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Rob Van Dam has issued a ‘come get me’ offer to WWE.

The former WWE World Champ told NBC Sports Boston that he’s being realistic about a comeback though. Van Dam wouldn’t expect to come in and be on top of cards, or anything, but he isn’t ruling out working some more matches for the company in the near future.

Of course, as RVD pointed out, “I kinda feel like if they wanted me there, then I would be there”. He does have a ‘Legends’ deal with WWE, but that’s only for merchandise – Rob doesn’t make many public appearances at autographs signings or meet-and-greets, which he’s slightly puzzled by because he’d enjoy doing them.

Van Dam’s last WWE match was a count out win over Seth Rollins on the 26 August 2014 episode of ‘C’ show Main Event. That’ll be the answer to a trivia question someday, surely. Since then, Rob has worked everywhere from IMPACT Wrestling to UK independent promotions like PROGRESS and ICW.

He’d love a WWE comeback at some point. The question is, do the company (and, more specifically, Triple H) see value in that?

The allure of Saudi Arabian money has brought back numerous ghosts from WWE’s past. The events have become place where numerous talents have found a second life for their careers. Both Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker have reneged on past retirements in the name of a payday from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment, which has a lucrative deal with WWE through 2027 to present events from the country, while eternal figures in WWE like Goldberg have even won the WWE Universal Championship at the controversial events.

WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash has been a constant presence on the convention and meet and greet circuit. With Ric Flair recently promoting an entire PPV event around his final match, despite his poor physical condition, people have approached Nash numerous times, asking about one final run for Big Sexy — especially considering the physical shape that Nash is currently in.

“I love when people come up to me and say ‘Ah Nash, still look pretty jacked, think you got one in ya?'” Nash said on a recent episode of “Kliq This.” 

“No. I don’t. The [expletive deleted] thought of my rickety ass body hitting that [expletive deleted] wood?” Nash laughed, “Nah, man. Not even for [expletive deleted] Saudi Money.” 

Nash has a very simple response for anyone that would “come to [him] with half a million dollars and say take two bumps, [expletive deleted] you.” 

Chuckling with his co-host Sean Oliver, the notably frugal nWo founding member mused about the hypothetical payday. “What am I gonna do with that? Let me put that in the bank with the rest of my [expletive deleted] money I don’t spend.” Nash noted that outside of buying “some Czechoslovakian art,” there is not much that the former WWE Champion wants for in his post-wrestling days.

Bryan Danielson will wrestle his first match in nearly two months this coming Wednesday on AEW Dynamite: Fight for the Fallen.

The news broke Saturday, with Bryan announcing during San Diego Comic Con that he will face the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Daniel Garcia, with a promise to “kick his fucking head in.” The match was also plugged during Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor PPV.

Danielson last wrestled as part of the 10-man Anarchy in the Arena match at AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV, during which he was injured. The American Dragon missed competing at Forbidden Door against New Japan’s Zack Sabre Jr. Claudio Castagnoli made his AEW debut and defeated ZSJ in Bryan’s stead.

That Danielson is coming back to face Garcia in his first match back says a lot about how he feels, as this will undoubtedly be a hard-hitting, technical bout pitting Dragon against a man Bryan once suggested as a potential trainee under himself and Jon Moxley.

Currently, the Blackpool Combat Club and Eddie Kingston have been embroiled in a war with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and this will be the next chapter. Garcia is coming off a loss against BCC’s Wheeler Yuta for the Ring of Honor Pure Championship at Death Before Dishonor Saturday.

Ben Roethlisberger said the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ decision to bring him back for a final season last year wasn’t unanimous inside the organization.

The retired quarterback recently revealed that longtime head coach Mike Tomlin and former general manager Kevin Colbert were ready to replace him in 2021, but Steelers owner Art Rooney II had other plans.

“It was mostly Kevin. He was ready to move on. I think Mike was a little ready to move on, but I think he was OK with me coming back,” Roethlisberger told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think Mr. Rooney really wanted me to come back last year to play.”

The 40-year-old is happy with how his final year in Pittsburgh played out.

“I thought I went out on my terms,” said Roethlisberger, who completed 64.5% of his passes for 3,740 yards and 22 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 2021.

“I never wanted to stay too long. I know some people might think I did. ‘You stayed last year.’ But I thought I played pretty well last year, to be honest.”

He added: “My arm feels like I still could go out and play. I’m pretty confident I could still play. But it’s every day. It’s mental. Not having to prepare for camp and the season has been the biggest blessing for me.”

Roethlisberger played for the Steelers from 2004-21 and became the most prolific passer in franchise history, though he visibly lost some of his arm strength in the final years of his career. The six-time Pro Bowler didn’t average more than 6.3 yards per pass attempt in 2020 and 2021 after doing so every year from 2004-18.

In 18 seasons in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger passed for 64,088 yards and 418 touchdowns while posting a 165-81-1 regular-season record under center. He also helped the Steelers make three Super Bowl appearances, winning two titles.

All Elite Wrestling star Kenny Omega has claimed he is “done” if he suffers another major setback in his ongoing rehabilitation.

The former AEW World Champion, who has been out of action since November 2021, made this statement during a stream on the CEO Gaming Twitch channel on Wednesday.

Said Omega of the “scary” situation (h/t Fightful):

“If I get another major setback, that’s it. That’s it, I’m done, I can’t do this ever again. Two times, three times a day, really painful rehab, not even knowing what it’s going to be like when I get back in the ring. I have no clue. It’s scary, actually. You see people, they come back to the ring and you’re just happy to see them back. There is a different kind of expectation put on me, and I think that anything less than what they are expecting, which is already unrealistic, is going to lead to a lot of ridicule, which is what I get every day anyway.”

Amongst other things, Omega is currently recovering from multiple surgeries to ease neck and knee issues and a sports hernia, all of which he had been working through for an extended period prior to announcing his pro wrestling hiatus. In addition, the 38-year-old had been suffering from vertigo – even in the ring.

Continuing, Kenny spoke of unrealistic expectations when it comes to his recovery, claiming people have treated the situation as if he can just snap his fingers and come back:

“You can probably understand and imagine how difficult it is, struggling twice, three times a day, trying to get things to work that maybe never worked before, and trying to re-route things in your brain to get around the things that aren’t going heal. People think, ‘Kenny is hurt, he took time off,’ snap your fingers, I come back and I’m 100%. Life doesn’t work that way. Bodies don’t work that way. Athletes don’t work that way. It’s very difficult to formulate a plan and to execute it. We’ll see how I do.”

Omega’s use of the word “done” will automatically lead to assumptions that he is planning on retiring should he face another roadblock in his recovery. Alternatively, the former AEW World Champion’s words could be interpreted as him not wanting to go through another long, gruelling rehabilitation process, which is seemingly proving too much for him to take at the moment.

Later in the stream, Kenny spoke of a desire to do more storyline-heavy work as opposed to performances carried by extreme, hyper-athleticism in the future, citing his acclaimed ‘Hangman’ Adam Page feud as an example. “Done” could refer to deviating from the explosive in-ring style that has made Omega such a success in professional wrestling, but has almost certainly accelerated his physical decline.

Whatever the case, Omega’s rehabilitation continues. All the best to him.

Kurt Angle says he will never wrestle again after undergoing serious knee replacement surgery on both legs.

The WWE Hall Of Famer told the ‘Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling‘ podcast that he decided to get work done on both knees so he wasn’t “destabilised” – regardless, he’s still “in a lot of pain”. Kurt just didn’t want to worry about going under the knife a second time later in life.

Angle has always been coy when asked if he’d fancy pulling on the boots for one more match. He’s never kept it a secret that he didn’t really enjoy his last hurrah in WWE. The company picked Baron Corbin as Kurt’s final opponent at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, which didn’t sit well with the legend or his fans.

Going out on a six-minute loss to a worker that had nothing to do with Angle’s iconic career didn’t sit well, but it’ll be his last in-ring showing.

Physically, Kurt can’t go anymore. The double knee surgery has also given him the chance to walk relatively pain-free someday. That wouldn’t be the case if he “messed” them up by bumping around.

Tom Brady provided more details about his decision to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason after a brief retirement, saying Wednesday that he wasn’t able to stay away from football due to his “appetite to compete.”

The legendary quarterback can already see the end of the tunnel, though.

“I think mostly when I kind of told the team, ‘Look, you know guys gotta make plans without me.’ And then (GM) Jason (Licht) and (coach) Bruce (Arians) said, ‘Just give it time,'” Brady said on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I said, ‘Look, I feel pretty strongly.’

“Then time went by, and you just get super competitive. I think I’m part crazy. … Forty-five years old and I’m out here with a lot of young guys that are trying to take my head off. I see (Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman) Aaron Donald work out on my Instagram, and I’m like, ‘Damn, maybe I should’ve stayed retired because he’s a beast.'”

He continued: “But I had the appetite to compete, and it’s going to be gone soon. … I gotta, you know, just really appreciate the time I have left because it’s not a lot.”

Brady officially announced he’d play his 23rd NFL season March 13, less than two months after first announcing his retirement.

It’s still unclear when Brady will retire for good. However, the seven-time Super Bowl champion does know what’s waiting for him once he hangs up his cleats.

“It’s going to be a totally new career,” Brady said of his agreement to become Fox Sports’ lead NFL analyst after he retires. “It’s a new opportunity for me to try something that I’m going to work really hard to prepare to be as good as I could possibly can be, knowing that the day that I walk on the set for the first time won’t be my finest moment.

“There’ll be a lot of growing pains and I’ll have to learn to be really good at it, but I also think there’s part of it that excites me.”

Brady, who turns 45 in August, has shown no signs of slowing down on the field. He led the NFL in completions (485), passing yards (5,316), and touchdowns (43) en route to finishing second in MVP voting last season.

Aaron Rodgers acknowledged Thursday that he decided to return to the Green Bay Packers believing he would still have All-Pro receiver Davante Adams as a teammate for the upcoming season.

The Packers announced on March 15 that Rodgers had agreed to a contract extension. Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders later that week, reuniting him with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr.

“Obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” the four-time MVP quarterback said on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube show. ““I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. It didn’t obviously turn out that way but I have so much love for ‘Te and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best in Derek in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

Adams’ exit leaves the Packers with a shortage of proven receivers as they chase their first Super Bowl berth since their 2010 championship season, though they have won an NFC title in each of Matt LaFleur’s three seasons as coach.

Green Bay lost two other wideouts to free agency when Marquez Valdes-Scantling joined the Kansas City Chiefs and Equanimeous St. Brown signed with the Chicago Bears, though the Packers did add veteran receiver Sammy Watkins.

The Packers’ top returning receiver is Allen Lazard, who had 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“It’s a tough business, it’s a wonderful profession,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of things that happen that surprise you, even still. I thought that based on the number that we offered Davante and being able to play with me for a few more years would make a difference, but in the end I think he was ready to move on and wanted my help in making that happen.

“It was a tough position to be in, for sure, because I love him and I care about him and I want him to be happy, and he’s definitely going to be missed.”

The Packers didn’t use either of their two first-round draft picks Thursday on a wide receiver and instead boosted their defense by signing a pair of Georgia teammates, taking linebacker Quay Walker 22nd overall and tackle Devonte Wyatt with the 28th pick.

Green Bay hasn’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since taking Florida State’s Javon Walker 20th overall in 2002. The Packers have nine draft picks remaining, including two second-round picks.

Rodgers said the Packers had six wide receivers rated as first-rounders and that all of them were taken among the first 18 picks, Rodgers said. “At this point, you’ve just got to have some faith in the organization and faith that whoever we bring in tomorrow and the rest of this draft, I’m going to put in the time to make it work with those guys and we’re going to find a way in Matt’s offense to be successful like we always have.”

Rodgers reiterated comments he’d made earlier by saying his relationship with Packers management has improved quite a bit since last year, when he skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp and talked about how he wanted a voice in the decision-making process.

He also praised the Packers’ decision to bring back Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach. Clements previously worked for the Packers from 2006-16

“I’m excited to get back there and get things going,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got a lot to play for, a lot of exciting things.”

Despite retiring at the age of 44 on Feb. 1, Tom Brady said Monday that he never doubted his ability to physically keep up with today’s game.

In fact, Brady, who’ll turn 45 on Aug. 3, said he returned for a 23rd NFL season last month because he believes he still belongs in the league.

“I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Tom VanHaaren of ESPN. “And, obviously, I have a love for the game. I think I’ll always have a love for the game.

“I do think, physically, I’ll be able to do it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the field.”

After spending time with his family and reflecting on his decision to leave football, Brady spoke with members of the Buccaneers organization, including former head coach Bruce Arians. He then eventually decided to end his 40-day retirement. Brady said he was motivated by the love for his teammates and the chance to make up for last season’s “very bitter ending” at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams.

“I wanted to give myself and my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something that we’d all be very proud of,” he said.

Brady added: “At the end of the day, I just love the competition on the field.”

However, the future Hall of Famer realizes he’s at the end of his career.

“I wish you could go forever, but it’s just not (possible). Football comes at too high of a cost now,” he said. “My kids are getting older, and it’s just getting harder and harder to miss these things.”

Brady showcased that he could still produce at an elite level in 2021. He led the league with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

Excluding an appearance earlier this year at the 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble, Nikki Bella hasn’t wrestled since 2018, where she unsuccessfully challenged Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship at a WWE live event in Italy.

That said, she has not yet taken a comeback off the table.

In a Q&A video for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, where she serves as one of the three judges, Nikki Bella was asked about a potential wrestling return. She confirmed it’s on the table, as long as doctors continue to clear her and that she’d like it to be with her sister, Brie Bella, in an attempt to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles.

Nikki Bella is in no rush though, as she also prefers to wait until her son is old enough to see her wrestle.

“As long as the doctors say yes,” Bella said. “And especially with my sister. When we left is when they brought in the tag championships, tag titles. I kind of would like it more when my son is three or four, because it be a dream of mine, especially as a woman, is to have one of the best matches of my career with my son sitting at ringside and being like ‘that’s my mom!’ I really would like to go back with my sister one day, fight for the tag titles and win them once in front of our kids. That would be amazing.”