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Rising WWE star explains how Triple H comforted him while flailing in NXT

Elias, who has had a meteoric rise on the main roster, wasn’t always a hit. While failing in NXT, though, Triple H knew it would be this way.

Elias spoke to Edge and Christian on E & C’s Pod of Awesomeness about this entire ordeal. The entire listen is fantastic, but it was the enlightening part about Triple H explaining how the character wouldn’t do great in NXT, but would do well on the main roster, that is really interesting.

“Triple H has told me specifically from the very first time when he saw me, he said that it would be a better main roster character than NXT. It never really clicked with the NXT audience the way it has. The way I see it, I took my live event act in NXT and brought it to the main roster,” he said. “They saw the live event act and said let’s put that on TV. On NXT, I would sing songs, but wouldn’t even do that, plus it was very dark and cryptic, but this is the kind of stuff I was doing on live events in NXT before being called up.”

If Triple H tells you that, you kind of just have to believe him. Plus, as it turns out, he was correct.

Elias, who is set to be one of the seven participants in the upcoming Elimination Chamber match, has been a delight on the main roster. While he’s yet to capture any WWE gold, he seems destined to be a main event mainstay the moment the company decides he’s ready to hang with the big boys.

As should we all, I walk with Elias.

(H/T Wrestling Inc)

Report: Former four-star recruit, Big 12 starter arrested on Saturday night

According to the Ames Tribune, Iowa State offensive lineman Sean Foster was arrested on Saturday night on charges of “interference with official acts” and “minors prohibited on certain premises”.

The Tribune notes that Foster has already been released from jail.

Foster, a massive 6-foot-8 and 300 pound lineman, was the highest-rated prospect of Iowa State’s 2016 recruiting class. Rated a four-star by Rivals, Foster was previously committed to Minnesota before eventually making the flip to join Iowa State.

According to the Tribune, Foster played in 10 games for Iowa State in the 2017 season, starting six of them. Iowa State had their best season in well over a decade in 2017, going 8-5 on their way to a win in the Liberty Bowl. It was Iowa State’s first bowl win since 2009 and their first eight win season since they won nine games in the 2000 season.

Mets GM gives Tim Tebow’s baseball career the ultimate endorsement

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson believes Tim Tebow will make it to the Major Leagues. We know this because he literally said so.

“I think he will play in the Major Leagues.”

It is worth noting Alderson said that down in Florida.

Anyway, according to the New York Daily News, Tebow will likely start in Double-A Binghamton. Moreover, that it wouldn’t shocking if the former Florida Gators quarterback made it to the Major League Baseball roster by September.

Tebow, who is somehow only 30, began his voyage toward the Big Leagues last season. By the time that journey was over, he advanced from Class A Columbia to Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Not exactly going through the ringer there, but he had to start somwhere.

Overall, he hit .226 with eight home runs in 126 games. The numbers weren’t impressive, but some still believe that Tebow’s raw power could be fully harnessed if he if is able to improve his ability to make contact.

Recently, in an interview with SEC Country, Tebow shot down the idea of returning to football by way of the XFL’s relaunch:

“To be honest, I really haven’t given it any thought,” Tebow told SEC Country about the XFL. “I’ve got too many important things going on, and I’m getting ready for spring training in slightly over a week.” “Not really,” he continued. “Honestly, it’s the beginning of 2018. And they’re talking about that in 2020. I’ve got a lot of life in front of me before that even happens. So I’m not even going to worry about it.”

With the Mets unlikely to be good this season, the organization can use him as a cheap draw.

Here's why Olympic figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu's fans throw Winnie the Pooh bears on the ice

In one of the strangest stories that we’ve seen out of the 2018 Winter Olympics, beloved bear Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback.

>> Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz wows with 'Game of Thrones' costume

The lovable bear is the unofficial mascot of Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu. Every time Hanyu takes to the ice, he keeps a stuffed bear on the side of the rink for good luck, often bowing to the toy before performing, Time magazine reported. Fans know of Hanyu's love for the character and throw Winnie the Pooh bears onto the rink. The carefree bear has proved to be a pretty effective spirit animal for Hanyu, who is considered by some to be the best figure skater in history.

>> Visit for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

And the bears aren’t wasted, either. After Hanyu leaves the ice, the stuffed animals are collected and donated to local charities.

Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift

The 23-year-old won a gold medal in Pyeongchang on Saturday, making him the first male skater since 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic golds. In a New York Times profile of the star, the paper wrote that thousands of Hanyu’s fans traveled to South Korea to see him compete. Some of them wore Winnie the Pooh hats while others donned Winnie the Pooh costumes.

>> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class

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And the story of Hanyu’s gold medal performance has the kind of storybook twists and turns that you might expect from something a lot more dramatic than Winnie the Pooh. In the months leading up the games, when he should have been entering his final round of preparation, Hanyu suffered an injury to his ankle that threatened his performance. But, in a comeback story for the ages, the Japanese star managed to return with a vengeance, cementing himself as the greatest ice skater in the world. And, Winnie the Pooh was there on the sidelines for the entire thing.

Super Bowl contender may target former Alabama QB AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron becoming a free agent one year early after winning his NFL grievance is one of the big storylines of the offseason.

After he was nearly traded to the Cleveland Browns during the season, Hue Jackson’s squad should certainly be sweating attempting to land him on the open market. And apparently the Minnesota Vikings are ready to throw their hat into the ring.

Should the Vikings be unable to re-sign Case Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game this season, Minnesota may turn its attention to McCarron, per Pioneer Press.

McCarron has started a grand total of three games in four years with Cincinnati, topping the depth chart as Andy Dalton’s backup. He’s thrown from 920 yards over his career with six touchdowns and two interceptions.

The way everything turned out in San Francisco with the inexperienced Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s not surprising that McCarron could suddenly jumped near the top of the NFL free agent heap.

Hulk Hogan wants to wrestle WWE Hall of Famer just one more time

Still exiled from the WWE, Hulk Hogan recently talked about wanting to wrestle Ric Flair one more time. He also gave the big boot to the idea that he’d run for political office.

Starting with the latter first, I had zero idea people were clamoring for Hogan to run for office or that he’d even given it any consideration considering he is Hulk Hogan.


“No, there’s no truth to that (running for office),” Hogan said. They tried to reel me in, but I’m a full-time beach bum, I’ve got it made… As far as going into politics and going to Washington and playing softball with everybody shooting at me, forget it. There’s no chance.”

I don’t know who “they” happen to be, but there’s no chance he’d be elected. That part largely appears to be Hogan doing Hogan things — talking himself up through a non-existent party of people.

That’s not the interesting part of the interview, though. Instead, it is about him clinging to the idea that Ric Flair and The Hulkster should do battle a final time.

“I don’t miss any workouts, I’m 65 years old and I’m trying to talk Ric into getting in the ring with me one more time. Ric seems to forget, maybe he’s been hit in the head with too many steel chairs. In this business – Never say never.”

Finally, because an interview with Hulk Hogan is incomplete unless he talks about trying to return to the WWE:

“The fans are pulling for it. Wrestlers are pulling for it. We’ve got a really good rapport with everyone and we are working towards it – changing the story and making things right again.”


Blockbuster trade for NFL’s No. 2 overall pick could be in the works

The Buffalo Bills may be looking to make a splash in the upcoming NFL Draft, and at least one reporter believes it could be to land UCLA standout quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 2 overall.

Rosen has long been considered one of the top two quarterbacks in the upcoming draft class, and whether the move goes down will depend on the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants deciding he isn’t the quarterback of the future for their respective franchises.

Here’s what Eric Galko of Sporting News relayed, per Giants Wire:

“(The Bills) have aggressively scouting quarterbacks all year long. I think Josh Rosen is the apple of their eye. It’ll be hard to go up and get him, but I think the tie between Buffalo and Giants GM David Gettleman kind of paints a picture of where they both might be thinking to go,” Galko told WGR 500. “The Bills have been stockpiling assets. One reason to do that is to make a move to get a quarterback. Whether it’s moving up in draft, trading to get a guy like Nick Foles, or to just take multiple quarterbacks in this draft. They knew that we’re a playoff team, to get to that next step we need a franchise quarterback, and they don’t believe Tyrod Taylor or Nathan Peterman are those guys.”

Peterman was a fifth round draft pick from this year’s crop. He started two games, going 1-1 with a horrific five interception game in November.

Taylor was a holdover from the Rex Ryan era, never truly getting the backing a franchise quarterback would have. After two seven-win seasons, he led the Bills to an 8-6 record and a playoff berth. He should finally be on his way out this summer, with just $1 million of his $10 million 2018 salary guaranteed.

Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz wows with 'Game of Thrones' costume

“Game of Thrones” fans from around the world were loving German Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz’s costume at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Fentz was clearly not on the fence when it came to a tribute to the character Jaime Lannister, and neither were people on the internet when it came to voicing positive opinions about it.

>> Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift

The Olympian also skated to the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack.

Here's what fans had to say:

>> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class

Even commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were into it.

>> Read more trending news 

“It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts,” Lipinski said. “This music gets me.”

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