Marcus Vanderberg

  • CM Punk signs multi-fight deal with UFC

    Marcus Vanderberg at Cagewriter 21 days ago

    Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has signed a multi-fight deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship and will make his Octagon debut in 2015, the promotion announced Saturday night.

    The UFC teased a big announcement following the first match of the UFC 181 pay-per-view portion and delivered. Joe Rogan interviewed Brooks cageside at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Brooks, 36, wasn’t sure of a weight class yet, but said both middleweight and welterweight were options.

    “I have a background in kempo and I’ve been doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a long time," Brooks told Rogan. " This is my new career, 100-percent.  I'm going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it's going to be fun.  I have nothing but respect for everybody here at the UFC, everybody who steps in the Octagon to fight.  And when it's all said and done, when I'm finished, everybody's going to have to respect me because I have come here to fight. "

    “I felt like it was now or never," Brooks added. "I have a limited window most fighters don't have.  I'm either here to win or get my ass kicked.

  • WWE chairman Vince McMahon apologizes to CM Punk

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 25 days ago

    World Wrestling Entertainment chairman and CEO Vince McMahon apologized Monday night to former wrestler CM Punk for firing him on his wedding day.

    “I would like to apologize,” McMahon said on a special episode of the Steve Austin Show on the WWE Network. “Sometimes in a big corporation, the legal people don’t necessarily know what talent relations are doing and conversely and Punk got his severance papers on the day he got married. And that was a coincidence. So, I want to personally apologize for that.”

    It was the first time McMahon spoke publicly following CM Punk's now infamous podcast interview last week where he torched the WWE for how he was treated during his time with the company. Considering CM Punk’s wife, AJ Lee, is still on the active roster, McMahon’s apology about the wedding snafu makes sense.

    And yet, despite all of the damming comments and accusations, McMahon would still like to work with CM Punk one day.

    My reaction to that? Well, see below:

  • CM Punk rips WWE, doctors in interview about his departure from company

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar CM Punk spoke publicly for the first time since walking out on the company in January during an explosive podcast with friend and fellow wrestler Colt Cabana.

    Spoiler alert: He’s never going back to the WWE again. Ever.

    CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks, ripped his former employer on the Art of Wrestling podcast for a variety of things — the most damning being some questionable medical tactics by WWE doctors.

    The main reason for the former WWE champion leaving professional wrestling was his health. Shortly after leaving WWE, Punk discovered he had a full-blown MRSA infection that was reportedly misdiagnosed as a “fatty deposit” by company doctors.

    Prior to that, Punk was pressured on more than one occasion by the WWE to return to action while injured:

    CM Punk on returning from a concussion:

    CM Punk on returning from elbow surgery:

    Things were so bad that Punk admitted he looked forward to surgeries for the time off the road. The final tipping point was when the WWE withheld CM Punk's royalty check and eventually fired him on the day of his wedding.

    UPDATE (7:25 p.m. ET):

    The WWE sent the following statement to Yahoo Sports:

  • Sting makes long-awaited WWE debut at Survivor Series

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    It's @STING!! #SurvivorSeries!! pic.twitter.com/30zsg8dllH

    And then there were none.

    Sting, the last major active professional wrestler who has never stepped in a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, made his debut Sunday night at the 2014 Survivor Series in St. Louis.

    The former World Championship Wrestling icon interfered in the main event match featuring Team Cena and Team Authority and confronted Triple H. After an intense stare down, the 55-year-old laid out the WWE’s top villain with his patented “Scorpion Death Drop.”

    .@TripleH and @Sting ... FACE TO FACE!!! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/pmjiVNu9s7

    With WrestleMania 31 — the WWE’s flagship pay-per-view — just five months away, all signs point to a match between two guys who both worked for WCW in 1994.

    (Look at that hair on Triple H!)

  • Conor McGregor steals the show at UFC news conference

    Marcus Vanderberg at Cagewriter 1 mth ago

    LAS VEGAS — Behind the slogan, “The Time is Now,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship rolled out its 2015 calendar on Monday at a news conference in Las Vegas. Of the 45 events slated for next year, 13 will be on pay-per-view. The other 32 will be UFC Fight Night events, including 18 on Fox Sports 1, 10 on UFC Fight Pass and four shows on FOX.

    And if Conor McGregor somehow fought on all 45 UFC cards next year, the sport might be better off.

    The brash Irish featherweight — scheduled to fight Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston on Jan. 18 — stole the show at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. McGregor has never been shy and it didn’t take much probing from the media in order to get the instant quote machine rolling in discussing his competition in and out the featherweight division.

    “It is a mismatch,” McGregor said on fighting the veteran Siver. “I’m going to whoop his a**, collect a check and then I’m gone.”

    McGregor was just getting started as champions Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones tried to hold back their laughter whenever “The Notorious” one grabbed the mic.

    And as for the big announcement the UFC teased, well …

    Let the speculation continue.

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  • Stephanie McMahon Q&A: 'I love to play the bad guy'

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    The most powerful family in wrestling will always and forever be the McMahons.

    World Wrestling Entertainment has come a long way from the days of Vince McMahon Sr. starting and running the company up until passing the reigns to the Vince McMahon wrestling fans learned to despise during the “Attitude Era.”

    And one day the most powerful person in wrestling might be Stephanie McMahon — Vince McMahon's daughter. When Stephanie isn’t playing one half of “The Authority” on WWE programming alongside her husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque, she’s the chief brand officer for the company.

    Stephanie recently chatted exclusively with Yahoo Sports about making her return to a WWE ring as a competitor following an 11-year layoff, the WWE’s policy on domestic violence and a rumor regarding the stars of “Total Divas.”

    YS: You made your return to a WWE ring as a competitor at SummerSlam — and your first match as a mother. Did you have to sit down with your daughters ahead of time and did they watch the match?

    YS: Your on-camera persona is so vastly different from the Stephanie McMahon in real life. Do you ever struggle with turning the switch on when the cameras are rolling?

  • Dunk History: Kobe Bryant hits the jackpot on Ben Wallace in Las Vegas

    Marcus Vanderberg at Ball Don't Lie 3 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, coverage editor Marcus Vanderberg recalls watching preseason basketball on a school night in 1997 only to see a 19-year-old Kobe Bryant's posterize Washington's Ben Wallace.

    Television time for this 14-year-old, too cool to study high schooler back in 1997 was hard to come by — especially on a school night. But for some reason I either managed to con my parents into letting me watch preseason basketball or I just snuck into the office to watch the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

    Preseason games are meant for guys like Bryant to show the coaching staff all of the hard work they put in during the summer in hopes of earning more playing time. It’s also the one time a year for fans who don’t live in a city with a NBA franchise to see pro hoops in person.

  • Hulk Hogan Q&A: Steve Austin only a bigger legend than me 'in his own mind'

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 4 mths ago

    Ready to feel old for a minute?

    Hulk Hogan turned 61 this week.

    Yes, the same Hulk Hogan with the 24-inch pythons who made saying your prayers and taking vitamins cool during the '80s and '90s is back with World Wrestling Entertainment and showing no signs of slowing down.

    Hogan isn’t currently competing in the squared circle (though keep reading for the opponent he has in mind for one last match) but instead playing the role of an ambassador for the company that made him an international icon and the face of professional wrestling.

    Prior to his SummerSlam Confidential panel on Friday night in Los Angeles, Hogan chatted with Yahoo Sports about his emotional birthday tribute on Monday Night Raw, whether he’s a bigger legend than Steve Austin and how he managed to get the hookup on Air Jordans.

    YS: How close were you to coming to tears during Monday’s birthday tribute video during Monday Night Raw?

    YS: Despite all the clashes with Vince McMahon in the past, you always find yourself back with the WWE. Is this final run the proper closure you need to end your career?

    HH: Don’t get me started.

    YS: Do you think we will see Sting in a WWE ring?

  • WWE superstar to Ryan Braun: ‘Shut the [expletive] up’

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 yr ago

    To say CM Punk isn't a fan of suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun would be an understatement.

    When asked if first-time drug offenders in Major League Baseball should be banned for life, the WWE superstar delivered a damning message to the former National League MVP.

    [Report: Ryan Braun ready to admit PED use and apologize]

    "Absolutely," CM Punk told Yahoo! Sports. "That way I don't have to sit and listen to any [expletive] apologies. Look at [Ryan] Braun. That dude just denied, denied, denied and then he gets caught and goes, 'oh yeah, I'm sorry, I made a mistake.' I don't believe you. You're a liar. You've already proved it publicly in an open public forum. You're a liar. Just shut the [expletive] up and go wash dishes for a living."

    CM Punk, aka Phil Brooks, didn't single out just Braun, though.

    "If you do drugs, you're a [expletive]."

    Alrighty then.

  • WWE’s original ‘Doink the Clown’ dead at 55

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 yr ago

    Former wrestler Matt Osborne, best known for playing the twisted Doink the Clown character in the early '90s, died Friday at a local hospital in Plano, Texas.

    According to NBCDFW.com, Osborne, 55, was found unresponsive by his girlfriend inside their apartment and detectives believe the death was accidental, though a homicide investigation is underway.

    Before his stint as Doink the Clown, Osborne worked the independent circuit and even wrestled on the inaugural WrestleMania card against Ricky Steamboat in 1985 at Madison Square Garden. Osborne would go on to compete in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) before returning to the WWE in 1992.

    The day before Osborne died, he posted a Facebook message explaining how it was shaping up to be a busy summer.

    Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.