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5 Ups & 4 Downs of AEW Dynamite (February 2nd)

MJF defeats CM Punk in Chicago, Moxley and Danielson clash, Brandi and Lambert confuse. (Author: Gardener)

5 Ups & 4 Downs of AEW DynamiteDan Lambert and Brandi Rhodes are two of the most polarizing characters in AEW for various reasons, good and bad, but whether or not you like the duo, the characters they play, and the word choices they use, their Dynamite segment was a Target mess. Both played heels here. Brandi started her promo by shooting for the host city heat, which meant Lambert (a self-professed "rich, angry, sexist, anti-AEW old man") got a babyface pop when he interrupted her. He ranted about "breaking culture," effectively calling Rhodes a prostitute plumbing his usual depths, while Brandi fired back by negating Ethan Page and insulting Dan himself (thankfully not as blatantly). When Brandi hit Lambert, Dan said he had a better idea, even though hitting her in the back was on his bucket list. Structurally, this could have worked if Lambert, a total heel, pitched a killer to attack a babyface. Brandi didn't even go around the line here. She was a heel. There's nothing wrong with Rhodes playing this role, but it has to be balanced against babyfaces. People whose side the audience is on. There's no one to cheer for, no reason to get behind these folks, and sadly no signs of it ever getting better. A muddled, confused, dysfunctional segment, poorly written and conceived, primarily performed by two people actively trying to get the audience to mock them.

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Long-awaited CM Punk-MJF Clash, Jon Moxley-Wheeler Yuta duel

The February 2nd issue of AEW Dynamite finally brought the long-awaited clash between CM Punk and MJF. Both fought in a grudge match that was the result of months of verbal warfare. Elsewhere in the show, Jon Moxley dueled Wheeler Yuta while Malakai Black & Brody King faced off against Death Triangles PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo. Ruby Soho and Nyla Rose had a rematch from the AEW TBS Championship tournament and more. Here's a look at... (Author: Gardener)

Jon Moxley-Wheeler YutaThe February 2nd issue of AEW Dynamite finally brought the long-awaited clash between CM Punk and MJF. Elsewhere in the show, Jon Moxley dueled Wheeler Yuta while Malakai Black & Brody King faced off against Death Triangles PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo. Ruby Soho and Nyla Rose had a rematch from the AEW TBS Championship tournament and more. Here's a look at everything that happened on the February 2 episode of AEW Dynamite: Jon Moxley vs. Wheeler Yuta: In Wednesday's first match of AEW Dynamite, Moxley paradigm shifted Yuta out of the way for a pinfall win . Death Triangle vs. Knights of the Black Throne: The newly renamed Knights of the Black Throne (Malaki Black and Brody King) defeated Death Triangle's Penta El Zero Miedo and Pac in a tag team competition after Black got black fog in Penta's eyes blew and set him ready for Dante's Inferno to score the win. Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose: In the women's, Rose, with some help from Vickie Guerrero, hit the Beast Bomb to claim the win. In another highlight of the show, "Hangman" Adam Page came into the ring to discuss his AEW championship defense against Lance Archer next week. CM Punk vs. MJF: The hottest rivalry in AEW headlined the show Wednesday as both wrestlers dominated the opening moments, but Wardlow's distraction allowed MJF to produce his Dynamite Diamond Ring and fashion Punk for a three-pointer.

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Brian Kendrick pulled out of AEW Dynamite debut after controversial comments resurfaced

Update: Brian Kendrick's replacement will be Wheeler Yuta. Now Jon Moxley will take on Yuta instead of Kendrick. (Author: Gardener)

Brian KendrickUpdate: Brian Kendrick's replacement will be Wheeler Yuta. Now Jon Moxley will take on Yuta instead of Kendrick. Original: Brian Kendrick just got out of his WWE deal where he was unhappy. It didn't take him long to find a spot in AEW, but it was taken away from him thanks to the return of old comments. Kendrick's 2013 High Spots interview was shared throughout the internet wrestling community today. During that interview, Kendrick made incredibly controversial and unfounded comments about the Holocaust and the Sandy Hook shooting. Because of this, Kendrick was pulled from AEW Dynamite tonight. He was supposed to face Jon Moxley but that's not happening now. We have been made aware of obnoxious and offensive comments made by Brian Kendrick in the past. There is no room for Brian's views in AEW. We think it's for the best for everyone that Brian is taken off today's card while we gather more information. We'll have to see who Brian Kendrick's replacement will be. Jon Moxley and Kendrick could have been a treat for fans, but they won't be crushing in AEW. Mute the comments!

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Brian Kendrick retired from AEW Dynamite after controversial comments were rediscovered

There was quite a fuss yesterday about Brian Kendrick, who has been a part of WEW for quite some time but hasn't really wrestled in recent years. He was released from his WWE contract, which came to light yesterday, and shortly afterwards it was announced that Kendrick [...] (Author: Gardener)

Brian KendrickHe was released from his WWE contract, which came to light yesterday, and not too much later it was announced that Kendrick would be making his All Elite Wrestling debut at AEW Dynamite tonight. However, there was a change of plan after previous comments from Kendrick resurfaced and Tony Khan announced on Twitter that he was being removed from the card until they could gather more information. He also said that "there is no place in AEW for the views expressed by Brian" and that "we think it's best for everyone that Brian be removed from today's card as we gather more information." You can check out Khan's full post below. There is no room for Brian's views in AEW. We think it's for the best for everyone that Brian is taken off today's card while we gather more information. We will announce a replacement fight as soon as possible. — Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) February 2, 2022 Khan wrote, "We have been made aware of obnoxious and offensive comments made by Brian Kendrick in the past. There is no place in AEW for the views expressed by Brian. We think it's for the best for everyone that Brian is taken off the map tonight as we gather more information. We will announce a replacement fight as soon as possible.

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Brian Kendrick apologizes for earlier comments after being pulled from AEW Dynamite

Brian Kendrick was set to open AEW Dynamite this week by taking on Jon Moxley. News that the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and tag team had been granted his release from the company broke Tuesday night and within the hour, AEW confirmed they were going to get Kendrick to surrender to the former [...] (Author: Gardener)

Brian KendrickBrian Kendrick was set to open AEW Dynamite this week by taking on Jon Moxley. News that the former WWE Cruiserweight and Tag Team Champion had received his release from the company broke Tuesday night and within the hour, AEW confirmed they would be getting Kendrick to face the former AEW World Champion. All Wednesday, however, Kendrick started trending when fans reposted a 2011 video in which he promoted a variety of conspiracy theories and directly mentioned the Holocaust and Sandy Hook. AEW President Tony Khan then announced that Kendrick had been removed from the show, tweeting: "We have been made aware of obnoxious and offensive comments Brian Kendrick has made in the past. There is no place in AEW for the views expressed by Brian. We think it's for the best for everyone that Brian is removed from today's card while we gather more information. I'm truly sorry for the pain I've caused." — Brian Kendrick (@mrbriankendrick) February 3, 2022 Kendrick took to Twitter in the middle of Dynamite with an apology — "I apologize for all the pain and embarrassment, that I caused with my words. I spread the most obnoxious comments without thinking about the harm they would do. I spread the most obnoxious comments without thinking about the harm they would do. I'm really sorry for the pain I've caused." There's no word yet on Kendrick's status with AEW. Kendrick had been with WWE since 2000 and since 2014 when he became a coach at WWE Performance Center. He returned over the Cruiserweight Classic returned to television in 2016 and was a permanent fixture on the 205 Live roster until moving into a producer role on NXT.In December, he almost got back into action on NXT 2.0 after being thrown down a flight of stairs by Harland (and was advertised for a match against the big man), but the angle was dropped a week later.

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Winners, News and Notes as MJF beats CM Punk

AEW Dynamite scores as MJF beats CM Punk in Chicago. (Author: Gardener)

CM PunkAEW Dynamite campaigned for MJF vs CM Punk, Malakai Black and Brody King vs PAC and Penta El Zero Miero, Nyla Rose vs. "We have been made aware of obnoxious and offensive comments Brian Kendrick has made in the past," said AEW President Tony Khan. “AT AEW has no place for Brian's views. We think it's for the best for everyone that Brian is taken off today's card while we gather more information. Last week's AEW Dynamite show reached 1.100 million viewers. There were dueling chants of "Let's go Moxley!" and "Danhausen". The Danhausen Songs won. The last time Wheeler faced Yuta Moxley, he was instantly crushed. This time they played around and had a damn good opener. The biggest bang of the match came when Danhausen cast a curse on Moxley. Bryan Danielson cut a great babyface promo about why he and Moxley should team up. Danielson's heel promo was even better when he tried to lure Moxley into helping train the future of wrestling. Danielson essentially set himself and Moxley up as a mentor to Lee Moriarty, Wheeler Yuta, and Daniel Garcia. Brandi Rhodes appeared to manipulate IMPACT's Josh Alexander by telling Ethan Page the only reason AEW signed him was to get close to Alexander. That crowd sided with Dan Lambert and was all over Brandi Rhodes chanting "Shut the [expletive] up!" Between Brandi Rhodes and Cody Rhodes, it's hard to tell who's being booed louder. This segment ended with a brawl between Brandi Rhodes and Paige Van Zant. Malakai's new theme music for King of the Black Throne is vastly inferior to his original score. PAC promptly removed the blindfold after an opening change. Brody King might be one of the top three men in AEW. Given PAC's good recovery, Penta should be fine. During her last game, Ruby Soho had notorious trouble removing her jacket. This time she had Rancid's Lars Frederiksen help her remove her jacket before the game. Then Ruby threw her jacket at Nyla Rose to start the match. The end of the match looked like a botch by Ruby Soho but she was supposed to miss the kick so it was just good acting. Rose, with some help from Vickie Guerrero, went over in one of her better matches. This segment meant more ad time for Lambert, who was booed this time, and even a few words from Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Lance Archer was made to look like a monster by delivering a blackout through a table, but still few people buy Archer as a threat to become the new AeW World Champion. These two were given plenty of time, which started around 6:20 p.m. PST. A fan snapped a selfie video of a fight between MJF and CM Punk. MJF appeared to win this match after using his wrist strap to choke MJF, but the match was immediately restarted. This was similar to MJF's fake win over Chris Jericho at AEW All Out. Unless it was a fan, Kip Sabian appeared to be in the front row under his new gimmick. He received a dubious amount of television time. The crowd seemed to be taken off a hook after the wrong finish. At one point, fans started chanting "Deep Dish Pizza" to entertain themselves. CM Punk hit an awesome Pepsi Plunge (top rope pedigree) on MJF that earned expletive chants. MJF beat CM Punk a second time with the help of the Dynamite Diamond Ring and Wardlow (who passed the ring on to MJF).

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from February 2nd

The hottest rivalry in AEW came to a head at Dynamite in Chicago on Wednesday night when CM Punk fought MJF in a months-long grudge match... (Author: Gardener)

February 2ndThe hottest rivalry at AEW came to a head at Dynamite on Wednesday night in Chicago when CM Punk faced MJF in a months-long grudge match. The result of verbal warfare turned physical a week ago when MJF dropped the Second City Saint in the center of the ring, headlined a show that also featured The House of Black in a deeply personal tag team showdown against Death Triangle fought. What went down in the explosive episode and who emerged from the highly-anticipated showdown with one arm raised in victory and showing off their rights? Find out with this recap of the special Groundhog's Day episode. Death Triangle (Pac and Penta El Zero Miedo) vs. The House of Black (Malakai Black and Brody King) Jon Moxley opened the show on Wednesday, tearing through the Chicago crowd and hitting the ring for an opening match against Wheeler Yuta, accompanied by Orange Cassidy from Best Friends and the newcomer, the very nice, very bad Danhausen. The last time these two went head-to-head, Moxley won dominantly and outright. Wheeler landed a shotgun dropkick on the ground, but Mox dominated, grounding him and then responding with a simple eye jab to a defiant chest punch. He added a modified DDT on the ring apron, but a brief distraction from Orange Cassidy and a "curse" from Danhausen allowed Yuta to crossbody him off the top rope. Back inside, Moxley would weather his young, hungry opponent's storm and paradigm shift him away for the win. After the match, Bryan Danielson confronted Moxley and after a standoff, asked fans if they wanted to see the two wrestle each other. He suggested the idea of ​​working together and denounced the current generation of champions. "What if we ... coached the future of professional wrestling together?" Danielson suggested. He urged Moxley to think about it before dropping the mic. Yuta performed so much better in this case than in his first duel with Moxley, but the biggest advantage of this one was the post-match promo. The idea of ​​Moxley and Danielson presenting a combined force, mentoring the young stars of AEW and raising hell is super appealing. Two grizzled veterans who know what it takes to play at the highest possible level would work wonders for these contenders with stars like Yuta, Lee Moriarty and Daniel Garcia, helping to reinvent Moxley and Danielson rather than at one to let viable world titles pass by contenders every six months. The inevitable feud between them, whether imminent should Mox reject him, or in the future after an initially successful partnership, will result in the hard-hitting fights that fans want them to see. Anyway, anything involving Moxley and Danielson in the same ring is something wrestling fans can get behind. Death Triangle vs. Knights of the Black Throne; Lambert and Rhodes' Verbal Battle Another protracted verbal spat between Brandi Rhodes and Dan Lambert culminated in the return of Paige VanZant, who entered the ring and cornered the Chief Brand Officer. The women's locker room was emptied and disbanded. Backstage, Matt Hardy revealed that Isiah Kassidy will battle Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship at Rampage to make up for Private Party's loss to Jurassic Express on last Friday's show. Back in the arena, the newly renamed Knights of the Black Throne (Malaki Black and Brody King) stepped into the ring to battle Death Triangle's Penta El Zero Miedo and the returning Pac in tag team action. The bastard removed a blindfold to reveal perfectly functioning eyes. After a fiery offensive early on, Pac soon found himself on the receiving end of a concentrated attack from King and Black, who worked him over and kept him isolated from Penta. The Brit capitalized on a flurry from his partner, who obliterated King ringside to launch a comeback. The revived Babyfaces attempted Fear Factor, but Black blew black mist into Penta's eyes, setting him up for Dante's Inferno as The Knights of the Black Throne scored the victory. Luckily the match decided. Otherwise, that segment of the show would have gone down as one of the worst in Dynamite's recent history. Black and King work incredibly well together, and the chemistry between the former and Pac makes one want to see these two tear down the house for a future episode of Dynamite, Rampage, or even pay-per-view. How Isiah Kassidy possibly did enough to win a TNT Championship match against Sammy Guevara is a question best saved for the convoluted scoring system that's certainly touted as a rationale. The rivalry between Ruby Soho and Nyla Rose wrote its final chapter on Wednesday as The Native Beast tried to avenge their loss to The Runaway in the TBS Championship Tournament by targeting the arm and shoulder that plagued Soho for weeks before losing the Shifted the focus of her attack to the lower back. Rose dominated the action, grounding her opponent and working her over throughout the commercial break, going so far as to bite the orange-haired Babyface's fingers. Soho struggled out of an attempted top rope Beast Bomb but found himself face down on the mat. The aforementioned Beast Bomb in the center of the ring gave Rose the win. This was a surprisingly one-sided, dominant win for Rose. Never really in danger, the Native Beast and former AEW Women's Champion systematically crushed Soho en route to an impressive victory. As each woman has achieved a victory over the other, this feud seems to end in a rubber match. What that means for the winner, if anything, is the real question given that neither seems in direct contention for the AEW Women's Championship. Perhaps a shot at Jade Cargill and the TBS title would be an option, although it might be too early for a Soho rematch and the idea of ​​a heel-to-heel showdown between the current champion and Rose seems lukewarm to be long shot. An angry "Hangman" Adam Page came into the ring to talk about his AEW championship defense against Lance Archer on next show of the week, live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Not content to wait for the Texas Death Match, he challenged Archer to get in the ring for a fight in Chicago. Dan Lambert (again?!) and Jake "The Snake" Roberts appeared before Archer stormed the ring. The 1st place contender chokeslammed Page onto the steel stairs and then delivered the blackout through the timekeeper's position. Backstage, Chris Jericho called an Inner Circle team meeting regarding the recent disagreements between him and Santana and Ortiz. Imagine how much cooler and more effective Page and Archer's feud would be if fans had any reason to believe The Murderhawk Madman had a hell of a shot at actually winning the title. As it is, the Texas Death Match is going to kick a lot of ass and Page will pull off another signature win that will overcome his toughness and determination before moving on to the program that will see him through the revolution next month. Hopefully that doesn't affect Lambert in any shape or form, it'll probably be a fine segment, but the money is at this point in the match between The Demo God and Eddie Kingston. The long-awaited main event between CM Punk and MJF was the buzzword of Wednesday's show, with a sizzling crowd awaiting the fighters. Punk dominated the opening moments, battling his opponent through the crowd and back to the ring, punishing him for months of agony and frustration. The brain heel cut him off and rammed his own knee into Punk's left wrist, effectively taking the injured limb out of his arsenal. After a one-armed punk fought back, MJF rolled onto the apron and attempted to separate from his enemy. Punk delivered a Pepsi Twist, but MJF recovered and used his wrist strap to choke Punk unbeknownst to referee Bryce Remsburg. Eventually Punk stopped responding and the official called the bell. When MJF accidentally dropped the tape that had been helping him, Remsburg demanded that the match go ahead. A rejuvenated punk unloaded on MJF, pounding away with right and left before adding a reverse atomic drop and lasso clothesline. Back from the break, MJF recovered long enough to attempt the Heat Seeker Stakedriver only for Punk to counter. Punk rolled out of an ankle lock and sent MJF face first into the center turnbuckle. Moments later, The Straight Edge Savior delivered a desperation reverse Rana, with both men searching for the Moxy to fight their way back into the match. As the match progressed, Punk delivered a Pepsi Plunge from the top rope but was unable to benefit from it due to his previously established knee injury. A top-rope elbow drop earned Punk a narrow two count before MJF rolled to the arena floor and escaped further punishment. After the match, it was revealed that Wardlow had given the ring to his protégé. Make no mistake, this was a seriously powerful wrestling match between one of the best of his generation and a man ready to be the face of the next. Punk sold like a pro and made everything MJF made look great. In turn, the young phenom overcame all of Punk's late-game attacks and really seemed to stagger. Providing Wardlow with the ring that would prove the difference was a nice touch. Post-match facial expressions suggest he did so reluctantly, continuing the dynamic between him and his partner that will eventually culminate in a massive babyface turn for the big man. The MJF win in Chicago was a nice touch and gives him bragging rights about beating an industry icon in his hometown. As it was, there were clearly a moment or two where some time had elapsed before the finish. Sometimes less is more and that's something AEW, which is still early in its course, will be learning overtime. Or some of them risk long-awaited games exceeding their welcome.

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AEW Dynamite Results (2/2) - MJF meets CM Punk, Ruby Soho in action

We have live coverage from AEW Dynamite as MJF will face off against CM Punk while Ruby Soho will also face off against Nyla Rose. (Author: Gardener)

MJFJon Moxley is able to defeat Wheeler Yuta in the ring while the fans sing to Danhausen, who is ringside here. Yuta manages to crawl under Moxley and then gets a dropkick. Moxley goes outside to take a minute and Yuta attempts a dive, but Moxley catches him only for Wheeler to turn back with another dropkick. However, back in the ring, Jon brushes off an attempted drop kick off the second rope. Moxley then takes things to another level with a big punch, which he follows up with a pile driver. Yuta attempts a chop himself that has no effect, so Jon puts it on the top rope and hits two of his own. Yuta jumps down after a fight and hits a step-up Enziguri before splashing into the corner. Yuta wants to take a big risk but Moxley rolls out and then they brawl on the apron until Moxley pins him. Moxley is then surprised by Danhausen posing in front of him, triggering a huge dive from Yuta. He then connects with a German suplex, but Moxley kicks out. Yuta is then sent to the ropes and as he rebounds, Moxley hits a cutter! Jon attempts his finisher but Yuta flips and drops the former champion followed by a splash but that only gets a two count. Moxley hits an open-hand shot, then locks in a sleeper hold. After a brief celebration, Moxley turns to see Bryan Danielson in the ring. Bryan asks the fans if they want to see her fight, leading to a chant of "yes." Bryan says he's wanted to see her fight for a long time because Moxley was different. Bryan says we've seen a new Jon Moxley since he came back. Deep down, there was always a part of Bryan that wanted to test him. He saw him as the AEW World Champion and Bryan says he is the best World Champion. He thinks if Moxley had some support he would still be world champion and that's when he realized they shouldn't be fighting. Danielson says fans love AEW, but there's no reason a millennial cowboy should be world champion. Bryan tells Moxley they could run this place. Bryan says they can take whatever they want. He says Jon doesn't have to answer right now, but he wants him to think about the possibilities. - Brandi Rhodes is in the ring and says everyone in Cleveland is so nice to her...but they're in Chicago. He says they might have given Brandi a reality show, but she needs a reality check. Brandi then tells Ethan she doesn't know why he's laughing as everyone knows he was only signed for her to get closer to Josh Alexander. Brandi says it's a little telling that his best fighter was KO'd by Jake Paul. Dan says it's not time her whole family hit the heels. Dam Lambert says he has an idea for Brandi ... and Paige Van Zant tonight. She hits the ring and attacks Brandi until the women's dressing room appears and splits them up. - Backstage, Matt Hardy tells Private Party he's disappointed in them. He then tells Sammy Guevara that he wants the TNT title and he says that Isiah Kassidy will make that attempt. However, when Malakai Black makes a move, he avoids it and he then lights Black with a series of kicks while pulling the blindfold off. Death Triangle then both tumble over the top rope to trip their opponents. Then Brody King walks in and turns the tables with his power advantage by connecting with a senton. Black then returns to the ring and retains control. However, PAC's speed catches up to his partner and Pena starts setting his two opponents on fire, dropping Brody with a DDT. Penta then connects to Malakai with a backstabber, but that doesn't get the job done. PAC then makes a blind tag and he and Black start trading hard shots against each other. PAC hits a Release German and then a Brainbuster, but Brody King breaks the tag. Penta nails him with a super kick and these two men then go back and forth before Brody throws him out of the ring. He then mounts and jumps over the top rope to crash on Brody, continuing his momentum. Death Triangle searches for Fear Factor, but Pac is launched from the top turnbuckle. This allows Black to spray the mist into Penta while they then connect with their double team finish for victory. - Adam Cole is backstage on Cutler Cam as he tells everyone his record still reflects that he's unbeaten as a singles star. Cole claims he will fight and defeat Evil Uno on Friday and then the world will know what he wants. Ruby Soho enters the ring, throws her jacket at Nyla Rose and immediately starts attacking her. Nyla then focuses on her opponent's arm before driving her shoulder into the middle of Soho. Despite an attempt to fight Ruby, Nyla immediately drops her to the mat, followed by a leg drop and a Death Valley driver. Ruby then connects with several kicks and the two begin exchanging punches on the ring apron. Soho picks up Nyla and then drops her face first onto the ring apron. However, Soho can't keep it going as she gets nailed with a spinebuster after a distraction from Vickie Guerrero. Nyla goes for the Beast Bomb but Soho hits the No Future Kick. Before Ruby can win, however, Vickie pulls Nyla's foot under the ropes. Soho goes after her, but that allows Nyla to pull her into the ring and drop her off the second rope with a neckbreaker. Nyla goes to the top rope but is joined by Soho but she then misses with her finisher. Upon landing, Nyla hits a Senton and then the Beast Bomb. He says he doesn't give a damn if it's a Texas deathmatch. He needs something, and he needs it tonight, so he invites Lance Archer into the ring for a fight. Dan says a soft cowboy would be better in Cleveland. Roberts tells Hangman to shut up. He says that Page is acting differently and he asks him if he's scared. However, as he continues talking, Lance Archer appears and tells her to shut up while he makes his way to Page. Hangman emerges from the ring and then sends him to the stairs. However, Lambert then hits the champion from behind with a chair. Page attempts to attack Lambert, but this provides Archer with an opportunity to regain control. He slams Page onto the top of the stairs and then throws him through the announcer's table. He tells him that he will be world champion next week. Immediately, MJF hides behind the ropes and then cheaply shoots Punk. However, the former WWE star is quick to snap a few shots of his own, sending MJF out of the ring. MJF ten tries to run away through the fans but Punk goes after him and they fight on the stairs with Punk smashing someone's drink into them. He then fights him down the stairs and throws him back to the ring. He hits a couple of scoop slams and then looks for a shoulder tackle in the corner, but MJF moves and Punk falls and burns. MJF is then on top of Punk's hand on the table. MJF then takes his time working on Punk's arm, but he gets through the problem with a big crossbody. Back on his feet, Punk hits a neck crusher and then his running knee into the corner, which he follows with the bulldog. Then Punk continues his beatdown with a body slam onto the ring apron. CM Punk then allows a fan to shoot his rival. However, as he ascends to the top turnbuckle, MJF smacks the ropes, stopping him while MJF throws Punk onto the mat from above and nearly falls. However, Punk creates a breakup again, only for MJF to drag the referee in front of him. This then allows MJF to use a tape to choke Punk without the officer seeing. He holds onto the train and this results in MJF Punk choking for the win. Punk then begins punching MJF, throwing him into the turnbuckles while pounding punches in the corner. MJF responds well by sending Punk out of the ring and refocusing on the arm. MJF tries to use the bond to his advantage. He searches for the GTS, but with only one arm, MJF is able to pull away and pull Punk's arm onto the top rope. He then jumps up and hits a dropkick and Punk follows him with a dive to the outside. When they return to the ring, MJF starts working on Punk's knee and focuses on another limb. However, CM Punk reverses and locks the STF in, but with his injured arm he is unable to hold on. Punk then looks for the GTS again, and this time his leg gives out due to MJF's attack. MJF wants an inside cradle, but punk punches out. MJF focuses on the leg again, and this time Punk pulls himself, which sends MJF into the second turnbuckle. The two men then start throwing punches and shots back and forth, but a jab in the eye from MJF gives him an advantage. However, he connects with a reverse Hurricanrana, but MJF exits. MJF then goes for a chop block and after Punk misses with a kick, the hit hits another. MJF then drops Punk, but he can kick out! MJF then lands with a low blow when the official can't see and going after the pin gets his feet on the ropes but Punk kicks again. MJF then wraps Punk's leg around the ring post, exposing his knee and doing it again. Back in the ring, Punk hits a leg lariat and then his knee to the face. However, as he searches for the bulldog, MJF bites Punk to stop them. Then they go to the top rope, and this time it's Punk that bites. He hits the Pepsi Plunge from the top rope, but MJF rolls away from him to stop any pinfall attempt. He then looks for a piledriver, but MJF counters with a pinfall attempt. Punk kicks out then hits a roundhouse kick followed by his elbow drop but MJF kicks out! MJF then rolls out of the ring and Wardlow then walks out. He meets CM Punk face to face but then steps out of the way. The referee talks to Wardlow, but then MJF hits Punk with the diamond ring to claim the win. In a post-game camera perspective, Wardlow is then shown to have actually passed the ring to MJF so he could make that move.

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Is "Houston Texans" Now The Worst Team Name In Pro Soccer?

In 2013, Washington Football Team owner Dan Synder told a USA Today reporter that despite continued criticism of the then-Redskins team's nickname, he "never!" can use caps.” On Wednesday, of course, the helpless billionaire rightly gave up and announced his team's new moniker starting next season. "Welcome to D.C.'s no best kept secret," Synder, donning a "W" letterman jacket... (Author: Gardener)

Houston TexansIn 2013, Washington Football Team owner Dan Synder told a USA Today reporter that despite continued criticism of the then-Redskins team's nickname, he "never!" can use caps.” On Wednesday, of course, the helpless billionaire rightly gave up and announced his team's new moniker starting next season. C.” joked Synder, who donned a “W” letterman jacket from behind his podium in front of FedEx Field after a news helicopter flying over the stadium spoiled Tuesday night's surprise. "Today is a big day for our team, our fans - a day when we start a new chapter as Washington Commanders." Commanders may not be the best choice for a football team, but they certainly aren't the worst. It would be a bit old-fashioned to rank NFL team names from 1 to 32, but you could rank them quickly. Great nicknames highlight something unique about the city or region the team is from: 49ers, Steelers, Saints, Bills, and Packers all come to mind. Heartbreakingly, this is the tier that the old Houston Oilers would have fit into before they were whisked away to Nashville in 1997. The next level down includes regular tough guys like the Patriots, Cowboys, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Raiders. The Commander's nickname would fit in nicely here if it weren't so pathetically generic. Instead, it falls another notch to join names like the Giants and Titans, all closer relatives of the following group, a returning collection of big cats, ferocious beasts and angry birds - just as many birds - seemingly chosen at random as an Overserved fraternity brother who chooses his first tattoo, only to realize too late that he's sticking with it. The Browns got a chance to push the reset when they were breathed new life in 1999 after their original team was stolen and renamed the Baltimore Ravens. Finally, the Houston Texans are at the bottom on a level of their own. As much culture, innovation and diversity as there is in Bayou City, which is worthy of being celebrated with a similarly unique nickname, nothing about Houston's name truly ties the team to its homeland. Yes, Houston still lives in Texas and so everyone who puts down roots for the team is a Texan — at least a Texan. But it's a pretty big state, and the hometown team should rather represent the people who head downtown each week to cheer its name. The Texan moniker is one that one could thoughtlessly ascribe to any Lone Star State team, since the first roster of 2002 wasn't the first Texan. Today's Indianapolis Colts retained the assets and players, if not history, of the original Dallas Texans franchise when they decided to move to the city in 1952. The Kansas City Chiefs were inducted into the AFL in 1960 as the Dallas Texans before quickly moving in 1963. The fledgling World Football League had a Houston Texans team in the 1970s, and the Canadian Football League had a San Antonio team during its short-lived U Texans Now the Pelicans banner flies - another damn bird! — it would be ideal if the Tennessee Titans had brought the Oilers name and history back to their rightful birthplace. Instead, the franchise's new owners earlier this century gave the team the placeholder name "Houston Football 2002" and chose to crowdsource the final name and color scheme to fans. The call garnered more than 65,000 submissions, according to the team's official website, in which backers created "identity packs" with their favorite combinations of titles, logos and color tones, as well as other branding elements. Bobcats: Another big cat, but at least this one is native to Houston. Wildcatters: A version of Oilers, but probably confused as - again - a cat. Texan: Simple and harmless, which probably helped make her the winner in those 65,000 submissions. It's not too late yet. Dan Snyder went back on his promise that he would never change Washington's name, even if he ended up with the Commanders. Cleveland's MLB team, a nearly 130-year-old franchise, will be known for the first time this spring as the Guardians, a nod to two famous statues that flank the Hope Memorial Bridge, which leads to the team's stadium. Local Sugar Land Skeeters morphed into the Space Cowboys just last month and now have perhaps the best logo in American sports. Now it's the Texans turn to rebrand themselves for the better. Just imagine the uniforms for the Houston Rothkos.

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Minnesota World Cup Qualifier spotlights the work of USMNT legend Tony Sanneh

While dangerously low winter temperatures dominate the headlines, Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier between the US men's national team and Honduras also offers a welcome opportunity to shine a brighter spotlight on a USMNT icon-turned-local luminary in the Twin Cities is. (Author: Gardener)

Minnesota World Cup QualifierWhile dangerously low winter temperatures dominate the headlines, Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier between the US men's national team and Honduras also offers a welcome opportunity to shine a brighter spotlight on a USMNT icon-turned-local luminary in the Twin Cities is. While dangerously low winter temperatures dominate the headlines, Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier between the US men's national team and Honduras also offers a welcome opportunity to shine a brighter spotlight on a USMNT icon-turned-local luminary in the Twin Cities is. Football recognizes Sanneh's contributions both on and off the pitch by appointing him as the USA-Honduras Game Ambassador. Football recognizes Sanneh's contributions both on and off the pitch by appointing him as the USA-Honduras Game Ambassador. The association also highlights TSF's initiatives, many of which use football as a vehicle for unity, empowerment and social change, with a particular focus on low-income, urban and immigrant communities. The association also highlights TSF's initiatives, many of which use football as a vehicle for unity, empowerment and social change, with a particular focus on low-income, urban and immigrant communities. When it came time to hang up his shoes and start a new chapter, he returned home and got involved in his local community by serving full-time as President and CEO of the Tony Sanneh Foundation, a non-profit organization pursuant to 501(c)(3). he founded a few years ago with $30,000. When it came time to hang up his shoes and start a new chapter, he returned home and got involved in his local community by serving full-time as President and CEO of the Tony Sanneh Foundation, a non-profit organization pursuant to 501(c)(3). he founded a few years ago with $30,000. This work continues today as the foundation has grown into a thriving business with a range of youth and community development projects and a multi-million dollar annual budget. This work continues today as the foundation has grown into a thriving business with a range of youth and community development projects and a multi-million dollar annual budget. Born and raised in St. Paul, home of Allianz Field, Tony Sanneh is one of the North Star State's greatest football products of all time. Tony Sanneh is one of the main protagonists of D. Born and raised in St. Paul, home of Allianz Field one of North Star State's greatest football products of all time, played for the dominant teams DC United in the early years of MLS before moving to shone in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin and FC Nuremberg and played a key role in the USMNT's 2002 World Cup campaign and then returned to MLS for stints with Columbus, Chicago, Colorado and the LA Galaxy. C. United's dominant sides in the early years of MLS before he excelled in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin and FC Nuremberg and played a key role in USMNT's 2002 World Cup campaign before moving on to spells in Columbus, Chicago, Colorado and LA in the MLS returned galaxy. "We're creating places where you can have a dialogue in football, so people know what's appropriate and how people take what they say. "We're creating places where you can have a dialogue in football, so people know what's appropriate and how people take what they say. "I always say: A diverse team is, we have players from 10 nations. "I always say: A diverse team is, we have players from 10 nations. An inclusive team is when they all go to the same barbecue afterwards,” Sanneh, who has witnessed in his own career both overt, hostile racism like monkey chants and the more subtle, insidious kind that closes doors and limits opportunities, told MLSsoccer.com has last year. An inclusive team is when they all go to the same barbecue afterwards,” Sanneh, who has witnessed in his own career both overt, hostile racism like monkey chants and the more subtle, insidious kind that closes doors and limits opportunities, told MLSsoccer.com has last year. “So we're not just coming and playing and going, we're really getting to know each other. “So we're not just coming and playing and going, we're really getting to know each other. Last year, the Sanneh Foundation launched a groundbreaking new initiative called the Anti-Racist Project (ARP) with Common Goal, which aims to increase the fight against racism in and around sport through education and communication, based on the strategies of Sanneh and his colleagues refined over the years in their work in the partner cities. Last year, the Sanneh Foundation launched a groundbreaking new initiative called the Anti-Racist Project (ARP) with Common Goal, which aims to increase the fight against racism in and around sport through education and communication, based on the strategies of Sanneh and his colleagues refined over the years in their work in the partner cities. 🥾 Reminder 🥾 We will be collecting new and gently used football boots and winter boots* for the Twin Cities community ahead of tonight's @USMNT game. 🥾 Reminder 🥾 We will be collecting new and gently used football boots and winter boots* for the Twin Cities community ahead of tonight's @USMNT game. Sanneh's mother was a social worker for more than 40 years, which certainly influenced his post-gaming career path. Ditto his frustration at the fuzzy criteria by which many coaches and executives were hired in a professional sports landscape where communities of color remain chronically underrepresented in senior positions. "With the national team, my goal was to do everything to win. But I didn't want to do it in an environment where it was subjective," he said. "And let's just say the lens wouldn't help me be successful with my skin color. I would be called bluntly, combative or whatever instead of being smart, a leader, an entrepreneur, hardworking, a team guy. "I didn't want to live in a world where I would get upset every day about what I don't have," Sanneh continued. "And when I wanted to do it enough, my mom would say, 'You have to go out into the world and do it, just like you did as a player.' I just realized there were other ways I could be." happy until the opportunity presented itself. My goal now is to help as many children of color as possible grow up and become better people through education and the sport of soccer, through mentoring and building real communities. Sanneh came of age at a time when black players at the upper echelons of North American football were significantly fewer than they are today.

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