Vegas had an amazing series as they were able to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in 5 games. However, I give the Blackhawks credit as every game was close with the exception of Game 1. Vegas will now play the Vancouver Canucks.
#2 Colorado Avalanche vs. #7 Arizona Coyotes
The Colorado Avalanche were also able to win the series in 5 games. Every game the Avalanche won was a blowout with the exception of Game 2. The Colorado Avalanche will take on the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round with Game 1 taking place on Saturday August 22nd. That should be an interesting series but I feel like Colorado will win.
#3 Dallas Stars vs. #6 Calgary Flames
This was a very competitive series as the Stars won in 6 games. With the exception of Games 5 and 6 each team traded wins until the Stars were able to close it out. Every game was close with the exception of Game 6. The Stars will play Colorado as I mentioned earlier.
#4 St. Louis Blues vs. #5 Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks won the series in 6 games. This is considered an upset as the Blues are the defending champions and the higher seed. The Canucks will now play the Vegas Golden Knights as mentioned earlier. Every game was close except Games 1 and 6.
#1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
The Flyers won this series in 6 games. It was a hard fought series featuring great goaltending. Every game was close except Game 2. The Flyers will be taking on the New York Islanders in the second round.
#2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets
The Lightning and Blue Jackets played an incredible and historic Game 1. However, even though every game was close, the Lightning ended up winning in five games. The Lightning will be going up against the Boston Bruins.
#3 Washington Capitals vs. #6 New York Islanders
The New York Islanders shocked me as well as probably many other people and were able to upset the Washington Capitals in five games. For most of the series the Capitals looked lost and were outcoached by their former coach Barry Trotz. Also, Captain Alex Ovechkin did not play like his usual self with the exception of their Game 4 win. The Islanders will be taking on the Philadelphia Flyers as I mentioned earlier.
#4 Boston Bruins vs. #5 Carolina Hurricanes
Even though every game was close, the Bruins won the series in five games. The Bruins will be playing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.
On August 17th, in a game between the San Diego Padres and the Texas Rangers got a little interesting and controversial. The Padres were up 10-3 and Fernando Tatis Jr. was up with bases loaded on a 3-0 count. Tatis Jr. was told not to swing and just take the walk. However, Tatis Jr. still swung and clobbered the ball for a grand slam.
Many MLB fans and analysts have called out Tatis and the Padres for being selfish and not showing good sportsmanship. The Texas Rangers said that it is an “unwritten rule” that you should not swing at a pitch 3-0 and that teams should not be running up the score especially in the later innings when the game is almost over.
In my opinion, I think Tatis handled the situation the same way I would have. Your job as an MLB hitter is to hit the ball the best to your ability and boost your stats. Tatis did what he is paid to do and hit a home run which boosts his batting average, RBI’s, and other statistics. I would always try to hit to the best of my ability no matter what the score is.
COVID-19 has affected sports from all levels including professional, collegiate, high school, and recreational. Many conferences such as the PAC-12, MAAC, Big Ten and many other conferences have announced that all of the sports in the fall will be cancelled. High schools and elementary schools are following this same format as well.
In my opinion, I feel like this is a safe and smart decision. At the end of the day, athletes and staff safety is more important. However, I still feel bad for the athletes however as they lose their season. Also, it is only one season that fans and spectators will not have to watch.
Professionally, the NFL has made many new rules and laws to make sure the season can progress on time. Some of the biggest rules they have made is cancelling the preseason games, no fans in attendance for any events, and players and staff must be tested every time they enter the facility.
I do not think the NFL season should be cancelled due to the safety and protocol the league has implemented. I will not judge any player that opts out because families safety is the main priority. I respect Nate Soldier opting out due to his and his son’s medical history.
I wish Fall Sports were not cancelled, but at the end of the day everyone needs to do what is best for them and to stay safe.
Shelton Benjamin took it to Crews early and cornered him for some strong strikes. The champ tried to come back, but Benjamin spiked him with a DDT out of nowhere for a near-fall. R-Truth ran through the middle of the ring as he tried to avoid Akira Tozawa and his ninjas. The distraction allowed Crews to take advantage and roll up Benjamin for the victory. MVP and Bobby Lashley pounced before Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali made the save. It took all three men to get Lashley to break his full nelson. Truth ran back down, and Benjamin was able to pin him to regain the 24/7 Championship.
Results: Apollo Crews defeats Shelton Benjamin via pinfall; Shelton Benjamin defeats R-Truth to win the 24/7 Championship
Angel Garza vs. Ivar
Demi Burnett from Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor returned this week in a backstage segment with Angel Garza and Ivar that resulted in the two wrestlers having a match. Garza took control right away and kept the big man grounded for a little bit. What he didn’t know was Angelo Dawkins was backstage talking to Burnett. Ivar quickly made a comeback and ran Garza from corner to corner. Andrade provided a small distraction so his partner could hit a brutal dropkick for the pin. Dawkins and Burnett appeared on the big screen to taunt the challengers. After the break, we saw a shot of what looked like Zelina Vega poisoning Montez Ford’s drink.
Results: Angel Garza defeats Ivar via pinfall
Mickie James vs. Natalya
This was Mickie James’ first match in months, and she started off strong by taking Natalya down with a Thesz press. The Queen of Harts had Lana in her corner, but it didn’t stop James from dominating the first couple of minutes. Rollins interrupted the match and demanded Joe reveal how he knew Mysterio would be there tonight. It took all of the attention off the action in the ring which made no sense and was poorly timed. Natalya ended up winning by count-out thanks to a distraction from Lana.
Results: Natalya defeats Mickie James via count-out
The Golden Role Models vs. Asuka and Shayna Baszler
Bayley and Sasha Banks gave a promo talking about how both women will beat Asuka at SummerSlam. Shayna Baszler came out and said no matter who wins Sunday, she gets the next shot asserting herself in the title picture. Asuka and The Boss started for their teams. Baszler saw Nia Jax in the crowd and went to confront her. Jax knocked down a piece of the plexiglass barrier on her before several officials came down. The Queen of Spades and Jax fought to the back while Asuka managed to keep Baylay and Banks at bay in the ring. We returned from a break to see The Empress of Tomorrow on defense. The Boss came close to winning with a meteora before bringing in The Role Model to keep up the onslaught of offense. Asuka was locked in the Bank Statement when Baszler ran down to make the save and keep the match going. Baszler ended up getting the win for her team by making Bayley tap out to the Kirifuda Clutch.
Results: Asuka and Shayna Baszler defeat Sasha Banks and Bayley via submission
Ruby Riott vs. Peyton Royce
Billie Kay was originally scheduled to face Ruby Riott this week but she claimed her shoulder wasn’t feeling right and offered up Peyton Royce as her replacement. Peyton Royce was surprised but not upset with Kay offering Royce the match. Riott tackled Royce after the bell and took her down with a standing STO. She was clearly angry and took out her frustrations on Royce. Liv Morgan and Kay watched from ringside as their partners continued to battle. Royce hit a huge knee to the head to turn the match in her favor. She ended up shoving Riott into Morgan before hitting her finisher for the victory.
Results: Peyton Royce defeats Ruby Riott via pinfall
The Hurt Business vs. Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Apollo Crews in a 6-man Elimination Tag Match
Before the match, MVP was shown talking to Cedric Alexander. He seemed to get inside of Alexander’s head a little when he questioned why Crews didn’t choose him as a partner tonight. Ali and Benjamin started with a basic exchange of holds and counters. The good guys controlled the pace early on with quick tags, but as soon as Lashley was brought in, he took out everyone on the opposing team. Ali was the first to be eliminated when The All Mighty hit a Dominator for the pin. Benjamin was able to score another elimination with Paydirt on Ricochet, leaving Crews all by himself against three opponents. The U.S. champion quickly eliminated Benjamin with a powerbomb. As he was leaving up the ramp, Alexander came out and rolled him up to win the 24/7 title. After a commercial break, MVP and Lashley were in firm control. They kept the champ reeling as they tagged in and out, but Crews was still able to hit MVP with his signature powerbomb to get a second elimination before Lashley put him away with a Spear.
Results: The Hurt Business defeats Ricochet, Mustafa Ali, and Apollo Crews via pinfall; Cedric Alexander defeats Shelton Benjamin to win the 24/7 Championship
Erik of The Viking Raiders demolished some guy in the first fight of this week’s Raw Underground segment. Dolph Ziggler rated his win a 4/10, and it led to Erik calling him out. This is the first time we have seen two established former champions fight in this new format. The Showoff tried to use his amateur wrestling skills to take the powerhouse down early, but Erik planted him with a slam. Ziggler was able to lock in a sleeper hold and used a thumb to the eye to secure the win. Ivar came out of nowhere and knocked Ziggler off the platform onto a group of onlookers. Later in the show, Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss had a physical fight that ended with both men getting into fights with other people around the ring. There was no definitive winner. Marina Shafir defeated another woman in a quick fight before Jax appeared and took out her and Jessamyn Duke. Baszler confronted her, but Jax left before anything happened.
Results: Erik won; Ziggler defeated Erik; Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss ends in a no-contest; Marina Shafir won
Montez Ford vs. Andrade
Ford was out for blood as he went after Andrade as soon as the bell rang. He sent El Idolo out of the ring and hit a dive to take him out. Andrade was in control, but Bianca Belair taking out Vega at ringside distracted him long enough for Ford to roll him up for the pin.
Results: Montez Ford defeats Andrade via pinfall
Analysis: This weeks episode of Monday Night Raw was average. There was not one match that caught my eye that I really enjoyed. I would give this weeks episode of Raw a C+.
Through three weeks of playoff hockey, we have seen a lot of great games and action.
#1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens: Flyers lead series 2-1
The Flyers and Canadiens have played three great games so far with Games 1 and 3 being very close. This is a battle between two great goalies in young star Carter Hart for the Flyers and arguably the best goalie in the league Carey Price for the Canadiens. The Flyers won Game 1 by a score of 2-1. The Canadiens won Game 2 by a whopping score of 5-0 behind a shutout win from Carey Price. The Flyers won Game 3 in a defensive battle by a score of 1-0. These two teams will meet again for Game 4 August 18th at 3 PM.
#2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets: Lightning lead series 2-1
The Lighting and Blue Jackets have also played three great games of hockey so far. Game 1 was arguably one of the best hockey games I’ve watched in my life. The Lighting won 3-2 after 5 overtimes. Yes, the game went into 5 overtimes and was the 4th longest game played of all-time. However, Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo broke a playoff save record with 85 saves in that tough loss. The Blue Jackets won Game 2 by a score of 3-1. The Lightning won Game 3 by a score of 3-2. These two teams will meet again for Game 4 Monday August 17th at 3 PM.
#3 Washington Capitals vs. #6 New York Islanders: Islanders lead series 3-0
In an interesting storyline we have Barry Trotz and the Islanders against the Washington Capitals. Trotz won the Capitals first Stanley Cup in franchise history before becoming the coach for the Islanders. Trotz is one of the best coaches in the league as he can neutralize stars on defense. His goal for this series is to beat his old team and stop superstar sniper Alex Ovechkin. The Islanders won Game 1 by a score of 4-2. The Islanders won Game 2 by a score of 5-2. The Islanders also won Game 3 by a score of 2-1. Alex Ovechkin was silent in the Game 3 loss. The Capitals look lost in this series and not like the same team they usually are. If the Capitals don’t wake up and get back to the hockey they usually play there season will end Tuesday August 18th.
#4 Boston Bruins vs. #5 Carolina Hurricanes: Bruins lead series 2-1
These two teams have made for an interesting and competitive series so far. The Bruins won Game 1 in double overtime by a score of 4-3. The Hurricanes won Game 2 by a score of 3-2. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes however, they lost forward and star player Andrei Svechnikov to a serious injury that will most likely keep him out for the rest of this series. However, Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask opted out of the playoffs to be with his family as he viewed family more important. The Bruins started goalie Jaroslav Halak as he picked up the win by a score of 3-1 in Game 3. Game 4 is Monday August 17th at 8 PM.
#1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. #8 Chicago Blackhawks: Golden Knights lead series 3-1
For the most part, this series has been one sided. Vegas won Game 1 by a score of 4-1. Vegas also won Game 2 in overtime by a score of 4-3. Vegas in a lower scoring game won Game 3 by a score of 2-1. To avoid the sweep, the Blackhawks won Game 4 by a score of 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday August 18th at 10:30 PM.
#2 Colorado Avalanche vs. #7 Arizona Coyotes: Avalanche lead series 2-1
This series features two great young teams. The Avalanche won Game 1 in convincing fashion by a score of 3-0. The Avalanche won Game 2 by a score of 3-2. The Coyotes were able to win a must-win Game 3 by a score of 4-2. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday August 17th at 5:30 PM.
#3 Dallas Stars vs. #6 Calgary Flames: Series is tied 2-2
This series has been close and back-and-forth. The Flames took Game 1 by a score of 3-2. The Stars took Game 2 by a score of 5-4. The Flames took Game 3 by a score of 2-0. The Stars took Game 4 by a score of 5-4 in overtime with an amazing comeback as Joe Pavelski scored the game tying goal with 11 seconds left in regulation. Game 5 is Tuesday August 18th at 5:30 PM.
#4 St. Louis Blues vs. #5 Vancouver Canucks: Canucks lead series 2-1
The Canucks took control and won Game 1 by a score of 5-2. The Canucks won Game 2 by a score of 4-3 in overtime. The Blues needed to win Game 3 or else they would be down 3-0. They decided to bench Jordan Binnington and start Jake Allen in net for the Blues since Binnington has allowed 9 goals in the last two games. The Blues were able to win Game 3 by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Game 4 is Monday August 17th at 10:30 PM.
This was a great week of hockey and I am looking forward to seeing what next week brings!
A few weeks ago the NFL and NFLPA announced there will be no Preseason games this year due to COVID-19. I am fine with this idea as preseason does not mean much for the starters and veterans. However, this will affect rookies and undrafted free agents negatively as well as people trying to make a roster or improve their spot on the depth chart.
Preseason in football is four games where players look to make the roster or improve their spot on the depth chart. It also is the first time rookies get to see on-field competition against an NFL roster. How rookies play in the preseason will affect their confidence and development during the regular season.
Some players are notorious for having four great games in preseason and either making their teams or another teams roster.
Starters will typically only play the first drive or first quarter until the last game when the starters will go the first half.
Some notable players this will affect the most are rookie QB’s Joe Burrow of the Bengals, Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins, and Justin Herbert of the Chargers. These rookie QB’s were all projected to get playing time in their rookie season especially Burrow who is their starter. These quarterbacks could have used preseason to grow and flourish their game as well as prove to the world they deserve to play and start.
Some later round picks and undrafted players could have used preseason to show they belong but now they might not make a roster. I feel bad for those players but those players rarely pan out into anything special. Also, the players health and safety is most important.
The stakes are very high for this match. The winner will determine who is Bayley’s SummerSlam Opponent. Sasha Banks and Bayley served as special guest ring announcers for this match. Contestants included The IIconics’ Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, NXT’s Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, Lacey Evans, Naomi, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke and Tamina Snuka.The eliminations came fast and furious early, leading to a ringside brawl between Riott, Morgan and The IIconics. Moments later, Tamina eliminated Cross. Snuka came face-to-face with Belair in a showdown of powerhouses. The EST got the best of that exchange, delivering a spear and eliminating her. Naomi and Evans resumed their rivalry, with the latter getting the best of her foe with the Woman’s Right. Blackheart dumped her. Baszler applied the Karifuji Clutch to Shotzi, and Evans pulled her to the floor. Belair’s own momentum cost her, as Nox sent her to the floor. The NXT star fired off on both Asuka and Baszler, looking for the improbable win. Brooke, never eliminated earlier in the match, dragged Nox over the top and to the floor before joining Baszler and Asuka. Her run was short-lived, as The Empress of Tomorrow sent her packing. The Queen of Spades teed off on Asuka with a nasty kick, but the former Raw champ fended off elimination by standing on the fallen bodies of Bayley and Banks. Asuka eventually eliminated Baszler to win the match and title shot.
Results: Asuka eliminated Shayna Baszler to win the Battle Royal and earn the right to face Bayley at SummerSlam.
Shorty G vs. Sheamus
A week after costing Sheamus a victory over Matt Riddle and paying dearly for it, Shorty G battled The Celtic Warrior in singles competition. The former Olympian frustrated his opponent early, attempting to ground him. A big ax handle to the face slowed his momentum, and the Irish Curse downed the artist formerly known as Chad Gable. Shorty G recovered and applied an ankle lock and then nearly scored the pinfall off a rollup. Sheamus delivered White Noise to stop his opponent’s roll and put him away with the Brogue Kick for the win.
Results: Sheamus defeats Shorty G via pinfall
Gran Metalik vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
As Lucha House Party eyes the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, Gran Metalik battled Shinsuke Nakamura while Lince Dorado and Cesaro watched from ringside. Metalik used his high-flying offense to end Nakamura’s early success, keeping The Artist guessing as to where he might soar in from next. A momentary distraction by Cesaro allowed Nakamura to catch his opponent with a kick to the chest for a two-count. Midway through the bout, Kalisto made his return, dropping Cesaro with a tornado DDT on the ramp. Back inside, Metalik scored a top-rope elbow for the upset win.
Results: Gran Metalik defeats Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall
Big E vs. John Morrison
This match was supposed to begin the evening until we saw another attack from Retribution. They stormed to the ring and attacked E and Morrison leaving the Smackdown roster in disarray. Morrison targeted his opponent’s knee, capitalizing on a distraction by The Miz. The lights flickered heading into the break, and when they returned, the roster had surrounded the ring. With the wrestlers in the arena, Retribution attacked referees and crew members backstage, assaulting and humiliating them. Retribution again interferes in this match and on Smackdown. Referee Jessika Carr alerted the Superstars while Morrison and Big E continued their match. Big E finally fought his way back into the match and applied the Stretch Muffler to force a submission. Sheamus then hit Big E with a brogue kick.
Results: Big E defeats John Morrison via submission
Analysis: This weeks episode of Smackdown was average. The promos were very good however, I felt like the matches could have used better booking and had more action. I would give this weeks episode of Smackdown a C+.
Candidates: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and LeBron James
Prediction: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Reasoning: Giannis had an incredible year averaging 29.5 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.6 APG, and 1.0 SPG. Giannis also led his Bucks to having the best record in the NBA at 56-17. James Harden and LeBron both had incredible years however, Giannis had the best season in my opinion and did the most for his team.
Kia NBA Rookie of the Year:
Candidates: Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn, and Zion Williamson
Prediction: Ja Morant
Reasoning: Ja Morant had a great rookie year for the Memphis Grizzlies. Ja averaged 17.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 7.3 APG while taking on the leader of the team. Zion had a great rookie year as well but he did not play enough games or minutes in his rookie year in my opinion to earn this award over Morant. Nunn also had a good year especially since he was undrafted however, his stats were not as good and he did not lead the Heat.
Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year:
Candidates: Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, and Lou Williams
Prediction: Lou Williams
Reasoning: Before I get into my reasoning, I am confused as how there are two players from the same team going up for this award. However, I will give this award to Lou Williams. He has pretty much made a career off of this award. In Doc Rivers system, Williams provides solid scoring and defense off the bench. This season he averaged 18.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 5.6 APG. This is a tough award as all three candidates have similar stats.
Kia NBA Most Improved Player:
Candidates: Bam Adebayo, Luka Doncic, and Brandon Ingram
Prediction: Brandon Ingram
Reasoning: This was another tough prediction to make. However, I feel like it should go to Brandon Ingram. Bam Adebayo also broke out and had a great year averaging a double-double. I feel like Luka should not win because he is still a superstar and all he did was just have a better year. He still averaged over 20 PPG and is still the leader of the Mavericks. However, this time he is in the playoffs. Ingram went from being LeBron’s sidekick in Los Angeles to being the best player on a young Pelicans team. Ingram averaged 23.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 4.2 APG. Now throw in a healthy Zion and these two can make a dynamic duo for many years to come.
NBA Coach of the Year:
Candidates: Mike Budenholzer, Billy Donovan, and Nick Nurse
Prediction: Billy Donovan
Reasoning: These coaches are all great coaches. Budenholzer led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA, Nick Nurse led the Raptors to be a strong second seed even without Kawhi Leonard, and Donovan led the Thunder to a 5 seed tied with the Rockets, when it seemed like the Thunder may be rebuilding. Not many people thought the Thunder would make the playoffs especially in a tough Western Conference especially being tied with the team that they traded Russell Westbrook to. In my opinion, Billy Donovan deserves this award the most.
The Young Bucks vs. The Dark Order(Stu Grayson and Evil Uno)
As The Young Bucks were coming out to the ring, The Dark Order used their strength in numbers against The Young Bucks. Nick Jackson and Stu Grayson started the match for their respected teams. The heels had control in the beginning of the match. Matt Jackson took out some of the members of The Dark Order at ringside. Once Matt Jackson got involved in the match, The Young Bucks were able to take advantage. The Young Bucks used their speed and high flying abilities to their advantage while The Dark Order used a ground-and-pound, physical mentality. Matt Jackson went under the ring at ringside to avoid being surrounded by the members of The Dark Order at ringside until being slammed by Evil Uno. Nick Jackson was tagged and took over the match with strong kicks to both Uno and Grayson. Stu Grayson took out Matt Jackson and threw him into the tunnel. He then ordered The Dark Order members to stand in front of the tunnel blocking Matt from coming back which was smart. This would allow for a 2-on-1 handicap essentially. However, Nick Jackson was able to recuperate and pickup a rollup pin for the three count.
Results: The Young Bucks defeat The Dark Order via pinfall
Scorpio Sky vs. Cody for the TNT Championship
Cody is accompanied by Arn Anderson, his wife Brandi, Allie, his brother Dustin Rhodes, and QT Marshall. Cody shows off the newly designed TNT Championship as he looks to defend hit title against Scorpio Sky. Sky is a formidable opponent and this match has been hyped up as a potential match of the year candidate. Both wrestlers traded takedowns until Scorpio Sky gained the advantage. Sky showed signs of disrespect as he faked out Cody by holding the middle rope for him until Cody came closer to the ring. Cody got revenge by flexing in front of Sky and then doing the same thing after throwing Sky out of the ring. Cody had the advantage as they went to commercial break. When the commercial break ended, Sky was in control of the match. Cody was able to regain control and pickup the victory. After the match, Brodie Lee appeared on the titantron and announced he will defeat Cody and win the TNT Championship
Results: Cody defeats Scorpio Sky via pinfall to retain the TNT Championship
Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy) vs. Kenny Omega and Hangman Page for the AEW World Tag Team Championships
As soon as Kenny Omega, came out to the ring he held up his championship in front of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy. Omega and Jungle Boy started off the match for their respective teams. Omega pinned Jungle Boy against the ropes and then smacked Marko Stunt in the face as he stood on the apron. Jungle Boy then took over and was able to tag Luchasaurus. It appeared that Omega was injured after landing awkwardly. Shortly after, Hangman Page was tagged in. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy were able to make frequent tags as Luchasaurus was tagged after Jungle Boy started to take a beating. Omega delivered two snap dragons to Luchasaurus then delivered one to Marko Stunt. Jungle Boy flew through the ropes to hit Omega before being hit with a snap dragon by Omega. Luchasaurus was able to take out both Omega and Page. Jungle Boy distracted the ref while Luchasaurus threw Stunt into Omega. The challengers have been picking up numerous nearfalls before Omega broke up a two count. Page threw Jungle Boy into his partner as Omega flew over the ropes taking them both out. Omega and Page hit The Last Call for the win.
Results: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page defeat The Jungle Express to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships
Monroe vs. Hikaru Shida
Monroe went right after Shida landing a couple of strikes. After Shida went right to work getting a few moves in until Monroe shortly gained advantage and picked up a nearfall. Monroe reversed the Falcon Arrow for another nearfall before tapping out.
Results: Hikaru Shida defeats Monroe via submission
Orange Cassidy vs. Chris Jericho in a $7,000 Obligation Match
In this match, Best Friends and The Inner Circle are banned from ringside. If Jericho wins, Orange Cassidy must pay Jericho $7,000 for the damages to Jericho’s jacket. Cassidy went right after Jericho knocking him down and then out of the ring. Cassidy went for the Superman punch before Jericho took him down with a boot. That was the momentum change Jericho needed. Jericho tried to trick the referee into looking away while Jericho uses the bat, however the recently hired and former WWE referee saw it coming and pulled it away from him. Jericho put his hands on the referee while Cassidy rolled up Jericho for a nearfall. Santana and Ortiz were fighting the Best Friends at the ramp. The referee had his intentions on them while Jake Hager ran to the ring and attacked Cassidy. Cassidy somehow kicked out and was able to pick up the win.
Results: Orange Cassidy defeats Chris Jericho via pinfall
Analysis: This weeks episode of AEW was very good and well booked with the exception of the women’s match. There was no storyline involved and it was the champion against a local competitor. I would give this weeks episode of AEW Dynamite a B.
Even though the MLB season started, this pandemic is still affecting baseball. Many games and series have had to be postponed due to potential players being exposed and positive tests.
A few Miami Marlins players went to a Gentleman’s Club in Atlanta after a series with the Atlanta Braves. A few days later test results came back and 17 Marlins players tested positive. Anybody that played the Marlins or the teams that played the Marlins also had their games cancelled. The Marlins essentially created a plague all because some players were too immature to stay away from the club.
The St. Louis Cardinals also had some players and staff test positive. They were sent to the hospital immediately. This also led to games and series being postponed between the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
So far we have 17 MLB players opt-out of the season due to this pandemic. Some notable players are Marcus Strowman, Yoenis Cespedes, Felix Hernandez, Lorenzo Cain, Michael Kopech, Buster Posey, and David Price.
It has gotten so bad that the MLB had thoughts about completely cancelling the season. Luckily, they didn’t but if positive tests rise it may have to be a possibility. Even though I would be mad if the season is cancelled I would understand because players and staff’s safety is the most important thing.