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Former Pirates Pitcher Rinku Singh Will Report To WWE Performance Center

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WWE is getting another athlete to report to their Performance Center to begin training for a career in professional wrestling.

Former Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitcher Rinku Singh will report to the WWE Performance Center on Tuesday, the company announced.

Singh is best known for winning the Million Dollar Arm reality show in his native India back in 2008.

The 2014 Disney move, Million Dollar Arm, storied Singh’s journey from javelin thrower to professional pitcher.

Singh commented on his upcoming stint at the Performance Center on WWE.com:

“Take a look at where I came from. When I started [playing baseball], there was nothing. Now we have 23 states [in India] playing baseball and softball. As I go through my journey at the Performance Center and WWE, it will continue to make things easier, and I’ll have millions of people in my corner. It’s going to be a fun journey.”

Singh never made it to the majors, but spent 5 seasons in the minor league posting a record of 10-6 with a 2.97 ERA.

 

 

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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CM Punk Makes Surprise Debut on WWE Backstage

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After weeks of rumors, CM Punk has officially joined the crew of FOX’s WWE Backstage with a surprise appearance at the end of Tuesday’s show.

The appearance marked the first time Punk had appeared on WWE television since 2014 when he left following that year’s Royal Rumble, rather bitterly and abruptly, and engaged in a verbal, and legal, feud with WWE for the next few years.

However, the tension has seemingly thawed in the last year or so, with Punk more open to a return, in some form or fashion, to the world of professional wrestling, and with fans continuing to clamor for his return.

Punk’s deal to join WWE Backstage is via FOX, and he revealed that he isn’t interested in a return to the ring.

“Yeah I did it,” Punk said, during an appearance on Collider Live (h/t WrestlingInc.com’s Raj Giri). “I’m very much in a position where, ‘Well come talk to me.’ I’m open to anything. If they come to me with, ‘Hey we want you to wrestle,’ I’ll say, ‘Um, I’m not interested.'”

My agents just called me and Fox is throwing everything at this because they spent a lot of money on this and they’re all in to make it work. Originally, I thought it was a WWE thing, so I was just like, ‘meh, no.’ But then they said, ‘This is Fox.’

“I’m not dealing with anybody in WWE. They explained to me what it was, and I love Renee Young. Renee Young is a great person … she’s Canadian, so obviously she’s super over-the-top nice and friendly. I prefaced it with, ‘Guys, I’m not going to come in and dump all over stuff just to dump on it. That’s old Phil. But if it’s bad, I’m not going to be able to pretend it’s anything but bad.

“So they want to present it like it’s a real sport and just have a show that recaps stuff, just like they do with the NFL, just like the NHL Network would do with hockey games and stuff like that. That’s where we are with that.”

While Punk may not be dealing directly with WWE at this point, this certainly opens the door to a renewed working relationship with WWE down the line.

You can check out his shocking appearance below:

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WWE Crown Jewel to Feature First Ever Women’s Match in Saudi Arabia

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WWE is making strides with it’s ‘Crown Jewel’ event in Saudi Arabia, at least culturally.

WWE announced on Wednesday, during a special press conference at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, that the first-ever WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia will take place at this Thursday’s ‘Crown Jewel’ event as part of Riyadh Season, which includes more than 100 events over a two-month span featuring world-class entertainment and sports properties.

Natalya will take on Lacey Evans on the card, which also includes Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, and Tyson Fury vs. Braun Strowman.

Natalya and Evans have had several matches during this feud in 2019, and this bout promises to deliver the same action we have seen.

This isn’t the first time that WWE has attempted to put on a women’s match in Saudi Arabia, as they had planned a match between Natalya and Alexa Bliss for the Super Showdown event that took place in June, with officials traveling to the country in preparation of the event.

Unfortunately, approval was not granted from the Kingdom and the match was nixed at the last minute.

However, now approval has been granted and history will be made on Thursday.

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WWE is making amazing strides in elevating their women’s division, and it also points out how women streamers are making strides on Twitch and Mixer. Some are even considered the top female streamers in the industry, putting on some of the best Twitch channels and the best Mixer channels that can be found on the platforms.

 

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John Morrison Returning to WWE

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John Hennigan (aka John Morrison), who has made a name for himself on the indy scene since departing WWE back in 2011, is heading back to WWE on a brand new deal, according to PW Insider.

Morrison won WWE’s Tough Enough competition back in 2002, headed to their development, and then made a successful first run in the company highlighted by multiple tag team titles, a WWE Intercontinental Championship reign, and winning the ECW Championship.

Morrison found success following his departure in 2011 with promotions such as Lucha Underground, AAA and Impact Wrestling, which he left in July after being one of their top stars and holding the Impact World Championship.

With WWE locking up superstars with lucrative long-term deals, their move to FOX, and NXT’s move to USA Network, it is likely that Morrison inked a long-term deal with the company.

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