Marcus Vanderberg

  • Wayne Rooney slaps WWE superstar Wade Barrett at 'Monday Night Raw'

    Marcus Vanderberg at FC Yahoo 15 days ago

    Wayne Rooney on Twitter is just as entertaining as Wayne Rooney on the pitch.

    So it should come as no surprise that Rooney found himself in the middle of a Twitter beef that finally reached a tipping point on Monday night.

    Nine months after WWE superstar and diehard Preston North End F.C. fan Wade Barrett accused Rooney on Twitter of taking a dive in the 88th minute of an FA Cup match that eventually led to a penalty kick goal, the two finally met face-to-face tonight at WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” in Manchester, United Kingdom.

    How about that @WayneRooney dive vs @PNEFC? He won't need to dive when I catch up with him.. #BullHammer #BNB

    Combine that slap with the Rooney goal that snapped Manchester United’s 403-minute drought without a goal and it’s been a good seven days for the Red Devils.

  • WWE champ Seth Rollins out 6-9 months after tearing ACL, MCL

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 20 days ago

    Wrestlers aren’t athletes, huh?

    WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins will be out of action for 6-9 months after he tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus during a live event Wednesday night in Dublin, Ireland, according to ESPN's Jonathan Coachman.

    BREAKING: Last night in Dublin, IRL, @WWE Champion @WWERollins suffered right ACL/MCL/medial meniscus tears; out 6-9 months.

    As a result, Rollins will have to vacate the title and a new champion will be crowned as part of a tournament at WWE’s Survivor Series on Nov. 22.

    Rollins suffered the injury while attempting a Sunset Flip off the top rope in a match against Kane:

    Rollins was scheduled to defend his championship against Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. Instead, it now looks like one of WWE’s brightest stars is in serious danger of missing WrestleMania 32.

  • Paul Heyman Q&A: I would love to do Brock Lesnar vs. Mike Tyson at MSG

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Paul Heyman has worn a variety of hats during his lengthy time in the wrestling industry.

    Photographer. Publisher. Writer. Promoter. Manager. Broadcaster.

    But there’s one role that currently stands out above the rest during his current run in World Wrestling Entertainment.


    Heyman — the real-life right-hand man of Brock Lesnar — has arguably done some of his best work on the microphone since returning to the company he once competed against as the head of Extreme Championship Wrestling.

    Lesnar and Heyman have been paired together since 2002 and with the former UFC heavyweight champion re-signing a new deal with WWE in March, rest assured wrestling fans that the dynamic duo is here to stay for the near future.

    Heyman chatted with Yahoo Sports prior to Saturday’s live WWE Network special from Madison Square Garden:

    Q: As a New Yorker, what does Madison Square Garden mean to you?

    Q: How easy was it back in the day to sneak into MSG? (When Heyman was a teenager, he talked his way into covering a WWWF event at MSG.)

  • Dunk History: Paul George's 360 windmill causes stir on press row

    Marcus Vanderberg at Ball Don't Lie 2 mths ago

    As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History .

    Today, Marcus Vanderberg revisits Paul George's dunk of the year from 2014 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    No cheering in the press box.

    It’s the first rule that’s drilled in your head when you decide you want to become a sports journalist.

    And 99 percent of the time, it’s a rule that all journalists follow (cough, boxing media, cough).

    But once in a blue moon, you find yourself covering a sporting event where an athlete does something so phenomenal that it nearly forces your inner-fandom to come out.

    Paul George’s 360-windmill slam was that moment for me.

    The Associated Press Sports Editors Diversity Fellowship program is what brought this Los Angeleno to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the middle of January during that ever so brief stretch when the Indiana Pacers were the team to beat in the Eastern Conference last year.

  • WWE's Seth Rollins on his feud with 'SummerSlam' host Jon Stewart

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 3 mths ago

    Wrestling and celebrities don’t always go hand in hand.

    For every one Hollywood A-lister that does a great job as a guest host on WWE programming, wrestling fans have to suffer through 10 others who are unfamiliar with the product and ultimately resulting in some serious awkward live television.

    Fortunately this wasn’t the case for Jon Stewart.

    The lifelong wrestling fan and former “The Daily Show” host is very familiar with WWE and fit in seamlessly when he appeared on “Monday Night Raw” in March as part of an ongoing storyline feud with WWE champion Seth Rollins.

    “You know, a lot of celebrities who come on WWE, they don’t know what to expect,” Rollins told Yahoo Sports about Stewart. “And sometimes our crowd and our fans eat them up. But Jon was awesome, he was able to win them over and did a great job.”

    Stewart did such a great job last time that he will return to WWE programming as host of “SummerSlam” Sunday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    Rollins will be on his toes with Stewart around once again.


  • Longtime wrestling fan Jon Stewart to host WWE's 'SummerSlam'

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 3 mths ago

    Jon Stewart just booked his dream job.

    No, it wasn’t serving as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central for the last 16 years.

    World Wrestling Entertainment announced Monday that Stewart would host this weekend’s “SummerSlam” pay-per-view from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    What exactly does one do as host of a four-hour long PPV?

    Beats the hell out of us, but I am sure it will involve a variety of semi-funny sketches, awkward interviews with the wrestlers and the continuation of his ongoing feud with WWE champion Seth Rollins.

    A longtime wrestling fan, Stewart appeared on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” prior to WrestleMania 31 in March and Rollins eventually returned the favor with a cameo on “The Daily Show” before Stewart stepped away from the popular nightly news show earlier this month.

    Rollins is scheduled to defend his WWE championship against United States champion John Cena in a title-for-title match. Not saying the fix is in, but something tells me Cena could have the advantage against Rollins with Stewart roaming around in the arena.

    With all this free time on Stewart’s hands, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw the television host do more work with the WWE in the future.

  • The unofficial viewers' guide to Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Marcus Vanderberg at Boxing 6 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS — The day is finally here.

    After five years of anticipation, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is just hours away.

    But before you fire up the grill or settle down on the couch for the evening, here are a few more news nuggets you might have missed throughout the week:

    Banned from the MGM : CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle both tweeted Saturday morning that their credentials for the fight were apparently blocked by Floyd Mayweather’s camp. Nichols grilled Mayweather on his domestic violence past during an interview last year, and Beadle has never been shy on Twitter in expressing her thoughts on not only Floyd but Manny Pacquiao’s views on homosexuality.

    No fight for me or @MichelleDBeadle. Mayweather's team told my producer the camp was blocking my credential.

  • Ronda Rousey teams up with The Rock, judo tosses Triple H at WrestleMania 31

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 8 mths ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ronda Rousey loves professional wrestling.

    The undefeated UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion has been in the front row of WWE pay-per-view’s in the past and been known to attend Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows — a local independent wrestling promotion based in Southern California — with her Four Horsewomen (Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir). 

    On Sunday at WrestleMania 31, Rousey had a new tag team partner in The Rock. The “Furious 7” stars took part in a segment with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in front of record-setting crowd of 76,796 fans at Levi’s Stadium. The Rock interrupted a segment where Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were berating the crowd. McMahon eventually got so fed up that she slapped The Rock in the face and was told to leave the ring. Before The Rock went to the back, he does a lap around ringside and comes across Rousey, who jumped the barrier to chants of “Ronda’s going to kill you” and followed The Rock in the ring.

    And as for White, he was taking in the WrestleMania show from London:


  • Five highlights from the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 8 mths ago

    The Turnstile will affectionately be known as The Turnbuckle this week as we count down to WrestleMania 31 from Levi’s Stadium on March 29. Check back all week on Yahoo Sports to get your daily wrestling fix.

    The WWE’s Hall of Fame ceremony took place Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose as nine inductees were honored. In case you don’t have four (!) hours to spare in order to watch the entire show, here’s some nuggets that fill you in on what you missed.

    Rikishi pays tribute to his family:

    The number of WWE wrestlers (from The Rock to Yokozuna) to come from the Samoan Anoa’i family tree is impressive and Rikishi is the latest inductee in the Hall of Fame.

    The Bushwhackers acting like … The Bushwhackers:

    This has to be the only suit Luke and Butch own, right?

    Lanny Poffo transforms into The Genius while inducting Randy Savage:

    It took far too long but “Macho Man” Randy Savage was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, accepted the behalf on his honor and returned to his rhyming ways.

    Kevin Nash thanks his past opponents:

    You have to respect a man who knows he wasn’t the greatest wrestler but could follow someone else’s lead in the ring.

  • Ranking all 30 WrestleManias

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 8 mths ago

    The Turnstile will affectionately be known as The Turnbuckle this week as we count down to WrestleMania 31 from Levi’s Stadium on March 29. Check back all week on Yahoo Sports to get your daily wrestling fix.

    With WrestleMania 31 just days away, Yahoo Sports decided to go back and rank the first 30 pay-per-views. And since wrestling fans love to voice their opinions, leave your feedback in the comments section.

    30. WrestleMania XI

    Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, Conn.)

    If you want my thoughts on Lawrence Taylor’s wrestling skills, check out our top 10 sports cameos list. The highlight of WrestleMania XI might have been Jonathan Taylor Thomas serving as the guest timekeeper in the Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel match.

    Match of the night: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels

    29. WrestleMania IX

    Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nev.)

    Match of the night: Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka 

    28. WrestleMania XXVII

    Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)

    A dude (The Miz) who was on “The Real World” headlined WrestleMania. Need I say more?

    Match of the night: The Undertaker vs. Triple H