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Triple H may have declared himself “back” in NXT following a visit to the WWE Performance Center last week, but the brand’s former executive producer wasn’t backstage for this week’s show.

This is according to POST Wrestling’s John Pollock. The regular NXT 2.0 crew ran the show on Tuesday, with Hunter apparently not at the tapings.

Pollock broke the news of Triple H’s PC speech and return declaration on 22 June:

The 52-year-old also told those at the Performance Center that was looking forward to working with the people there whom he hadn’t collaborated before. There remains no word on what, exactly, his apparent comeback means or what his new NXT role will involve, though it sounds like it didn’t require him to be present for this week’s broadcast.

Triple H oversaw NXT’s creation as a brand and transition from Florida Championship Wrestling in June 2012. He served as its executive director until last summer, when severe heart failure hospitalised him, though he returned to work for WWE earlier this year.

NXT has overgone a complete overhaul in Triple H’s absence, transforming from black-and-gold super indie to a purer developmental territory focusing on greener prospects and broader creative strokes.

Kyrie Irving will stay put after all.

The Brooklyn Nets star will remain with the franchise after choosing to opt into his $37-million player option for the 2022-23 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Irving said in a statement, per Charania. “I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”

Irving had until Wednesday to make a decision on his player option.

The 30-year-old later tweeted a follow-up to his decision.

The Nets had reportedly permitted Irving to speak with other teams to find sign-and-trade agreements in order to assist in his potential exit. However, the Los Angeles Lakers were believed to be the only team interested.

Irving, however, is said to be bypassing multiple potential opt-in-and-trade possibilities with his commitment to Brooklyn for next season, according to Charania.

The mercurial guard’s future was thrown into disarray earlier this month when he was said to be undecided on whether to pick up the lucrative option. Talks between him and the front office then reportedly stagnated. With Irving seemingly having one foot out the door, doubts were then cast on his co-star Kevin Durant, who reportedly began to weigh his own future with the Nets.

By opting in, Brooklyn could possibly trade Irving and his expiring deal without his approval this offseason. However, the team can now also negotiate a long-term extension with him by June 2023, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Irving matched his career high with 27.4 points per game last season but was limited to just 29 contests. As a result of refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Irving was unable to play at home at Barclays Center, and Nets general manager Sean Marks didn’t allow him to be a part-time player, ruling him out for road games, too.

Marks and the franchise, however, relented from that stance in December. They permitted the seven-time All-Star to play on the road, where he made his season debut on Jan. 5. After New York City dropped its remaining vaccine mandates, Irving then made his home season debut on March 27.

Irving has averaged 27.1 points, six assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and shot 40.6% from three in 103 games over three seasons in Brooklyn.

Bradley Beal appears to be staying put in the nation’s capital.

The Washington Wizards star will very likely decline his $36.4-million player option for next season and re-sign on a new five-year, $248-million contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Washington selected Beal third overall in 2012. The Florida product has spent his entire 10-year career with the Wizards. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in three-point field goals and trails only Hall of Fame big man Elvin Hayes in points scored.

Beal has earned three All-Star selections and one All-NBA nod during his time in Washington. After posting two straight runner-up finishes in the NBA scoring race, his production took a hit last season.

The 28-year-old averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.7 boards over 40 appearances. Beal’s 2021-22 campaign ended in February after he underwent left wrist surgery.

Another AEW talent has found themselves on the sideline.

Skye Blue is dealing with an undisclosed injury, according to PWInsider. Blue last wrestled on June 3rd against Marina Shafir in an “AEW Dark” match that was broadcast on June 7th.

While not officially signed to the promotion, Blue has been an ever-present personality on “AEW Dark” and “AEW Dark: Elevation” since her AEW debut in April of 2021. The Chicago-based wrestler got a huge reaction from her hometown crowd at All Out 2021, when she appeared in the Casino Battle Royal (which was eventually won by Jade Cargill). She’s racked up wins against the likes of Amber Nova, Ruthie Jay, Robin Renegade, and others, and has also tagged with talent like Ryo Mizunami.

Blue joins a veritable laundry list of injured talent in AEW. The numerous injuries have led to creative shakeups in the weeks leading up to AEW and NJPW’s highly anticipated Forbidden Door event, with Bryan Danielson out indefinitely and AEW Champion CM Punk recovering from a broken foot, causing two major matches to be scrapped ahead of the show. Kyle O’Reilly was also recently confirmed to be injured. The injury spell is not just confined to AEW, though, as WWE is also dealing with injuries — top talents Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton are both out of action.

AEW has had some good news on the injury front lately, however. Matt Hardy recently confirmed that he’s “good to go,” despite rumors of him being “banged up” after TripleMania, and Adam Cole’s injury status was cleared up on this most recent episode of “AEW Dynamite” when it was revealed that Cole will compete for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in a four-way match against champion Jay White, Hangman Adam Page, and Kazuchika Okada.

Wrestling is a business with its own inherent dangers, but the recent cavalcade of injuries has hung a shadow over the industry, and now another name has been added to the growing scroll of injured wrestlers.

The Bunny took to social media on Wednesday to address a fan’s question about when she will be back “in action on TV again?”

“I’m injured right now,” The Bunny wrote, “but I’ll be back in the ring once I’m all healed up.”

The Bunny has not wrestled since April 20th, when she teamed with Nyla Rose & Emi Sakura in a losing effort against Anna Jay, Ruby Soho & Skye Blue on “AEW Dark.” While the nature of the injury has not been disclosed she did appear alongside The Butcher & The Blade at a May 27th taping of “Dark,” which is an optimistic sign. There is no current timetable for The Bunny’s recovery.

The Bunny joins a lengthy list of injured wrestlers. AEW has already lost Matt Hardy, Lee Johnson, Dante Martin, Adam Cole, Buddy Murphy and AEW Champion CM Punk to injury, and now Bryan Danielson is set to address his health on tonight’s “AEW Dynamite.”

Danielson missed a meet & greet, as well as a flight, due to a still undisclosed injury that could possibly leave him out of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door and the scheduled Blood & Guts match on the following Wednesday. AEW has had to call numerous audibles in the wake of these injuries, including the creation of an Interim AEW World Championship.

Houston Rockets guard John Wall exercised his $47.4-million player option for the 2022-23 season, his agent informed the club, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Wall and the Rockets are expected to work through a resolution in the near future, adds Charania.

Houston acquired the five-time All-Star and a 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick from the Washington Wizards two years ago in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Wall has made only 40 appearances with the Rockets, averaging 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. He sat out the entire 2021-22 campaign as the club worked with him on finding a new team, but Houston couldn’t strike a deal with another squad.

Wall reportedly informed the Rockets last November that he wanted to rejoin the active roster as a starter, but he remained on the sidelines as the franchise planned to have him come off the bench.

All the rumors about Aaron Donald‘s future can be laid to rest.

The Los Angeles Rams agreed to rework Donald’s contract Monday, giving the star defensive lineman $95 million over the next three seasons, a $40-million raise from his previous pact, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Donald will receive $65 million guaranteed over the next two years. He’ll have the option to retire after the 2023 season or return to the team in 2024 for an additional $30 million guaranteed, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The deal also includes a no-trade clause, reports ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Donald is now the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history, topping Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who inked a four-year contract averaging $30 million annually this offseason.

“It’s a big deal and he’s earned it,” Rams head coach Sean McVay told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He truly is one of one, in my opinion. Means so much to me, to our organization. I think the respect that he’s garnered around this league from guys that have done it at such a high level, what he’s accomplished through his eight years is unparalleled.”

The 31-year-old Donald left his future open-ended after helping the Rams win Super Bowl LVI in February. He said last week he’d only return to L.A. under a new contract.

Donald boasts a Hall of Fame-caliber resume that includes three Defensive Player of the Year awards, eight Pro Bowls, and seven first-team All-Pro nods.

The Pitt product has racked up 441 tackles, 98 sacks, and 23 forced fumbles across 127 regular-season appearances since the Rams selected him 13th overall in 2014.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is currently on a salary around four to five times less than other top AEW talents.

This is according to PWTorch’s Wade Keller, who reports that the 26-year-old earns significantly more than the rough starter rate (approximately $40,000 to $70,000 annually) paid to several early AEW signings, having been given a raise at some stage. Despite this, MJF’s contact is still “modest” compared to at least a half-dozen free agents who have come into the promotion since MJF got his increase.

Keller named Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Adam Cole, Malakai Black, Mark Henry, and Christian Cage as examples of people who earn more money than MJF.

A pay dispute is understood to be at the heart of Friedman’s current backstage difficulties in AEW. Per Keller, by 1 January 2022, MJF was looking for a deal comparable to others in his card position, using the quality of his work and good ratings record as part of his justification. When AEW founder and president Tony Khan didn’t approach him for negotiations, MJF got upset in private, contributing to the much-publicised blow-up between the two.

MJF, who Keller states has a tendency to “get really worked up”, has become so upset with the situation that people around him claim he has become “withdrawn and bitter” backstage. The 26-year-old seeks a pay rise that would put him on a similar level to those in similar card positions.

Khan and MJF met to discuss the situation in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday. The rising star’s current AEW contract expires on 1 January 2024.

Heading into the final stretch of his NFL career, Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce says he’s focused more on winning than maximizing his earnings.

“Money, in my mind, is almost secondary at this point in my career,” Kelce said Thursday, according to The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff. “I’m here for the legacy, and I’m here to try and make the Kansas City Chiefs the best team possible. That’s my main focus. That’s why I’m here.”

The comments come after San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle told Mike Florio of the “Pro Football Talk” podcast May 20 that the pay disparity between tight ends and wide receivers “boggles (his) mind.”

But Kelce made it clear that he isn’t looking to renegotiate his contract.

“I appreciate Kittle saying that. That’s my guy, and he always wants to see every tight end get paid as much as their production is,” Kelce said. “At the same time, I signed my contract understanding what I had. I put a lot into this.”

Kittle tops the tight end market with a $15-million annual salary, while Kelce sits in second at $14.31 million, according to Spotrac. Kelce’s annual salary is topped by 22 wide receivers.

The receiver market exploded this offseason. Davante Adams signed a five-year, $141.25-million extension following his trade to the Las Vegas Raiders to briefly top the position at over $28 million per season.

Kelce’s former teammate, Tyreek Hill, then exceeded that mark by nearly $2 million per year, inking a four-year, $120-million deal with the Miami Dolphins.

But it’s Kelce who’s been the most productive receiver over the past six seasons, racking up an NFL-high 7,267 receiving yards. Meanwhile, his 565 catches are second to only Adams, and his 47 touchdown catches rank sixth.

The 32-year-old is also riding a streak of six straight 1,000-yard seasons, a feat no other tight end in NFL history has achieved.

Kelce – whose contract runs through the 2025 season – could have an even bigger workload in 2022 following Hill’s departure.

The Cleveland Browns don’t plan to release Baker Mayfield even if the disgruntled quarterback is still on the roster at the start of training camp, a source told Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

The 27-year-old requested a trade in March after Cleveland pursued quarterback Deshaun Watson. Though Watson initially eliminated the Browns as a potential destination, Cleveland eventually acquired the three-time Pro Bowler from the Houston Texans.

Mayfield is under contract for $18.85 million in 2022, the last year of his rookie deal. Releasing the signal-caller wouldn’t make sense for the Browns financially, as they would still have to take the hit of his fully guaranteed contract this upcoming season.

Mayfield has been linked to the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. Carolina and Cleveland discussed a potential trade during the 2022 NFL Draft, but the Browns weren’t willing to pay most of Mayfield’s salary as part of the deal proposed by the Panthers, reports Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer.

Carolina ended up adding a quarterback in the draft, selecting Matt Corral in the third round.

A shoulder injury bothered Mayfield for most of the 2021 season, limiting him to just 17 touchdown passes against 13 interceptions in 14 games. He underwent surgery this offseason.

Cleveland also signed veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett in free agency. The NFL has yet to announce whether it’ll suspend Watson this year.