CM Punk reveals what it would take for him to return to WWE

18 Oct

CM Punk has revealed he would have to be paid a lot of money to return to WWE.

The former WWE champion fell out with Vince McMahon and Triple H before leaving the company in 2014.

CM Punk was one of WWE’s biggest stars
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Since then, Punk has criticised WWE on numerous occasions, claiming he left with ‘zero passion’ for wrestling.

Despite his rocky relationship with his former employers, reports have claimed The Voice of the Voiceless is keen on a return.

And in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Thursday, a fan asked Punk: “This is an AMA so I’m going to be that guy, I apologise in advance; is a WWE return ever possible?”

Punk replied: “Oh, of course I’m going to get asked that, no need to apologise! It’d have to be a very big bag.”

CM Punk had a failed spell in UFC
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‘A very big bag’ is a clear reference to money, which doesn’t seem to be an issue for WWE with boxing star Tyson Fury set to rake in £11.9million for his fight against Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel later this month.

Punk, 40, tried his hand at mixed martial arts, but lost two of his only fights against Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson.

Earlier this month, Triple H refused to rule out a sensational WWE return for Punk.

WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative said: “You never say never in WWE.

“Any time anybody goes ‘that’ll never happen’, sooner or later it ends up being wrong maybe. The desire has to be there on both sides.

“I don’t know if it is on his (Punk’s), and I don’t know where we would be if that desire was brought up to us.”

If, and it remains a big if at the moment, Punk returned to WWE, it would likely be regarded as one of the biggest comebacks in wrestling history.

Lee Tomlin rescues late point for Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday in Championship clash

18 Oct

Lee Tomlin’s superb free-kick earned Cardiff a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

The Bluebirds’ unbeaten home record  in the Championship this season was under threat after Julian Borner turned in Kadeem Harris’ goal-bound shot in the 19th minute.

Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday had chances to kill the game
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And the Owls almost doubled their lead when former Cardiff winger Harris struck the crossbar from a free-kick just before half-time.

However, Cardiff piled the pressure on in the second-half and were rewarded when substitute Tomlin beat Cameron Dawson from 20 yards with three minutes remaining.

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West Ham clash will be a turning point in Everton’s season, says under-fire boss Marco Silva

18 Oct

Marco Silva believes Everton’s home clash with West Ham will be a turning point in their season.

The Toffees boss is under increasing pressure with the club in the relegation zone after losing four successive Premier League games.

Marco Silva is in desperate need of a win
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Following Everton’s most recent defeat, a 1-0 loss at Burnley, Silva dubbed Saturday’s West Ham game, which is LIVE on talkSPORT, a ‘must-win game for us’.

When he was asked on Friday about that, and if the message to the players was it had to be a turning point in the campaign, the Portuguese coach said: “We believe it will be.

“When I used those words, it was first because for us as a club, all the matches must be must-win matches. That is the mentality we are trying to create.

“And I use that because it has to be a turning point for us because we have all the conditions to do that, full confidence in our players to be able to play in our stadium as well, and I think it is a good start to the match, thinking of it like a must-win.

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“At the moment we are not in the best moment with confidence really high, but we have to go for this match thinking it will be a must-win game.”

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since arriving at Goodison Park in February 2016.

And Silva could be the next managerial casualty if his side lose to West Ham this weekend.

He said: “Pressure for us as professionals has to be a privilege, a pleasure, because it means we are doing what we really love, that we are working in a football club which is demanding for ourselves.

“We have to put this pressure behind us every day. For me it is never a problem, and it is something I try to pass to my players every single day. Pressure is really good.

“It means you are at a club that wants to win, a club with big ambition, and it is the reality of our position.

“The table is not good. Our last results aren’t good enough. We have to react and the pressure has to be good for us.

“Embracing the moment is the reality in this moment. We can perform better, we can win the game.”


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Everton vs West Ham at 12:30, Tottenham vs Watford at 15:00 and Crystal Palace vs Manchester City at 17:30

  

West Ham clash will be a turning point in Everton’s season, says under-fire boss Marco Silva

18 Oct

Marco Silva believes Everton’s home clash with West Ham will be a turning point in their season.

The Toffees boss is under increasing pressure with the club in the relegation zone after losing four successive Premier League games.

Marco Silva is in desperate need of a win
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Following Everton’s most recent defeat, a 1-0 loss at Burnley, Silva dubbed Saturday’s West Ham game, which is LIVE on talkSPORT, a ‘must-win game for us’.

When he was asked on Friday about that, and if the message to the players was it had to be a turning point in the campaign, the Portuguese coach said: “We believe it will be.

“When I used those words, it was first because for us as a club, all the matches must be must-win matches. That is the mentality we are trying to create.

“And I use that because it has to be a turning point for us because we have all the conditions to do that, full confidence in our players to be able to play in our stadium as well, and I think it is a good start to the match, thinking of it like a must-win.

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“At the moment we are not in the best moment with confidence really high, but we have to go for this match thinking it will be a must-win game.”

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since arriving at Goodison Park in February 2016.

And Silva could be the next managerial casualty if his side lose to West Ham this weekend.

He said: “Pressure for us as professionals has to be a privilege, a pleasure, because it means we are doing what we really love, that we are working in a football club which is demanding for ourselves.

“We have to put this pressure behind us every day. For me it is never a problem, and it is something I try to pass to my players every single day. Pressure is really good.

“It means you are at a club that wants to win, a club with big ambition, and it is the reality of our position.

“The table is not good. Our last results aren’t good enough. We have to react and the pressure has to be good for us.

“Embracing the moment is the reality in this moment. We can perform better, we can win the game.”


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Everton vs West Ham at 12:30, Tottenham vs Watford at 15:00 and Crystal Palace vs Manchester City at 17:30

  

Lee Bowyer accused ‘horrendous’ referee Peter Bankes of ‘looking after his mate’ after Charlton’s defeat to Swansea

18 Oct

The FA have confirmed Lee Bowyer called referee Peter Bankes ‘horrendous’ and accused him of ‘looking after his mate’ after Charlton’s defeat to Swansea.

The Addicks lost 2-1 to the Swans earlier this month and Bankes’ match report claimed Bowyer had approached him and questioned his integrity at full-time.

Lee Bowyer will be in the stands for Charlton’s games against Derby, Bristol City and West Brom
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The Charlton manager was quoted saying: “You were absolutely horrendous you tonight. I bet you are pleased. I see you looked after your mate from your academy days tonight.”

Subsequently, Bowyer was fined £4,000 and hit with a three-game touchline ban, which starts in a home clash with Derby on Saturday.

At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Bowyer said he was talking to Swansea boss Steve Cooper ahead of the game, before Bankes engaged in a lengthy conversation with the Welshman.

At the end of the chat, Cooper said to Bowyer: “Don’t worry we’re not best mates, he just used to do all our academy games.”

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Bowyer was served with another three-game touchline ban last season after verbally abusing a referee in Charlton’s 2-1 win over Wimbledon.

He was also fined £1,000 for calling referee James Linington a disgrace in a late 1- 0 defeat to Peterborough last August.

Following this weekend’s game against Derby, Bowyer will continue to be in the stands for trips to Bristol City and West Brom.

Bowyer was ‘surprised’ and ‘disappointed’ with his recent touchline ban.

He said: “I’ve been in this situation before and I learned from my mistake last time.

“I didn’t shout, I didn’t swear, I spoke to the referee calmly regarding the situation, but it is what it is.

“My focus remains making sure we are focused for Saturday’s game against Derby.”

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits club could be forced to sell Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly

18 Oct

Napoli could be forced to sell Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly, says club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The 28-year-old joined the Serie A club in 2014 and is regarded as one of Europe’s best defenders.

Kalidou Koulibaly (right) has been a revelation at Napoli
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He was a summer target for Manchester United, before they paid Leicester £80million to make Harry Maguire the world’s most expensive defender in August.

Napoli president De Laurentiis knows he will have to part ways with Koulibaly one day.

He told Sky Sport Italia: “I loved Koulibaly the man so I refused €105million, but a time will come when I’ll have to sell him.

“Whoever says we didn’t improve our defence is wrong.”

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Marek Hamsik was a long-term target for Premier League clubs during his time at Napoli.

However, the playmaker ended his 11-and-a-half-year spell at Napoli to join Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang in February.

Laurentiis hopes his current set of players won’t ‘sell themselves out’ by moving to China.

He added: “If they want to sell themselves out in China, overpaid to live a life of s*** for two or three years, it’s their problem.

“I can’t consider China to be competitive. China’s far away. If they consider it to be close, it’s their problem.

“In life, you have to choose whether to be happy and find a job you enjoy doing or work just for money.

“For me, money is a means and not an end – if it’s an end for them then they should go to China.”

Mason Greenwood signs new long-term contract with Manchester United

18 Oct

Mason Greenwood has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old, who has come through the ranks at Old Trafford, made his senior debut in March.

Mason Greenwood is highly-rated by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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And the striker has put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2023, with the option of a further year.

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Boxing star Tyson Fury and Robbie Williams to release Christmas song called ‘Bad Sharon’

18 Oct

Tyson Fury and Robbie Williams have recorded a Christmas song which will be released next month.

Williams’ first ever Christmas album includes artists such as Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Jamie Callum and more surprisingly boxing star Fury.

No one would have ever predicted Robbie Williams to duet with Tyson Fury

The Gypsy King and the former Take That member’s song is called ‘Bad Sharon’, which details rowdy office parties.

Fury has been renowned for his singing in the past, belting out Aerosmith’s ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’ to wife Paris after his victory over Wladimir Kilitschko in 2015.

He also sang a rendition of American Pie in a post-match press conference following his draw with Deontay Wilder last year.

Fury, who is swapping boxing for wrestling to fight Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel on October 31, dubbed himself a ‘natural born entertainer on Thursday.

He told ESPN’s First Take: “I think I was born to do this.

“I’m a natural entertainer as you can see with the boxing.

“Now I’m going to the real entertainment, the best value in entertainment in sports, WWE.”

Williams’ Christmas album hits shelves on November 22.

He said: “I’m beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album.

“I’ve done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true.

“Making this album has been so much fun and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

The Undertaker will not appear at Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia, Cain Velasquez plans revealed

18 Oct

There has been big news surrounding the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in recent days.

Seth Rollins has been pulled from the Team Hogan vs Team Flair match in order to defend his Universal Championship against ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt in Saudi Arabia.

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Below, talkSPORT.com gives you the latest gossip and rumours from the wrestling world.

The Undertaker will not be added to the Crown Jewel card

The Undertaker has been a constant fixture for WWE’s last three pay-per-view events in Saudi Arabia.

He defeated Rusev in a Casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, teamed up with Kane to take on Triple H and Shaun Michaels at last year’s Crown Jewel show and had a disastrous bout with Goldberg at Super ShowDown in June.

The Undertaker had a disastrous match with Goldberg in Saudi Arabia in June
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But according to The Wrestling Observer, The Deadman will be left at home when WWE travel to Riyadh later this month.

The Undertaker was last seen on WWE TV when he partnered Roman Reigns to beat Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre at Extreme Rules in July.

Roman Reigns gets title opportunity

Reigns is set to take on Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown on Friday.

It will be The Big Dog’s first title match since recovering from leukaemia earlier this year.

Being away from the main event scene has done Reigns the world of good, with the former Universal champion having entertaining feuds with McIntyre and Erick Rowan in recent months.

Cain Velasquez plans revealed

Velasquez is facing Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Crown Jewel – and the former UFC heavyweight champion is here to stay.

Last week, the Mexican signed a multi-year deal with WWE, and appears set to be a main event star in the company.

Cain Velasquez is real-life friends with Rey Mysterio
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The Wrestling Observer claim WWE plans to keep Velasquez alongside real-life friend Rey Mysterio, who was drafted to Raw on Monday.

That suggests Velasquez will be a prominent figure on the red brand in the forthcoming weeks, despite also chasing SmackDown’s top title.

Tyson Fury insists he’s a ‘natural born entertainer’ and explains why he joined WWE ahead of fight with Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel

18 Oct

Tyson Fury has dubbed himself a ‘natural born entertainer’ ahead of his WWE in-ring debut.

The former world heavyweight champion will swap the boxing gloves for the squared circle when he takes on Braun Strowman at WWE’s pay-per-view Crown Jewel on October 31.

Tyson Fury is set to take on Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel on October 31
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Fury, who has a rematch with Deontay Wilder next year, is recovering from a nasty eye wound, which required 47 stitches from his victory over Otto Wallin last month.

And with all that in mind, it remains to be seen how physical the Gypsy King will get with 6ft 8ins Strowman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

When asked if he was nervous about wrestling in WWE, Fury told ESPN’s First Take: “Not really, I think I was born to do this.

“I’m a natural entertainer as you can see with the boxing.

“Now I’m going to the real entertainment, the best value in entertainment in sports, WWE.”

Fury is not the first boxer to appear in WWE, with Floyd Mayweather winning a memorable match against The Big Show at WrestleMania 24, while Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton and Muhammad Ali have had cameos.

Explaining why he was attracted to WWE, Fury said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’ve watched WWE and been a fan for my whole life. I’ve never really had the opportunity to do it with boxing commitments.

“After my last fight with the massive cut, I had a lot of time to let my hair down and really get involved.

“I grabbed it with both hands when I was offered the opportunity and here I am about to wrestle on the biggest stage in the world.”