In the Coronavirus pandemic that we currently live in the WWE gave their wrestles the option to not compete if they feel that health and safety is at risk. Roman Reigns is one such wrestler whom choose not to compete at WrestleMania. Reigns has had two battles with cancer, one in 2011 and most recently in late 2017- early 2018. For this reason, Reigns pulled out of his championship bout at the showcase of the immortals. With Roman’s past medical history, he felt that his health and safety was more important than winning a title. That’s a seemingly reasonable decision to make, especially when the company gave him the option. Apparently Reigns decision to sit out of Mania did not sit well with the McMahon in charge. As the “Big Dog” has not been seen of or even mentioned on WWE TV since the SmackDown before WrestleMania. This has been reported as an executive decision from Vince McMahon. This decision comes as WWE has made some rash decisions such as continue to produce live TV and made mass staffing cuts, detailed pervious in this article https://worldwidesportsradio.com/what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-wwe/.
In the build up to this year’s WrestleMania one of the marquees matches on the SmackDown Live side of the card was going to be Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship. When night one of the WrestleMania two-night spectacular came, we did not get Reigns vs. Goldberg, but Braun Strowman vs. Goldberg is the match that happened. The match of Strowman vs. Goldberg came as a surprise to most as the WWE did not really announce the change. In fact, the final decision to change the match did not come until the night before WrestleMania.
It turning out the Reigns’ decision to protect his personal health has created some heat for him backstage. It seems that McMahon is mad at Reigns as pulling out of the universal championship match as the SmackDown main event scene for the next few months has to be rewritten. Reigns was supposed to regain the title he never lost and be the SmackDown headliner for the next few months. Now that Reigns has been effectively written off TV for now the question is what does the future hold for Roman Reigns. Chances is are that any heat between Reigns and backstage officials will go away and he’ll be back on tv in no time. Though this heat could lead to a bigger falling out between the two parties that could end with Reigns parting ways with the wrestling promotion.
If it comes to Reigns leaving the WWE there are many paths Reigns could take. He could continue to wrestle in other promotions, such as major competitor AEW or smaller promotions like TNA, ROH, or New Japan. Or there is a more likely path once Reigns leave WWE, joining his cousin “The Rock” in Hollywood. Reigns has publicly expressed his interest in acting after wrestling. Reigns has even started his acting career by playing a small role in the recent blockbuster Hobbs and Shaw. If Reigns leaves for the Hollywood route it is likely to have the same effect that “The Rock” and John Cena had when they left at their respected times. Roman Reigns debut on main roster WWE in 2010 as part of the Shield and for the last five years has been a main event singles star. For these last five years of main event status, Reigns has been a face of the company and a locker-room leader for which ever brand he has been on weather it has been RAW or SmackDown. If Reigns leaves WWE not only will the company be losing a top talent and box office draw, but also a head of the locker room. There would be a huge hit in morale of the locker room and cause a further disconnect between the talent and management. These events could lead to a massive flood of talent to loss all faith in the WWE and leave the company. There is much to look forward to in the upcoming month as WWE seems to continue to self-destructs admits the global health crisis.
Well, that was something. Entering the NFL Draft, the contenders to pick a quarterback early in the draft that wasn’t the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, and the Los Angeles Chargers ranged from the New England Patriots, to the New Orleans Saints, to the Indianapolis Colts, to the Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Teams that could take a quarterback who already have an established starting quarterback, other than New England, would take a young prospect and groom him for the future. If you had the Philadelphia Eagles doing that, then you need to be on television as a draft analyst.
The Eagles used their first-round pick to take wide receiver Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson, a pick that was met with initial mixed reviews, but it was addressing a position of need. Their second-round pick left the NFL world stunned. With their second pick in this draft, Philadelphia selected quarterback Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma. Not only did many not have the Eagles picking a quarterback early, not many had Hurts going this early in the draft. He was projected as a third-rounder or a fourth-rounder by most, but Philadelphia decided to go that route, but the question is why?
The biggest consensus and understanding were Wentz’s injury history. Tearing his ACL in 2017 and missing the rest of the Eagles season and subsequent run to the Super Bowl title. Missing the remainder of 2018 with a back injury and suffering an unfortunate concussion during the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks this past season. Despite the injuries, Wentz is one of the top-7 or top-5 quarterbacks in the game when he’s healthy and in a rhythm. What he did last year for the Eagles with all the injuries that happened around the offense by playing so well down the stretch and leading the Eagles to the NFC East division title was incredible. Wentz is as good as any quarterback in the league right now, which makes this decision by general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson more puzzling.
They later explained that they want to use Hurts in a Taysom Hill type role and mentioned how the Ravens used Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco in 2018. Thing is with Hill, he went undrafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2017 until the Saints scooped him up. Hill was not necessarily looked at as a future franchise quarterback. Now, Hill might be being groomed to be the eventual successor to Drew Brees, but there are still doubts whether or not that will be the right move for New Orleans. As far as the Ravens situation with Jackson and Flacco, Jackson was drafted to be the successor to Flacco, but the Ravens using Jackson in packages with Flacco caused the offense to go out of synch at times. It was best for Jackson to prepare for when he would become the starter because that what he was being groomed to be as a first-round pick. You don’t just pick Jalen Hurts in the second-round and just have him for package and gadget plays.
Putting Hurts in these types of plays will hurt his development as a quarterback and hurt the rhythm Wentz is having on offense, and again Wentz is one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Nobody could really benefit from this. Was a message sent to Wentz with this pick? I don’t know, and it’s strange to see a selection like this be made by a team that has made the playoffs in 2017 and 2019 largely because of him, and the Eagles gave him a big contract extension. The bottom line is, for better or for worse for Wentz, a talented player like Hurts is on the roster. If Wentz has injury problems again, and Hurts comes in and plays well, we might be looking at yet another discussion about the future of the Eagles at quarterback, just like with Nick Foles.
For fans of a certain age, they remember the all-time classic matches Chris Benoit put on in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. But 13 years after the darkest day in pro wrestling history the question that has persisted is should, Chris Benoit be in the Hall of fame?
The simple answer is no, He was one of the best performers of his day and he deserves all the press and praise he gets. But, the key word in that scenario is “performer” the man was a great “performer” but in the man’s social life especially at the end of it he did have some problems. Leading to the double murder suicide. That is why the answer will always be no, Chris Benoits personal demons will always overshadow his in-ring accomplishment’s.
Many people have made a case for him to be inducted on the marrieds of his performance in the ring and what he did should not matter for his performances as an entertainer. That argument is complicated, this conversation came up again after Vice renewed their wrestling documentary series Dark Side of the Ring earlier this year. The first two episodes of season two shinned new light to the events that happened back in 2007. With testimony from the people who were closest to him including his son from his first marriage and his sister in law who accounted for the life of Benoit and his wife Nancy before their deaths showed how his life changed leading to the tragedy.
Many fans have compared it to other sports hall of fame controversies such as baseball, where players such as Pete Rose and Alex Rodriquez are not being allowed in their respective hall of fame for tampering their careers and the sport. But fans need to understand the repercussions of putting Chris Benoit or his wife Nancy in the hall of fame. It is Understandable why they both should be in the hall of fame.
Chris was one of the best technical wrestlers of his time from his time in Japan where he had amazing matches with his good friend Eddie Guerrero. To his World title-winning match in the WWE at WrestleMania 20. His wife Nancy was one of the best pro Wrestling personalities of her time, she kept up her role as a valet no matter who she was working with she put them over with the fans every single time. She was a great character and personality back in a time where that was the most important thing she could do.
But at the end of the day as Pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross said in the Vice Documentary “It would be a distraction.” He is 100% correct, fans have to understand even though the man was one of the best to ever lace up a pair of boots and his wife was one of the best mangers of her time.
With all the news coverage forms the double murder-suicide and the magnitude of the event sadly will always overshadow everything the man and his wife have done in the wrestling world. It is a shame but if someone saw his face in the hall of fame next to some of the all-time greats of pro wrestling, all you can think about is the tragic event that took place back in 2007.
The New York Jets may not have been big spenders in free agency, but general manager Joe Douglas let the market come to him and payed players at the right price. The results brought in help on the offensive line with guys such as Connor McGovern, George Fant, and Greg Van Roten, and bringing back players like Brodney Poole and Alex Lewis. After losing Robby Anderson in free agency, Douglas has decided to take a chance and sign Breshad Perriman in the hopes he can carry over his performance from the last five games of 2019 into 2020. It has been a steady offseason, but there is a big thing that still needs to be resolved, giving a contract extension to safety Jamal Adams.
For months now as Adams enters his fourth year in the league, the Jets and Adams have engaged in a bit of a back and forth regarding his future in New York. Things heated up during the trade deadline last year when the Jets and Dallas Cowboys were talking about a possible trade that would’ve sent the All-Pro to Dallas. The trade came close but they couldn’t come to an agreement, but Adams later said he felt Douglas went behind his back. Since then, Douglas has expressed how much he wants Adams back and said he wants Adams as a Jet for life.
The Jets drafted Adams in 2017 and he’s been not only the best safety in the game since, but one of the best players in the NFL. In three seasons, Adams has made 273 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles and 12.5 sacks while going to two Pro Bowls and being names 1st team All-Pro. The sack number is really telling. Adams is a great all-around safety, but his pass rushing ability is so vital to a team that hasn’t had a legit pass rusher off the edge in a long time. His leadership is also impressive. There’s no doubt that Adams is the fire, heart and leader of the Jets and he plays like it.
Some who feel the Jets should trade Adams say that his position isn’t valuable at all for a team to succeed. It’s true that the biggest things you need to win a championship are pass rush, offensive tackle and quarterback, but you do need other positions to win. Adams plays the safety position as well as any safety in the league and he’s a gamechanger with what he can do on the field. He’s as a complete player the Jets have drafted since Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
The Jets batting average in the draft for a while now has been a struggle but guys like Sam Darnold and Adams in the last couple of years seem to put things on the right track. It would be hard pressed to trade Adams in the first place, but to trade a guy who has been a massive draft success after so many draft pick busts for several years now would be a bad pill to swallow. Giving Adams the extension he should get is a must for Douglas, and it would go a long way for the future success of the Jets.
Alex Ovechkin has become a household name in the world of sports. After leading the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2018, his legacy as an all-time great has been cemented. This begs the question, what am I doing writing about whether he was worth the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft? Because a player by the name of Evgeni Malkin was taken with the second overall pick in that same draft. Ovechkin isn’t the only winner here, Malkin has won 3 Stanley Cup Finals while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, winning in hockey is done as a team so we have to look at what each also accomplished individually.
Alex Ovechkin came into the league with a bang! When the NHL resumed play in 2005, he promptly went on to score 52 goals and add in 54 assists to finish third in league scoring with 106 points. The league awarded him with the Calder trophy for being the best rookie in the league. Second in the Calder race that year was Sidney Crosby, a well-known player regarded by most as possibly the best in the NHL. As rookies, Ovechkin was recognized as the better player, but this was a sign of things to come for the ‘Great Eight’ Alex Ovechkin. Over his illustrious career he has won the Rocket Richard trophy, for leading the NHL in goals, a record 8 times. He has also won the Hart Memorial Trophy three times for being the most valuable player in the National Hockey League. He won the Ted Lindsey award three times for being judged the most outstanding player in the regular season by The NHL Players Association. Everyone, from league officials to the media and his peers all consider his talent, work ethic, and impact among the best in the league. Alex Ovechkin has posted 1278 points in the 1152 games he has played, averaging out to 1.1 points per game. He is also a plus 82, meaning 82 more goals were scored by his team when he was on the ice than those scored against. While being a positive player is definitely a good start, his plus minus has ranged from being a negative 35 to a positive 45. Although plus/minus is not a perfect statistic, it at least serves as a starting point to discuss a player’s overall value on the ice. Along with being a gifted goal scorer, Alex Ovechkin is also a true power forward: averaging about 190 hits and around 50 penalty minutes per season. When he is on the ice, opponents better keep their heads on a swivel. Having personally seen Alex Ovechkin multiple times, his full speed is like a freight train and he is not afraid to use his body to get the puck from his opponents. His impact on the power play is undeniable, too. He fires his deadly one timer from the left faceoff dot, an area dubbed as his “office”. He has led the NHL in power play goals six times demonstrating his excellent consistency in this aspect of his game. Some even believe Ovechkin may be able to break Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals one day. In an era where goal scoring has never been lower, this would be a feat few ever thought would be possible. Lastly, using Corsi Relative Percentage, the difference in shot attempts between when a player is on vs off the ice, we can get closer to isolating and understanding Alex Ovechkin’s individual impact on the game. A positive Corsi Relative percentage means a player is making his team better, a zero means he has no impact, and a negative signifies that he is making his team worse. For Alex Ovechkin’s career his team averages 15.7% more shots when he is on the ice at even strength than when he is off the ice. Alex Ovechkin is the centerpiece for the Washington Capitals and an elite talent regarded highly all around and within the NHL.
Evgeni Malkin did not start his career the same year as Ovechkin due to an international transfer dispute. This may have been a blessing in disguise as he was able to win the Calder trophy in 2006 by scoring 85 points in 78 games. He most likely would not have won that award a year earlier going up against the likes of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. He won the Heart Memorial trophy for the 2011-2012 season after scoring 50 goals and 59 assists in just 75 games played. Twice he has won the Art Ross trophy for leading the NHL in points in both the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 seasons. He also won the Ted Lindsey award, just like Ovechkin, demonstrating his peer’s respect for his skills on the ice. Malkin sometimes does not get the recognition he deserves due to the fact that he plays on the same team as fellow superstar Sidney Crosby. For his career, Malkin has 416 goals, 660 assists and 1076 points in 907 games played. On a point per game basis, Malkin ranks 14th all time with 1.186 points per game while the ‘Great Eight’ only ranks 24th. In 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins won their first Stanley Cup with Malkin on the team. He also won the Conn Smythe award that year, an award given to the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs. He led the NHL playoffs in points with 36 and shots with 104 in just 24 games played. In 2017, the Penguins won their third Stanley cup, and, once again, Malkin led all players in points during the playoffs. However, Sidney Crosby was the one able to take home his Conn Smythe award for the second year in a row. Now, Evgeni Malkin has never been known for his durability in the NHL as he averages only about 65 games per season, but he is one of the most productive players in hockey history. He has managed to be a plus 73, but, like Ovechkin, has struggled from year to year ranging from a negative 25 to a plus 18. Malkin, like Ovechkin, has been a strong Corsi player throughout his career at a positive 14%. His immense scoring talent along with his championship pedigree makes him one of the best players in the history of the NHL, even if he usually comes in second on his own team.
Throughout their careers, both Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin have been called lazy by the media at one point or another. Sometimes players with this much talent make the game look so easy they can almost seem “lazy” playing it. In the early and middle parts of his career, people questioned Ovechkin’s commitment to play defense and whether he had what it took to be the leader of a championship team. When he won the Stanley Cup as captain of the Washington capitals in 2018, he put those questions to bed. He has scored 65 goals and has 126 points in 128 games but that isn’t the standard fans have come to appreciate from the Great Eight. However, in 2018 he managed to put up 27 points in 24 games and lead the playoffs with 15 goals to win the Conn Smythe award. When it comes to international play, neither Malkin nor Ovechkin has ever won an Olympic gold medal, but Ovechkin does have bragging rights to three gold medals and two silver medals in world championship play while Malkin has two golds and two silver medals. All of Makin’s medals came while playing with Ovechkin, and Ovechkin won gold in 2008 without Malkin. Evgeni Malkin is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, two-time points leader in the NHL, and an impactful force every time he steps on the ice. Injuries have always been the main thing that has always held Malkin back from being in the same conversation as the all-time greats. Thankfully for hockey fans, especially Washington Capitals fans, Alex Ovechkin has been as durable as any player in the NHL. As a result, his goal scoring dominance and fiery play have been joyfully experienced by Capitals fans for 14 years and counting. While Malkin may be a more efficient points scorer and have more Stanley cups to his name, Alex Ovechkin gets the edge here due to his historic goal scoring and ability to finally bring home the Cup for the city of Washington in 2018.