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Jon Moxley sensationally squashed CM Punk in last night’s AEW World Championship unification match, putting his opponent away within a matter of minutes in a hotly-anticipated match that could realistically have headlined the upcoming All Out pay-per-view.

Few could have predicted what looked like a surefire Match of the Year candidate going down this way. A brisker-than-usual opening sequence played out before Punk blasted Moxley with a high kick. Immediately, the AEW World Champion fell to the floor, selling his surgically-repaired foot, which allowed Mox to shock and awe.

Smelling blood in the water, Punk’s interim counterpart seized the opportunity, hitting a King Kong lariat, the hammer and anvil elbows, and a Death Rider. Wrenching the hurting foot with an immense sense of urgency, Mox inflicted untold levels of kayfabe damage before getting up, landing another Death Rider, and scoring a pinfall.

Jon Moxley is now the undisputed AEW World Champion. The whole affair took less than four minutes.

AEW’s announce team sold the idea that Punk had come back to the company too quickly after suffering the broken foot that triggered Tony Khan to announce an interim World Championship in the first place. Clearly, his injured foot is the story in play – and the kayfabe reason for Moxley’s sudden squash of him.

The All Out 2022 main event remains a mystery, however.

The NFL draft will mostly return to its standard, pre-pandemic form for the 2021 event set to be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1, NFL executive vice president of club business and league events Peter O’Reilly told Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce picks from a draft stage and fans will be able to attend the event, though mask-wearing, social distancing, and capacity limits will be enforced.

“We have been characterizing it as a large, live, in-person event,” said Greater Cleveland Sports Commission CEO David Gilbert.

While the draft’s legal capacity limit remains one of the major unknowns, Gilbert says the event will be the city’s largest in many years, and “certainly since the (2016) Republican Convention.”

Teams will still make picks exclusively from their local draft rooms.

While attendance at the draft stage just off Lake Erie will be limited to invited guests who have been vaccinated, those in the general public who haven’t received their COVID-19 vaccination yet will be allowed into the “Draft Experience” at FirstEnergy Stadium, and other draft-related events like the red carpet at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The NFL will reportedly use the draft to push a pro-vaccine message.

“This draft in particular feels like it represents hope beyond that, because we hope to role model and showcase a bit of what a brighter future continues to look like, in terms of being able to do live, in-person events safely,” said Reilly.

He expects the number of invited prospects will be “not too far off from what it’s been in recent years,” with players given their own socially distanced space for about 10 close family members or friends. In 2018, 22 players attended the draft, while 23 did so the following year.

The NFL hopes to keep some elements of the remote draft from last year, with cameras in teams’ draft rooms and video kits sent to prospects who aren’t in attendance.

AEW has announced that their Dynamite debut in Ohio will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

Tickets for the January 29 episode of Dynamite will go on sale this Friday, November 29, starting at $20. AEW is touting how the tickets make good holiday gifts, and these will go on sale Black Friday.

AEW stars featured in the promotional material for the Cleveland show are AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, MJF, and The Young Bucks.

The NFL draft’s tour of the country is set to continue.

The league announced Cleveland and Kansas City as the hosts of the 2021 and 2023 drafts, respectively, following Wednesday’s league meeting.

Las Vegas is set to hold next year’s draft, while the 2022 event has yet to be awarded.

Making stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and most recently Nashville, Tenn., the league has been rotating the location of the draft after previously holding it exclusively in New York City from 1965 to 2014.

The 2019 draft in Nashville broke Dallas’ revenue record by generating $133 million while welcoming a record 600,000 attendees.

The NFL also announced that the scouting combine will remain at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis through 2021, according to NFL.com’s Judy Battista. On-field drills will shift to afternoon and prime-time television slots in 2020.

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The first stop of the Stipe Miocic heavyweight championship tour could be in his hometown of Cleveland.

On Thursday, UFC officials confirmed to FOX Sports that a plan is in the works to bring the Octagon to Cleveland in September.

The news was first mentioned on Wednesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight.”

Miocic is a logical fit to headline the card with his Ohio roots, and the buzz generated by his first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 on May 14.

No exact date, venue, or opponent have been indicated, though Alistair Overeem is presumed to be next in line. “The Demolition Man” has won four straight with two recent knockouts of contenders Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski.

Cleveland does seem to be reforming Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith. After arriving via trade from the New York Knicks one year ago Tuesday, he admitted there wasn’t as much trouble to get into in northern Ohio as there was in Gotham (a night out for him now appears to be a suburban dinner party).

On the floor, Smith says he’s done jawing with NBA referees.

“I’m trying to leave the refs alone,” Smith told the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd. “I’m used to at least being able to talk to them, but the last couple years they don’t want to hear nothing from me.”

Smith has been called for one technical foul this season, and had another rescinded. He had eight last year. Smith credits that change to turning around and walking away when he disagrees with a ref’s call.

“The crazy thing is they all want to laugh and joke with me before the game,” Smith said of officials. “Watch them during layup line, ‘Hey J.R.’ I’m not going to talk to you because as soon as we go jump ball they’re going to start what they do and I’ll be upset which is going to take me out of my game, which is going to take my team out of the game.”

Smith is having his typical up-and-down season in terms of play. In Monday’s win over the Toronto Raptors, he scored 24 points on eight treys. In the previous two contests, he shot a combined 5-for-18 from the floor.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting – the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.

Aavielle Wakefield’s death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.

On Friday, the NBA star went further, stating his support for stricter gun laws.

”There’s no room for guns.” James said.

James, who has never shied away from stating his opinion on political issues, spoke after practice, a day after another tragedy in Cleveland as well as the mass shooting at an Oregon community college, where a gunman killed at least nine people and wounded others when he opened fire on campus.

James decried both situations and took a strong stance on gun control, a divisive issue in the U.S.

”Four kids under the age of five or six years old have been shot and killed or very badly injured,” James said. ”There’s no room for that. There’s no room for guns, first of all, but then for violence toward kids or anybody. I see the news go across my phone and I’m sitting there in front of my three kids, so it automatically just hit me.

”It’s not just in Cleveland, it’s the whole nation that goes through this as well. We all hurt from it.”

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams broke down in tears while asking for the public’s help in finding the shooter of Wakefield, who was in a car with her mother and grandmother. A 3-year-old boy and 5-year-old boy have also been killed since Sept. 4.

James didn’t hear President Barack Obama’s impassioned speech Thursday following the Oregon massacre. Obama grimly denounced the latest shooting, saying it had become too commonplace and calling the U.S. ”the only advanced country on earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”

James didn’t specify what changes he would like to see made to gun laws, but echoed the president’s sentiments.

”I know what I see. I know how I feel,” he said. ”Obviously you’re not going to be able to take every gun out. I don’t know how you can do that. There’s so many around now, today. But if there’s some stipulations behind it or some penalties, some big time penalties or rules or regulations about carrying firearms, legal or illegal, people will second-guess themselves.”

This isn’t the first time James has taken a public stance. When he played in Miami, James led a protest by the Heat players, who wore hooded sweatshirts for a photo shoot to protest the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Last season, he wore an ”I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt in New York after Eric Garner was killed while being arrested.

James knows his voice and status can help him have a positive impact. He believes some of the work he’s doing through programs associated with the LeBron James Family Foundation are helping curb behavior.

”Part of the education program we’re doing is keeping those kids off the street and keeping their situations that’s maybe bad and turning them into good,” he said. ”I think what we’re doing is controlling some of the violence. Some of these kids might be in violent situations, violent areas or violent homes and we’re trying to keep them away from that.”

LeBron James hopes the Cleveland Cavaliers can be a rallying force for the people of Cleveland.

After a judge found police officer Michael Brelo not guilty on two charges of voluntary manslaughter in a 2012 shooting case which resulted in two deaths of African-Americans, the Cavs star is imploring the city to focus its energy on the playoffs.

“For the city of Cleveland, let’s use our excitement or whatever passion that we have for our sport tomorrow, for the game tomorrow night, bring it tomorrow night … our team we’ll try to do our best to give it back to them,” James told the media after Saturday’s workout.

Cleveland, leading the series 2-0, faces the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 on Sunday at home.

Both the team and the league have said through spokesmen that, in the event any protests turn violent around the Quicken Loans Arena, they are in touch with local law enforcement.

James, along with his teammate Kyrie Irving, both wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during pregame shootaround in early December in support of Eric Garner, a man who was choked to death by a police officer on Staten Island in July.

“It doesn’t matter what city it is, something that’s going through a city that’s very traumatic, traumatizing or anything of that case, I think sports is the biggest healers in helping the city out,” explained James.

“Sports just does something to people, either if you’re a player, you’re a fan, if you just have something that has anything to do with that city, you just feel a certain way about rooting for a team that you love, get your mind off some of the hardships that may be going on throughout your life or maybe that particular time or period. It just does that.”