WWE gossip column: John Cena suggests that he’s done wrestling matches, Sasha Banks progress and all of today’s top news

14 May

With the WWE in the UK and tearing the O2 down, it’s easy to forget Money in the Bank is this Sunday.

Let’s take a look at the rumours out there right now:

Vince McMahon is still running things at 73

John Cena may be done in-ring with WWE

At 42 and with a 17-year career at the top, John Cena insists he may be done wrestling.

“I am not sick of it, I am just trying to have that realistic conversation that not many people in sports or entertainment — or sports-entertainment — have, they want to hold on to that flame as long as they can,” Cena said in an interview with TheWrap. “I would much rather leave a lasting impression for what I did then try to milk the system for selfish gain.”

John Cena
John Cena is a legend in WWE

WWE willing to offer a lot to get Sasha Banks back

According to Tom Colohue, WWE are ‘willing to offer a lot of things’ to get Sahsa Banks back to the company.

However, at present, there doesn’t seem to be any progress on The Boss’ return.

Sasha Banks came close to beating Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble

Vince McMahon not a fan of Luke Harper

According to Fightful, WWE chairman Vince McMahon has had earlier issues with Luke Harper prior to his contract stand-off.

McMahon ‘decided to hate anything he was involved in long ago,’ and it really begs the question: why not just release him?

Lio Rush asked for his release

The absent star asked for his release after an argument over his pay where he asked for double his current salary, per Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Rush has been taken off the road at this time of writing.

Darren Till exclusive: What he learned from Tyron Woodley loss, Ben Askren and how he beats Jorge Masvidal at UFC London

14 Mar

This Saturday at the O2 Arena, the UFC will return for the 11th time and Liverpool welterweight Darren Till will headline the show against dangerous veteran Jorge Masvidal.

Till is coming off a welterweight title fight with then-champion Tyron Woodley which he comprehensively lost via submission in the second round.

UFC Liverpool: Darren Till shocks Stephen Thompson and dreams of Anfield fight
UFC star Darren Till

The 26-year-old, still ranked third in the world at welterweight, is looking to defeat the widely respected Masvidal and climb back into title contention to face now-champion Kamara Usman.

Speaking to talkSPORT at the media day in London on Thursday, Till spoke of his belief that he would win a proverbial shoot-out with Masvidal, a known dangerous striker.

“I think if we are going to go to the trenches and have a war, it’s more in my favour,” Till stated. “I think I am the bigger hitter and – I don’t like to talk about this – my size, I am a little bit bigger so if we do go to the trenches, I do get the win there. As I say, people keep asking what will happen after the fight but I have to give Jorge respect enough to just focus totally on beating him on Saturday. I’m sure he’s doing the same.”

If Till gets the win he is seeking, would he look to the title or would he want to avenge his loss to Woodley? Till thinks Woodley may have other plans.

Tyron Woodley lost to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235

“Woodley is coming to the end I think. One of the best of all-time, but he’s got a lot of things outside of fighting. With me, I don’t have anything else to do outside of fighting and I don’t really want to have anything else to do. When I get my paychecks and that, I try and invest it in something that doesn’t really take any of my time. I just want my whole focus to be fighting. Because if I’m not a great in this, it will upset me and it will destroy me so I need to give it my full attention.

“I think Woodley, I’d love the rematch but I think he is coming to the end. He’s got other things going on and his focus is in other directions,” Till said.

Ben Askren has been incessantly calling out Till as of late and following his debut victory over Robbie Lawler – albeit via controversial circumstances – he is going to be in attendance in London.

When asked about Askren’s recent obsession with him, Till intimated he is just one fighter in a long queue.

“Listen, there’s a target on my back. Leon [Edwards] is sitting next to me, he wants to fight me. Danny [Roberts] over there, he’s coming up soon, he’ll want to fight me when he wins his fight. There’s Gunnar [Nelson], Mike Perry, Santiago [Ponzinibbio] Rafael [dos Anjos] – all of these guys, and Ben is just another one of these guys. So I have a target on my back.

“I’m a guy to beat. I’m loud, I’m cocky, I’m confident and I bring good skills to the table, so I am a guy to beat. But, you know, [Kamara] Usman was calling me out, now I’m calling him out! The tide has changed.”

Welterweight star Ben Askren is looking for a scrap with Darren Till

Speaking about his loss to Woodley, Till revealed he took the sure-fire too lightly.

“I’ve always been a calm, relaxed fighter, but maybe I was too relaxed. I was too confident in myself that I looked past [Tyron] Woodley and I shouldn’t have done – he’s one of the greatest fighters of all-time! In the changing rooms, I wasn’t really warming up. I was just, like, sat there waiting to go and take my belt and it shouldn’t be like that – you should be on edge. I wasn’t on edge.”

Keeping your composure is important in any combat sport, but Till knows he may have overdone it on that occasion. Will he make that mistake again with Masvidal at UFC London? No chance.

Jorge Masvidal is a very dangerous welterweight

“But my heart is pumping right now. Jorge is here in the room with me and I’m here to fight. Fighting is a fearful business. Obviously, I’m terrified and nervous, butterflies, happiness – all of those emotions. That’s how every fighter in this room feels right now. They might not say it, but I’ll say it.”

Till and Masvidal headline a stacked card which features two other welterweight bouts between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson as well as Danny Roberts and Claudio Silva. Nathaniel Wood takes on Jose Alberto Quinonez while Jack Marshman rounds off the main card against John Phillips.