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Gift from WWE’s Sasha Banks Connects Cop and Community

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For everything wrestling does to frustrate fans, it does so much more to connect and bring people together. The follow is an example of that. It’s also proof that “wrestling is good.”

Look around the crowd at a WWE Raw event and you’re sure to see people from all walks of life. Rich and poor, young and old, male and female. We’re all just fans once the bells rings.

This past Monday in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the sea of people in the stands included Officer Tommy Norman and his “All Star Crew.”

With more than 1 million followers on Instagram, Norman sets the example for community policing.  He spends as much time out of uniform serving his town of 66,000 as he spends with it on.  In particular, he’s reached out to the African American community in an effort to show that law enforcement can be much more than the negative headlines you see on TV.

One person whose taken note of his positive policing is Sasha Banks., who gave him tickets to Raw.

In true fashion, Officer Norman brought along some of the people he regularly features on his social media account — a group he’s nicknamed “The All-Star Crew” — to watch their first wrestling event.

After the big surprise was revealed, Norman used donations he receives through his Instagram followers to purchase souvenirs for each of his guests.  At one point in the show, he posted the picture below — his guests enamored by what they were watching.

On the way out of the event, Norman posted a video thanking Banks and everyone who made donations to help make the RAW trip a success.  He also made an observation sure to tug at the heartstrings of even the most hardcore of wrestling fans.

“So much going on across the world today — so much hatred and tension — but take the All-Star crew and they’re absolutely happy by the simple things in life.”

Absolute happiness.

An escape from the struggle life can sometimes be is needed for everyone.

Even the most unlikely of pairings — like a police officer and the people he serves.

That’s just another reason why wrestling is good.

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PHOTOS: Joey Ryan competed with serious injury at recent MLW TV tapings

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PHOTOS: Joey Ryan competed with serious injury at recent MLW TV tapings

 

Last night, top indy star Joey Ryan competed at MLW’s Chicago FUSION TV tapings with a serious injury. Ryan teamed up with Swoggle against The Dirty Blondes with a torn pectoral muscle. Ryan revealed he tore his pec recently in Austin, Texas, making a joke about Triple H recently suffering the same injury at WWE Crown Jewel, saying “That seems to be going around a bit.”

Throughout his match, Ryan did not use his injured arm, which was protected by a sling he wore throughout the bout. After the match was over, Ryan removed the sling to show off the injury, which was badly bruised. Ryan admitted he might need surgery and is unsure how long he’ll be out-of-action.

Ryan posted the following in regards to the injury, along with some photographs as well:

“Had a blast teaming with tonight in Chicago but it’s true; I tore my pec (heard it’s going around) last night in Austin. Unfortunately, I need to pull off & for the rest of the weekend so I can see my doctor & figure out the severity of it.”

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The Undertaker’s son talks about his future plans, meeting Vince McMahon, more

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The Undertaker’s son talks about his future plans, meeting Vince McMahon, more

 

The Undertaker’s son, Gunner Calaway, was recently interviewed for Chandler Sorrells YouTube channel.

One question that most wrestling fans want to know is if he plans on pursuing a wrestling career. Gunner says he was interested in pursuing a wrestling career when he was a kid but he began to stray away as he got older.

Gunner says he tries to go to some of the shows when he has time, depending on his school schedule. He would love to be an artist for a production company or video games. Ironically, he went to school at Full Sail University where WWE tapes television for NXT but Gunners says it was just a coincidence that he went to school there and he never had time to attend a taping.

During the interview, he also talks about his interactions with Vince McMahon, life growing up and more.

You can listen to the interview below:

 

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WATCH: Promoter teases Conor McGregor’s return to the boxing ring

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WATCH: Promoter teases Conor McGregor’s return to the boxing ring

 

Last year, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather flipped the combat sports world upside down with their boxing bout in Las Vegas. It was the first time the biggest star in all of boxing, and the biggest star in mixed martial arts went toe-to-toe in any form of combat.

However, in the midst of the circus act, McGregor planted a seed for his return to the squared circle even before making the walk to fight Mayweather. In his training camp for “Money,” McGregor sought the services of former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi came into the McGregor camp as a quality sparring partner to give McGregor some hard rounds before fighting Mayweather.

During one of their exchanges, McGregor hit Malignaggi with a shot that appeared to drop the former WBA champ. However, Malignaggi claims McGregor attempted to elevate himself by building off something that was nothing more than a trip. Despite the footage being released for all to see, there’s still controversy as to exactly what happened.

Regardless, Malignaggi felt slighted by the entire ordeal and has wanted to fight McGregor ever since. Speaking at a recent media event to promote the upcoming Tony Bellew vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight, Malignaggi was asked about fighting McGregor. Top boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was there as well and expressed interest in promoting the potential fight.

Hearn said that he has actually contacted McGregor’s team about the fight, and told them he’d “float the numbers to them”:

“That’s what I said to him (Malignaggi) this morning,” Hearn said. “I’d love to do it, DAZN. Oh, they’d pay a lot of money for that fight. I said to Conor McGregor’s guys, I’m gonna float the numbers to them and see what they think.

“As I said to Conor McGregor’s guys, maybe he can beat Paulie Malignaggi. I don’t know. I don’t think he beats Khabib. He has been living a good life since he has been retired, so you never know how he’ll be coming back. But I’ll say one thing, it is a good fight.”

 

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