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Vince McMahon has sensationally stepped down as WWE CEO.

Stephanie McMahon has been named Interim CEO and Chairwoman of the company as the WWE’s board of directors continue their investigations into misconduct allegations that were reported by the Wall Street Journal this week.

In statements released via WWE Corporate, the company announced the following:

Stamford, Conn. – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Board of Directors today announced that a Special Committee of the Board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by its Chairman and CEO Vincent McMahon and John Laurinaitis, head of talent relations, and that, effective immediately, McMahon has voluntarily stepped back from his responsibilities as CEO and Chairman of the Board until the conclusion of the investigation. McMahon will retain his role and responsibilities related to WWE’s creative content during this period and remains committed to cooperating with the review underway.

On accepting the role and the ongoing investigations, Stephanie said (h/t SEScoops):

“I love this company and am committed to working with the Independent Directors to strengthen our culture and our Company; it is extremely important to me that we have a safe and collaborative workplace. I have committed to doing everything in my power to help the Special Committee complete its work, including marshalling the cooperation of the entire company to assist in the completion of the investigation and to implement its findings”

Vince McMahon himself added:

“I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the Special Committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation. I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are”

As noted in the official statement, McMahon will remain directly related to WWE’s creative content, which perhaps explains murmurings following the news that tonight’s SmackDown would be “business as usual“.

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AEW have confirmed Britt Baker’s replacement for her match opposite Kris Statlander at Double or Nothing.

Baker suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury during a tag team match alongside Nyla Rose, against Statlander and Hikaru Shida, on this week’s episode of Dynamite. At one point during the contest, Statlander and Shida hurled AEW Women’s Champion Rose at Baker as she was prone in the corner. Shortly after the spot, Baker tagged out and was attended by AEW’s on-site doctor.

The promotion will give an update on her condition during Saturday’s pay-per-view. Though not official, initial prognosis suggests a torn ACL, which would keep Baker out of action for between six and nine months. She has since underwent an MRI to clarify the damage.

Replacement Ford was last seen on the 13 May Dynamite in a four way with the injured Baker, Saturday’s opponent Statlander, and Hikaru Shida. She featured in another four way also involving Statlander back on the 18 March episode of the show.

Ford’s fiancé Kip Sabian is also advertised to be by her side for the match this weekend.

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Ray Fenix will miss the Casino Ladder Match at Saturday’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, following an injury sustained on Dynamite this past week.

AEW confirmed on Friday evening that Fenix will be replaced by Joey Janela in the contest, whilst also stating that the sidelined star is not “expected to miss significant time.”

A final mystery entrant for the contest, which gifts the winner an opportunity to challenge for the AEW World Championship at some point down the line, is still to be announced.

Fenix hurt himself during a match with Orange Cassidy on television this past Wednesday. As a clutch of fellow Casino Ladder Match contestants were brawling on the outside, the Lucha Bros. star attempted a springboard dive onto the crowd. He missed, and landed on his back.

Yesterday, a report from Wrestling Observer Newsletter suggested Fenix would make Saturday’s pay-per-view. Obviously, AEW have had second thoughts about risking the superstar, who we imagine would have been raring to go regardless.

Replacement Janela joins Darby Allin, Scorpio Sky, Colt Cabana, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian and Luchasaurus in Double or Nothing’s ladder match. The objective is to grab a giant poker chip hanging above the ring, with the winner receiving an AEW title shot.

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom will replace Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury for the Pacific Division at the 2020 All-Star Game, NHL Public Relations announced Friday.

Markstrom is having a career year. The 30-year-old is 14-11-3 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average. This will be his first All-Star appearance. He gives the Canucks a second All-Star in addition to phenom Elias Pettersson.

The Golden Knights and Fleury mutually decided to pass on the festivities, the team stated. Vegas no longer has a player representative at the All-Star Game. However, Gerard Gallant will coach the Pacific Division and sniper Max Pacioretty is a “Last Men In” candidate.

The All-Star Game takes place Jan. 25 in St. Louis.

As noted, Jon Moxley took to Twitter today to announce that he was forced to pull out of the AEW All Out match against Kenny Omega due to a “serious case of MRSA” in his elbow. You can read our full report on the injury with Moxley’s comments on surgery and his AEW status by clicking here.

AEW has just announced that PAC will be replacing Moxley in the match against Omega at All Out.

The AEW All Out pay-per-view takes place on Saturday, August 31 from the Sears Centre Arena near Chicago.

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As fans saw on Tuesday night, the WWE Championship match at the upcoming Fastlane pay-per-view in Cleveland, Ohio saw a change in opponent for Daniel Bryan. Vince McMahon announced that Kofi Kingston will be replaced by the returning Kevin Owens during the contract signing during SmackDown LIVE.

Kingston took to Twitter today and share his thoughts on the change in plans for him, saying that he needed to take a few days to process what had happened. The tweet reads:

“I needed to take a couple days to process what had actually happened. Shock, sadness, emptiness, frustration, anger, confusion are but a few feelings on a roller coaster of emotions.

“My entire career, has been a series of ups and downs, starts and stops. I really shouldn’t be surprised, but this one hurt. We came so close. And I say ‘we’ because this journey has been bigger than just me. It’s Woods’ journey, it’s E’s journey, it’s every one of you who has followed and supported my career for the past 11 years.

“To have it all stripped away so suddenly is painful, to put it mildly. I appreciate you all more than you know and I thank you all for your love and support. Mark my words: We will be back. The journey will not end here.”

As noted earlier, the planned WWE Championship match between Kingston and Bryan will now see Kevin Owens challenging WWE Champion Daniel Bryan for the title. The pay-per-view takes place on March 10 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on the WWE Network.

Brian Boyle‘s unlikely trip to the All-Star Game this weekend will provide the veteran with many firsts.

The New Jersey Devils forward was named as the replacement on the Metropolitan squad for teammate Taylor Hall – who will miss the festivities due to a thumb injury. While this marks Boyle’s first-ever All-Star nod, it will also give him the opportunity to finally play some 3-on-3 hockey.

“I’ve been dying to try 3-on-3 since it started,” Boyle said, according to Chris Ryan of NJ.com. “This will be a good taste. Kind of ease me into it against the best in the world.”

Boyle has been one of the year’s feel-good stories. He was forced to miss training camp and the first month of the season after being diagnosed with leukemia, before making his Devils debut on Nov. 1. He’s since tallied 11 goals and 17 points in 38 games, including two three-point contests. While he knows he won’t bring Hall’s sort of skill, he plans to cherish the moment.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” Boyle said. “It’s cool of them to think of me. I’m not naive to the fact that there’s a lot more skill there than what I can bring. But I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”

It looks as though the 2018 All-Star Game might have its latest feel-good story after John Scott took over the 2016 installment.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.

Carr was originally an alternate for the Jan. 31 game in Hawaii but will get the chance to play in it in just his second season following Wednesday’s announcement.

Carr threw for 3,987 yards with 32 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating this season. He had four fourth-quarter comeback drives as Oakland finished 7-9.

Carr is the first Raiders quarterback to be picked for the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon went from 1999-2002. The only other Raiders quarterbacks to earn the honor are Daryle Lamonica, Ken Stabler and Jeff Hostetler.