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Connecticut’s Stanford Advocate is reporting that Vince and Linda McMahon purchased a $4.1 million penthouse duplex in Donald Trump’s Trump Parc luxury tower, located in Stamford Connecticut.

The sale was actually finalized back in October. The penthouse unit has 3,900 square feet of living space.

Political blogger Aaron Blake of TheHill.com wrote this week that Linda’s political opponents “will surely be after her for the timing” of purchasing yet another luxury piece of real estate.

Vince and Linda already own eight multi-million dollar real estate holdings and do not plan on living in their latest acquisition.

Linda’s campaign spokesman Ed Patru is defending the purchase by stating, “I’ll remind you that unlike (two of her opponents), Linda didn’t inherit her resources. She was born in a middle class family, started with bankruptcy and earned the money herself through hard work.”

* Picture of TRUMP PARC Tower in Stamford, CT – Only the Best for the McMahons!

— Local advertising in the Richmond, Virginia area is promoting the Apr. 26 edition of Monday Night Raw at The Richmond Coliseum as a three-hour WWE Draft spectacular. The show will mark as the 2010 roster draft with Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown changing sides. Ticketmaster.com is running a pre-sale for the event through 10:00 p.m. tonight. The pre-sale code is DRAFT.

— Eve Torres and WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel are in Phoenix today doing media and making appearances to promote WrestleMania. Torres noted on her Twitter account that she will be throwing out the first pitch at today’s Los Angeles Dodgers spring training game at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix. She will also be taking part in an autograph signing with Finkel today at 2:30 p.m. at Food City (located 9020 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona). Finally, both Torres and Finkel will be on 101.5 JamZ tonight with the SuperSnake at 5:00 p.m.

— Daniel Bryan has been sparring with David Hart Smith as of late, working on European Catch-style takedowns. The Hart Dynasty member has been training this particular style in recent months. (source: PWInsider.com)

*SPOILER* on the 10th Money in the Bank participant ->

WWE SmackDown Preview For Tonight

January 22, 2021 | News | No Comments

The following is a spoiler-free preview for tonight’s WWE SmackDown.

* Footage from this week’s WrestleMania festivities from Glendale, Arizona.

* 10-man Money in the Bank Tag team match: Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Kane & Dolph Ziggler vs. Evan Bounre, Kofi Kingston, MVP, Jack Swagger & Christian.

* Beth Phoenix vs. Vickie Guerrero.

* Chris Jericho cuts a promo on Edge.

* R-Truth vs. Big Show.

* New Match Added to WrestleMania & GOLDBERG Returning to WWE

— The word amongst friends of Chris Kanyon is that an empty bottle of Seroquel was found near his body when he died on Friday night, reports prowrestling.NET. This particular drug is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

His death is being investigated as a suicide.

— Today is former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page’s birthday. He turns 54 years old.

Chris Kanyon was a longtime friend of Page as he worked his first retirement match against him in 2004. The two also worked directly alongside each other in 1999 as members of The Jersey Triad.

Page commented on his friend’s passing on his Facebook page, writing:

“Ok I’ve been a little over whelmed by the All the response and I wanted to THANK everyone AGAIN for the Birthday wishes and for you Condolences about the lose of my good buddy Chris Kanyon… He was a true friend and an amaZing worker in the ring… This week on www.DaRealDDP.com “Wrasslin Wednesdays” I will be breakin…g away from the Macho feud to Honor Chris’s memory… DDP.”

— A number of media outlets are covering Chris Kanyon’s passing including FOX News, CNN, CBS News and New York Daily News.

View the complete list of WCW wrestler deaths – 40 names ->

source: www.pwtorch.com

Christopher Daniels has told friends that his attitude towards TNA’s creative direction was cited among the reasons for his recent release from the company.

Meanwhile, company sources believe he had a guaranteed contract that was signed when he and Samoa Joe were prominently featured. He was given no warning that his release was coming and there were a lot of people surprised over the move.

Though he had done his share of complaining over the years, sources indicate he had been fairly quiet in recent months. Another source noted Daniels as “the ringleader” of a vocal group that includes AJ Styles, Joe and Kazarian. The source agreed that Daniels had been quiet as of late, but added that he believes people within the organization didn’t forget that he complained previously.

*BIG NEWS* on Jim Ross & TNA ->

— TNA personality Hermie Sadler will race in the “Bubba Burger 250” this Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Sadler will pilot RAB Racing’s No. 09 TNA Wrestling Ford Fusion. The event will be Sadler’s first Nationwide Series start since 2004. (Article link)

— It appears TNA has dropped Orlando Jordan’s on-screen entourage – Cameron and Santana G – as neither performer has been used in recent weeks. Cameron garnered much heat over an incident at the hotel bar where he performed lewd acts in front of the wife of a female executive. However, TNA apparently still has plans for Santana as there is talk she may instead be used as a wrestler. She has experience as she was trained by former IWA-MS Heavyweight Champion Dingo. Also, she is the daughter of St. Louis-based High Voltage Wrestling promoter TNT Kenny G.

— Apparently in response to online reports of low morale and unhappiness within TNA, Madison Rayne posted a message on Twitter putting over the organization.

She wrote: “Have I mentioned lately how blessed I am to work for a company as great as TNA and plan to stay there as long as possible? Just sayin……”

Rayne is currently a double champion, holding both the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship and the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship.

Find out how much money Madison Rayne makes from TNA ->

WWE will run house shows in Canada this weekend and will tape this week’s TV from the country. Below is this weekend’s schedule:

WWE Raw:

* Tonight from the Barrie Molson Centre in Barrie, Ontario (more info)
* Saturday from the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario (more info)
* Sunday from the John Labatt Centre in London Ontario (more info)

Smackdown:

* Saturday from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia (more info)
* Sunday afternoon from the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick (more info)
* Sunday night from Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick (more info)

Monday’s edition of WWE Raw will take place from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario (more info). The company will also tape the Raw portion of WWE Superstars. On Tuesday, WWE will tape next week’s edition of WWE NXT, the Smackdown portion of WWE Superstars and next week’s edition of WWE Smackdown from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. If you are interested in sending us text-message updates from next week’s TVs (dark, Superstars from Raw or full match results from Ottawa), please send your name, mobile number and show date to us at this email address.

Furthermore if you attend any live events this weekend please submit a live report. Have a great weekend!

Beth Phoenix Injury Update – Backstage News On How Long She’ll Be Out, What An MRI Of Her Knee Revealed, More (Spoiler Included)

WWE Vintage Collection Report (06/06/10)

January 22, 2021 | News | No Comments

WWE Vintage Collection Report: June 6th 2010
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund

Welcome aboard to the continuation of Cruiserweight classics, or as Okerlund states the “best Cruiserweight matches of all time.” Man, that’s a bold statement to make Gene. I digress. WCW takes centre stage this week providing three of our four match offerings. The Cruiserweight title is still on display in the studio, albeit on a red cushion and not Okerlund’s shoulder. After hyping today’s Main Event, which includes a current WWE Hall of Famer, Okerlund takes us back to 1993 for our opener which prompts him to say “man that’s a long time, seems like it was just yesterday.” I know the feeling Gene. Let’s begin.

WCW Clash of the Champions XXII: January 13th 1993
2 Cold Scorpio vs Scotty Flamingo
Announcers are Jim Ross (announcing his last big show before defecting to WWF) and Jesse Ventura. The “unorthodox” Scorpio shows off his acrobatics as he hiptosses free from Flamingo’s arm work. Scorpio screws up a handspring backelbow then barely connects with a martial arts kick, but Flamingo still takes a spill to the floor. Scorpio teases a pescado, Flamingo turns away, then turns back into a Scorpio flying forearm from the apron. Back inside, Flamingo dropkicks Scorpio to the floor, then clears the top rope with a flying cross body. Ventura gloats that Scorpio is getting a taste of his own medicine. Flamingo suplexes, then keeps Scorpio grounded with a choke and chinlock. Scorpio escapes and mounts a comeback with a hiptoss, dropkick and slam. Scorpio nails a flying splash, changing direction in mid-air for a nearfall. Scorpio misses a stinger splash, allowing Flamingo back into the match with a rollup and clothesline. Scorpio floats over from an irish whip, lands a superkick, corkscrew legdrop out of the corner and finishes with a picture perfect 450 splash for the 1-2-3. Winner: 2 COLD SCORPIO. Good back and forth opener. There was no Light Heavyweight Title to feud over as it was on the shelf after Brad Armstrong vacated it some five months earlier due to injury. WCW Booker Bill Watts had promised a tournament, but never bothered to organise it. It was finally reborn in 1996 as the Cruiserweight Title. Scorpio would soon find himself part of a babyface tag team with Marcus (Buff) Bagwell. What about Raven?…I mean Flamingo, well he was jobbed out until he quit to become the smug, annoying Johnny Polo and Adam Bomb’s manager in the WWF four months later.

WCW Superbrawl VII: February 23rd 1997
Cruiserweight Title: Dean Malenko vs Syxx
Announcers for this match are Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Heenan. Syxx is the former 1-2-3 Kid, representing the nWo as their sixth member. After previously stealing Eddie Guerrero’s U.S Title, Syxx had just done the same to Malenko, who was about a month into his reign. Add in Syxx insulting Malenko’s late father Boris, and an irate Malenko steams to the ring and wipes Syxx out with a leg lariat. Rather than get the pin, Malenko pulls Syxx up to deliver more punishment, by way of a brainbuster. Malenko runs into a boot, but quickly catches Syxx in a powerslam. Malenko grinds down Syxx in a chinlock. Syxx reverses an irish whip, misses a dive and hangs in a tree of woe position. Malenko dropkicks the knee and attempts the Texas Cloverleaf, but Syxx kicks him away. A Malenko cross body takes both to the floor. Malenko retrieves his title, hoisting it in the air. Malenko ducks a spin kick, and drops the title to quickly clothesline Syxx. Back inside, Syxx uses his good leg to connect with a spin kick to take us into a commercial break.

Despite limping a little, Syxx works over Malenko with kicks in the corner followed by a Bronco buster, snapmare and legdrop. Syxx utilises a couple of sleepers. Malenko runs Syxx into the corner to escape the first then gets out of a second hold with a back suplex. The announcers speculate on the state of Malenko’s surgically repaired neck, as Syxx works over it, including a forearm shot from the middle rope as Malenko is draped out on the apron. Syxx delivers a brainbuster and hits a top rope legdrop. Malenko backs Syxx into the corner to escape a third sleeper and quickly reverses. Both men collide. Syxx blindly heads up top, so Malenko crotches him. Syxx tries to counter a back superplex, but overshoots it a little so he doesn’t land on top of Malenko. Syxx grabs the Cruiserweight title. A babyface Eddie Guerrero runs out and a three way tug of war ensues – Guerrero and Syxx over the belt, with Malenko tugging Syxx back by the hair. As Malenko stops to question Eddie’s presence, Eddie releases his grip to hold his hands up in innocence. As the referee ducks his head out to question Eddie, Syxx takes advantage of having full use of the belt to wipe Malenko out, get rid of the smoking gun and pick up the win and the title. Afterwards, a remorseful Eddie holds his hands to his head in disbelief. Eddie and Dean would soon enter into a feud. Winner: SYXX.

WWF Judgment Day 1998: October 18th 1998
WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Taka Michinoku w/Yamaguchi San vs Christian w/Gangrel
This was Christian’s big stage debut after appearing in the crowd during “big brother” Edge’s matchups to throw him off. Christian was in his early Gothic phase aligned with Gangrel. Meanwhile, Taka, who was ten months into his reign, had joined goofy heel stable Kaientai, and booked as a comedy character after the Light Heavyweight Division had somewhat stuttered. Here’s the opportunity to have a great match, but the crowd have no reason to care and no clear guy to root for. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are announcing and Ross says right from the get-go that he “doesn’t understand” the gothic lifestyle. Taka floats over an early irish whip. Christian avoids a second and attempts a german suplex, but Taka lands on his feet. Taka stuns Christian with a spin kick, clotheslines him to the floor and lands a springboard top rope dive. Edge is seen in the bleachers, watching over his “little brother.” Taka drives knees into Christian’s head as he tries to get back in. Christian charges into a reverse kick, comes back with a reverse DDT, dropkick, then holds on to deliver a couple of snap suplexes and a front faceplant suplex. Edge continues to watch from afar as Christian holds the momentum with a chinlock. Taka elbows free, Christian avoids a dive and Taka sails over the top to the floor. Christian leaps from the second rope on top of Taka. Ross calls Christian out for his “emotionless” state.

After commercials, Christian stays in control after a powerbomb, slam and choke on the mat. Ross says he’s surprised the rest of Kaientai aren’t at ringside. Lawler summises they mustn’t have much regard for newcomer Christian and see him as a small step for Taka. Christian misses a top rope splash. Taka sends Christian outside with a dropkick before meeting him with a baseball slide through the ropes. Taka connects with an Asai moonsault before flipping off some fans. Back inside, Taka delivers chops in the corner. Christian tosses him out, but Taka hoists himself back up and yanks Christian down by the hair. Christian rolls through from a top rope cross body for a nearfall. Taka counters a slam with a rollup off the ropes for his own nearfall. Christian tries to do the same, but Taka holds onto the ropes and scores with a low dropkick. Taka irish whips Christian a couple of times until Christian counters with a side Russian legsweep. Taka reverses a powerbomb attempt into a tornado DDT, then wastes too much time in signalling for the end. As Taka goes for the Michinoku Driver, Christian rolls him up tighter than a sushi roll, hooking the leg for the 1-2-3. Taka protests, Edge just looks on, and Christian simply leaves with Gangrel as Ross calls it a “big upset” due to Christian having no proven track record/history. Winner: CHRISTIAN. Good match, with Taka entering an impressive performance, but unfortunately bereft of crowd heat.

WCW Halloween Havoc: October 25th 1992
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura are announcing today’s Main Event. Pillman had recently turned his back on the fans looking to prove himself. Both exchange chops to start. Steamboat tries to pick up the quick win after a couple of tackles. Pillman tosses Steamboat, who skins the cat back in and gets a rollup. Pillman kicks out, sending Steamboat face first to the corner in the process. Pillman slams, however, Steamboat is playing possum as he drop toeholds Pillman and applies an armbar. Steamboat tackles, reverses a hiptoss and stays on the arm. Pillman uses his own drop toehold to try a side headlock, but his grip isn’t strong enough, and Steamboat easily reverses into a hammerlock. Pillman attempts forearms, Steamboat sends him into a backbodydrop and slam. Pillman drives his head into Steamboat’s gut, rakes the face and throws him down, as Ventura praises him for reaching into his “bag of tricks.” The crowd chant “Brian sucks.” Pillman’s momentum doesn’t last long as Steamboat leapfrogs over a backbodydrop attempt to give Pillman a tree slam. Thinking on his feet, Pillman thwarts Steamboat’s attempts to send him off the ropes by continually falling to his knees. Pillman sucker punches Steamboat and laughs as we go into our final break.

Pillman utilises a headscissors takedown. Steamboat reverses a hiptoss into a backslide. Pillman uses the hair to take Steamboat down, before blatantly choking him. Steamboat blocks a superplex attempt by throwing Pillman to the mat. Pillman meets Steamboat in mid-flight with a dropkick. Pillman goes for repeated covers, but Steamboat stays alive. Steamboat takes advantage of Pillman arguing with the referee to deliver a back suplex. Pillman leaps onto Steamboat’s back to apply a sleeper. Steamboat runs Pillman into two corners to escape. Pillman steps out to snap Steamboat’s neck across the top rope. Steamboat recovers quickly to catch Pillman going up top and throws him off. Shades of Ric Flair there. Pillman begs off and rolls to the outside to stop a fired-up Steamboat, but Steamboat gives chase and is ambushed back inside by a waiting Pillman. Steamboat wins a chop exchange, prompting Pillman to retreat outside once more. Notorious WWF superfan Vladimir can be seen taunting both from the front row wearing a WBF t-shirt. This is ironic and funny in so many ways. Steamboat looks to have made the same mistake twice by going after Pillman, but this time, Steamboat trips Pillman as he gets back inside. Steamboat sends Pillman to the corner, charges into a knee and Pillman lands a cross body from the second rope. Steamboat counters a slam with a backbreaker then comes off the top rope with a sunset flip. Pillman counters with his own rollup, but Steamboat flips him back over and picks up the 1-2-3. Winner: RICKY “THE DRAGON” STEAMBOAT. This was a really enjoyable match.

Okerlund puts over Steamboat’s “crafty veteran move,” comparing it to his match with Randy Savage at WrestleMania III before wrapping things up. The Cruiserweight collection continues next week. Shaun.

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Fiorelli launches first recycled collection

January 22, 2021 | News | No Comments

Accessories brand Fiorelli, owned by Global Brands Group, has launched its first recycled capsule collection, Recover.

The collection features five shapes, including the ‘Waves’ backpack in three sizes, the ‘Marina Tote’ and the ‘Cove Crossbody’ bag.

Each item in the capsule is made from approximately eight to 22 recycled plastic bottles and other responsibly sourced materials. While all the hardware on accessories, such as branded studs, zip pulls, and patches, are made using recycled metal.

The Recover bags are all designed to be highly functional for everyday use and are made with extremely hardwearing materials and water-resistant, added the brand. The larger bags offer an internal padded section for a laptop, multiple internal and side pockets. The bags’ long straps are adjustable, and the backpacks have padded back panels for added comfort.

Florence Fullalove, brand manager at Fiorelli, said in a statement: “Fiorelli is committed to being a leader in environmental responsibility and by launching Recover, our first recycled collection, we are making a great step forward in working towards a more sustainable future for our brand and our industry.”

The recycled Recover range is available in Fiorelli stores and on Fiorelli.com, as well as in-store and online at John Lewis. Price points for the bags range from 59 to 89 pounds.

The handbag brand has also ensured that all online order are now shipped using biodegradable packaging made from an eco-friendly, compostable material that decomposes in 6–36 months, as part of its commitment to sustainability.

Images: courtesy of Fiorelli

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says the due diligence conducted by the Scuderia on Carlos Sainz before it hired the latter included a close analysis of the Spaniard’s radio messages with McLaren.

Ferrari signed up Sainz as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement in the spring of 2020, over a month before the delayed F1 season got underway.

But the Italian outfit’s decision to offer Sainz a chance to pass through the gates of Maranello was the result of a thorough appraisal of the 26-year-old’s skills, but also his character and his approach to his job.

“Before we made him an offer, we listened to all his radio communications just to see the way he was communicating, and you can see the way he is communicating is somehow telling you a lot about the way he is approaching the exercise – very precise, I think,” said Binotto, speaking during an F1 Beyond the Grid podcast last month.

“He’s a hard worker, he’s methodical, he’s robust, and I think they were all components that were important for us.”

    Read also – Sainz on Ferrari: ‘Everything started happening very quickly!’

While Binotto vaunted his new recruit’s disciplined and efficient approach, Sainz’s speed and race craft, and his ability to perform consistently, were also at the forefront of Ferrari’s considerations.

“In the race, [Sainz is] consistent – he is fast, he is defending, he is attacking – but is bringing always the car to the finish line in a consistent way so I think he is a good driver to build a good season on of constructors’ [championship points],” added the Scuderia boss.

“Then we made an analysis on his speed; I believe he is fast, we believed he was fast, and I think he has proved even this season to be very fast if you are comparing to Norris who, already last year proved to be a very fast driver.

“But if you look at Carlos in 2020, I think in the comparison he has been very strong, I think improved himself in quali compared to what it was before and is still very strong in the race. So he is a hard worker.

“On top of that he is young, which is why I think he’s got many years of experience in F1 – he’s still a young driver so he’s got a lot of time to develop, and he’s not certainly at the end of his career.”

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