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Doug Pederson’s quickly making his mark with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he’ll forever be linked to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Having navigated the Eagles’ first and only Super Bowl triumph, Pederson will make his return to the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday for the Jaguars’ Week 4 game against an undefeated Philly squad.

Pederson said Monday he’s looking forward to his return – no matter the reaction he receives.

“My wife and I, our family, we have a lot of great memories back there,” Pederson said, via team transcript. “I spent eight or nine years there, one with [former Eagles head] coach [Andy] Reid and then once obviously as the head coach and brought that city a championship and something to be proud of obviously.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back there. I understand that city, I understand that passion for football, but now I’m on the other side. It’s still a long way away. It’s seven days away or six days away, but we have to prepare this week like we have these last couple of weeks. But I’m looking forward to it, to getting back up there. It’s been a great place. We did a lot of good things there and I’m looking forward to hopefully the welcome.”

Over five seasons as Philadelphia’s head coach from 2016 through 2020, Pederson piloted the Eagles to three playoff berths, including a 2017 run to a Super Bowl win. A statue was subsequently erected of him and quarterback Nick Foles paying homage to the “Philly Special” play that keyed the franchise’s Super Bowl LII triumph.

Fired following the 2020 season, Pederson was dismissed from the Eagles right around the same time that the Jaguars began targeting Urban Meyer as their next head coach. As fate and a stunningly ill-starred 2021 season would have it, Meyer would last less than one season in Jacksonville, which eventually led to Pederson’s return as a head coach.

Down in Duval, Pederson led the Jaguars (2-1) to their best start since 2018 and in a note of head-scratching trivia is already tied for fifth all-time in Jaguars history for coaching wins. He is tied with Mike Mularkey (2-14), Mel Tucker (2-3) and, of course, Meyer (2-11).

“We are [feeling good], obviously the way we’ve won, the way the guys have come together to win, we’re healthy, relatively healthy as a football team,” Pederson said. “[There’s] still a lot of football ahead of us. You never look past the current week you’re in, the current situation you’re in, but I’ve been pleased with the direction, the leadership of the team, and where we are as a football team right now.”

Pederson’s successor in Philly, Nick Sirianni, captained the Eagles to a surprising playoff berth in 2021 and now has his squad off to a 3-0 start – its best since 2016, which was Pederson’s first year at the helm.

Now, Pederson, 54, is back for the first time as an opposing coach.

He’s hoping to get a welcoming reaction from the Philly fans, but, as aforementioned, he understands the city he’s returning to.

“It could be mixed,” said Pederson, who also played a season for the Eagles during his 10-year NFL playing career. “Listen, I have to get this team here ready to go and I’m not going to be concerned with that. You hope it’s a good one obviously for the things you did there, but I also know that crowd and they can be a little hostile and [I’m] looking forward to that too. Listen, understanding that and having been there and worked there, you just understand that it’s [how it is]. Even when I was there and we were winning games or losing games, you were still getting booed.”

Ben Simmons‘ tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t end on the best of terms, but the Brooklyn Nets guard still has a lot of love for the city where he began his NBA career.

“Philly is obviously a sports city. And my experience playing there was incredible,” Simmons said during a recent appearance on “The Old Man and The Three” podcast with former teammate JJ Reddick. “Like, for the most part, it was incredible. I had a great time. The fans are unbelievable. I still have an apartment there … I feel like I’m a part of Philly still.”

Simmons added: “It’s just unique. Even being in Brooklyn now, it’s completely different. This is a different experience for me. And, you know, I value that time I did spend in Philly because I was able to learn and grow in that city, and I got friends for life there. My brother lives there. I got family there. So yeah, Philly’s great. I think people have like a thought that I think that I hate it.”

Simmons averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 boards, 7.7 assists, and 1.7 steals over 275 appearances with the 76ers. The former No. 1 overall pick earned three All-Star nods, two NBA All-Defensive first-team selections, and Rookie of the Year honors during his tenure in the City of Brotherly Love.

Despite a collection of accolades and a versatile skill set, Simmons’ inability to space the floor wasn’t an ideal fit alongside co-star Joel Embiid. He notably struggled in the team’s second-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in 2021, passing up an open dunk late in the 76ers’ season-ending Game 7 loss.

Simmons requested a trade prior to the 2021-22 campaign and refused to suit up for Philadelphia, citing mental health as his reason for holding out.

Brooklyn acquired Simmons at the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal involving James Harden. However, Simmons didn’t play a game for his new club due to a lingering back injury. He underwent surgery for the ailment in May and is expected to be ready for training camp.

WWE has today announced that WrestleMania 40 will emanate from Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

Again sticking to the two-day format for the company’s Showcase of the Immortals, the 2024 iteration of ‘Mania will take place on Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April.

This will be the second time that WrestleMania has taken place from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the First Union Center – nowadays known as the Wells Fargo Center – hosting WrestleMania XV back in 1999. There, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin defeated The Rock to become the new WWE Champion in front of 19,514 fans.

As for Lincoln Financial Field, the Linc is the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. The regular capacity sits at 69,879, and the stadium dates back to 2003 – with Manchester United vs. Barcelona on 3 August ’03 being the first event to take place from the venue.

Before WWE gets to WrestleMania 39, of course, there’s the small matter of WrestleMania 39 next year. There, the 2023 edition of the Granddaddy of Them All will take place from Inglewood, California’s SoFi Stadium on 1 April and 2 April – with plentiful speculation, as ever, that we may finally get to see The Rock face off against Roman Reigns there.

Darby Allin spoke with Uproxx before last Wednesday’s Dynamite where he took on Chris Jericho for the AEW World Championship. Allin would come up short, thanks in part to a cheap shot from Jake Hager that allowed Jericho to pick up the victory. During the interview Allin spoke about one of his main goals in AEW and why he passed up on going to WWE.

Much like his match against Jericho, Allin is hoping to face a number of big names in All Elite Wrestling, wrestlers that some fans don’t think he should be in the ring with.

“[I want] to wrestle people who the fans think I have no business being in the ring with,” Allin said. “You know, whether that be like the Jerichos, or the, you know, whatever. I’m always into proving people wrong, so. It should be fun. Lots of fun.”

Allin also noted he has “one hundred percent” creative freedom in AEW. 

Before signing with AEW, Allin spent much of his time in EVOLVE, a promotion that often leads to wrestlers getting signed into WWE’s NXT brand. Allin felt that despite being in a place where WWE’s eyes were focused, he wasn’t getting much attention from the matches he was having.

“At the same it, it wasn’t building your career,” Allin responded. “Because, the thing is, I wrestled Adam Cole there and then I checked my Twitter expecting a lot of people to be talking about the match. Only two people were talking about that match on Twitter and at that time I saw the writing on the wall that being here isn’t going to help your name value at all. You’re not going to get more followers. You’re not going to get more buzz.”

Allin also pointed to the WWE Performance Center as a place that doesn’t interest him, mainly due to the amount of people who are currently there. 

“There’s a million guys there who are never going to see the light of day,” Allin said. “It’s not worth it. So I was like, ‘I’m not even interested.’ I’m not the type of guy who wants to sit on the sidelines and say, ‘Gee, I’m just happy to be in WWE.’ I don’t give a fuck.”

This past Wednesday on AEW Dynamite the Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) were scheduled to take on Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus in a AEW Tag Team Tournament Match. News broke before the show that Luchasaurus was pulled from the match due to a hamstring injury and would be replaced by Marko Stunt.

Pentagon and Fenix defeated Jungle Boy and Stunt to move on to the semis where they will face Private Party on next week’s show. The other semi-final match will also happen on that show between SCU and The Dark Order.

After making his national television TV debut, Stunt commented about wrestling on only two hours notice.

“I wasn’t originally supposed to be there this week,” Stunt wrote on Facebook. “Luckily, for some reason, they asked me to come in this past Friday, and I was going to be on AEW Dark this coming Tuesday. In a very unfortunate situation, Luchasaurus was injured just two hours before the show, and they asked me to step in. The most nervous and uncomfortable I’ve been was right there at that moment. 

“I was being asked to step in the ring with two of the best on two hours notice, on national television, for my TV debut. Despite any of that, myself and Jungle Boy went out there and gave it our all, and we hung with, quite possibly, the best tag team out there. We proved why we belong. Yeah, there’s still people that don’t like it, and don’t think I should be there, and that’s fine. I’m still there, and there’s nowhere to go but up from here! 

“Thank you to the ones who have actually supported me through this absolutely nuts journey!”

Luchasaurus will not be competing on tonight’s AEWDynamite episode due to a hamstring injury, according to PWInsider.

Luchasaurus was scheduled to team with Jungleboy to face Rey Fenix and Pentagon in a first round match in the AEW Tag Team Titles tournament. Due to the injury, Jungleboy will now be teaming with Marko Stunt.

AEW officials reportedly decided to pull Luchasaurus from the match this afternoon, so he did not risk further injury.

There’s no word yet on when Luchasaurus will be back in action but stay tuned for updates on his injury and status.

Below is the card for tonight:

* Philadelphia Street Fight: Darby Allin vs. AEW World Champion Chris Jericho with the title on the line

* Britt Baker vs. AEW Women’s Champion Riho with the title on the line

* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: SoCal Uncensored vs. Best Friends

* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: Lucha Bros vs. Jungleboy and Marko Stunt

* Jon Moxley and PAC vs. Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page

On this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite, Darby Allindefeated Jimmy Havoc to become the number one contender for the AEW World Championship. Allin will now face Chris Jericho for the title on this week’s show in a Philadelphia Street Fight. 

The winner of that match will then take on Cody at AEW Full Gear on November 9.

Jericho has already commented on the upcoming matchafter getting attacked by Darby at the end of Wednesday’s show.

“So, you want to come to Philadelphia and you want to treat me like a street thug?” Jericho questioned. “Well, I’m going to treat you like the little b—h that you are, Darby Allin. Because next week, for the AEW Championship, Darby Allin vs. Chris Jericho in a Philadelphia Street Fight. And one last thing – you wanna try and cause some pain? I don’t cause pain, I make the pain. Next week, Chris Jericho’s not going to be in Philadelphia, but The Painmaker will be. I’ll see you then, Darby. It’s going to be the match of your career, it’s also going to be the last one. You’re welcome.”

In the video above, Allin said that the champion needs to be humbled and that for Jericho to lose, all it takes is a few seconds.

“It only took seconds, seconds to see how you viewed me, Chris Jericho,” Allin said. “You didn’t need to use words. I’m not blind, I could see your eyes. You think I’m a street dog. Think I’m too reckless, but make no mistake about it behind what I do, is a brain. You could ask me, ‘Darby, what is it you want most out of the wrestling business?’ I’ll look you dead in the eye and tell you this. I want to be the same man leaving, as a I came in. I don’t want a big head. I don’t want to believe I’m a God. You, you, Chris Jericho, believe your are the highest power. It’s not just an act. 

“You need to be humbled, in no better way than losing to me. Someone you view, so poorly. And when I win that AEW Championship, I don’t need a huge after-party, I don’t need champagne. Your blood on my hands, will be my high. October 16, Darby Allin versus Chris Jericho, Philadelphia Street for the AEW Championship. And for me to win that championship, Chris, all it takes is seconds.”

AEW Dynamite is headed to Philadelphia this Wednesday where the AEW Dark series (shown on AEW’s YouTube channel) will also tape. 

Cody Rhodes announced today that Taz will be a guest broadcaster for Dark, which will stream on Tuesday, October 22.

This week’s AEW Dynamite features:

* Philadelphia Street Fight: Darby Allin vs. AEW World Champion Chris Jericho with the title on the line
* Britt Baker vs. AEW Women’s Champion Riho with the title on the line
* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: SoCal Uncensored vs. Best Friends
* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: Lucha Bros vs. Jurassic Express
* Jon Moxley and PAC vs. Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page

The upcoming dark matches are unknown at this time.

Taz joined Wrestling Inc.’s WINCLY podcast last month and spoke about the potential for him to return to the booth and what he’d be looking for in a promotion.

“It’s been several years since I’ve done commentary in pro wrestling and over time it’s something I’ve missed,” Taz said. “Anybody who listens to my podcast, they’re not super-shocked as I talked about this in one of my shows about a month ago that I missed commentary. Then it just blew up and truth be told, it was a part of my career that I loved.

“No matter if it was for WWE or TNA – when I went to TNA it was a hot property back then. Then I got to meet Mike Tenay and we became really good friends. I had a lot of fun doing it and when I transitioned from the ring to the commentary desk, it was actually a hard thing to do. I didn’t want to do it but Vince McMahon felt it was the next chapter for me.

“The No. 1 thing is credibility in the ring. To me, there needs to be talent. When I say credibility, I don’t mean star talent. I mean guys and girls that can go in the ring; that are athletic and their intensity is there. I don’t want a situation where it’s a young wrestler that is a little green and is making mistakes in the ring. Now, if I can’t call out that mistake or call out that they are sloppy, then it hurts my credibility as a broadcaster. If I do bring forward to the audience what this guy or girl can’t do, then it’s a negative and I’m bashing the talent which is a no-no in my book. I’m hurting this person’s brand or future potentially.”

AEW has announced a big tag team match for next Wednesday’s Dynamite episode from Philadelphia, PA.

Jon Moxley will team with PAC to take on Kenny Omegaand “Hangman” Adam Page.

Next week’s Dynamite episode will air live on TNT from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Below is the updated card:

* Philadelphia Street Fight: Darby Allin vs. AEW World Champion Chris Jericho with the title on the line

* Britt Baker vs. AEW Women’s Champion Riho with the title on the line

* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: SoCal Uncensored vs. Best Friends

* AEW World Tag Team Titles Tournament First Round Match: Lucha Bros vs. Jurassic Express

* Jon Moxley and PAC vs. Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page

Stay tuned for updates on next week’s Dynamite episode.

Darby Allin will have a shot at Chris Jericho’s AEW Championship on next week’s episode of Dynamite, after winning a number one contender’s match last night.

Seattleite Allin vanquished Jimmy Havoc for the honour, hitting him with his Coffin Drop finisher after biting his hand. Victory is also a small measure of revenge for Darby, after he was defeated by the same man in All Out’s three-way Cracker Barrel hardcore match.

Allin will be AEW Champion Jericho’s first defence of his title, ahead of a Full Gear clash with Cody. The Painmaker became the company’s inaugural champ at All Out, where he defeated Hangman Page in the night’s main event.

He has since formed a five-strong faction known as the ‘Inner Circle’, consisting of Ortiz and Santana, Sammy Guevara, and the newly acquired Jake Hager. With Jericho’s match against Cody in Baltimore already heavily promoted, we can probably expect his cronies to do their utmost to thwart Allin’s challenge next week.

Episode 3 of Dynamite is set to emanate from Philadelphia, PA’s Liacouras Center. In addition to the AEW Championship contest, two more tag team title quarter-final matches are scheduled. The Lucha Brothers take on Jurassic Express, and Best Friends meet SCU.

Private Party booked their place in the semi-final this week, pulling off a shock upset over favourites The Young Bucks.