What do you think next for Nate and Cal? I once had a friend who had a strained relationship with his father and they said they kept him with them and told him they loved him and included him in their lives because they didn't want to regret when he died . But I think that would probably be the only kind of relationship they could ever really have; a selfish one of, "Well I have to, he's my blood." There's a lot of damage. What are your hopes for Nate in season three? As with anything with any character, I want to grow. i'm getting older you know i want to grow up I want the complexity to grow. I want the story to grow and it will because this is being written by Sam [Levinson]. He doesn't like doing the same, as you can see from this season. In the penultimate episode, Nate pointed a gun at Maddy. Even though it wasn't loaded, it was hard to see. What was it like filming this scene? You don't really know if it was loaded or not. That's the biggest part of this scene for me. This is how I wanted to play it: was it? Because there's kind of a switch at the end when he says, "It's not loaded." He's like a kid again, but he's got a gun in his hand. How was the preparation for this scene? One of the producers had called me and he was like, "Christopher Walken got that right in a movie," and we haven't gotten the script yet, and he says, "Christopher Walken was the only person who did that convincingly." Me I immediately went and saw [The Deer Hunter] and I was like, fuck. It's that scene that has him and [Robert] De Niro in it. So I got the scene and saw what it was and we went in to film it. But you can't control the set and [creator] Sam had a really technical way of wanting to shoot it. So the following week we had to come back and go back to headspace and do it all over again. The scene is super creative. We prepared so much to get into that headspace and then you have to throw it all away and just roll with the punches. Were there any scenes where you thought Nate was going too far? Jacob certainly thinks he's doing things that go too far, but they're within the realm of human possibility. I think in cinema we have so many sugar coated characters and storylines. There are people who abuse drugs. There are people who drug people. As an actor, if I was like, "Oh, we can't talk about this, or we shouldn't be doing this"...anything and everything is within the realm of possibility to me, even things that couldn't happen on this earth. So I find it funny when people say, "Oh, I don't feel comfortable doing something like this." And it's like, "Well, that's the job, it's to tell a story," to hopefully to convey a feeling. Nate, like Cal, is not a character to get excited about. How do you reconcile that as the person playing him? I think sometimes when I play it I get a little quiet, like a little bit in my head. He just thinks all the time. I always watch stuff on this show. He's a bit of an outsider, so I think I create and cultivate that when I'm on set. I was actually with Dominic [Fike] last night and I think he was surprised that I was talking and laughing. He was like, "I've never seen you like that." I think maybe just that forever... I go to my trailer and hide and come out and yell at people in a scene and go into the trailer. I think that maybe has a wear and tear but not so much the character. You've talked about some of the tough shoots this season, like the New Year's Eve party that opened the season. There was also a recent report about grueling and long shooting days. What was your experience filming some of Nate's most challenging scenes? It's funny, I think of what I said in an interview that the party is hell, it's just me tired and lazy. It's a bit like work and love of work. In the end, it's quite cathartic to work so hard and so long on something and come out with a product that you're proud of. Given the heavy material Nate has to go through during the season, what support are you offered on set? Sam is super caring, he really cares about what's going on. We have our intimacy coordinator, Mam [Smith], who is like a little mom on set. And we all know how to read when someone might not be doing so well. We've just been together for so long. There has been much debate about Euphoria and who it's really intended for: is the audience high school students or adults; Is it too graphic for high schoolers or just enough? Who do you think the show is for? I think it's for everyone. That's the best way to explain it. And she said, "Damn, you're Nate," and then she's like, "Do you think he loves Cassie or Maddy?" She really watched. Then, just this morning, I was buying a croissant in Paris, and a French woman in her 60s who I never thought would ever see bought my coffee and said, “Ah, congratulations, me love Euphoria.” Well I think that explains it best. it's human you know DARE. recently accused the show of glorifying and misrepresenting teenage drug use; Zendaya responded by saying the show is designed to help people feel less lonely in their pain. Do you think Nate has the power to reach viewers who are in pain? I think it can serve as a cautionary tale. It's very easy to write off kids like Nate, and I grew up with a lot of them. I went to a boys' Catholic private school, played rugby, and it's easy not to understand because they come off as assholes. But it's like everything - this shitty person comes from somewhere. And I'll bet you when you look inside their homes, it's traumatic in its own way. It's the same kind of suffering I guess. It's a little more nuanced than objective trauma. It's not really like, "We have to take care of these kids," because we would just call them bullies. So it's difficult, but I think the biggest thing is that with all the characters and with everyone in the world, you never know anyone's story. You can't tell what people have been through, and maybe that's why they're acting the way they are — not that it warrants it — but yeah, maybe the show is helping. I think all forms of art help with that. There was a third child on the portrait Cal had taken down. I'm just as confused as everyone else (laughs). i'm still confused Maybe it's just one thing on a TV show where they keep their options open just in case they need materials. How has your experience been this season with fan reactions to Nate and Cassie, Nate and Maddy, and Nate in general? I can only testify to what I personally experienced as I don't actually go on the internet. That's awful," and I'm just like, "I have no idea what you're talking about." But I think the weirdest thing was that it was the same last season when people started speaking their minds, "Oh , they are so cute together. Nate and Cassie are so cute together." I ask, "What planet? Euphoria Season 2 is now streaming on HBO Max.

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"Euphoria" finale has fans sharing their "Cassie" horror stories

The season finale of Euphoria and the storyline of Cassie and Maddy made fans reflect on their experiences of betrayal, trauma, and toxic friendships. (Author: Gardener)

CassieThe final season of the controversial HBO series Euphoria explored the demise of a fan-loved friendship between high schoolers Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) and Maddy (Alexa Demie) after Cassie secretly started dating her best friend's ex-boyfriend, Nate (Jacob Elordi ). All season long, viewers expected Maddy to get revenge. But instead, Sunday's season finale featured an even more heartbreaking confrontation - anger giving way to disappointment as the sister-like best friends became strangers to one another. "I dealt with Maddy's heartbreak a lot," says 20-year-old Euphoria fan Taylor Bowlin. In high school, her boyfriend cheated on her best friend, sparking years of loneliness and trust issues. I couldn't face admitting the truth that my childhood best friend actually did this to me.” The reality is that the feelings associated with breakups and lovesickness aren't unique to romantic partners. In many cases, it can be just as painful to break up with a best friend, according to Terri Orbuch, author of "Secrets to Surviving Your Children's Love Relationships," Orbuch explains. "When the friendship doesn't work, we feel rejected... We feel hurt when we value others and they don't value us the same way. And usually it's our close friends and romantic partners that hurt us the most." "Euphoria": Nudity, controversy makes viewers uncomfortable — but not enough to turn them off. "We've seen in previous episodes that Cassie was always there to support her when Maddy had problems with her parents' fights or in her relationship with Nate. Maddy was able to go to Cassie for relief," says Courtney Tracy, a licensed psychotherapist known to her 1.7 million TikTok fans as "The Truth Doctor." Likewise, Elise McGovern and her best friend had always supported each other. McGovern had held her friend when she cried, helped her move into her new flat and comforted her after a devastating breakup. Therefore, she never expected that her closest friend would sleep with her ex-boyfriend. “I was there for them and I just felt betrayed,” says McGovern, 22. That's why it hurts even more when those we trust most betray us: “If the person who's supposed to provide positive coping, it's them Cause of our stress, it can really be a twofold situation. ' says Tracey. "Not only do we feel like we have no one to turn to, but now there's added stress and trauma in the friendship." Orbuch adds that the closer the friendship, "the more painful the pain after a betrayal. "When you feel hurt and how the other friend isn't doing your best at heart, it's hard to still be someone's close friend," says Orbuch, adding that the experience leads to psychological consequences such as anxiety and depression and can affect other human relationships. Forgiveness after betrayal is possible. Orbuch warns, however, that forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation. "Forgiveness helps the person who has been betrayed, because when you forgive someone, the harmful action is recognized, but don't forget, and you can choose to give up revenge," she says. "But that doesn't mean you can develop the same friendship with the friend." Stop just saying "I'm sorry": So you actually apologize - and mean it.In McGovern's experience, she cut her former girlfriend out of her life "immediately" upon learning of the betrayal.I could never forget my best friend did this to me, nor could I ever trust her again. I know guys aren't supposed to ruin a friendship, but it's about the betrayal." Bowlin also distanced herself after three years of trying to mend the friendship. I had to realize that a real best friend isn't that with you Ending a friendship can be emotionally difficult, but Orbuch says it's important to cut toxic people out of your life and knowing how to do it right Tracy explains, "Sometimes we feel guilty and we feel ashamed and ask ourselves, 'How can I have been in a friendship like this and have no idea how toxic it was?' It's also important that we forgive ourselves and remind ourselves that our behavior is not the reason our friend did what he did.” Orbuch says breaking up a toxic friendship can be eye-opening . And most importantly, she says, as you go on, surround yourself with people who genuinely love and support you.

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At a moment when the Lakers need to struggle, they are showing signs of quitting

In the third quarter of Sunday's loss, Lakers fans booed mercilessly at the lack of effort and execution. (Author: Gardener)

LakersEditor's Note: This is reporter Kyle Goon's Monday, February 28 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. At the end of a long, uncomfortable evening when most things went wrong for the Lakers, LeBron James addressed the media, microphone in hand. The "Lakers" flag slipped and fell against his hand mid-sentence about how the team plans to improve. James laughed, "Even the mic doesn't work." Such was the mood on Sunday night, which was a disaster by any measure as the Lakers (27-33) sit ninth in the Western Conference standings, 21½ games behind first place Phoenix Suns (42-10). They are 3½ games (plus a tiebreak) behind the Clippers in eighth place for a single-elimination play-in tournament berth and 2½ games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, who finished in 10th place (11th place). place) share misses the postseason overall). HIGH POINT: It's hard to say there was one. Low point: The Lakers' loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night was unlike any they've had this season. In a game they had to win, which they acknowledged they had to win, the Lakers had practically failed to show up and then let go of the rope mid-game. Fans have booed this season, but never as loudly and often as they did on Sunday night - and this time it felt like the whole team was the target as their gap to then-11th in the West reached 32 points. TREND TOPIC: Out of the chaos on Sunday night rose an honest question: Have the Lakers surrendered? Over the past week there has been a slew of stories trumpeting the Lakers' dysfunction, from James' All-Star weekend teasing about his future to reports of meetings between the front office and Klutch to smooth things over the disappointing results on the pitch. The conversation surrounding the team has been dominated by talk about James and the Lakers leadership not being on the same page about the team's future. James' desires and front-office machinations have rocked team chemistry once before: in 2018-19, after the Lakers failed to execute their first attempts at a trade for Anthony Davis and the Lakers crawled utterly in shambles to the trade deadline and were blown out in Indiana . Players lived for weeks with the notion that they could be traded at any moment. Obviously the trade deadline is up this season, but given the notion that James wanted a roster reshuffle and that the front office didn't have enough confidence that a trade would significantly improve the team, it's hard to see how it would with one other players (or coaches, for that matter) would muster the motivation to give it their all in a season where the Lakers are clearly far from the competition. It's worth noting that the Lakers seemed to have some guts immediately after the deadline, but Davis was injured shortly thereafter, which obviously dampened hopes. The Lakers have declined to talk about how important one part of the season is compared to another, but it's clear the coming week is crucial for the franchise with just 22 games remaining. James said: “We had a rough time with Dallas, Clippers on Thursday and then Golden State on Saturday. And we have 10 away games left this month or March so it's not going to get any easier for us." READING OF THE WEEK: While James lashed out at the media for twisting his words during the All-Star break, it's pretty clear that there were problems between him and the Lakers after the deadline. HEATING UP: While tempting to leave a blank, it's worth noting how Dwight Howard competed. The 36-year-old has weaknesses, but once he got back into the starting XI, Howard averaged 10 points and 13.5 rebounds in his two games. Coach Frank Vogel said the veteran is looking forward to returning to the rotation and while some of his naturally positive energy was dampened after Sunday's loss, the rest of the team could try to find some of the enthusiasm Howard each Evening bring base. COOL DOWN: No player was more disappointing on Sunday than Russell Westbrook. Before recording an assist nearly 43 minutes into the game, the guard had a stat line of seven turnovers and zero assists. On one of his turnovers in the second quarter, Westbrook drove into the three-defender-stuffed paint, then lost the ball while spinning out in search of an outlet. But it feels like the Lakers are back at number one with him and he just plays how he wants. INJURY REPORT: Obviously Davis will be out for a while. Depending on whether the Lakers can field without him, it will be interesting to see if the franchise determines it's worth adding him back to the roster pending his recovery, which is expected to be in four weeks or more. James has played through a knee injury that has hampered his game significantly, he denied, but his performance on Sunday did not appear to be up to par. Avery Bradley has now missed three games with a sprained knee and the only recent update is that he has been dealing with the injury on a daily basis. Rob Pelinka said after the trading deadline that Kendrick Nunn would return at the end of March, at all costs. QUOTABLE: After implying that some of his teammates are upset that the home fans are booing the team, Westbrook was asked if he takes those boos home with him: "Nope. take it home? If they boo, they can take their (power) house with them. It's part of it, and I don't worry about it at all, and that's how I do it.” The Lakers are entering a part of their season where they will be the underdogs in almost every game. If they need motivation, the Pelicans just provided some by showing that as bad as things are, they could get worse if the Lakers slip out of the playoffs overall. James said: "Everything starts with a win. That's where it starts. Try to get out of that slide and get a win and learn from that victory with things you did well, things you didn't do so well. Editor's Note: Thank you for reading reporter Kyle Goon's Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Analysis: LeBron James says he's committed to the Lakers and doing damage control on All-Star Weekend Comments

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Anand Mahindra's Monday motivational post has a major photoshop error. Twitter responds

Anand Mahindra shared a picture of a roadside tea stand for his contribution to Monday motivation. (Author: Gardener)

MondayIndustrialist Anand Mahindra is known for his insightful and inspirational posts on Twitter. He regularly shares positive messages and stories from his childhood with his 8.8 million followers on Twitter. However, Mahindra's latest post has sparked conversations among netizens, and if you look closely enough, you'll see the problem as well. Anand Mahindra shared a picture of a roadside tea stand for his contribution to Monday motivation. The stand is called Oberoi Hotel and has a notice printed underneath it stating that the hotel has no other branches. Monday motivation,” the post's caption reads. Although the clip has garnered over 37,000 likes for its inspirational nature, many couldn't help but notice something fishy in the image. As it turns out, the image is actually of a roadside tea stall in Udaipur: identified as the tea stall of Bharuinath, a blog post claims the stall was set up in 2015.

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Anand Mahindra's Monday motivational post has a major photoshop error. Twitter responds

Anand Mahindra shared a picture of a roadside tea stand for his contribution to Monday motivation. (Author: Gardener)

MondayIndustrialist Anand Mahindra is known for his insightful and inspirational posts on Twitter. He regularly shares positive messages and stories from his childhood with his 8.8 million followers on Twitter. However, Mahindra's latest post has sparked conversations among netizens, and if you look closely enough, you'll see the problem as well. Anand Mahindra shared a picture of a roadside tea stand for his contribution to Monday motivation. The stand is called Oberoi Hotel and has a notice printed underneath it stating that the hotel has no other branches. Monday motivation,” the post's caption reads. Although the clip has garnered over 37,000 likes for its inspirational nature, many couldn't help but notice something fishy in the image. As it turns out, the image is actually of a roadside tea stall in Udaipur: identified as the tea stall of Bharuinath, a blog post claims the stall was set up in 2015.

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