Former WWE star Jake Atlas 'arrested and charged with domestic battery' with AEW wrestler ...

Former WWE star Jake Atlas has been arrested and charged with domestic battery, according to shock reports.

The openly gay wrestler, who is currently signed to AEW, is said to have become “physically aggressive” after becoming jealous of his partner during a threesome, authorities say.

Ex-WWE star Jake Atlas has reportedly been arrested and charged with domestic violence

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TMZ, citing police documents, said Atlas, 27, was spending the night drinking at a Florida bar when he became involved in a “verbal argument” before becoming “physically aggressive.”

Atlas – real name Kenny Marquez – is said to have been drunk when he called his long-term partner to pick him up.

The report said Atlas convinced his partner to stay at the bar and join him and his friends for drinks.

It is claimed the wrestler wanted to “move into another friend’s house to be intimate,” according to police documents.

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It is alleged that Atlas became “physically aggressive” and even attacked his partner after paying “half more attention” to the other person than to him.

According to the report, the wrestler left his partner with a cut arm and a torn shirt.

A witness intervened, telling Atlas to go home and “sleep in.”

Atlas is said to have followed his partner, with the witness again intervening and shoving him into a nearby car, according to the police report.

Police were called after he allegedly refused to leave the apartment he shares with his partner upon his return.

It is alleged that Atlas refused to give his version of events to the police officers, but only “spoke badly about his partner”, according to authorities.

Atlas is said to have been arrested, charged with household batteries and released shortly thereafter on the condition that he could not contact his partner or come within 500 feet.

He has yet to comment publicly on his arrest and is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.

Atlas signed with WWE in 2019 before joining AEW in January 2022.

However, he has been out since his debut show with a cruciate ligament tear in his knee.

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Dustin Johnson Improves Lie as LIV Golf Opener Offers Wedge

The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour announced the field for its first event next week, and Phil Mickelson isn’t on the list. But Dustin Johnson is.

Johnson, the 13th-ranked golfer in the world and two-time major winner, is the boldest name among the 42 entrants announced late Tuesday for the LIV Golf Invitational Series’ first event at London’s Centurion Club, due to start June 9. Johnson had said in February that he was “fully committed to the PGA Tour.”

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On Tuesday, the golfer’s agent issued a statement. “Dustin has been contemplating the opportunity off and on for the past couple of years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his and his family’s best interest to pursue it,” David Winkler, Johnson’s manager at Hambric Sports, told The Associated Press in a text message.

Other notables in the field, according to LIV, include Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, all of whom had reportedly shown interest in playing on the new tour.

The upstart tour said the tournament received 170 applications for the tournament’s 48 slots, the final six of which will be named by next Monday.

The LIV tour is fronted by former world No. 1 player Greg Norman and bills itself as a “free-agency” alternative to the PGA Tour, with a team format and 54-hole competitions. LIV Golf’s majority shareholder is the Saudi Arabia government’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund.

The new series has been beset by controversy since shortly after Norman first announced it was coming online last fall, starting with its courtship of Mickelson, who initially committed to the tour but has taken a leave of absence from the game after he made critical statements about the Saudis to a reporter, referring to multiple human rights violations.

The PGA Tour responded to the rival circuit by denying player requests to compete in LIV’s opening event, which is during the same week as the established tour’s Canadian Open, saying the denials were “in accordance with the PGA Tour Tournament regulations” and “in the best interest of the PGA Tour and its players.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said suspensions and bans could be in store for any player who competed in the new league.

Norman had previously said two former World No. 1 players signed up for LIV, and Kaymer subsequently admitted to being one of them. It now appears that Johnson is the other.

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Warren JFK, Ursuline hold game ahead of regional semifinals - WKBN.com

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AEW's Paige VanZant: 'I'm Meant To Be A Pro Wrestler' ... You can keep up with all your wrestling news right here on eWrestlingNews.com.

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Paul Wight Told Floyd Mayweather To Break His Nose – TJR Wrestling

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Latest allegations add to Watson's legal mess

HOUSTON — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is now facing a 23rd civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct, following a new filing by attorney Tony Buzbee.

The suit has been brought by Nia Smith, a professionally licensed Houston cosmetologist who last summer spoke publicly about her alleged interactions with Watson during a video appearance with YouTube personality Tasha K. Her suit has similarities to the previous 22 Watson is facing, alleging that Watson reached out to her for a professional massage through social media. The litigation states that she had three sessions with Watson that saw his behavior allegedly become more aggressive with each meeting, culminating in sexual advances and unwanted sexual contact.

It goes on to claim that Watson’s defense team reached out to Smith for a meeting when women began filing civil suits against the quarterback in March of 2021, an engagement that Smith took as an attempt to influence her from pursuing litigation against Watson. In that allegation, Smith accused one of Watson’s attorneys of suggesting “us black women must stick together.”

In a statement Tuesday, Buzbee added: “Other cases may come. The Watson defense team has vilified these women and this cause. Shame on them! We look forward to trying this case in court.”

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, responded with a biting statement, again framing the development as an attempt to achieve “publicity” for Buzbee and a “payday” for his clients.

“Deshaun Watson vehemently denies the allegations, just as he has since she first discussed them with members of our firm in March of last year,” Hardin said. “She repeated the allegations on social media in August and he denied them then. The only thing new about her contentions is the embellishment making them more extreme than prior versions. Deshaun’s denial remains the same.

“The two highly respected lawyers from our firm, Letitia Quinones and Rachel Lewis, also vehemently deny there was any coercion or intimidation involved in the very cordial meeting at Vic and Anthony’s (Mr. Buzbee and the plaintiff are not even right about where the meeting was, much less what was said). They met her to see if she was one of Mr. Buzbee’s then still anonymous plaintiffs. At that time Mr. Buzbee refused to identify his clients. The suggestion that either of these two accomplished lawyers would have said ‘us black women must stick together’ is absurd. The interview was so congenial, she joined the lawyers for dinner afterwards.

“We are aware that more than a year ago she had other lawyers representing her and they ultimately terminated the representation. This plaintiff has long had a vendetta against Deshaun since she jealously and angrily published Deshaun’s personal data on social media in November 2020. In filing her lawsuit now she was obviously not influenced by recent developments. We are not surprised Mr. Buzbee was willing to say just about anything to get more publicity. He knows the NFL continues to investigate these cases, and this is a transparent attempt to further punish the man he sees as a potential payday.”

Smith’s suit states that she initially declined to seek litigation against Watson out of fear of a backlash before changing her mind after seeing last week’s episode of "Real Sports," which featured two of Watson’s accusers speaking on the record about their alleged encounters with him.

“Nia Smith changed her mind after watching the HBO Real Sports piece about the Deshaun Watson lawsuits,” the suit states. “In that piece, Plaintiff was struck by the courage of the victims willing to step forward and speak, and was extremely displeased by Watson and his legal team’s mistreatment and revictimization of the Plaintiffs. But it was Watson himself claiming that even now he has 'no regrets' and has done nothing wrong that solidified her resolve.”

Smith goes on to allege that her former employer played a part in setting up the interactions with Watson, then ignored her complaints following the sessions.

A 23rd accuser has now filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
A 23rd accuser has now filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

“‘A New U Salon Spa’ provided women for Watson,” the lawsuit states. “Dionne Louis, the owner of the spa, facilitated massages for Watson and knew Watson and knew Watson was attempting [to] have sex with them. Plaintiff expressed her concerns about Watson to Ms. Louis. Louis brushed the concerns off. It was later learned that Watson paid Dionne Louis at least five thousand dollars for Louis’s ‘work’.”

The allegation included a pair of exhibits filed with the suit, allegedly showing texts from Louis. The first showed an alleged $5,000 cash transfer from Watson with a memo of “For machine” followed by a text from Louis stating, “He didn’t give me the 20k I asked him for but he dye [sic] give me 5k.” A second exhibit showed two photos of what appeared to be a significant amount of cash in rubber bands, preceded by a text stating “DD cash me out.”

Louis called the allegations “ludicrous” when reached by USA Today.

Watson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing as the previous suits have unfolded. Hardin has also maintained that any sexual contact with women in the suits was consensual. Thus far, two grand juries in Texas have declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, following at least 10 complaints brought to the Houston Police Department by women engaged in litigation against the quarterback.

This latest suit comes as the NFL is drawing its investigation into Watson to a close. It was expected that the league would forward its findings to an independent disciplinary officer to determine whether Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Watson’s camp and the Browns were hopeful that a determination would be made by the time the team kicks off training camp in July.

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Ranking the 7 best RBs in the NFL for 2022

In 2021, the Pittsburgh Steelers spent a first-round pick on running back Najee Harris. Harris put together a solid rookie campaign and is working hard this offseason to improve even more. The Steelers have also put significant resources into improving the offensive line, which should make Harris even better.

How does Harris stack up against the rest of the NFL? Here are our top seven running backs for the upcoming season. Does Harris make the cut?

1-Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

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Jonathan Taylor is the class of the NFL at running back. All the power of Derrick Henry with elite speed.

2-Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry finished ninth in the NFL in rushing yards in 2021 despite missing half of the season with an injury. Practically unstoppable, a case could be made for him to be No. 1.

3-Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

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Dalvin Cook is the focal point of the Vikings offense and can simply take over games with his elusiveness and explosion.

4-Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals Joe Mixon is a true do-it-all back and part of the most explosive offense in the AFC.

5-Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland’s Nick Chubb should have a huge season with the addition of Deshaun Watson at quarterback. A perfect blend of speed and power.

6-Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

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With the improvements the Steelers made on the offensive line, Harris should have an easier time topping his 1,200 rushing yards from last season.

7-Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

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If I can confident that Christian McCaffrey could stay healthy for a full season, he’d get a bump on this list.

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Report: Other teams believe Nets open to Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade

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Sundial Growers' CEO Says There's "A Reckoning Taking Hold" in Cannabis. He's Right.

When CEOs offer insights into their industries, it behooves investors to listen. During Sundial Growers' (NASDAQ: SNDL) May 16 earnings call, CEO Zach George quipped that "[Sundial is] in an enviable position as we witness a reckoning taking hold in the Canadian cannabis market," and that "continued aggressive cash consumption by our peers, reduced access to capital, and waning investor risk appetite is likely to accelerate sector rationalization as the industry slowly moves toward the formation of an oligopoly." Bold predictions like those are actionable for investors, and there's more than one reason to believe that change is actually afoot in the cannabis industry.

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WEEKEND RECAP: Anthony Peterson Wins, Outlaw Suffers Setback. Here's What It Means ...

On Saturday night, veteran 140 pounder Anthony Peterson (39-1-1, 1 NC, 25 KOs) hammered Saul Corral (23-19, 13 KOs) over six lopsided rounds, culminating in an impressive knockout win for Peterson, the co-feature of the Beltway Battles: Round Two card at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC. Greg “Sharp Shooter” Outlaw (10-1, 5 KOs), the card’s featured fighter, fared worse, however, suffering a gruesome cut over his right eye against Wilfrido Buelvas (22-15, 16 KOs), which forced their eight-rounder to end in a no contest.

Here’s what it all means in three takeaways:

1. Anthony Peterson is still a threat at super lightweight

Although well outside of the top 15 rankings at super lightweight, Peterson fought Corral, of Mexico, with the sense of urgency of a fighter intent on making a splash in the division, rather than as an aging gatekeeper trying to cash out.

And for the 37-years-old Peterson age appears to be nothing more than a number, with the DC native showcasing his full repertoire of skills against Corral, evidencing no visible signs of erosion in power, defense, timing, or stamina in laying waste to the Mexican.

Peterson attributes his ability to dodge Father Time, in part, to clean living and minimizing stress.

“My brother [former super lightweight champ turned head trainer, Lamont Peterson] always says, ‘What is time?’,” said Anthony Peterson in his post-fight interview with East Side Boxing’s Paul R. Jones!

“I don’t do drugs. I don’t drink. I don’t have any kids, I’m not stressed out. I don’t have any problems in my life. I’m just a happy-go-lucky person, who likes to smile and laugh, so it will keep me alive for a long time.”

More important, however, is that Peterson still covets a world title. And he’s not shy in calling the top names at super lightweight to facilitate the process.

“We’re going for that world championship fight after August 6th,” said Peterson, who headlines another Beltway Battles card in DC on that date.

“Then we’re gonna try to get a tough TV fight. And after that, [former world titlist] Regis Prograis, or whoever at 140 or 135. I’m comin’ at ‘em.”

When asked about fighting the Super Welterweight vanguard, including Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall, Peterson said, “Oh yeah. That’s going to be a whole different level.”

And while Peterson is eager to fight the Prograis, Catteralls, and Taylors of the world, he has an equal measure of respect for these fighters.

“I respect all those guys, because they put in the work,” said Peterson. “They’re serious about their craft, that’s why I want to go against them. To test and see what I’m about,” he added.

It’s also worth noting that, at least from a public opinion standpoint, the super lightweight division appears to be wide open after the notorious Taylor vs. Catterall scorecards (and the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision on the matter), which adds some degree of ambiguity to who really is “the man” at 140 pounds.

Bottom line. Peterson still presents a tough matchup for the vanguard at super lightweight from skill, experience, and stylistic standpoints. Factor in his physical attributes and hunger for a world title shot, and it’s easy to see how Peterson could still make noise in the division. However, Peterson’s pathway to a world title is narrow, with a razor-thin margin of error at this point in his career.

2. Pressure and a concentrated body attack will be Peterson’s keys to victory against the division’s elite.

If Peterson is fortunate enough to secure a title shot, his path to victory will be heavily predicated on his ability to apply pressure, close the distance, and punish the body, some of which the Peterson Brothers reportedly worked leading up to the Corral fight, per Gene Wang of The Washington Post.

And, for Peterson, the cold calculus for victory against Corral was clear:

Pressure + a sustained body attack = knockout.

And from the opening bell, Peterson used this formula to perfection, lighting the Corral up with hard rights and lefts to body, and ratcheting up the pressure to give the Mexican little time to breathe during rounds.

Interspersed between Peterson’s pressure and body attack, was a pesky jab, upstairs and downstairs, that forced Corral to speed up his processing and left him few opportunities to reset his offense.

And when Corral looked to tie Peterson up, Peterson was having none of it.

“Oh no, no, no. We ain’t about to do that,” Peterson said.

“I know when someone tries to grab me, I try to force my arms up,” he added. “And my personal trainer helped me with my strength.”

And after Peterson freed himself from Corral’s clinch attempts, the DC native went right back to pressuring his foe.

Indeed, Peterson’s all gas, no brakes approach paid dividends, taking the steam off of Corral’s punches by round four, and, ultimately, taking the steam out of Corral in the sixth round — courtesy of a well-placed body shot that left the Mexican wincing in pain on the canvas and unable to continue at the 1:09 mark.

Bottom line. You can bet that, if Peterson is to have success against the vanguard at super lightweight, his blueprint for success will include sustained pressure and a high-volume body attack to give him the best chance of winning.

3. Greg “Sharp Shooter” Outlaw will have to hit the PAUSE button on his career in the near term.

The near-term outlook for Outlaw is somewhat dim given the nasty gash that he suffered over his right eye in the first round against Colombian, Wilfrido Buelvas.

Outlaw entered the bout, at 10-and-1 with 5 knockouts, having nabbed a regional belt – the WBA/NABA Gold Junior Welterweight strap – in a previous bout.

However, the fight was quickly stopped by the referee after Outlaw and Buelvas clashed heads, leaving both fighters bleeding profusely.

“I wasn’t’ jabbing enough, and I finally threw a big punch,” said Outlaw to East Side Boxing’s Paul R. Jones!

“And he’s throwing a big punch, and we clashed heads. Orthodox [vs.] Southpaw, . . . and here I am,” he added.

Despite blood trickling in his eye, Outlaw didn’t know how severe his injury was at first.

“I saw [Buelvas] bleeding, [but] I thought it was just him,” said Outlaw. “I didn’t think it was me. But when I got to the doctor. They said it was bad.”

Nevertheless, Outlaw pleaded his case to the referee to continue.

“I’m begging [the ref] to keep fighting,” said Outlaw. “But she’s like, ‘After you see this, you’re gonna want to thank me for not letting you keep fighting,’” he added. “But how I look at it now, I would’ve really had to get him out of there early [if I continued].”

The good news is that the referee’s decision to stop Outlaw vs. Buelvas, and declare the bout a no contest, was a clear case of a referee getting it right by erring on the side of fighter safety.

The bad news, however, is that Outlaw was cut once before on that same eye, and will undoubtedly require stitches and ample time on the shelf to heal.

Bottom line. Outlaw’s aspirations of becoming a bonafide contender are on hold, and we wish him a speedy recovery in the interim.

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Lakers reportedly give Darvin Ham autonomy Frank Vogel didn’t have

When Frank Vogel took the Lakers’ coaching job, he was given a three-year contract — eyebrow-raising short by NBA standards. After Vogel won a championship with the Lakers, he was given just a one-year contract extension (that’s when people around the league knew his days were numbered). When hired, the Lakers told Vogel he had to install Jason Kidd as his lead assistant, essentially putting his replacement — and a coach highly respected by players — at his right hand. On top of all that, Lakers’ front office voice Kurt Rambis was a regular part of Vogel’s coaching meetings, an unusual step around the league.

New Lakers’ coach Darvin Ham (the Lakers have not made the hiring official) will not have to deal with any of that, reports Marc Stein in his latest Substack newsletter. First, he got a four-year deal, according to multiple reports.

According to the buzz in NBA coaching circles over the weekend, Ham has likewise been promised the autonomy to pick his coaching staff and is said to have received assurances that Lakers senior advisor Kurt Rambis will not be a regular presence in coaching meetings like he was with Vogel. If those promises come to fruition and Ham actually receives all that latitude, they will rank as significant concessions secured by a first-time NBA head coach.

Maybe the Lakers learned a lesson — to attract and retain top-flight coaches they need to give that person the autonomy to do the job their way. Players know how long a coach’s contract is for, they see how the organization treats the coach and take their clues from it. It undermined Vogel, even after he won a ring. It kept some top coaches from having an interest in the Lakers’ job.

Ham will get the chance to do things his way.

It’s a start. However, it will be moot how good a coach Ham is or isn’t if there are no significant roster upgrades this offseason. Run it back with aging role players around LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and maybe Russell Westbrook, and the results are not going to be much different than this season. The real work in the Lakers’ offseason is just starting.

Giving Ham autonomy is a good first step.

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Upcoming fights and fixtures in boxing in 2022, including Gervonta Davis THIS WEEKEND ...

BOXING HAD AN EXTREMELY EXCELLENT YEAR LAST YEAR, and the first half of 2022 is expected to be even better.

On July 23, British heavyweight Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch.

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And there was Tyson Fury’s knockout victory over Dillian Whyte earlier this year, as well as Dmitry Bivol’s shocking decision victory over Canelo Alvarez.

However, Gervonta Davis will return to the ring this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, to face Rolando Romero.

Below is SunSport’s 2022 boxing schedule…

📺 Showtime PPV (US) 📺

🗓 May 28 🇺🇸 Brooklyn, New York

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 June 4 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Cardiff, Wales

📺 Fite TV (UK) – Showtime (US) 📺

🗓 June 4 🇺🇸 Minneapolis, Minnesota

📺 Sky Sports (UK) – ESPN (US) 📺

🗓 June 5 🇦🇺 Melbourne, Australia

📺 Sky Sports (UK) – ESPN (US) 📺

🗓 June 7 🇯🇵 Saitama, Japan

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 June 10 🇲🇽 Mexico City, Mexico

📺 Sky Sports (UK) 📺

🗓 June 11 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿London, Englаnd

📺 BT Sport (UK) 📺

🗓 June 11 🇺🇸 Miаmi, Floridа

📺 ESPN (US) 📺

🗓 June 11 🇺🇸 NYC, New York

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 June 11 🇺🇸 Anаheim, Cаliforniа

📺 Sky Sports (UK) – ESPN (US) 📺

🗓 June 18 🇺🇸 NYC, New York

📺 Fite TV (UK) – Showtime (US) 📺

🗓 June 18 🇺🇸 Houston, Texаs

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 June 25 🇺🇸 Sаn Antonio, Texаs

📺 TV CHANNEL TBC (UK & US) 📺

🗓 July 2 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Mаnchester, Englаnd

📺 Fite TV (UK) – Showtime (US) 📺

🗓 July 9 🇺🇸 Sаn Antonio, Texаs

Boxing results 2022

🗓 Mаy 21 🇦🇪 Dubаi, UAE

🗓 Mаy 21 🇺🇸 Lаs Vegаs, Nevаdа

🗓 Mаy 21 🇺🇸 Phoenix, Arizonа

🗓 Mаy 21 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿London, Englаnd

📺 PBC YouTube (UK) – Showtime (US) 📺

🗓 Mаy 14 🇺🇸 Cаrson, Cаliforniа

📺 ESPN (US) 📺

🗓 Mаy 14 🇫🇷 Pаris, Frаnce

🗓 Mаy 7 🇺🇸 Lаs Vegаs, Nevаdа

🗓 April 30 🇺🇸 NYC, New York

🗓 April 30 🇺🇸 Lаs Vegаs, Nevаdа

🗓 April 23 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 London, Englаnd

🗓 April 16 🇺🇸 Dаllаs, Texаs

🗓 April 16 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Mаnchester, Englаnd

🗓 April 9 🇯🇵 Sаitаmа, Jаpаn

🗓 April 9 🇺🇸 Sаn Antonio, Texаs

🗓 April 9 🇺🇸 Lаs Vegаs, Nevаdа

🗓 Mаrch 26 🇺🇸 Minneаpolis, Minnesotа

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CM Punk Wins AEW World Title At Double Or Nothing - Ringside News

AEW Double or Nothing finally went down inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The company booked all but the FTW and the TNT title matches for the May 29th pay-per-view event. A major championship changed hands at the end of the night after an event full of successful defenses.

Click here for our full coverage of AEW Double or Nothing.

AEW World Champion Adam Page put his title on the line against CM Punk at DoN. The “Hangman” had promised to defend not the AEW World Championship but the company itself from the “Best in the World.”

Punk, on the other hand, claimed it was never personal but only business between him and Page. The “Second City Saint” had successfully managed to get in the champion’s head.

In the end, Punk countered a Buckshot Lariat into a GTS to win the title. This is Punk’s first singles title win in the promotion. This was also the only title change that took place at Double or Nothing 2022.

AEW World Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express, Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa, and TBS Champion Jade Cargill all had successful title defenses earlier during the night. The event concluded with CM Punk celebrating with his new title as the Las Vegas crowd cheered on.

What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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AEW Double or Nothing 2022 match grades, results: CM Punk wins the AEW World Title ...

For the first time since 2013, CM Punk is a world champion in the world of pro wrestling. At All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing event Sunday, Punk beat "Hangman" Adam Page to win the AEW World Title.

The crowd inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was on its feet for the entire event. It had the same fire at midnight ET as it did when the show started around 7:30 p.m. ET. The night felt like a big boxing or MMA event, fitting for the Las Vegas setting. 

Page did everything in his power to retain his title, and he used all of his anger to make Punk stay down. Punk would not give up. Page, in returning to his conflicted roots, ended up making one tiny mistake, and it allowed Punk to hit the GTS for the win. The 43-year-old Punk is on top of the world once again. 

Outside of the main event, all the other titles were successfully defended. Jurassic Express retained the AEW World Tag Team titles, Thunder Rosa retained the AEW Women's World Title and Jade Cargill defended the TBS Title. 

Adam Cole and Britt Baker, AEW's power couple, won the Owen Hart Cup tournament and were honored by Martha Hart. 

There were a few wild brawls, heel turns and extremely satisfying moments. And MJF did show up after reports he wouldn't be at the event. 

The Sporting News provided live updates from AEW Double or Nothing, including match grades and highlights. Here's how it all went down (all times Eastern): 

AEW Double or Nothing 2022 live results, updates, match grades

6:55 p.m.: We are moments away from AEW Double or Nothing event. One of the big stories heading into it is whether MJF will show up to face Wardlow amid contract discussions between MJF and Tony Khan. 

7:15 p.m.: The MJF-Wardlow match is expected to be first on the card.

7:30 p.m.: The Buy-In has begun and people are still attempting to enter T-Mobile Arena. 

7:35 p.m.: The Acclaimed and The Gunn Club come out to hype up the crowd before Double or Nothing. 

Hook and Danhausen def. Tony Nese and 'Smart' Mark Sterling

7:45 p.m.: The lone Buy-In match has begun, with Hook and Danhausen vs. Tony Nese and "Smart" Mark Sterling. The crowd loves it some Hook. Danhausen curses Nese and lands a few high-flying moves. Sterling distracts Danhausen and Nese starts pounding away. 

Danhausen has been playing the face in peril. Nese attacks Hook before a tag could be made. Hook is finally tagged in and the crowd erupts. Hook with a few suplexes. Sterling gets tagged in and Hook suplexes him in the ring. Hook lands a few more suplexes. Before he can finish Sterling off, Hook tags in Danhausen and he pins him for the win. 

The match was a showcase for Hook and for Danhausen to be himself. It got the job done. 

Grade: B+

8 p.m.: The PPV has begun and the fans are already loud and excited. 

Wardlow def. MJF

MJF has arrived after a debate over whether he would show up. He mocks the fans with a plane reference. Wardlow was inside the T-Mobile Arena holding cell, which was a nice touch. 

MJF stays out of the ring as the match begins. He tries to land a cheap shot but Wardlow is not having it. Wardlow finally gets his hands on MJF and attempts a powerbomb. MJF bites Wardlow and pokes him in the eye. Another powerbomb attempt turns into an MJF hurricanrana. MJF pretends to have a leg injury and attempts to use the Diamond Ring. The referee and Wardlow catch him before he can do anything. 

MJF tries to give Wardlow money, but as they shake hands Wardlow lands a powerbomb. He lands another, and a third one. He lands two more and then stops himself from getting the win. Wardlow lands one more, to the delight of the crowd. For good measure, he does it five more times and finally pins MJF for the win. MJF does the stretcher job. 

Was this match a classic? No, but it was never meant to be. A monthslong storyline paid off with Wardlow getting revenge on MJF. Wardlow is made to look like a star and the fans are extremely happy. What does the future hold for MJF? 

Grade: A

Tony Khan has signed Wardlow now that he is no longer under contract with MJF. 

The Hardys def. The Young Bucks

Up next is a match people have been waiting years for: The Young Bucks vs. The Hardys. Caprice Coleman is on commentary for the match. Matt Jackson and Matt Hardy start things off. They perform a few counters as the crowd is split in its support. Matt tags in Nick as Jeff Hardy is in. Hardys get inside the minds of The Young Bucks early as Matt and Nick have to recover on the outside. 

Jeff tries Poetry in Motion but Nick kicks him in the face. Now the face in peril, Jeff tries to fight back. Brandon Cutler attacks Matt Hardy while the referee isn't looking. Nick goes for the Whisper in the Wind but Jeff counters and does the move himself. Matt Hardy tags himself in and attacks Nick and Matt. Side Effect for only two. Jeff tries to perform a move, but he looks hurt as he is slower than usual. A superkick by The Young Bucks lands on Jeff. 

Matt Hardy is taking the brunt of the damage as Jeff does appear to be hurt. Miscommunication by The Bucks and Matt Hardy is now cleaning house. Jeff is back in and The Hardys land Poetry in Motion. Twist of Fate attempt by Matt Hardy gets blocked. Jawbreaker from the top rope by Jeff but he misses a Swanton Bomb. Matt and Nick land the Twist of Fate/Swanton combination (a la The Hardys), but Jeff kicks out. Superkick to both Matt and Jeff. Bucks land more superkicks but the Hardys will not give up. 

The Young Bucks grab the steel steps and attempt to injure Jeff. Powerbomb from Matt Hardy to Nick Jackson. Jeff puts Matt Jackson on the steps and heads to the top rope. He lands a Swanton on the steps, and Matt Hardy lands a Twist of Fate to Matt Jackson, who kicks out. Another Twist of Fate attempt fails but he gets it after another try. Jeff lands a Swanton Bomb and gets the win. 

This match had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, The Hardys' age showed. It was sloppy and slow at times. It picked up at the end, but there wasn't much to write home about. Hopefully Jeff is OK. 

Grade: C-

Jade Cargill def. Anna Jay, retains TBS Title

Jade Cargill is ready to defend the TBS Title against Anna Jay. Jay is wearing her old "Star of the Show" ring gear and nothing Dark Order-related. Jade lands a suplex and shows off, to the delight of the crowd. Snap suplex by Jade, who is overpowering Jay. Flying elbow by Jade, but as she goes to the top rope, Jay lands a superplex. 

Jay lands a side kick and attempts to take Jade down. The former lands a top rope neckbreaker that looked a bit sloppy. Now on the outside, Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet try to attack Jay. She holds them off, however. Big boot by Jade. Jay with a rollup for a close call. "Smart" Mark Sterling distracts the ref and Jade tries to use a crutch. Jay uses it against Jade, however, but she couldn't get the win. John Silver attacks Sterling. Eye of the Storm of Jade but it is not enough. Queenslayer submission by Jay but Jade gets up. 

On the top rope, Jade and Jay are distracted by Stokely Hathaway (the former Malcolm Bivens). Top rope Jaded and Jade is still TBS champion. 

Kris Statlander tries to help out Jay following the match. Athena (the former Ember Moon) makes her debut and helps out Statlander and Jay. 

The postmatch antics might have been better than the actual match. Jay and Jade did give it their all, however. The AEW women's division might have just gotten the big boost it needed. 

Grade: B-

House of Black def. Death Triangle

A grudge match between House of Black and Death Triangle is finally happening.  Rey Fenix and Malakai Black start things off. They trade moves and now sit on the floor to admire one another. Buddy Matthews comes in and Fenix lands a superkick. Fenix tags in Penta and Matthews mocks Penta. Matthews ends up out on the floor and he and Penta play mind games with one another. PAC is in and so is Brody King. 

As King was going to go to the outside, Death Triangle confronts him. Everyone brawls; there is chaos on the outside. Fenix tries to take on all three members of the House of Black. This is a fast-paced affair as everyone is trying to put in all their moves. King with a slam that connects against PAC. Shoulder tackle by King onto PAC. Now PAC is playing the face in peril. 

Cannonball by King misses. Matthews is now in, and Penta and Fenix double-team kick him. They dive to the outside to halt any momentum House of Black may have had. Triple combination by Death Triangle but it isn't enough to get the win. Fenix tries a dive but Matthews counters, PAC then attacks, and then Black, and then Penta. King then lands a dive that almost misses. All three members of the House of Black then attack Fenix but Death Triangle intervenes. Death Triangle then take out the House of Black. 

Brainbuster by PAC onto King. Matthews lands on the apron via a Canadian Destroyer. Penta and Fenix hit a foot stomp DDT onto King. Black is now all alone. Black lands two kicks to Penta and Fenix, but PAC avoids one. PAC goes for the Black Arrow but Mathews stops him. PAC lands the 450 splash instead. Suplex from PAC. Alex Abrahantes distracts the ref and PAC hits a low blow to Black. The lights go out and Julia Hart comes out. Black mist to PAC and Black lands the kick for the win. 

This match was months in the making and it delivered. The first match on the PPV that had a solid flow. If there is one match you need to watch from Double or Nothing, it is this one. Julia Hart is finally a member of the House of Black. Everything came together in this match. 

Grade: A+

Adam Cole def. Samoa Joe in the Owen Hart Cup men's final

The finals of the men's Owen Hart Cup tournament are next. Adam Cole with pink gear honoring Owen Hart. Samoa Joe comes out to a huge reaction. Joe lands his classic moveset against Cole, dominating the early portion of the match. Joe tries a move on the outside but Cole lands a superkick. Cole then throws Joe's shoulder into the post. Back in the ring, Joe recovers, but only for a little bit. 

Cole attempts a Panama Sunrise but Joe counters. While Cole goes for Joe's shoulder, Joe isn't having it. Joe lands a series of moves to weaken Cole. Big clothesline by Joe. Backbreaker by Cole. Superkick countered into a powerbomb and now an STF by Joe. Bobby Fish attacks Joe and Cole takes advantage. Boom kick misses and Joe lands the sleeper. Out of it, Cole lands multiple kicks and then the Boom kick. Cole wins the match. 

Cole and Joe gave it their all, which is great to see from Joe. They really wanted to win the match. It showed how committed they were to making the Own Hart Cup special. 

Grade: A-

Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho in the Owen Hart Cup women's final

The women's side of the Owen Hart Cup finals is next Britt Baker takes on Ruby Soho. Just like Cole, Baker is also wearing pink to honor Owen Hart. Rancid plays Soho's entrance live. Both are evenly matched as they try to outperform the other. Baker lands some shots by the ropes, but Soho will not let go of Baker's arm. 

Armdrag takes down Baker as Soho counters all of Baker's moves. Soho with a flying dropkick onto the ring floor. She lands a suplex on the floor. Baker attacks Soho in the ring by the corner as it has gotten hard for Soho to breathe. They exchange chops and then Baker tries a submission move. Back on their feet, they trade shots but Baker lands a vicious elbow. On the top rope, a superplex spot lands and both women are down. 

Baker trash talks Soho. They exchange shots and the crowd is split. Neckbreaker, but Soho avoids the Curb Stomp. Superkick by Baker and Soho again blocks the Stomp. Suplex by Soho, and a Senton Bomb only gets two. Curb Stomp by Baker finally connects but only for two. Lockjaw attempt by Baker is blocked by Soho, and she counters into a pin. No Future by Soho, and she tries a Sharpshooter. Baker bites her hand to fight the pain and makes it to the ropes. 

Both try rollups and Baker gets the win with one of hers. 

The match started off slowly, but the crowd got into it later on. Both women gave it their all. Baker and Soho seem to work well together. Baker joins Adam Cole as Owen Hart Cup winners. 

Grade: A-

Martha Hart comes out to award Cole and Baker their tournament wins. The crowd cheers for Owen and chants "Thank you, Martha." She praises the tournament and the winners. A great moment for everyone involved. 

American Top Team def. Sami Guevara, Tay Conti & Frankie Kazarian

Former UFC star Paige VanZant is about to make her way to the ring for a tag match. She joins Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page against Sami Guevara, Tay Conti and Frankie Kazarian. Conti and Guevara are wearing replica UFC titles they stole from American Top Team.

Guevara and Page beat one another up to open the fight. Kazarian and Sky, former tag partners, then get in the ring. Guevara in the ring now and lands a cutter to Sky. Kazarian and Sky once again battle it out as Conti attacks VanZant. Paige is finally in the ring against Conti. She lands a takedown and a clothesline. VanZant with a back elbow and was looking for an attack. She hits Guevara in the gut and then pulls off a DDT. Michinoku Driver by VanZant only gets two. Conti with a few bicycle kicks. 

Facebuster on the knee by Conti to VanZant. Sky, Page and VanZant confront Conti and Guevara. Kazarian leaves his partners behind. Kazarian tags himself in. He lands a cutter to Sky. Guevara accidentally superkicks Conti. Kazarian then kicks Guevara. Sky then attacks Kazarian and pins him for the win. 

The feud between Guevara/Conti and American Top Team is finally over. The match was good for what it was. VanZant looked green but she gave it her all. Kazarian eating the pin is an interesting move considering he wasn't the main factor in the feud. Now we can finally move on.

Grade: C+

Kyle O'Reilly def. Darby Allin

Kyle O'Reilly vs. Darby Allin comes up right after the tag team match. O'Reilly lands a vicious knee strike.

O'Reilly continues his attack but Allin manages to survive. Scorpion Death Drop by Allin. Coffin Splash attempt but O'Reilly counters. Stunner by Allin. Darby runs to the outside and completely misses O'Reilly. It appears as if his head landed on the floor. He tries it again but O'Reilly catches him and locks in the submission on the outside.

O'Reilly to the top but Allin counters. Reversal and both try for a double pin. Brainbuster by O'Reilly and now an Ankle Lock. Coffin Drop on the apron. Submission attempts by O'Reilly but Allin won't give up. O'Reilly uses Allin's chain against him and attempts to put him to sleep. O'Reilly is able to get the win following a knee drop. 

For a match that was recently added, O'Reilly and Allin put on a solid performance. Hopefully Allin is OK after that scary fall. 

Grade: A-

Thunder Rosa def. Serena Deeb to retain AEW Women's World Title

The Women's World Title match is up next. Serena Deeb will face champion Thunder Rosa. The two are aggressive to start. They exchange pinning combinations and submission attempts. Arm drag by Rosa and Deeb is in trouble. 

Rosa honors her mentor Dustin Rhodes. Now Deeb finally gets some momentum and attacks Rosa by the ropes. She then lands a few submission attempts of her own. They trade shots in the middle of the ring and then Rosa lands a few lariats. Deeb goes face first into the middle turnbuckle. Rosa lands a few offensive moves by the ropes and then lands a bottom rope running dropkick. Northern Lights suplex lands but only for two. 

Both trade holds, and now Deeb locks in the Octopus Hold. Tries for a Figure Four but Rosa counters. Deeb lands a twisting neckbreaker. Russian leg sweep by Rosa and now a crossface. Deeb with a stretch of Rosa's leg but now Rosa smashes the knee of Deeb and they both hit clothelines. Death Valley Driver by Rosa but only for two. Chop block by Deeb and then locks in the Figure Four. Both slap one another and roll to the outside. 

Detox by Deeb but only for two. Powerbomb by Deeb, now she locks in a Cloverleaf. Up top now, Rosa attempts the Three Amigos but lands the Fire Thunder Driver instead to retain the title. 

As expected, Rosa and Deeb had a fantastic match. These two women know each other well. What a win for Rosa. 

Grade: A+ 

Jericho Appreciation Society wins Anarchy in the Arena

The Anarchy in the Arena match is up next. The Jericho Appreciation Society is dressed up as a boy band. Everyone is brawling while "Wild Thing" continues to play in the arena. The song continues to play which is making things even more chaotic. 

This match is out of control. Forks are being used to stab the wrestlers. A few wrestlers are bleeding while "Wild Thing" still plays in the arena. Chris Jericho finally breaks the soundboard and stops the music. Santana and Ortiz put Jake Hager through a table. Jon Moxley hits a camera onto Jericho. Daniel Garcia lands a piledriver on the steel steps. Eddie Kingston and Garcia are fighting over a belt. Everyone is bleeding now. Jericho lands a Walls of Jericho to Moxley but the table breaks with them on it. 

Now Moxley and Jericho are in the ring. Jake Hager lands a suplex onto Bryan Danielson. The ring ropes are broken and Moxley is attacking Jericho with the ring buckle. Moxley with a Regal Knee to Jericho's face. Santana and Ortiz use a ladder and land two splashes. A fire extinguisher ends up being used against Moxley. Hager, Moxley, Danielson and Jericho are now in the ring. Moxley and Danielson hammer away at Jericho and Hager and then try and submit them.

Kingston has gasoline. He pours it on Jericho and Danielson, Now Danielson and Kingston get into it. Moxley tries to stop Kingston but then gets pushed into barbed wire. Judas Effect from Jericho to Kingston. Danielson is hit with the ring ropes but kicks out at two. Danielson kicks away at Jericho and Hager. Flying knee by Danielson but Jericho kicks out. Danielson's legs gets hit with a bat. Walls of Jericho plus the ring ropes choking Danielson are enough as the match ends. The Jericho Appreciation Society wins. 

This was chaotic. Like, way-too-many-things-happened chaotic. It was very hard to keep track of anything in this match. There were a lot of brutal moments. Once the NBA playoffs ended, things became more clear. Stadium Stampede did all of its bits in pieces, allowing things to unfold. It was either the best thing ever or the worst. The visual of Eddie Kingston walking down the ring with gasoline was iconic. 

Grade: A

It was just announced that former Ring of Honor Champion RUSH has signed with AEW.  

Dante Martin challenges Scorpio Sky for the TNT title. The bout will take place in California. 

Jurassic Express retains the AEW World Tag Team Titles

The AEW World Tag Team title match is up next. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus will defend the titles against the teams of Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee and Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs. 

Luchasaurus takes down the competition in the ring while everyone else argues. Swerve and Starks battle it out for a bit before Hobbs comes in to face Swerve. Lee and Swerve attack Hobbs. Jungle Boy breaks up a pin attempt. He tries to attack Lee from the top rope, but Lee grabs him and powerbombs him on top of Luchasaurus. Hobbs just lifts up Jungle Boy. Starks shows off by walking the ropes, but it fails miserably. 

Swerve and Hobbs trade shots as Hobbs is in trouble. Starks landed hard on his neck following a throw to the outside. Luchasaurus is finally in the ring and he lets loose. Hobbs, Lee and Luchasaurus all face off and Hobbs and Lee take down Luchasaurus. Suplex by Lee takes Hobbs outside. Lee now with a senton off the ropes. Now Lee and Luchasaurus are trading shots in the ring. 

Hobbs flies off the top rope with a double neckbreaker. Christian Cage stops Starks from pinning Jungle Boy with his feet on the ropes. Jungle Boy attacks Hobbs and checks on Christian, who is hurt. Starks spears Jungle Boy but only for two. Luchasaurus and Starks now face off, but then Hobbs lands a spinebuster. Luchasaurus accidentally kicks Jungle Boy and the team of Swerve and Lee take advantage. Hobbs breaks up the pin before new champions could be crowned. Starks hits Lee with the FTW Title. A superkick by Jungle Boy lands on Swerve. Christian stops Starks from attacking Jungle Boy. 

Jurassic Express retains after pinning Swerve. Christian teases dropping Jungle Boy, a la Randy Orton and Triple H in Evolution. 

Very solid match between all three teams. Starks and Swerve have so much charisma. Surprised that Jurassic Express retained, but not disappointed. Christian once again teased turning on Jungle Boy. 

Grade: A 

CM Punk def. 'Hangman' Adam Page to become AEW World Champion 

AEW World Title match is next. CM Punk and "Hangman" Page will face off. It wouldn't be a world title fight in Las Vegas without it starting at midnight. 

Both try to get into the other's heads to start. Forearm brush to Page's face as they chop one another. This is an aggressive start to the match. 

Punk heads to the top rope and goes for a dive, but Page lifts him up and hits a fallaway slam. Page dives off the top and hits Punk hard. Hangman is in another zone as he is punishing Punk. Buckshot Lariat attempt but Punk drops Page off the ropes. Page hit a powerbomb on the apron. Punk hits a superplex off the top rope. He hits a running knee and then a bulldog. 

Springboard clothesline by Punk. He goes for the Sharpshooter but Page stops that. Page brings Punk to the outside and lands a moonsault. He might have clipped his knee. Page goes for the Buckshot but his knee buckles, allowing Punk to put in the Sharpshooter. Punk goes for the Buckshot, Page goes for the GTS, Punk goes for the Sharpshooter again. Roundhouse kick by Punk, and he goes for the Buckshot and lands it. It was not smooth, however. 

GTS attempt by both men. Hangman catches Punk mid-knee and lands a powerbomb. Dead Eye by Page but Punk kicks out at two. Page teases a GTS, but Punk lands a roundhouse instead. Page actually lands the GTS but Punk kicks out. They trade shots in the middle of the ring. Now Page clotheslines Punk and himself over the rope. Page tries to act tough outside the ring. He goes for the Buckshot but Punk goes for the GTS. The referee gets hit and is down. 

Page looks at the belt and looks to hit Punk with it. He thinks about it, drops the title, tries the Buckshot, but Punk hits the GTS and becomes world champion. 

What a match. A lot of psychology was involved to make this an emotional affair. CM Punk is a world champion in 2022. What a journey he has been on. It will be interesting to see how this affects Page. 

Grade: A

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