Marcus Vanderberg

  • How Brock Lesnar caused Randy Orton to get 10 staples at WWE’s ‘SummerSlam’

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    Brock Lesnar’s elbows and fists didn’t get the memo that he was competing at “SummerSlam” Sunday night and not at UFC 200.

    In the main event of the WWE’s pay-per-view from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Lesnar busted open Randy Orton with a series of elbows before winning the match by TKO.

    Blood is frowned upon in the WWE as ringside doctors jumped into the ring and treated Orton’s gushing head.

    It’s a safe bet to assume the match was scripted to end as a result of the doctors waiving it off. However, there’s no safe way to script this.

    How bad was Orton’s injury?

    He needed 10 staples to close the laceration, according to the WWE. Not stitches. Staples.

    This isn’t the first time Lesnar has busted open someone in a WWE ring.

    In his return match to the WWE in 2012 against John Cena, it took Lesnar less than 30 seconds before the referees had to grab the latex gloves and treat a cut on Cena’s head.

  • Daniel Bryan Q&A: I want to wrestle again when I sit ringside

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    Daniel Bryan just can’t quit wrestling.

    Five months after his gut-wrenching retirement speech in front of a sold-out crowd in his home state of Washington, Bryan finds himself back on WWE television in two unique roles.

    The 35-year-old former wrestler — who walked away from sports entertainment due to concussions in February — splits his time as the color commentator of the “WWE Cruiserweight Classic” tournament and as the general manager of “SmackDown.”

    No, it’s not the same thrill as competing in the main event at WrestleMania. But instead of having to worry about suffering another head injury, Bryan’s biggest injury concern is losing his voice broadcasting.

    Prior to “SummerSlam” on Sunday, Bryan chatted with Yahoo Sports about his new roles, his dream “Cruiserweight Classic” final four and what’s in store for the Seattle Seahawks this season.

    Has traveling on the road again on a weekly basis as GM of “SmackDown” helped or hurt whatever wrestling itch you still might have?

  • Charlotte Q&A: I didn't want my father Ric Flair to overshadow me

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 3 mths ago

    Fourteen years ago during the first incarnation of the WWE draft, Ric Flair selected future Hall of Fame wrestler Lita with his last pick. He would go on to get mocked by his draft counterpart, Vince McMahon, who implied the only reason why Flair drafted Lita was so he “could get lucky” with her.

    Needless to say, women’s wrestling has come a long way since 2002, and one of the key reasons for that change is thanks to a Flair.

    Charlotte, the daughter of the 16-time world champion, has helped legitimize a women’s division that for the longest focused on sexuality instead of in-ring action.

    “I didn’t even remember that,” Charlotte, who was 14 at the time, said about Flair’s selection of Lita in 2002.

    Since getting called up from NXT one year ago, Charlotte has become the female face of the company and is currently the WWE Women’s Champion.

    Her future will be determined during Tuesday’s live WWE draft where Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon, representing “Raw” and “SmackDown Live” respectively, will fill out their rosters in the latest version of the WWE brand split.

    On a personal level, how will the upcoming draft impact your friendships in the guys and gals in the locker room?

  • Ex-WWE champion Roman Reigns suspended for wellness policy violation

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 4 mths ago

    World Wrestling Entertainment suspended wrestler Roman Reigns for 30 days effective immediately after violating the company’s talent wellness policy.

    Real name Joe Anoa`i, Reigns lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday night at the “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view to Seth Rollins, likely as a result of the pending failed drug test.

    I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.

    Reigns’ last appearance was in the main event of “Monday Night Raw.” His 30-day suspension would end before the WWE’s next pay-per-view, “Battleground,” on July 24.

    Reigns is scheduled to compete in the main event of that show against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

  • UFC 199: Kevin Casey, Muhammad Ali’s son-in-law, fights to split draw

    Marcus Vanderberg at Cagewriter 4 mths ago

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. — It’s been an emotional 24 hours for Kevin Casey.

    The 34-year-old middleweight stepped inside the Octagon at UFC 199 one day after the death of his father-in-law, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died Friday night of septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes" at the age of 74.

    Casey is married to Hana Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter with his third wife, Veronica Porsche. Hana Ali is the older sister of Laila Ali. Instead of pulling out of the fight at the last minute, Casey fulfilled his UFC obligations and fought Elvis Mutapcic to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28) at The Forum on Saturday night.

    “It’s a lot to go through before a fight,” Casey told UFC commentator Joe Rogan after the fight. “Thank you guys for the support and God bless my family.”

    Six months prior, Norton not only defeated Ali for the NABF title in San Diego, but also broke Ali’s jaw in the process. It was only Ali’s second loss of his career and first since returning from a three-plus year suspension for refusing U.S. military service.

  • Wrestling world reacts to the death of ex-WWE wrestler Chyna

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 6 mths ago

    Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, was found dead Wednesday at the age of 46.

    There would be no renaissance within the women’s wrestling ranks if it weren’t for Chyna and her contributions to the business during her stint in World Wrestling Entertainment between 1997-2001.

    The wrestling community has reacted online to her death:


    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joanie "Chyna" Laurer. #RIPChyna

    Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna

    I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna



  • Ex-WWE wrestler Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer dead at 46

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 6 mths ago

    Former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Joanie Laurer, better known by her in-ring name of Chyna, was found dead at her Redondo Beach, Calif., home Wednesday afternoon at the age of 46, according to her manager. No cause of death has been announced.

    #RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe. Felix

    Known for her bodybuilder physique, Chyna made her WWE debut in 1997 and joined Shawn Michaels and then boyfriend Triple H in the group, “D-Generation X.” Chyna wasn’t just eye candy for Michaels and Triple H — she was a bodyguard, an on-air role up until that point was primary reserved for men.

    Chyna eventually made the transition from bodyguard to wrestler and became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble in January 1999. She made more history as the first and only female WWE Intercontinental champion, defeating Jeff Jarrett for the title in October 1999. During the height of popularity in the WWE, Chyna graced the covers of "TV Guide," "Newsweek" and "Playboy" magazines.

  • Top five moments from WrestleMania 32

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 6 mths ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas — WrestleMania 32 was a long show.

    Nearly seven hours of wrestling took place at AT&T Stadium, and even though the show dragged at different points throughout the evening, there were several bright spots on Sunday night.

    Here’s our look at the top five moments from WrestleMania 32, and no, Roman Reigns winning the WWE championship did not make the list.

    No. 5: The New Day pops out a giant box of “Booty-O’s” cereal

    The New Day teased a big entrance for WrestleMania 32 and they delivered, appearing from has to be the biggest cereal box in WWE history. If that wasn’t cool enough for you, the trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods wore Dragon Ball Z saiyan armor outfits.

    No. 4: Shaquille O’Neal enters the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    No. 3: John Cena returns to help The Rock against The Wyatt Family

    No. 2: Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Steve Austin return

    No. 1: Shane McMahon falls from the top of Hell in a Cell

    Why, bruh?