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Kelly Kelly was a staple in the women’s division during her time as an active competitor.

She has also been a staple in the Women’s Royal Rumble since its inception in 2018. In an interview with DropKick Podcast, the former Diva’s Champion talked about how she felt about returning to the Royal Rumble earlier this year for the third time.

“I always love coming back to Rumbles. This was my third one, but it was different because I loved my outfit. It was my favorite of all time. It was cool to be in the ring, not with everybody in there but just Sasha [Banks] and Tamina, and have that moment. I always wanted to work with Sasha so it was really cool to be able to do that.”

Kelly named who she would like to face in her final wrestling match.

“I would say either Sasha or Charlotte Flair for sure.”

Kelly also mentioned a few of her favorite opponents she has ever worked with.

“I have so many. I loved working with Layla, Candice Michelle, Maryse, Beth Pheonix, Michelle McCool, Eve, and the list goes on and on. I’ve been very lucky to work with some amazing women.”

Kelly also touched on how she manages to stay so positive on social media and how she has been able to deal with hate comments.

“I think because I was thrown into it at such a young age when Twitter started to really boom, that’s because I got so much hate in the beginning, I had to learn how to deal with that at such a young age. Now, at my age, I just learned how to get through it. It’s not easy. It takes years to learn how to get through that and how to manage that, and how to tune it out.”

As a guest on the latest episode of WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves, The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes joined the show to talk about his time spent away from WWE and his comeback at WrestleMania 38. The former Intercontinental Champion spoke about what he learned from his experience doing independent wrestling and how it made him connect with wrestling fans on a different level.

“At WWE I was spoiled, I started right in front of thousands and thousands of people,” Rhodes said. “The lights are down, the spotlight is on the ring, it’s WWE, the place is going nuts and I felt like I was taking it for granted. Go to the independents and even with the large crowd, independents at the time were booming and they’re doing good again right now, but you did get the opportunity to do these meet and greets, that’s a big part of independent wrestling. To me, the match was almost secondary, I wanted to meet every fan.

“That’s why I started wearing a suit and tie everywhere I went, it became second nature to me. I wanted to meet them and I never felt like I really crossed the isle, I never felt like I really met all these fans over the years because you see the power of television when you travel around and do that loop like I did. That’s also where I developed what I would call a bad habit and a habit that a lot of people disagree with. I will stay out there until I meet every single fan, until I take every single picture, until I sign every type of autograph. It’s because that’s what brought me to the dance.”

Continuing to talk about his return to WWE, Cody Rhodes mentioned how he’s been receiving some negativity regarding his departure from AEW, with people calling him a sell out. The American Nightmare highlighted how integral he was in building AEW and mentioned how people should just be happy knowing that WWE now has viable competition.

“It initially was unanimously positive,” Rhodes said. “I feel like that fanbase, that divide that exists amongst all the different bubbles, if there was any negativity, well I can put some of the blame on my shoulders. Again, the last shows I had done before taking this WWE return, I’m taking little fun and pod-shots talking smack which is what wrestlers do. I think sometimes the fans attach themselves to those statements and forget that we are in the realm of entertainment. I added to the tribalism myself so I can’t necessarily get mad at it when I see it.

“It was unique to see a lot of people burning like my old AEW shirts which was a trend for a few days on social so it felt like you were kind of leaving a sports team. It didn’t break my heart but I thought it was odd because the place doesn’t exist without me. There’s other people that needed to be there for it to exist for sure but I am one of the people that that place exists because of. AEW exists partially because of me. I saw a few times the term ‘sold out’ and I thought like you have this, it’s great.”

As far as what’s next for WWE’s newest acquisition, Cody Rhodes is set to take on Seth Rollins in a WrestleMania 38 rematch on May 8th at WrestleMania Backlash.

Derek Carr will lead the Las Vegas Raiders for the foreseeable future after inking a multi-year extension Wednesday, and the quarterback has no doubt he’s capable of finally delivering postseason success.

“The question of, ‘Can I win a playoff game?’ Yeah, that’s ridiculous. … Just because we had one chance, and we lost in the last series of a game to the AFC champions? Yeah, I think we can,” Carr said Wednesday, according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.

“It just shows you how close we were. But with that said, 55% of the teams that make the playoffs, the next year don’t. So the odds are against us. I like that kind of thought process better, so I’m going to keep that underdog mentality and that chip-on-the-shoulder mindset.”

Carr, whose deal is reportedly for three years and worth $121.5 million, has yet to win a playoff game after making one postseason appearance in eight years with the Raiders.

The AFC West club lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in last season’s wild-card round. Carr missed the playoffs in 2016 after suffering a broken fibula in Week 16.

The Raiders have had an aggressive offseason, which might give Carr his best chance at ending his postseason win drought. Las Vegas landed Josh McDaniels – a lauded offensive mind – as its new head coach and acquired All-Pro receiver Davante Adams in a blockbuster trade in March.

The quarterback’s arsenal of weapons also includes Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller and wideout Hunter Renfrow, who’s coming off his first 1,000-yard season.

“I know what I’m capable of, I know what our team’s capable of, and I’m excited to see,” Carr said. “Obviously, we have to earn that (playoff) spot. I don’t know what we were, the fifth seed – or something like that. Hopefully, we can earn more than that this year. That’s always the goal. With this division, it’ll be tough, but we’re excited for that challenge.”

Carr had a career-high 4,804 passing yards while throwing 23 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in 17 starts last season. He also produced a career-best six game-winning drives.

Cincinnati Reds president and chief operating officer Phil Castellini defended shedding payroll during the offseason by suggesting to fans that relocating the team would be more financially beneficial.

“Well, where are you going to go? Let’s start there. Sell the team to who? You want to have this debate?” Castellini said Tuesday on 700WLW when asked why fans should trust the club’s ownership. “If you want to look at what would you do with this team to have it be more profitable, make more money, compete more in the current economic system that this game exists, it would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else.

“So, be careful what you ask for. I think we’re doing the best we can do with the resources that we have. We’re no more pleased with the results than the fans. I’m not … polishing any trophies in the office right now, and that’s what we’re here to do.”

When asked to clarify his comments before the Reds’ first home game of the season later Tuesday, Castellini didn’t back down.

“You can hate on us all you want. We’re not going anywhere,” he told Brandon Saho of WLWT. “We haven’t abandoned our commitment to winning and investing in this franchise and in this community. So, the point is: Stay tuned and be a fan.”

Following the Reds’ loss to the Cleveland Guardians, Castellini apologized for his comments in a statement.

“I apologize to Reds fans and regret the comments that I made earlier today. We love this city, we love this team and we love our fans. I understand how our fans feel and I’m sorry,” Castellini said, according to The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans.

Cincinnati’s payroll for the 40-man roster sits at just under $131 million, which ranks 21st in the majors, according to Cot’s BaseballThe team dished out over $144 million in 2021 and above $165 million in 2020.

The Reds traded away Jesse WinkerEugenio SuarezSonny GrayAmir Garrett, and Tucker Barnhart over the winter, allowed Nick Castellanos to walk in free agency, and lost Wade Miley on waivers.

WWE Superstar Paige took to Twitter this afternoon and responded to fan criticism from those who say she should’ve been back in the ring by now because Bryan Danielson and WWE Hall of Famer Edge made their successful comebacks.

A potential return to the ring for Paige remains a hot topic on social media among fans, and Paige herself often comments on a possible return, fueling the rumor mill at times. Paige responded to some of the fans today, who believe she’s lazy, and said her neck still needs to recover as everyone is built different.

“It’s wild that some people are like ‘well edge and Bryan came back you are just lazy’ I’m inspired by them. I’m not lazy. My neck needs to recover. We are all built different. Sorry fam,” she wrote.

On a related note, Paige responded to a fan tweet earlier this week, from someone who remarked how fans always say they want to see Paige return to the ring, but no one ever asks her what she wants.

“I wanna wrestle again,” Paige confirmed.

Paige has been out of action since being forced to retire in 2018 after suffering a neck injury at a December 2017 WWE live event. It was believed that she was under contract to WWE through 2023, but she confirmed last fall that her deal expires in June of this year.

Paige, who turns 30 in August, expressed hope for a ring return in multiple interviews and tweets in 2021, and at one point stated that she is not done. There were even rumors that she was medically cleared to compete again, but that was never confirmed.

Carmella says the “hate and the threats” on social media are at an all-time high.

The new WWE RAW Superstar took to Twitter and Instagram today to post a no-makeup, non-filtered selfie photo. She commented on how bad the fan comments have gotten to be.

“To be completely honest, being on Instagram and Twitter recently has been hard. The hate and the threats are at an all time high, it’s quite disturbing actually. I usually just try to post and leave it alone, but it’s hard to NOT read the negativity sometimes. Y’all can be so cruel. Luckily, I know who I am. I’m not going to let you get to me,” she wrote.

You can read Carmella’s full post below, and see the photo she attached:

“It’s been a while since I’ve posted a no makeup, non-filtered selfie. Do I love getting dressed up and having my hair and makeup done? Yes! But a majority of my time is spent in sweats with no makeup on my face and my hair in a bun..that’s MY reality most of the time. So I need to do better with being real with you all on here. To be completely honest, being on Instagram and Twitter recently has been hard. The hate and the threats are at an all time high, it’s quite disturbing actually. I usually just try to post and leave it alone, but it’s hard to NOT read the negativity sometimes. Y’all can be so cruel. Luckily, I know who I am. I’m not going to let you get to me. I just wanted to post this as a friendly reminder not to believe everything you read and see on the internet. Do you, for you. [peace emoji]”

New York Giants owner John Mara heard the home crowd booing him Sunday during a halftime ceremony honoring Eli Manning.

“Of course I heard it,” Mara said before the third quarter kicked off, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “Listen, I would have booed, too. We’re 0-2 and down at the half.”

The Giants wound up losing for the third time in as many weeks, falling 17-14 to the previously winless Atlanta Falcons. Mara’s club entered the season with heightened expectations following a busy offseason.

Giants fans gave tight end Evan Engram, who had two catches for 21 yards and a fumble in his season debut, the same treatment. Engram led NFL tight ends in drops last season and couldn’t corral Daniel Jones‘ pass that was tipped before it reached him in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t think that was deserved,” Jones said of the frosty reaction Engram received. “There was one tipped ball and I could have thrown it better there at the end. I’m not sure I really understood that. He played hard all game.”

The Giants have started three of the last five seasons with a trifecta of losses.

Zach Wilson’s first pass ended up in the other team’s hands.

So did his second.

By the time it was all over — a nightmarish four quarters — the New York Jets quarterback had tossed four interceptions, leading to an ugly 25-6 loss to fellow rookie Mac Jones and the New England Patriots on Sunday.

“It’s on my shoulders,” Wilson said. “I’ve got to do better.”

And that’s an understatement.

In what was billed as the Mac vs. Zach matchup of first-round QBs, Jones was smart and efficient. Meanwhile, Wilson was anything but.

“He was off a little bit,” coach Robert Saleh said.

The No. 2 overall pick was 19 of 33 for 210 yards and the four INTs, struggling right away against the Patriots. It got so bad early in the fourth quarter when Wilson overthrew a receiver, the MetLife Stadium crowd — in attendance for their first regular-season game since Dec. 22, 2019, because of the pandemic — began booing the young QB.

“They should be booing, right?” Wilson said. “We didn’t play well on offense. Our defense gave us a good chance to win. We didn’t execute, we didn’t move the ball well and we didn’t score any points. We’ve got to do a better job there.”

Wilson’s first mistake came on second down of the Jets’ first possession when he threw a pass downfield to Corey Davis, who was closely defended. J.C. Jackson tipped it into the air, Devin McCourty deflected it and the ball landed in Jackson’s hands. It led to a field goal for the Patriots.

Wilson’s second pass was a high throw that slipped through Davis’ hands, and Adrian Phillips grabbed it for the INT. New England turned that into a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

“I should’ve had that, 100%,” Davis said.

It wasn’t until early in the second quarter that Wilson completed a pass to a teammate, and even that wasn’t an optimal play. The 27-yard throw to a wide-open Elijah Moore led the wide receiver to the sideline rather than downfield. Otherwise, the Jets might’ve had a touchdown.

Wilson’s third INT came on an badly underthrown pass to Moore that was easily picked off by Jackson.

It made the Jets quarterback the first player since at least 1991 to throw INTs on each of his first two pass attempts in a game, according to NFL Research. He was also the first player since at least ’91 to throw three INTs in his first five pass attempts in a game.

“I wouldn’t say I was trying to do too much,” Wilson said of his struggles. “I would say (it was) lack of execution.”

Wilson’s fourth interception opened the second half on a pass he floated downfield that was picked off by McCourty. It led to another touchdown for New England.

“When you have a rookie quarterback and they have a rookie quarterback, too, I mean, shoot,” Saleh said. “It’s just having confidence that it’s OK to play a boring game of football. That’s really it. And he is an electric dude, he’s competitive as crap and he wants to win so bad.

“But sometimes it’s OK to be boring, and that’s probably the biggest lesson that we can take out of this one.”

Saleh never considered sitting Wilson at any point during the game. The Jets coach liked what he saw from his quarterback, certain Wilson’s confidence wasn’t shaken.

“He was fine,” Saleh said. “He had a great look in his eyes. He was good in conversation. It wasn’t like he was overwhelmed. There’s just some fundamental things he’s got to understand with regards to, obviously, taking care of the ball and basic stuff.”

Saleh spoke to his young quarterback after the game and gave him a few words of encouragement.

“Just to believe in himself and to shake this one off,” Saleh said he told Wilson. “And I promise you it’s not going to be the hardest game he’s ever played. He’s got to just pick himself up and get ready for the next one.”

Wilson, who impressed his teammates and coaches in the opening loss at Carolina with his poise, insisted his poor performance won’t carry over to next week when New York travels to Denver.

“This is what we sign up for, right?” Wilson said. “And there are going to be games like this and the ups and downs. … I just have to remember the situation that I’m in and I’m an important piece in this whole thing and how can I just keep learning and getting better?

“You’ve got to keep that swag and that mojo every single week.”

Charlotte Flair gets a lot of hate from outspoken fans on social media, but she has always stressed the need to rise above it during interviews. That, rather conveniently for this piece, isn’t the only thing that Charlotte wants to nab from John Cena.

She told DAZN that she’d quite like his lofty status and legacy too.

Flair has had a great career to date. Whilst she is appreciative of that, she’d also love to be considered “the female John Cena” before hanging up her boots; Charlotte did tell interviewers that there “will never be another” Cena, but that doesn’t mean wrestlers can’t aspire to follow in his footsteps.

That’s why Flair is so hands-on when it comes to making personal appearances at charity events or other wholesome gigs. She’s following Cena’s lead, and that’s admirable when it’s for a good cause.

Charlotte never wants to lose “that density and passion of wanting to embody WWE” and represent the brand in the mainstream. Despite being heel on TV, she wants to be considered a good person and help as many others as she can.

On Sunday, the late WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero trended on Twitter following a controversial opinion. Responding to a tweet by Denise Salcedo asking which wrestling hill one was willing to die on, a Twitter user responded by stating that Guerrero was a “B+ player at best” who was held in high regard because he passed away.

“Eddie Guerrero was a B+ player at best,” the user wrote. “And people only hold him in such high regard because he is dead.”

The tweet, which has since been deleted, eventually reached its way to WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who worked with Guerrero several times in WWE. Foley’s response was short and to the point.

“Eddie Guerrero was an A+ player,” Foley tweeted. “End of discussion.”

A former World Champion and star in AAA, New Japan, WCW, ECW and WWE during his 18 year career, Guerrero tragically died in 2005 following a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Guerrero, daughters Shaul, Sherilyn and Kaylie and son-in-law Matt Rehwoldt, better known as former WWE star Aiden English.